The dining landscape is radically moving from no-care and all-out decadence in each meal to more health- and earth-conscious choices. With a generation born into a planet with depleting resources faster than predicted, it’s easy to see why the choices they make from clothing to food has now been very well-thought of.
Nowadays, many Filipinos are also into the wave of farm-to-table fare, not just because it is good for the body, but also good on Mother Earth.
Whether you’re just caring about the planet or you just want healthier food options, we’ve listed restaurants here that serves organic food on their menus in one of the busiest cities in the metro – Makati.
8. Kitchen 1B
Kitchen 1B is the healthier alternative to Apartment 1B’s indulgent comfort food. Marivic Diaz-Lim, the creator of Kitchen 1B, has a mission to eat smarter and healthier with high hopes that people will do the same through her restaurant. Grass-fed beef highlights any dining experience from tapa for brunch to steaks for dinner. Expect a lot of vegetable sides on their a la carte dishes.
Photo from: Kitchen 1B
Ground Floor, KL Tower, Gamboa Street,
Legaspi Village, Makati City
(02) 403-5405, (02) 843-2392
7. Mara’s Organic Market (M.O.M.)
A surprise to many, Mara de Pardo Tavera’s stall in Legazpi market that sells organic goods has a stand-alone store. MOM is covered with other large-scale restaurants along the busy road where it is located, but once inside, it packs a punch. Products made from natural ingredients line its shelves while a simple menu of a Meat Meal or a Vegan Meal suffices with a generous amount of red rice and veggies.
Photo from: M.O.M.
The Gallery Bldg. Ground floor unit VI-A/C, Amorsolo St.
(0917) 607 5353
6. Happy Garden Café
A bright concept from the Bizu Groupe as an ode to cleaner eating, Happy Garden Café offers healthier options of gourmet comfort food. Salads take centerstage with vegetable-based sauces while the quintessential pizza is made instead with additive-free flour from Italy. Instead of white rice for their bowls, cauliflower rice is offered while detox juices come by the pitcher.
Photo from: Happy Garden Cafe
Sunshine Place, # 56 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air
(02) 261 0115
5. Satinka Naturals
An unassuming little resto-café along Chino Roces surprises with its fairly priced but delectable organic fare. Satinka’s produce come from the Cordillera region, homage to Kalinga and Igorot culture. The organic café-cum-restaurant caters to all types of vegans and vegetarians with meat-free options and chicken-based dishes such as adobo and chicken parmesan béchamel using free-range fowl.
Photo from: Satinka Naturals
1137 Kamagong St. corner Chino Roces Ave., San Antonio Village, Makati
(0927) 761 9799
4. Corner Tree Café
It all started with Chiqui Mabanta’s passion to introduce healthy and natural food to a wider market, selling organic produce and items at markets and bazaars. Corner Tree Café is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant that uses organic ingredients without scrimping on the quality so that you wouldn’t miss meat at all. #WhenInMakati, do try their Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna. Many swear by it.
150 Jupiter, Makati, Metro Manila
(02) 897 0295
3. The Wholesome Table
Imagine Bianca Araneta-Elizalde cooking at home, and that is the whole concept of The Wholesome Table. Healthy, wholesome, and organic pretty much sums up the entire concept of the restaurant. Expect a lot of power ingredients like quinoa, chia, and hemp seeds integrated into dishes, while locally sourced produce plays a big role in the fare’s execution. Along the vibrant Leviste Street in Salcedo, The Wholesome Table offers a respite with its green interiors and its relaxed ambiance.
G/F Infinity Tower, H.V. Dela Costa Corner L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
(02) 848 7777
Along Kalayaan Avenue in the Poblacion area of Makati, a charming building with a rustic façade stands out among the rest of the concrete walls. Fig is dedicated to serving Mediterranean cuisine while adding organic elements that merge well with what the fare is essentially about. An open kitchen is set-up where French Chef Patrice Martelly happily cooks away. The much raved about Tagine of Lamb goes best with a bottle of one of their many organic red wines.
Photo from: Fig
6464 Kalayaan Ave., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila
(02) 519 7276
1. The Pantry
When patrons of the Dusit Thani Hotel’s roster of restaurants said goodbye to Tosca, they were greeted with an entirely new concept – The Pantry’s farm-to-fork cuisine. The establishment abides by sourcing its ingredients locally, ensuring they are organic and fair trade. The gustatory experience takes you through the global scene with Indian, Italian, Filipino, and Pan-Asian cuisines.
Dusit Thani Manila, Makati
(02) 238 8888
A shift in the mindset of a larger market looking for healthier and more sustainable food has opened the doors to many dining options that value locally sourced and organic ingredients. Eating healthy is no longer a fad, but rather a way of life. Choosing sustainability is quickly becoming part of the mainstream, and soon will be a norm in every Filipino’s household should we give it a chance to prosper.
Makati has always been the center of everything, from residential areas to commercial and office spaces. Living in one of the booming cities in the country allows you the convenience of having everything you need at the tip of your fingertips, especially in the classy neighborhood of Salcedo where you’ll find The Ellis, a unique living concept for driven, passionate, and innovative individuals. Families on the other hand, can choose to reside in the up and coming village of San Antonio where you’ll find the San Antonio Residence along Malugay street that’s perfect for those who want to live right at the CBD without the expense.
Have you eaten in any of these places? Know any more organic finds around the area? Let us know below!