Can you live without rice? Nope? That’s okay. If you can, you probably can’t help but look for a healthier alternative, like quinoa. You usually find quinoa in salads but these days, a number of restaurants have been serving them as standalone main dishes called quinoa bowls! Here are 7 restaurants that serve these filling bowls of deliciousness!
1. The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery
There’s a new kid in UP Town!
Opened just last February 13, everything about The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery is Instagram-ready! From the mural on the walls down to each dish the cafe serves, you can’t help but want to take photo after photo.
The Fat Seed is also where you can find the first quinoa bowl in this rundown! Made up of red cabbage, baby radish, cucumber, onion leeks, and a poached egg sitting on a bed of quinoa, the Quinoa Bowl with Grilled Chicken is as healthy as it is picture-perfect! The Honey Sriracha Miso ties up all these ingredients together so make sure to mix them all up very well to get a little bit of everything in every bite!
The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery is located at G/F Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
2. Frank & Dean
Getting its name from music icons Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Frank & Dean has been the go-to place in Forbes Town Center for third-wave cafe fare. While it’s popular for its selection of drinks (both coffee and alcoholic), Frank & Dean also serves up some colorful and really tasty quinoa bowls!
There are three kinds of quinoa bowls you can choose from: vegan, smoked salmon, and chicken. All three are served with a poached egg, mashed pumpkin, diced tomatoes, corn, romaine, pesto, and a zingy calamansi vinaigrette. Whichever you pick, expect a hefty serving that will surely keep your tummy full!
Frank & Dean is located at 1/F Forbes Town Center, Forbestown Road corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
3. Runner’s Kitchen
Eating clean these days is no longer as difficult, especially when you have restaurants like Runner’s Kitchen serving up organic food and drinks! Quinoa, in particular, appears in the menu a couple of a times and those looking for quinoa bowls will find that Runner’s Kitchen serves two different kinds!
The first quinoa bowl is known as Stir-fried Veggies & Quinoa Bowl! Made up of squash, string beans, cranberries, cashew nuts, and grass-fed sirloin, this quinoa bowl is both gluten-free and dairy-free! On the other hand, the second quinoa bowl, called the Tahini Quinoa Super Bowl, is gluten-free and vegan.
We’re going to list down all the ingredients of this super bowl. Ready? Here it goes: mushrooms, chickpeas, carrots, bean sprouts, cucumber, lettuce, cashew candy, tomatoes, tahini, and quinoa! It’s a vegan party all in one bowl!
Runner’s Kitchen is located at Creekside Square Building, Tomas Morato Avenue, Kamuning, Quezon City
4. Salad Stop!
Salad Stop’s claim to fame is its selection of a la carte and customizable wraps and salads. What many people might not know is that Salad Stop also serves what they call The Warm Grain Bowls! Priced at ₱375 per bowl, there are two choices available on the menu: the Qdon and the Chihuahua.
The Qdon is composed of warm quinoa, kale, grilled tofu, edamame, sweet corn, cucumber, mandarin orange, and Carrot Ginger and Japanese Wafu dressing. The Chihuahua, on the other hand, is made up of warm quinoa, rocket, romaine, cheddar cheese, quinoa beans, avocado, cherry tomatoes, jalapeño, and Chipotle Vinaigrette.
Julienne D. tried the Chihuahua grain bowl and in her looloo review, she said that “serving size, it was huge! And very filling, despite the notion that salads aren’t really that filling and they’re just basically appetizers but this one is not. It is already a complete meal in a bowl – grains, protein, greens. And it tastes very very good!”
Salad Stop! has branches all over the metro.
5. Dean & Deluca
Given the mix and number of ingredients it’s composed of, quinoa bowls are Instagrammable all on their own. Just look at that Smoked Salmon Quinoa Bowl from Dean & Deluca!
Not only is it pretty to look at, it’s also a colorful bowl filled with healthy freshness! It has organic quinoa, smoked salmon, organic season, and whatever fruit is in season. In this case, you have mangoes and the sweetness from this yellow fruit is a much needed addition to the dish!
Dean & Deluca is located at G/F Edades Tower and Garden Villas, Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati, and at G/F Eton Tower, Dela Rosa Street corner VA Rufino Street, Legazpi Village, Makati.
6. Green Pastures
Focused on locally-sourced organic food, Green Pastures is owned by Chef Robby Goco of Cyma. First opened in 2013 in Shangri-La Plaza, Green Pastures now has three branches, which makes it easier for health-conscious foodies to get their fill of the restaurant’s dishes!
Green Pastures serves a few whole grain bowls and one of which is the Terra Natura. Composed of quinoa, shredded kale, roasted mushrooms, roasted squash, baked onion, red beets, torn basil, cashew brittle, and a miso sesame dressing, AAA M. describes it as “bursting with earthy flavors” in her looloo review.
“Green Pastures really makes healthy eating easy and delicious, as evidenced by this dish,” April H. said in her looloo review. “It was really great and it didn’t feel like you are being deprived.”
Green Pastures has branches in Eastwood Mall, Quezon City, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong, and Net Park Building, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
7. The Wholesome Table
The Wholesome Table is all about going back to basics with comfort food we know and love but prepared the organic way. Take the porridge for example. It’s home and warmth in a bowl and The Wholesome Table’s take on this classic, called the Warm Quinoa Porridge, makes it even better and healthier by using ingredients like free-range chicken, free-range eggs, garlic, spring onions, homemade chicken broth, kale, and micro greens!
The Wholesome Table also serves Power Bowls are essentially healthy meals in a bowl. If you’re looking for something dairy-free should go for the Protein Power Bowl, which has quinoa, chickpeas, carrots, wild mushrooms, flax seeds, micro greens, and tahini sauce. If it’s a gluten-free meal that you’re after, order the Macro Bowl instead! It has quinoa, wakame, white beans, sweet potato, kale, spinach, teriyaki almonds, and a garlic yogurt dressing.
The Wholesome Table has branches in Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati, and Infinity Tower, Salcedo Village, Makati.