Owner Ms. Sylvia Cancio took a leap of faith when she transformed a portion of space from their family business into a small but cozy restaurant. But it turned out to a worthy risk. Now it’s charming yet still some sort of secret because it’s partly hidden at the back of her building (but hey, now if you’re reading this, I’m sharing with you this little gem), frequented by groups of friends and families with healthy appetites yet they choose healthy meals over fast foods. People obviously enjoy Live Life Vegetarian Restaurant. Not only because of it’s cozy ambiance, but their buffet spread of Italian, Filipino and Asian inspired dishes that are all surprisingly good. The best part? Everything’s affordable!
|Vegetarian Spaghetti Pomodoro|
|Tofu Burger Patties|
My significant other is a certified carnivore. He absolutely abhor vegetables. So when I had invited him to attend an event at Live Life Vegan Restaurant, he immediately said, “Vegetarian resto? Oh, no! I need to stuff myself first before heading to that resto to see you.” Just like anyone who’s not really a vegan or isn’t that much of a vegetables person, there’s a negative notion right away that eating healthy foods is synonymous to eating bland or eating ‘grass.’
|Vegetarian Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls|
|Chili con Tofu|
|Fiber-enriched Okra vegetable medley|
|Mushroom filled fried dumplings|
|Fresh greens and vegetable salad|
|Vegetable Curry (I love the shiitake mushrooms as meat alternative)|
|Baked Mushroom and Zuccini Teriyaki|
Imagine my surprise when my significant other loved Live Life Restaurant’s buffet spread that I saw him enjoying his third or fourth helpings of his new favourite dishes. Cancio, Live Life’s owner said she personally developed the restaurant’s menu. The idea came to her when she realized she was starting to feel unhealthy from all the fast food and the meat she was eating. Live Life debunks the myth that vegetarian foods aren’t as delicious. Cancio’s Baked Mushroom and Zuccini Teriyaki, Tofu Patties, Grilled Vegetable Skewers, Fresh Lumpia (this was my boyfriend’s favourite among all the dishes on their buffet), Vegetable Paella, Vegetable Curry, Chili con Tofu were such a hit among her clients. Cancio’s equally proud of her turon—“because the langka (jackfruit jam) jam is homemade. The result gives the banana fritters an outstanding sweetness.” Cancio studied nutrition in New York, so she must’ve really put to good use what she had studied for. She bakes a mean ensaymada too and for non vegan guests, she can also arrange and make her special savory roasted chicken. Live Life restaurant is a tiny, no-frills hole-in-the-wall but with appetizing rows of vegan goodies enough to make your mouth water and your tummy asking for more of these nutritional healthy dishes.
|Live Life's to-die-for Fresh Lumpia|
|A choice of white rice or organic brown rice|
|The crowd favorite Turon (Banana Fritters)|
Dine here and experience for yourself the wonders of eating right and healthy at Live Life Vegetarian restaurant. Live Life is located at 2240 Chino Roces Avenue, Bangkal, Makati City. Call 478-6310 for more information.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.