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 always 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:
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).
I loved my drink so much I got again on my second visit, while my friend got Kombucha Sangria (Php 240)
Housemade Cheese, Stracciatella (Php 325) is served with toast, EVOO, and arugula.
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 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!
One of the best salads I've had in my life is the January Salad (Php 550).
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).
The Crab Meat and Sea Urchin Pasta were 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.
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).
The meat was juicy, tender, and flavorful. How can something that looks so simple be that good?
I was so giddy about trying all the desserts, but my friends were more inclined to go elsewhere, so I settled with Milkeggshoney (Php 155).
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).
True to its description, it is smooth and fragrant. It wasn't as strong as I expected, or maybe I'm already immune 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.
Shangrila Plaza East Wing
Contact Numbers: 6543219, 09226334687