Back when I lived in Manila in 2011-2012, one of my biggest challenges was finding somewhere to eat with my pescetarian (seafood & veggies only) diet. Filipinos are notorious for their carnivorous, pork-loving, fried-food cuisines, so I often had trouble figuring out what to eat at parties (when all else failed, I ate only from the dessert table- while it was yummy, it also felt like I was treating myself to early onset diabetes. =/)
Imagine my delight when I came home recently and was introduced to SUSI (which means 'key' in Tagalog), a vegan restaurant promoting sustainable living. SUSI is founded by Bianca Mabanta, who left her visual design job in Barcelona to start SUSI in Manila.
I had the 'Oscar the Grouch' green smoothie lathered in kale, spinach, wheatgrass, and banana, and felt refreshed and cleansed at the same time. Their menu boasts vegan, gluten-free options heavy on my favorite leaf, kale (I know, such a Cali girl thing) and decadent desserts that are all dairy-free and egg-free.
To top it all off, their interiors are designed beautifully with the cozy charm of nature-inspired decor. It is the perfect environment for brunch, afternoon meetings (I myself came with Rich Earth Jewelry founder Rica Banares Manuel), or a place to take yourself on a coffee/reading date.
What I love most is that SUSI is a woman-owned business promoting sustainable, cruelty-free living, compatible with the Glamourbaby lifestyle.
If you're headed to Manila with a limited diet and a penchant for green gastronomy, head on over to SUSI and unlock a whole new world of vegan/healthy cuisine still rare in the Philippines!
SUSI is at: Burgos Circle, Forbes Town Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Rica was kind enough to treat me to a snack there, and was excited to find a place that reminded me of my health conscious State of California. :)