When in Manila and craving for vegetarian or even vegan food, head on over to Corner Tree Cafe along Jupiter St. in Makati City. Growing up, meal time was always such a battle between me and my parents as I would REFUSE to eat my vegetables. In fact, sometimes, I still push my vegetables to the side of the plate, but all that’s changed since I came across Corner Tree Cafe (CTC).
Corner Tree Starter Plate (P210). A combination of Dukka (a distinctly Egyptian snack of dry blend seeds, spices and nuts served with extra virgin olive oil and warm chunks of whole wheat bread) and White Bean Hummus (a lemony white bean dip served “on the rocks” with sticks of cucumbers, singkamas and carrots.
What a way to kick start a meal! My friends and I should’ve known that this surprisingly delicious and flavorful dish was a sign of good things to come! I especially loved the White Bean Hummus, I continued to eat it up even when I had no more vegetable slices to dip into! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s THAT good.
Baked Tofu Walnut Burger (P310). A big healthy burger in a whole wheat bun served with sweet potato fries and homemade mayo on the side. The fries were delicious, as was the dip. I was impressed by the burger patty being made out of tofu and walnuts as you couldn’t really taste either of the two. The patty was juicy, but at the same time would crumble a bit as it had the consistency of a meat loaf.
THIS DISH FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Spaghettini with Broccoli and Toasted Nuts (P325). A simple combination of ingredients that work together for a tasty pasta dish. Choice of almonds or pine nuts. Again, I will say, THIS DISH FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you eat at Corner Tree Cafe, be sure to order this, because as the dish’s description says, it’s made up of simple ingredients, but it was bursting with flavor! I loved every bite of it! In fact, if I had found out that vegetarian food could be so delicious, I would’ve switched to being vegetarian a long time ago!
Seriously, you guys have to try this dish. The spaghettini was cooked with olive oil and garlic and simply topped with parmesan cheese. Simple enough right? Who would’ve thought it would turn out to be, what I refer to as, “God’s gift to us wanna-be vegetarians”.
Banoffee Pie (P165). Bananas, cream and toffee makes this family recipe a hit. Sprinkled with dark cocoa… If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only eat one dish forever? THIS would be it. Enough said.
Corner Tree Cafe makes being a vegetarian so easy, my only problem is, I don’t know how to cook their dishes like they do, so my vegetarian dishes always end up disappointing me. But whatever, if you want to make a change and adapt a healthier lifestyle, take the first step by making sure that when in Manila, you head on over to Corner Tree Cafe along Jupiter St, Makati City.
CORNER TREE CAFE
Open on Tuesday- Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
150 Jupiter St., Bel- Air, 1209, Makati City
Contact Numbers: 897- 0295; 0906 558 6177
Corner Tree Cafe: Vegetarian Dining in Manila