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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Green Pastures



Healthy food at its best. So good I went here twice. In a week. And I have no regrets. :)

Green Pastures, the newest baby of Chef Robby Goco (of Cyma fame), opened last August 2013. It offers dishes made from local organic ingredients. Since it opened, the place has alwasys been full, so expect to wait in line for great food. That was the case for both my visits last week. 

During my two visits, I have noticed that some of the bestselling dishes are not always available. 

Here are the dishes I've tried in my two visits to Green Pastures:

Liquid Provisions

During the first visit, some of us (myself included) got the Organic Melon Green Tea (Php 100 per glass, Php 155 refillable) while some had Hibiscus Iced Tea (Php 90 per glass, Php 135 refillable).

Hibiscus Iced Tea and Organic Melon Green Tea
I loved my drink so much I got again on my second visit, while my friend got Kombucha Sangria (Php 240)

Kombucha Sangria


Small Plates

Housemade Cheese, Stracciatella (Php 325) is served with toast, EVOO and arugula. 


Stracciatella

Stracciatella is a kind of soft cheese made from buffalo milk. It is creamy, but the salt, pepper and arugula adds texture while eating it with toast. The toasts we got were a bit burnt though. 

We also tried Pinoy Eggs (Php 125) and Duck You! (Php 185).

Pinoy Eggs
Duck You!

Pinoy Eggs are five-minute free range duck eggs wrapped in housemade longanisa over fiddlehead fern salad. Slicing through the egg reveals a runny yolk. Don't ignore the fiddlehead fern salad, it was superb! :) Duck You! is fries cooked in duck fat, topped with duck skin chicharon and duck confit. It is served with cherry vinegar in a spray bottle. My friends had fun spraying the cherry vinegar on the fries. Loved it!

Signature Salad

One of the best salads I've had in my life is the January Salad (Php 550).

January Salad

Tagged as a cleansing salad, the January Salad has fermented tea leaves, chia seeds, romaine, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, river shrimps, cucumber, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, peanuts, garlic chips, bell peppers and lemon. My friends loved it as much I did, but I'm afraid this will only be available this month. Chef Robby, make this permanent on your menu, please?

Always Available (Pasta)

For pasta, we ordered the seasonal Crab Meat and Sea Urchin Pasta (Php 385 for solo, Php 525 to share) and All' Amatriciana (Php 355 for solo, Php 495 to share).

Crab Meat and Sea Urchin Pasta
All' Amatriciana
The Crab Meat and Sea Urchin Pasta was creamy all over. It was truly impressive, and that's coming from a non-seafood fanatic. The All' Amatriciana was topped with two huge pieces of pancetta on top, the acid from the sauce is just right. 

Commandable Mains

We weren't able to try a lot of the popular main dishes as the appetizers, salad and pasta were enough to make us full, but we ordered the Roast Organic Chicken (Php 595).

Roast Organic Chicken

The meat was juicy, tender and flavorful. How can something that looks so simple be that good?

Desserts

I was sooo giddy about trying all the desserts, but my friends were more inclined to transfer resto, so I settled with Milkeggshoney (Php 155).

Milkeggshoney

The dessert has organic honeycomb, housemade Greek yogurt and citrus curd. It took me a while to appreciate the acidity, but it was a great palate cleanser after a hearty meal. 

During the second visit, I skipped the dessert and went for one of the organic coffees: Hineleban from Bukidnon (Php 105).



Hineleban Coffee

True to its description, it is smooth and fragrant. It wasn't as strong as I expected, or maybe I'm already immuned to the strength of coffee. :p

Green Pastures is one of the best food experiences I've had for such a long time. Each dish was of quality and made from organic produce. The prices are quite reasonable for the food and service. And yes, I would gladly wait in line for more of what Chef Robby has to offer. 


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Green Pastures
4th Level
Shangrila Plaza East Wing
Mandaluyong City
Contact Numbers: 6543219, 09226334687
Twitter: @greenpasturesph 

14 comments:

  1. I have yet to try an organic restaurant and this one looks promising, I am sure to check it out. I love the glasses that they use for the tea, like a mason jar with a handle, so cool! This is the first time I've heard of a hineleban coffee, since I am a coffee addict, I HAVE to try it. And also the crab meat and sea urchin pasta. I've always wondered how sea urchin tastes like, maybe it's the closest thing that I could get to it.

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    1. Hi Marge! I bet you'll love the place. There are actually a lot of organic coffees to choose from. I must go back to try the others. :)

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  2. Oh my, we just had dinner there last week and I regret not trying the Straciatella! Looks soooo good! XD

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    1. I want to try the Ricotta next time! :)

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  3. Everything looks good! Seriously wanna try this soon. Anything organic!

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    1. Hope you'll try this, Gay. Super delicious! :)

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  4. Everything looks so good! I'm salivating already. Haven't tried this resto yet but since my birthday's coming up soon, I just might take my family there. :)

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    1. Please reserve early so you can have a sure table. :)

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  5. their cheese is love ^_^ hehehehehe

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  6. Sarap ng stracciatella!! :-) Picture pa lang... grabe. Hope to visit soon!

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    1. Let me know what you think when you visit the place, Roni. :)

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  7. Yey another healthy restaurant to try :)

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