It felt like hitting the jackpot when I discovered a Filipino vegetarian restaurant that also has a “San Francisco Bay Area vibe”. During my trip to the Philippines last month, I enjoyed the best of both worlds at a quaint restaurant called, Corner Tree Cafe in Makati City, Metro Manila.
Corner Tree Cafe echoes a similar ambiance such as warm lights and artsy decor that you would usually find in cities like Berkeley, Oakland, or San Francisco. It is literally a cafe located on a street corner that has a big tree, so it’s almost impossible to forget its landmarks as its cafe name describes them.
I noticed that its customers were predominantly tourists, at least when I was there. The menu offers vegan and vegetarian versions of international favorites like Lasagna, Banh mi sandwiches, and Biryanis as well as Filipino signature dishes like Lugaw, Kare-kare, and Sinigang. It’s safe to say the Corner Tree Cafe is a great destination for vegan tourists visiting Manila.
Inside Corner Tree Cafe.
Sinigang served with red rice on the side.
Half eaten Kare-kare. Obviously, I got too excited before I was able to snap a photo-and yes, obviously, I thoroughly enjoyed this dish.Vegan shrimp paste or bagoong as condiment for the Kare-kare. I’m still baffled on how they were able to veganize shrimp paste especially because their vegan version tastes so close to it. I’m on a mission to achieve the same result.We also ordered international favorites like their Vietnamese sandwich, vegan Banh mi. I’m very particular when it comes to vegan sandwiches and burgers and I have yet to try a vegan one that I absolutely love. This one wasn’t bad but I wasn’t blown away either.My favorite junk food, french fries, served with ketchup and vegan mayo. Corner Tree Cafe is a vegetarian restaurant with tons of vegan options. Someone from our group ordered a vegetarian salad with real cheese. Of course I couldn’t give the verdict on this one as I didn’t eat it.
Believe it or not, we still had room for desserts. We ordered vegan carrot cake, mostly devoured by my group except me as I was too full from all the vegan goodness we just had.
The usual suspects.
- 150 Jupiter, Makati City, Philippines
- +63 2 897 0295
Open Daily (11:00am – 10:00pm)
(Kitchen closes at 9:30pm. Please come before then)
- Takes major credit cards, food is quite pricey but worth it!
See also: Part V: Vegan Finds: Wabi-Sabi Ramen House, Makati City Philippines