Greens Restaurant with Rowena and Michelle X2
Okaaaay…I’m going to skip through all of my November-December 2010 and January 2011 backlogs to post this because I’ve been so excited about today’s meet-up with Rowena, Michelle Martinez (MrsM) and Michelle Lim (not to be confused with the fashion designer). We had been planning this for quite some time now, but our schedules just would not coincide. We’re actually missing my sister, Alex, because she had been quite busy with her styling gig at ABS-CBN. (By gosh, she was just a few blocks away from us!)
Anyway, since we couldn’t get our schedules together, MrsM and I decided to just set a lunch date at Greens, a vegetarian restaurant. Later, Rowena finally responded that she can join us after finishing up some errands. Then MrsM contacted Michelle L and invited her as well. It was my first time to meet Michelle L.
I almost got a little lost but it was a good thing, Tomas Morato was an easy place to get around in. I was surprised to find a quaint little house that sits in the middle of such wonderful foliage.
After our initial chikahan session, wherein we talked about ethical business practices (hehe), we proceeded to order.
This is MrsM’s Greens Vegetarian Barbecue (PhP75). It’s cubed gluten on sticks and are drenched in a marinade of crushed garlic, pepper, pineapple and soy sauce. It comes with pickled vegetables and red rice. (Well, I’m pretty sure it’s red rice because it tastes like so.)
Michelle L opted for the Roasted Veggie Wrap (PhP80). Inside that wheat pita bread are grilled eggplant, onion, cheese, tomato, lettuce and zucchini.
I had a bit of difficulty deciding between the Pastel de Vegetal and the Shepherd’s Pie, both priced at PhP105. Yeah, a few minutes of internal struggle led to the choosing of the former, which contains mushrooms, potatoes, carrots, olives, legumes and diced gluten. The golden brown crust that topped it was wonderfully flaky, crunchy and soft all at the same time.
When Rowena finally arrived, she suggested that we whet our appetites further with the chicharon (PhP85). I’m not quite sure what this is but I suspect it’s tofu. I love how crunchy and flavorful it is!
And for Rowena’s main course…omg, I forgot what this is! Haha! I suspect it’s the Melanzane Parmigiana (approx. PhP115). What I do know is that it’s eggplant that’s sinfully covered with cheese and topped with wheat bread.
For dessert, we had chocolate cake (PhP70) and carrot cake (PhP85). We didn’t have much choice because only three desserts were available: the two that I mentioned and taho. We skipped the taho.
The chocolate cake was kind of dry, though.
The carrot cake, however, was lovely. It was moist and it melted in my mouth. Must be all that fiber in there.
All of the desserts listed are eggless, so unless that’s cream cheese frosting on top of the carrot cake, I believe the sweets are vegan.
Me and the girls. That’s MrsM on the far left, Michelle in the pink shirt and Rowena right beside her.
Would I come back here? Most definitely! It’s not everyday you get to fill your stomach with such yummies without the painful aftereffects. See, whenever I gorge myself on high protein meals, I end up with acid reflux and an uncomfortably bloated stomach. While we were all very full at the end of our lunch, we did not feel like we needed to throw up so we could breathe. In fact, we felt very satisfied. That’s a good thing, right?
I just hope the desserts are complete by the time I return. I wanted to try their Caramel Custard (PhP30). I believe that would go well with the Dalandan Juice (PhP40) we ordered.
Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Cafe can be found at:
92 Scout Casto St., South Triangle
Quezon City, Metro Manila