Being the lone vegetarian or vegan in the group can be isolating and frustrating, especially when it comes to planning social gatherings. Fortunately for plant-eaters with omnivore friends, restaurants such as The Wholesome Table and Corner Tree Cafe have come up with exciting and extensive menu options that make healthy eating a bit more accessible, and dare we say, more palatable. So next time you find yourself in the middle of deciding where to dine out, try a different kind of “vegging-out” at these restaurants:
The Wholesome Table
“Since people are coming from a season of indulgence, we wanted to help people start the year with a healthy lifestyle and stick to their resolutions,” shares owner and founder Bianca Elizalde after launching new menu items at The Wholesome Table. Dubbed Wholesome Beginnings, the menu features delicious, plant-based fare that inspire clean eating.
The Wholesome Table serves some of the most colorful and appetizing organic meals you’ll ever come across. Pro tip: you can always ask them to serve vegan, gluten-free, or nut-free versions of these dishes.
Chakra Salad, as the name implies, opens up your chakras with antioxidant rich greens, duck egg, mushrooms, beets and almonds drizzled with a homemade hibiscus kombucha dressing.
The Immune Booster Soup calms inflammation and helps fight off infections with garlic, ginger, olive oil, turmeric powder, lemon juice, spinach, kale, coconut cream, broccoli, goji berry, chia, sunflower, flax, and sesame seeds, and greek yogurt.
The Yogi Bowl is an Indian-inspired, vegan dish made with cauliflower, turmeric powder, corriander, cumin, olive oil, onions, garlic, three kinds of mushrooms, organic tofu, cherry tomatoes, red chili, coconut cream, and leeks.
New detox juices and Superfood Smoothies have also made their way into the menu as well. All of which are dairy-free, vegan, raw, loaded with nutrients, and have interesting names: Be Tropical (pineapple, mango, romaine, coconut water, moringa, honey, cucumber), Be Spirited (arugula, pineapple, cashew milk, banana, honey, maca, lucuma), and Be Sweet (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, goji, coconut milk, honey, cacao nibs).
Corner Tree Cafe
Tucked behind Power Plant Cinemas, surrounded by a couple of fitness centers and a spa is Corner Tree Cafe, a quaint cafe that’s warm and welcoming. “It is a place that serves simple, down-to-earth, good food and also offers great desserts, coffee, tea, smoothies, wine, beer, and spirits,” shares owner Chiqui Mabanta. Recommend these dishes to friends who are craving something “meaty”:
Spinach Feta Croquettes (P390) are tasty patties made with red rice and herbs, served with mint organic yoghurt sauce; or have it with homemade harissa on the side for a spicy kick.
Their take on Arroz a la Cubana (P270) features minced tofu as the main ingredient. It’s mixed with tomatoes, green olives, and raisins, served with fried bananas, red rice, and a fried egg (optional).
Baked Tofu Walnut Burger (P375) is a veggie burger that comes in a whole wheat bun with mint yoghurt sauce or vegan mayo. On the side, you get sweet potato fries, or greens if you want to cut on carbs.
The Adobong Tofu Silog (P230) is an interesting take on a Filipino classic. They fried tofu marinated in vinegar and soy sauce drizzled with extra virgin olive oil with egg and garlic fried rice.
Opting for plant-based dishes doesn’t mean depriving yourself of something indulgent– Corner Tree Cafe’s award-winning Salted Caramel Chocolate Torte, (P210/slice) is a testament to that!
Corner Tree Cafe’s naturally flavorful meat alternatives are a nice middle ground for both herbivores and carnivores in your dining group. Aside from serving dishes that are familiar, there’s something about the cafe’s cozy atmosphere that isn’t intimidating to those who haven’t gone completely meat-free.