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Neal P. Corpus

Posted on April 02, 2021

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Five Ayala Malls restos that’ll help you diversify your diet beyond the Fridays of Lent.

One thing that we can all learn from the season of Lent, apart from making a sacrifice, is that eating less meat is something we can all benefit from. Diversifying our meat-centric diets isn’t only good for your health, but also lessens your carbon footprint.

However, committing to it can be harder than it seems: if you’re unable to cook your own meals (for one reason or another), you might find that seafood and vegetarian options aren’t as readily available.

To make your transition a bit easier, we’ve put together a list of restaurants that offer meatless dishes to satiate a wide range of flavor cravings.

Cibo

Visit Cibo at Alabang Town Center, Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Glorietta, Greenbelt, U.P. Town Center, and Ayala Malls Capitol Central.

Margarita Fores’s well-regarded restaurant chain is known for its rich Italian cuisine, which offers plenty of seafood and non-meat options.

You’ll never go wrong with their famous Spinaci Zola Dip (from P365), but if you want to dig in right into the mains, the delicious spinach concoction also comes atop a pizza via the Pizza Spinaci Zola (P575).

If you’re more in the mood for a decadent pasta, Cibo’s Rigatoni all’Alfonso (from P539) serves up a creamy tomato sauce paired with fresh shrimp — don’t forget to sop up the sauce with the accompanying breadstick.

Ippudo

Visit Ippudo at Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Vertis North, and Greenbelt

A soft and supple slice of pork is practically standard for any bowl of ramen, but within Ippudo’s menu is a hidden gem of vegetarian goodness.

The Vegetarian Mushroom Ramen (P445) may not have any meat — substituting the chashu with slices of tofu — but it is just as hearty as any of Ippudo’s famous bowls of broth and noodles. Pair it with a side of their Goma-Q, a row of pickled cucumbers topped with sesame dressing, for a bit of zing in between slurps.

Fowlbread

Visit Fowlbread at Bonifacio High Street.

There’s nothing quite like biting into Fowlbread’s signature fried chicken sandwich. It’s juicy, crispy, and oozing with umami — but what if I told you that you didn’t have to give that up in order to diversify your diet?

Fowlbread recently came out with what they call the Scam Chicken Sandwich (P260), which is basically a tofu version of their famous OG Chicken Sandwich with all the same great crunch and flavor. And for that signature piece of ultra light and über crispy chicken skin? Also tofu. Sorcery!

Salad Stop

Visit Salad Stop at Glorietta, TriNoma, U.P. Town Center, and Ayala Center Cebu.

The great thing about Salad Stop is that you can actually ask them to swap out the meat in their many delicious salads, but the even better thing is that they actually do offer specifically meatless options.

The Go Geisha (P275), as the name implies, is imbued with Japanese flavors like edamame and Japanese miso. With it come romaine lettuce, cabbage, tofu, soba noodles, snow peas, sweet corn, and sesame seeds. It can come either as a salad in a bowl or wrapped in a tortilla, too.

Manam

Visit Manam at Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Fairview Terraces, Greenbelt, and TriNoma.

If you’re in the mood for good ol’ Filipino food, then Manam is always a great option. While most Filipino main dishes contain meat, even those that are mainly vegetables like pakbet, it’s a good thing that Manam specializes in creating twists to our favorite classics.

Enter: Seafood Kare-Kare (from P375). Manam trades out the traditional oxtail for shrimp, tanigue, squid, and clams, all enveloped in a luscious peanut sauce that’ll have you smacking your lips even before it reaches your taste buds.

In compliance with IATF guidelines, Ayala Malls restaurants in Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, and Bulacan will be open for only delivery and take-out until April 4. For your convenience, parking fees are waived during this period.

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