It’s an organic takeover.
At first, organic food seemed to be a fad but with people going to the green side, it looks like organic is here to stay. Not to be confused with vegan, organic simply means the food is at least 95% free from pesticides, chemicals, preservatives and other synthetic additives, and is produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods. Other popular terms that are being used for organic are farm to table or wholesome.
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The Wholesome Table – multiple branches
No surprise there, the name says it all. The Wholesome Table serves healthy comfort food by Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, from superbowls to pasta, from healthy rice and meat options to power snacks and smoothies. All produce are organic and sourced locally where possible.
Moxy – Makati Alphaland
Moxy is a small dine in and to-go restaurant that will pleasantly surprise you. The dozen seater space in Alphaland Makati Place is a health junkie’s dream come true complete with power packed meals and salads, green juices, coffee, and some sweets for when you need a little treat.
Backyard Kitchen + Brew – multiple branches
Backyard Kitchen + Brew is a farm-to-table bar and grill concept from Chef Edward Bugia (of Pino, The Burger Project and Pi Breakfast and Pies fame). It serves traditional comfort food with a modern twist, as well as a wide selection of beverages and craft beers. Some of its bestsellers are the Tinapa & Quinoa Salad, Thrice Cooked Crispy Pork Cheek, and the flaming Chicken Lollilop.
The Farm Organics –multiple branches
The Farm Organics Resto is a farm-to-table concept restaurant that serves certified organic grass-fed beef sourced from their own breeding cattle farm in Masbate, which is a socially conscious agricultural business operating since 1976. People have been raving about their steaks, burgers and truffle pasta.
Organico Gourmet – Luna Mencias St.
Organico Gourmet is an organic restaurant and gourmet super store in one by Chef Gloria de Vera, who decided to live healthy to help her daughter overcome her weight problem. The cafe serves all-natural organic food that includes a range of cold-pressed juices, while their superstore stocks a wide range of imported superfoods. Here’s a fun fact: You may be interested to see Artikulo Uno’s production office (the team behind Heneral Luna) while visiting Organico Gourmet, they’re both on the same street!
Brown’s Gourmet Chicken – multiple branches
Brown’s Gourmet Chicken is a casual restaurant serving international comfort food by Chef Kristian Gadia. Its specialties are the chicken entrees. All ingredients are organic and sourced locally depending on their availability. Their fruit shakes selections are as refreshing as their carefully curated menu.
The Pantry – Dusit Thani Hotel
The Pantry offers an all-day dining experience featuring the first farm-to-table buffet concept in Manila with 9 food stations, including its most talked about lechon roasting pit.
Artsy Cafe – multiple branches
Artsy Cafe, as its name suggests, is a colorful art-filled restaurant along Maginhawa. Though its name is far from telling everyone that they serve organic, they are actually a farm-to-table concept cafe. The owner John Penaflor discloses that he sources ingredients from their family’s small farm in Dagupan, Pangasinan to ensure the freshest vegetables and herbs.
Fig Kitchen & Bar – Kalayaan Ave.
Fig Kitchen & Bar is an upscale restaurant headed by Chef Patrice Martelly serving a full menu derived from the Southern Mediterranean Coast of Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East and Northern Africa. They use sustainably grown produce and carefully selected meats and seafood from local and overseas organic farmers and producers.
Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar – Mo. Ignacia Ave.
Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar is a hip garden cafe that serves healthy comforting meals made from natural and locally sourced ingredients. It also offers home-made super smoothies and fresh pressed juices. Take our word for it, order the beef soft shell tacos and the grass-fed hanging tender steak.
The Clean Plate by Twist – UP Town Center
The Clean Plate serves traditional, healthy and organic comfort food, embellished with Asian and European flavors, in a modern and refreshing French-inspired space.
Satinka Naturals Bistro & Cafe – Kamagong St.
Satinka Naturals is a Makati hole-in-the-wall, on a corner street on Kamagong St. in Makati. It started out as a modern day apothecary focused on providing natural solutions for skincae and homecare in 2007. By 2014, it decided to open a bistro that serves wholesome food sourced from the Cordilleran region, which can also be purchased at the store. It is a vegan-friendly place for people who don’t eat meat.
Misono Teppanyaki & Yakitori by Daitokyo – Jupiter St. and Metropolitan Ave.
These two Japanese specialty restaurants are by Robert Yupangco, they serve tasteful and delightful Japanese dishes with a modern and organic twist. Misono Teppanyaki has an indoor Lettuce Hydroponics, they grow their own lettuce to serve in the restaurant. Yakitori Daitokyo specializes in grilled barbecue sticks. Customers can order any dish from both restaurants.
Runner’s Kitchen – Tomas Morato
Runner’s Kitchen is a small kitchenette and cafe serving well-prepared, no shortcuts organic and gluten-free meals for people with healthy and active lifestyles. Actress, fitness enthusiast, chef and now entrepreneur, Bianca King, is a part owner.
Earth Kitchen – White Plains
Earth Kitchen is a joint project of the Got Heart Foundation and Hizon’s Catering, their mission: healthy, local and sustainability. They recently just opened their 2nd branch at the Bonifacio High Street Central in BGC. Some of their most talked-about dishes are the Bulgogi Wrap, Fresh Spring Rolls and the Squid Ink Pasta.
Kitchen 1B – Legaspi Village
After surviving breast cancer, Marivic Diaz-Lim made it her mission and life advocacy to promote healthy eating and nutrition building; hence Kitchen 1B, the organic and ‘the wholesome alternative’ to Apartment 1B.
Green Pastures – Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Green Pastures, a farm-to-table concept restaurant created by Chef Robby Goco of crowd-favorite Cyma, promises to deliver locally-sourced and produced, and wholly organic dishes including salads, homemade cheeses and their juice selection. If you’ve noticed, the menu is stamped with a validity because Chef Robby constantly updates the menu ‘based on what’s in season, what’s new and what’s fresh’. Watch out for its 2nd branch opening in BGC soon.
Locavore Kitchen + Drinks – multiple branches
Locavore means ‘a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.’ True to its name, Locavore serves only locally grown and produced Filipino dishes with a French touch from Chef Mikel Zaguirre, former head chef of La Regalade. The open kitchen and industrial interiors adds to the modern upscale vibe of the restaurant. Specialties include the sizzling sinigang and sizzling oyster and sisig. Watch out for a 2nd branch at the Forbes Town Center in BGC.
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