Vegetables on the dinner plate has been a way of life, a legacy as some may call it, that my parents have inculcated to me and fellow siblings in my family. We were taught not only to eat vegetables out of health necessity but to love eating it! I was never a vegetarian and might not be in any way soon but I appreciate full vegan meals. Denise Celdran, you guess it, cousin of the famous tour guide Carlos Celdran, and friend from way back campaigns for Gibo Teodoro, welcomed us to her vegetarian restaurant – Edgy Veggy.
Though relatively simple in furnishing, the restaurant has an aura of calm and peace. No wonder as the phrase Aum Shanti, Hindu chant that is similar to the Shalom greetings among Jews, wishes you peace by the door. It’s a mirror of Eastern Spiritual teachings and is fitting since Urban Ashram is just next door. Participants there are regulars in Edgy Veggy but surprisingly, the restaurant has loyal followings, not much among vegans but non-vegans! We gave a restaurant a visit with blogger Carlo Valenzona, a vegan.
Spinach Artichoke Mushroom Dip with Flax Crackers (P220)
At first impression, I though flax crackers would taste seed-like – slightly bitter, due to all the seeds I see but I was wrong! It tasted bread-like and perfect with a dip of spinach, artichoke, and mushroom cooked slightly mush. I could have a two more plates of this!
Behlpun Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato, and Indian Cracker Salad (P165)
Salad surprised us a bit! We saw nothing but greens and expected for an ordinary salad but was wrong! The cilantro salad dressing was rich, a bit of a partial opinion since Cilantro is my favorite vegetable, but the kicker was the Indian Crackers that were so spicy!
Spinach and Mushroom Tapenade Panini (P220)
I usually love my paninis with strips of chicken but guess what, I have a new love and it’s mushrooms!
Big Burger Burrito (P250)
Feeling Mexican but want to avoid the heavy amount of meat often associated with Mexican food like burritos? Edgy Veggy has that vegan solution. Mushroom bits, red beans, and Mexican rice can do those tricks but never forget guacamole, sour cream, and salsa!
Korean Spicy Bibimbap Rice with Tofu Mushroom Bulgogi (P220)
Now we head over to Korea! Bulgogi is a classic favorite when dining at Korean restaurants, and still is at Edgy Veggy where vegan bibimbap and bulgogi is a bestseller! Non-vegan diners at the restaurant love their bulgogi and taste as good as its meat equivalent!
Three-Cheese Mushroom and Pesto Panizza (P250)
Let’s get rollin’ with panizza! Those who dine at Yellow Cab are very much familiar with how panizzas work, just put fresh arugula and alfalfa sprouts on top, some olive oil, roll it up, enjoy! I am quite convinced that this vegan way is better, must have more soon!
It is good to note that for panizzas, you have two options for olive oil: one mild, the other spiced. Herbs infused in oil come from the Celdran farm in Batangas. I have to warn you about the spiced oil for in it are dried chilis, made from chilis also grown in the farm.
Edgy Veggy’s dried chilis are quite potent using the hottest chilis safe for human consumption! The dried chilis do smell like raisin, even initially taste like raisins. Raised to loving overly spicy food, I was able to swallow a quarter part, but gave up as heat sinks in!
Peanut Butter Vegan Ice Cream (P350, half liter)
If you did take the challenge in taking a bite of the world’s ‘hottest edible chili,’ to take an order of Peanut Butter Vegan Ice Cream to soothe up your senses. Peanut butter ice cream lives up to a bestseller reputation and the best of all? It’s vegan and coco milk-based!
Salted Caramel Vegan Ice Cream (P350, half liter)
If you love Edgy Veggy’s Peanut Butter Vegan Ice Cream, you must love their salted caramel as well! Tip though is that you consume your ice cream fast as it melts faster having simpler ingredients. Edgy Veggy’s Vegan Ice Cream makes you indulge with lesser guilt!
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (P240, 6 pcs.)
Cookie lovers would love Edgy Veggy’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies! Balanced in sweetness, minus glutten and more substantial, watch out for Cookie Monster’s new favorite. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are available everyday at Edgy Veggy for your cravings!
Calamansi Lemongrass Juice
If you feel too full, Calamansi Lemongrass Juice will do the best job in detoxifying your system. Lemongrass has proven detoxifying qualities while calamansi is a good source of Vitamin C, a ready companion in your possible step to healthy if not vegetarian living.
True to the Indian greeting as you enter, you will find peace eating in Edgy Veggy knowing that you are taking in food that not only makes you satisfied but also is healthy and cleanses out your system. For people on the go, feel free to drop by the restaurant for fast orders. Just call in ahead and the kitchen staff will have your food ready, with deliveries also available within Metro Manila. I may not go vegan soon but, I do suggest to make vegetables a big part of your diet. Let Edgy Veggie make you fall in love with vegetables!
Edgy Veggy Vegetarian Food
Three Brixton Bldg., Brixton St., Brgy. Kapitolyo
Pioneer, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact No. (63917) 847-4831
Monday to Saturday, 9am to 9pm