Growing up in Negros Island, currently the undisputed Organic Bowl of Asia, and having good friends involved in the organic and sustainable food movement, I have a preference to organic food. A chef once exclaimed that running organic food restaurants are one of the most challenging business venture, but seeing a number survive and flourish touches my heart. After all, there is hope to spreading the movement and Sugarleaf is one. Contrary to usual notions, Sugarleaf is not ‘vegetarian resto’ but a health food cafe!
Before all pleasantries, he went to action by serving us a detox drink prepared from freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable, specifically a handful of malunggay with cut pineapples delivered just earlier that afternoon, using a Matstone low speed multi-purpose juicer.
High-speed juicers produce heat that degrade phytochemicals, an essential component of food that has antioxidants, a known anti-cancer agent. With a low-intensity juicer, the juice is kept fresh and on a minor side-note, less noise. It is interesting to note that no water was added, making the drink not only compact in flavor but also in vitamins. More than drinks, food was also served!
Assorted Goody Wraps
For appetizers, Assorted Goody Wraps were served and came in five kinds: vegetarian, crabsitck and mango, grass fed beef, smoked bangus, and free range chicken. Smoked bangus came in as favorite but best is the special cilantro Kefir dip, a probiotic sour cream.
Free Range Egg Salad Sandwich
Sugarleaf‘s best-selling breakfast and merienda, it has a rich serving of organic salad greens with a good portion of egg from free-range chickens. It’s a good choice for those who want a light but filling morning or pre dinner meal.
Homemade Fettucini with Organic Pesto and Mango
Guess what the fettucini is made of? Squash! Homemade Fettucini with Organic Pesto and Mango is fully vegan, and a mainstay of vegan patrons at Sugarleaf. The dish is lightly salted for those who need a low sodium diet but seasalt is available at hand for more.
Jello’s Probiotic Ice Cream
The short afternoon merienda capped off with this childhood obsession of Mr. Angelo Songco. The milk base for the ice cream is coconut milk-derived kefir flavored with real pureed strawberries and organic cocoa-based triple chocolate!
Mr. Songco’s passion for healthy food and the food served to us speaks for itself. Healthy eatings starts not in the cooking, but from the farm where seeds are planted and livestock is grown. In order to eat healthy, your food source must in itself be healthy and that is the selling point oforganic products. Disease is best cured with prevention, not with medicines but with the food you ingest.
You may not always have the time to visit Sugarleaf but you can drop by to buy certified organic ingredients from vegetables, fruits, glutten-free breads, health supplements, and free-range livestock meat. Organic eating should not be left to restaurants alone, but must be brought to where it must start and where it matters, at home.
MediCard Center, Paseo de Roxas cor. Gil Puyat Ave.
Urdaneta Village, Makati City
Contact No. (0917) 803-9055