Vegging out gets new meaning at Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-sabi Noodle House Window

Yeah, I know the drill.  Eat your veggies.  Eat more of ’em.  And eat ’em more often.  Well, I’m no veggie hater; it’s just that pork, chicken and beef are just too commonplace and admittedly, too good to pass up come mealtime.  Vegemeat dishes are okay but there aren’t a lot of places that serve them, and honestly, the dishes fall short on taste.  Call it serendipity or luck but your Happyfoodies are just too happy to have stumbled upon a really nice veggie place — Wabi-Sabi Noodle House & Vegetarian Grocery at The Collective in Makati.  We’re just too glad to find somewhere we can seek penance for all those trips to the nearby 8065 Bagnet.

Viet Pho
Viet Pho (P95)

Lagal[og] says: Maybe it was the name that caught my eye; that and the inviting interior with the warm lighting .  Wabi-Sabi sounds Filipino but the name has a rather sublime meaning — the Japanese concept of aesthetic or beauty with acceptance of transcience or impermance.  Whew, heavy stuff but there’s nothing too heavy to comprehend as far as the menu is concerned.  I ordered the Pho which arrived redolent of basil.  This one is laced with chunks of vegemeat which I think is an interesting twist, making it filling yet not that burdensome to the tummy.  It was also nice to have the fragrant Lemongrass Iced Tea as a complement — light, cool and refreshing to the palate.

Banh Mi
Banh Mi (P75 half/ P150 whole)

Ironwulf says: I missed Banh Mi (baguette with grilled meat and slices of vegetable toppings) very much from my Indochina travels in Vietnam and Laos. Boy I used to have Banh Mi as breakfast everyday when I was in Luang Prabang. It’s a rare treat to find here in Manila so I was glad to find one at Wabi-sabi. It’s Banh Mi with a twist as it uses veggie meat as substitute to beef. And oh it was savory and juicy that I thought it was the real thing. The dressing was also flavorful and I like the kick of lemongrass.

Gyoza Pot Sticker
Gyoza Pot Sticker (P45/ 3pcs)

Lagal[og] says: As side dish, we ordered the vegetarian Gyoza Pot Stickers.  One dip into the yummy sauce was all it took to make me order another batch.  The gyoza was lightly seared instead of deep-fried and the sauce was really something. Definitely worth coming back for.

Vegetable Cracklings
Vegetable Cracklings (P40)

Ironwulf says: Another side dish to nibble on was the Vegetable Cracklings which were deep fried bits of veggie meat that resemble bits of regular fish crackers. It was light and good. Dipping it into the Vinegar Cane that comes with it heightens the flavor.

Wabi-sabi dining interiors
Wabi-Sabi dining interiors

The Collective
7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village,
Makati City • Mobile: 0918.4501714

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  1. hey ferdz/oggie,

    kamustaaaa!!!! 🙂 dinala namin sa wabi-sabi last week yung big boss namin from Malaysia..nag enjoy naman siya. didn’t get to try the banh mi though. got the viet pho, okay naman! 😀

  2. Hi Ferdz and Ogie,

    I’m paying Wabi Sabi a visit soon.



  3. i tried going vegetarian for a week and i just became irritable. eat meat for peace. the banh mi looks enticing. But I see it with lots of sliced beef and a sunny side up egg. Question, is this the san antonio village near saguijo?

  4. great pictures ferdz and ogie! the banh mi picture looks awesome, and it tastes as good as it looks!

    might be time to visit wabi-sabi again. siomai’s on the menu and i heard more stuff are coming soon.

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