Vegetarian but finding a lack of veggie-friendly restaurants and variety of food around the metro when you're eating out? Then this list is for you. Here are restaurants you can count on for great food for everyone, including the hot vegetarian yoga girl you’ve been meaning to take out on a date, your meat-eating boyfriend, your perfect mix of friends, and even your picky parents.
Highlighted on this list are their best vegetarian dishes that will keep you and your omnivore friends coming back for more!
Highly acclaimed two Michelin starred Chef William Mahi’s first independent restaurant and bar features an affordable menu serving elevated comfort food and drinks. The name 210° signifies two important things to Chef William: his perfect roasting temperature and his (more than 180°) shift from fine dining to fun dining.
Pumpkin Veloute: cooked sous-vide with sweet white wine and cumin foam
The Carrot: an organic carrot cooked ‘au naturel’ with carrot juice and mashed puree
Vegetarian Tart: organic zucchini, eggplant, tomato and pesto in homemade puff pastry, served with olive ice cream
The Egg: cooked 48°, served in potato mousse with caramelized onions (request without bacon)
Tagliatelle: homemade pasta in carbonara (request more mushrooms in lieu of bacon)
The Beetroot: an organic beetroot roasted on a bed of salt, served on black olive soil and raspberry vinaigrette
This well-known hub for wine lovers which features the modern European creations of Chef Markus Gfeller has a wide selection of vegetarian dishes that will satisfy even the most discriminating palates.
Grilled Corn and Tomato Chowder
Italian Burrata & Salsa Verde Salad: made with candied tomato and herbal virgin oil
Portobello Tart: flaky flat bread with grilled Portobello mushrooms, arugula and goat cheese
Cirkulo introduced Manila to a more fun and approachable take on Spanish cuisine over 20 years ago. Chef J. Gamboa’s menu of tapas, paellas and house specialties, which is constantly updated with inspirations from his travels, include some mouthwatering vegetarian dishes.
Paella Montaña: Portobello and Cremini mushrooms, whole roasted garlic, truffle oil and asparagus
Photo by Cirkulo
Crema de Champiñones: Portobello mushrooms, cream, truffle oil
Ensalada Espinacas: baby spinach, tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette (request without bacon)
Tortilla de Patatas: the classic potato and egg omelet with caramelized onions
Holandres de Espinacas: baked phyllo pastries with spinach, blue cheese and pine nuts
Arguably the best Cantonese restaurant in town, Hai Shin Lou never seems to fail, even for vegetarians who are usually subjected to choose from either the usual steamed vegetables or stir-fries. Here they have a not-so-secret menu that is beguilingly vegetarian.
Steamed Vegetarian Sio Pao
Deep Fried Vegetarian Taro Puff
Fresh Black Mushroom, Bamboo Pith, Silver Fungus, and Asparagus Clear Soup
Many hungry diners have continued to travel from far and wide to the south for Hanakazu's authentic Japanese cuisine since it opened in 2005. Chef Hiroaki Otsuka, who you will still find masterfully preparing dishes in his restaurant, has grown a group of loyal patrons, including some discerning vegetarians, over the years.
Agedashi Tofu (request it vegetarian, no dashi or bonito)
Apartment 1B’s more wholesome sister Kitchen 1B aims to make each pleasurable, gastronomic experience a path towards living well by including power ingredients that are naturally grown and meticulously selected for their immune-boosting vitamins and minerals. This place takes comfort food to another level.
Stuffed French Toast (mango-cream cheese filling, Challah loaf)
One of the pioneers of Korean food in the Philippines, Korea Garden has been serving authentic, home made Korean recipes since the 1970's. Its appetizing dishes keep catching the hearts and palates of many Filipinos, including some vegetarian Korean food lovers!
Chef, sommelier and educator Paolo Nesi offers award-winning Tuscan cuisine at L'Opera, which has become a premier Italian establishment in the metro. Are you planning a date with a vegetarian? Take her here!
Toretta Di Caprese Con Pomodoro
Zuppa di Cipolle Toscana/Minestrone di Verdure/Zuppa di Funghi Rustica/Zuppa di Asparagi con Tortino di Ricotta
Insalata Con Gorgonzola, Noci E Scaglie di Parmigiano (romaine lettuce with gorgonzola cheese, walnuts and slivers of parmesan)
The classic Thai dishes made with fresh organic herbs (no MSG) alongside flavorful contemporary takes on Thai cuisine served in their stunning main dining room or in their ambient al fresco area contribute to the popularity of this busy restaurant. Just ask for their vegetarian/vegan menu and order away. Every single thing in their menu is gold!
Hot and Sour Mushroom Soup
Pomelo and Coconut Salad: with herbs, shallots and peanuts
Vegetable Spring Rolls: with sweet chili sauce
Light Red Curry of Bean Curd, Pumpkin, Broccoli and Mushroom
Pad Thai Noodles: with bean sprouts, chives, bean curd and egg
Chef Colin Mackay's creative European-style bistro offers guests the option to dine on soups, salads, pasta and light meals in an elegant yet laid-back atmosphere. Sala Bistro is the perfect venue for casual dinners, business lunches or weekend brunches! Even their vegetarian options exude a touch of class.
Croque-Tomate with French Fries: toasted cheese and tomato sandwich on sourdough bread topped with a fried egg
Thin Crust Pizza: Spinach, Goat Cheese, Chili and Garlic
Garlicky Portobello Mushroom and Goat Cheese on Toast
Tagliatelle with Tartufa Butter and Rocket
Lemon Saffron Chili Risotto with Parmesan and Rocket
Samba features the fresh flavors and colorful dishes of Peru, highlighting the unique symphony of culinary influences from Spain, Africa, China, Japan and native Peru. The savory menu includes exotic vegetarian friendly dishes that delight the palate.
Ziggurat is a hidden gem that probably boasts the most extensive menu in the entire country with over 200 dishes from all over the Middle East, India and Africa, such as Morrocco, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Turkey, and Nigeria. It’s mind boggling how they are able to serve such a wide variety of great authentic cuisine 24 hours a day. You can keep coming back to try new dishes including their extensive vegetarian fare.