Vegan food in Manila: Juicesabel
I’m not a vegan. I’m not even a vegetarian. I do try to eat healthy most days though, and I’m always up for new experiences, so when a friend invited me to Juicesabel’s recent eat-all-you-can promo, of course I said yes. Juicesabel is an all-vegan cafe in Makati that serves detox juices, red rice meals, pasta, pizza, and cakes.
It’s located at 3800 Kalayaan Avenue, Baranggay Pinagkaisahan, Makati City. If you’re coming from Edsa southbound, turn right. It’s near the corner of Pinos Street. Don’t go past where the flyover ends on Kalayaan. If you find yourself nearing the J.P. Morgan Chase building (like me!), that means you already missed it. You will need to backtrack.
The cafe itself is tiny. It can only fit around 6-8 patrons at most. We just ended up ordering takeout and eating elsewhere.
Also, as you can see from the photo below, there aren’t any parking spaces. The nearest decent parking lots are at BGC. If you’re bringing a car, you might need to park somewhere there and then just walk to the place. You can also just use a ride-sharing service like Uber.
Check out their menu. The prices are pretty reasonable: Php 100. for a regular vegan burger with vegan cheese, Php 90. for a solo pizza, and Php 100. for a mini-cake. A bottle of their detox juice goes for Php 150. Php 300. is more than enough for a good meal.
I tried their regular vegan burger with vegan cheese as well as their salted walnut caramel cake. The burger is filling. In fact, it doesn’t even taste vegan, by which I mean that it tastes like regular burger, which is great. What I didn’t find so much to my liking, though, was that the patty was a bit too salty. To me, that seemed to cancel out the otherwise healthy food.
As for the cake, I appreciated that it was moist. It was a bit on the bland side, however, and the taste was mostly concentrated on the icing.
My friend also had a burger plus a vegan longganisa (a Spanish sausage flavored with local spices; it’s close to a chorizo) meal. He shared a bit of the vegan longganisa for me to taste, and did you know that it tasted very much like actual vigan longganisa? Cool, huh? It also wasn’t super salty. Doubly cool. Frankly, of the three offerings I tasted that day, it was the vegan longganisa I’d go back for.
Overall, I recommend Juicesabel if you want to eat clean and cruelty-free. Try it out also if you like experiencing new things. Don’t knock it ’til you try it!
Contact Juicesabel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0906 468 3426. Their Instagram account is @juicesabelph.
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