From Farm to Table

Philippines

While “farm-to-table” has become a buzzword in recent years, it’s more than just the latest food trend—it is an advocacy that pushes restaurants to use ingredients sourced directly from farmers or growers, instead of stores or distributors. This creates a direct relationship between restaurateurs and farmer, promising locally sourced ingredients for their patrons. Though it may not seem like it, Metro Manila has a considerable roster of farm-to-table restaurants dedicated to serving wholesome meals made of freshly harvested ingredients on their tables!

Updated a year ago

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Green Pastures (Shangri-La)

Pasig City, Philippines • Recommendation • 29 May 2018

Kick off your farm-to-table journey at Green Pastures where MSG and canned ingredients do not exist. The restaurant's interiors resemble a farmhouse, complete with wooden fixtures and an open organic kitchen. Servers clad as farmers greet you the moment you enter, presenting you with a menu that features items mostly made with locally sourced ingredients. Perfect for those who are looking for “greener pastures” when dining out, you can head to their do-it-yourself salad bar to make your own salad bowl or order a couple of their best-selling dishes: Roast Organic Chicken, House Made Ricotta Cheese served with onion jam, roasted garlic, and toasted bread, and their Vegetarian Burger That Doesn’t Suck!

+6326543219

Shangrila Plaza, Level 4, East Wing, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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The Wholesome Table (Bonifacio Global City)

Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 29 May 2018

At The Wholesome Table, organic food is never bland and boring. They take pride in using fresh, all-natural produce in their dishes, from grass-fed beef and wild-caught seafood to free-range eggs and poultry. There are no additives, preservatives, sweeteners, and artificial flavors or colors here—just healthy and delicious comfort food! Sample their Woodfired Pizza, Pork Chops, and Classic Pesto Pasta for the ultimate Wholesome experience. They also have a kids menu, so feel free to bring the kiddos with you!

+6328670000

30th Street Corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig City, Philippines

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Earth Kitchen

Pasig City, Philippines • Recommendation • 29 May 2018

Tucked away in a relatively quiet neighborhood in Quezon City, Earth Kitchen proudly supports local farmers and indigenous Philippine communities by showcasing their impressive line of natural and organic produce on their menu. They promote both healthy living and eating, while also helping marginalized groups sustain their thriving livelihood. Its unpretentious façade is quite easy to miss, but dining here never fails. Most of their food is made from scratch, from appetizers to soups, to hearty mains and sweet desserts.

+639175843278

Lot 10 B-10 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City, Philippines

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Grace Park

Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 29 May 2018

Owned by Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016, Margarita Forés, Grace Park is another farm-to-table restaurant that offers comfort food with a healthier, more natural twist. Situated inside an upscale shopping mall in Makati City, it boasts of a rustic, industrial loft-type setting that makes for a great place to catch up with friends over good food. Enjoy their take on Italian classics like Chicken Parmigiana (fried in butter or baked) and Pappardelle and Duck Ragu, both made with fresh ingredients sourced from local “farmers, friends, and purveyors.”

+639399347223

G/F One Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Makati City, Philippines


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Locavore (BGC)

Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 29 May 2018

Locavore is known for its modern take on Filipino cuisine, making use of locally grown and produced ingredients in every single dish they prepare. Probably one of their most popular entrées is the Sizzling Sinigang, which features an unusual spin on the classic Filipino sour soup. Served on a sizzling plate, it consists of beef short ribs, sauteed french beans, sampaloc gravy (tamarind gravy, instead of the traditional broth), and garlic confit. They also have great appetizers, including a Filipino Street Food Platter and Singkamas (turnips), Mangga (mango), and Bagoong (fermented shrimp paste). It’s best to reserve a table beforehand as the restaurant gets packed, especially during lunch and dinner time.

+639175742017

Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines


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The Farm Organics (Muntinlupa City)

Muntinlupa City, Philippines • Recommendation • 29 May 2018

Calling all health-conscious carnivores! Head over to The Farm Organics to get your fill of organic steaks, burgers, and even frozen meat minus the guilt and unwanted preservatives. Offering an array of meat selections certified by the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines, rest assured that what you're consuming is free from any antibiotics and growth hormones. Mouth-watering and reasonably priced steaks are the stars here, as well as their healthier take on the usual greasy burger.

+6328282896

Second Floor, Commercenter, Commerce Corner Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines


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Backyard Kitchen + Brew

Quezon City, Philippines • Recommendation • 29 May 2018

A go-to hangout spot where you can get really good bar chow, Backyard Kitchen + Brew is also an advocate of the farm-to-table movement. They’re huge fans of locally sourced produce, which means that whatever you get from their menu is guaranteed fresh and organic. Grab your friends and have a good time, all while having amazing grub on the table… and maybe a glass of Backyard Flavored Beer!

+639277261210

UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines


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Satinka Naturals

Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 29 May 2018

An unassuming bistro hidden in bustling Chino Roces Avenue, Satnika Naturals gives you the opportunity to sample tasty organic dishes based on the Igorot (a Philippine ethnic group) and Kalinga (a Philippine province found in the Cordillera region) culture without breaking the bank. Allow Satinka to surprise you in the best way possible, as each meal is flavorful beyond words despite the humble price tag. Aside from the good food, they also sell natural body products, such as cologne, Ayurvedic body scrubs, and more. Don't forget to check the displays!

+639174202279

1137 Kamagong Street corner Pasong Tamo, Makati City, Philippines

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