(This feature was published in WayToGo last March 14, 2016)
These restaurants ensure that your meal not only tastes good, but is also prepared with a conscience.
A collaboration between Got Heart Foundation and Hizon’s Catering, Earth Kitchen serves up meals featuring produce from Got Heart Farms in Tarlac and other partner communities nationwide. The greens here are mostly local and organic, and virtually everything else is made from scratch, from pasta to ice cream.
Thanks no doubt to its predominantly green color scheme, the restaurant is often mistaken as a vegetarian eatery, so you might be surprised to hear that the beef kebab is one of its bestsellers. Think oh-so-tender boneless beef ribs slathered with tzatziki and hot sauce, and served with either organic mountain rice from Ifugao or a handmade flour tortilla. Delicious!
Two locations, including Katipunan Ave, White Plains, Quezon City; +63 917 584 3278; facebook.com/TheEarthKitchen
Since 2013, Grace Park — helmed by Asia’s Best Female Chef for 2016, Margarita Forés — has been serving up dishes made from sustainable ingredients supplied by a host of partner farms and artisan producers. You can even see photographs of some of these purveyors hanging by the restaurant’s staircase.
The space itself is modelled to resemble a farm — think exposed brick walls, leafy centerpieces and more. And of course the menu is no less rustic, with hearty dishes such as handmade pastas, lamb adobo rice, meatballs, Muscovado Beef Belly and shellfish sourced locally from Bulacan.
G/F One Rockwell West Tower, Rockwell Dr, Makati City; +63 2 843 7275
This farm-to-fork dining concept by chef Robby Goco believes in going back to basics, with ingredients proudly sourced from local farms and ranches. Health-conscious eaters will enjoy the restaurant’s signature salads and wholegrain bowls; if you’re hankering for something more substantial, go for the Meat on Meat Classic Cheeseburger (made from grass-fed beef and fresh veggies) served with sweet potato fries, or the Pinoy Egg — a free-range duck egg covered in home-made longganisa.
Three locations, including 3/F Eastwood Mall, Quezon City; +63 2 654 3219; facebook.com/greenpasturesresto
Naimas: Taste of Home
This relatively new Filipino restaurant champions local produce from the northern provinces, so you’ll see shelves brimming with native garlic, basi (sugar cane) wine, patis (fish sauce) and more. Feast on hearty and authentic northern fare like Naimas Bagnet — crunchy yet tender pieces of deep-fried pork served with a dipping sauce of sukang ikolo (vinegar) and bagoong isda (fermented fish sauce), as well as garlic fried rice topped with a glorious sunny side-up egg.
G/F CAP Building, Amorsolo St cnr Rufino St, Legaspi Village, Makati City; +63 977 403 2290; facebook.com/naimasrestaurant
The Wholesome Table
Restaurateur Bianca Araneta-Elizalde aims to advocate a culture of conscious eating. As such, The Wholesome Table serves only food that is unprocessed and free of toxins — the fare ranges from free-range poultry and eggs to grass-fed beef and wild-caught seafood.
It isn’t all salads and sandwiches on the menu, though; you’ll also find comfort food like pastas, wood-fired pizzas, pancakes, finger food like crispy calamari, and even pork chops. With so many delicious dishes, there’s really no excuse not to eat healthily.
Various locations, including G/F Infinity Tower, H.V. Dela Costa cnr Leviste St, Makati City; +63 2 848 7777; thewholesometable.com