Traveling as a vegetarian can be difficult at times, whether it’s because of cultural practices, very few accessible and affordable options, or you’re just clueless of what is really in your food. And in the Philippines, where almost everyone likes their sisig (sizzling chopped pork cheeks) and adobo (pork and chicken marinated in soy sauce and vinegar), it can prove more challenging. But no need to worry, we’ve rounded up vegetarian-friendly restaurants around the metro that serve mouth-watering non-meat dishes.
Corner Tree Café
This charming and homey space along Jupiter Street is almost like a little refuge in the middle of the busy business district and from all the meat-serving restaurants around it. It’s also usually regarded as the best vegetarian restaurant in Makati, serving modern gluten-free dishes and a variety of refreshing beverages to go with it — we’re talking about Fruit Lassis here. Start off with a heart Spinach and Pechay Chowder (with a zing of fresh lemon) and don’t miss out on their bestseller Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna.
Corner Tree Cafe: 150 Jupiter Corner Saturn Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
It’s hard to argue why this Middle Eastern restaurant is hailed to have “the best hummus and falafel” in Manila. It really does deliver on Mediterranean cuisine’s favorites including shakshuka and baba ghanoush. But the main star is really its creamy, velvety hummus. It’s packed with flavor and is served in a very generous portion — you’d order another pita bread for sure.
Hummus Elijah: Second Floor, Commercial Building, 7850 Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
Handmade soaps and organic oils greet you as you enter this charming corner café in Kamagong and Chino Roces, Makati. With low tables and soft cushion pillows as seats, the place is relaxing and heartwarming. Before you know it, you are already feasting on their all-organic and MSG-free dishes. The Chicken Honey Mustard (comes with mountain red rice!) is an absolute favorite and the interesting Vegan Adobo is a clear winner, too! Finish off with Sagada-style Yogurt and your tummy will never be as happy.
Satinka Naturals: 1137 Kamagong Street, San Antonio, Makati City
This café in Poblacion area might look small and too cute for your life but they’re packed with amazing healthy options that are good on the tastebuds. Kismet means “fate or destiny’ and the colorful murals and images of peace around gives the place more soul. Try the Vegan Pesto Cream Sandwich and a hot coffee (they serve vegan options!) on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
Kismet Cafe: Ground Floor, MBA Building, 5022 P. Burgos Street Corner Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
Home cooked vegetarian versions of all-time Filipino favorites straight out of a lovely house kitchen — ready for a meal with a lot of heart? Their bestseller is vegetarian Sisig (as mentioned above, it’s a Filipino favorite especially as a beer match) and other offerings include Pesto Pasta and Tofu Seaweed Rolls
Greenery Kitchen: 4067 Kalayaan Avenue, Tejeros, Makati City