Metro Manila · Vegetarian Dining
Vegetarians often have a hard time in the restaurants and cantinas of the Megacity. But they don't have to starve, as there are actually quite a number of places that serve delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes in Metro Manila.
A Philippine main dish typically consists of rice with meat or fish, and vegetables and salads are often mixed with fish sauce, bagoong, or bits of chicken, beef or pork. Breakfast usually comes with little sausages or meat as well. So staying vegetarian in Metro Manila might be a challenge and you'll have to make special requests when ordering food in many restaurants.
However, we have good news: there are some excellent establishments where you'll find a great choice of 100% vegetarian meals in the menu, from Filipino comfort food to Asian fusion and international modern cuisine.
If you are looking for kosher food, the Jewish Community of the Philippines, located in Salcedo Village, has a kosher takeout menu: jewishphilippines.net/pdf/Takeoutmenu.pdf. They also provide a list of Kosher products that are available in different supermarkets in Metro Manila: jewishphilippines.net/kashrut.php.
Regarding halal food, there are plenty of options in Metro Manila, with dozens of Middle Eastern Persian, and Indian restaurant as well as caterers and shops. Check out these comprehensive lists on zabihah.com and on halalguide.com.ph.
For those who like their Sunday shopping tours more laid-back, Legazpi's open-air market is a welcome alternative to the nearby Greenbelt and Glorietta malls with their flashiness, noise, and crowds.
A dainty little house with a lush garden and small terrace in front, tucked away in a side street of Tomas Morato Avenue: welcome to Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Café, one of the first addresses for vegetarian dining in Quezon City.
Pipino promises creative and 100% plant-based versions of Filipino dishes, coming in generous servings. And since recently they offer a food kit that ensures you get your daily dose of vegetarian meals delivered to your door during the week.
Being a vegetarian does not mean you can't enjoy the traditional cuisine of the country on a regular base. Bodhi is a casual and inexpensive chain of restaurants, located mainly in shopping malls, that serves vegetarian and vegan Filipino food.
Quaint and dimly lit, Corner Tree Café is a great place for vegetarian comfort food. The café and restaurant serves a range of dishes inspired by the different cultures of the world.
The Wabi-Sabi inside of 7274 Malugay is a cozy little restaurant that offers vegan-friendly, Japanese cuisine.
Discover the spices of India at New Bombay, a chain of restaurants with eight branches in Metro Manila. With a large selection of meat-free dishes, it is also a popular place among the Megacity’s vegetarians and vegans.
Celadon is the first Thai restaurant in the Power Plant Mall.
Tucked away from Quezon City's more famous nightlife destinations, Conspiracy Garden Cafe maintains a very laidback atmosphere. There's no dress code and one can show up in slippers or flip flops here.
Queen’s Crystal Garden Restaurant is an authentic Indian and Indonesian restaurant located on Jupiter Street.
ArAma Café provides its guests with a wide range of organic products, such as organic salads, chicken, beef, rice and a choice of teas.
This cozy café celebrates Filipino coffee, cuisine and culture. It puts just as much love in the preparation of perfect hot beverages as in the cooking of delicious Pinoy food.
Get something sweet at Zucchero, be it coffee and cake in the afternoon or a Filipino dinner in the evening.
Kaffir was a little Southeast Asian restaurant and deli, a hidden gem in The Collective. The menu combined some of the best Thai, Vietnamese, Philippine and Malay dishes, many of which were vegetarian.