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July 29, 2014

THE WHOLESOME TABLE Organic Comfort Food Resto by Bianca Araneta Elizalde (A Review)


July 29, 2014

THE WHOLESOME TABLE Organic Comfort Food Resto by Bianca Araneta Elizalde (A Review)

As featured in BEST OF TAGUIG: 10 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in BGC & Taguig 2014! 

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THE WHOLESOME TABLE is an Organic Comfort Food Restaurant by Bianca Araneta Elizalde of Aria Boracay Fame.

All the produce comes from organic sources; they use free-range chicken and eggs, grass-fed beef, wild-caught seafood, and local artisan products. All the sauces are natural and made from scratch, and they don't use high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, or trans fats.

Their passionate commitment to all things wholesome and healthy is contagious. 

It's one of the best local restaurants to open in Manila this 2014! You've got to check it out...

THE WHOLESOME TABLE
30th St Corner 7th Ave Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(Former Aria Cucina Italia Restaurant location beside Elias)
Telephone: +632 867-0000
Email: eatwell@thewholesometable.com
Website: http://www.thewholesometable.com
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Note: No Reservations. Credit Cards Accepted.  

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It gets full for lunch on any day. Since they don't take reservations, it's best to go as early as 11.30am to ensure that you order the freshest ingredients and they don't run out of stock.

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Love the hip, organic vibe inside the resto. Sit near the windows for better privacy and natural lighting.

Wholesome Table-36.jpgTHE WHOLESOME TABLE MENU: The Wholesome Table Philosophy | Small Plates, Cheese | Soups, Salads, Sandwiches and Paninis | Pastas, Wood-Fired Pizzas | Powerbowls, Main Course | Sides, Dessert, Kids Menu | Detox Juices | Nutmilk, Smoothies | Smoothies, Refreshers | Coffee, Bottled Beverages

The food menu is a combination of Bianca's Organic Food Favorites + Aria's Pizza & Pasta + Green Pastures Specialties + Detox Juices & Smoothies.

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Foodies looking for better and healthier food alternatives in the Metro.

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I personally love the food because the taste is cleaner. You don't feel bloated after eating and there's no guilt in indulging in it.

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The freshly baked complimentary potato bread rolls are soft and a bit sweet. They have a good bite and pair well with the herbed butter.

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ORGANIC MUSHROOM FRITTERS (P320 +10% service charge). Mozzarella-stuffed button mushrooms wrapped in our homemade Italian sausage, breaded and crisp-fried, and served with a fresh cherry tomato passato.

A bit complex with mozzarella, mushroom, Italian sausage, and breaded layers, but tastes so well combined with the cherry tomato sauce. 

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CRISPY CALAMARI (P200 +10% service charge). Lightly battered and fried sea-caught baby squid, served with homemade lemon garlic dip.

This is really good as a starter, too. Crispy, not too oily, and just enough to prepare your appetite.

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✮ BURRATA (P270 +10% service charge). Delicious burrata cheese topped with grape tomatoes, fresh basil, and drizzled with balsamic reduction.

I would recommend this as a starter -- soft, moist white cheese with sweet balsamic sauce, grape tomatoes, and basil, plus buttered garlic bread toasted just right on the side. I guarantee that you'll be wiping that cheese off the bowl with your bread.

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ORZO SALAD (P450 +10% service charge). A favorite in our household, our orzo salad is made with grape tomatoes, capers, fresh basil, mint, feta cheese, dried cranberries, arugula, and tossed in red wine vinaigrette.

A unique salad that is like grain pasta with green veggies, tomatoes, and cranberries. The orzo was tasteless on its own, so I was looking for a topping of chicken or meat to complete the flavor.

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One of their most popular drink items are the Detox Juices in the Detox Bar. Each juice is prepared on the spot every morning.

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Here's the complete list of Detox Juices.

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✮ BE AWESOME (P250 +10% service charge) Detoxifying, Alkalizing. Kale, spinach, parsley, romaine, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon.

My favorite green drink (and rightfully so) the aptly-named Be Awesome is made from nutritious green veggies with apple and lemon flavors to give it a fruity sweetness. It's light, refreshingly good, and best paired with your starters and salads. 

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Meet my partners from Zynappse for my latest project to be launched this August!

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✮ THE BARCELONA (P690 +10% service charge)Spanish-inspired pizza with tomato sauce, turkey chorizo, shiitake mushrooms, roasted garlic, fresh mozzarella, and Grana Padano.

The pizza toppings here are better than Aria's because they don't use canned ingredients anymore. The only processed ingredient they use are the cheeses. I love the turkey chorizo and mushroom toppings. I also liked how chewy and well-charred the dough was; it was fun to eat.

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✮ SALMON IN BASIL CREAM SAUCE (P380 +10% service charge). Fresh salmon tossed in organic cherry tomato passato and creme fraiche.

This pasta is awesome! They use a lighter cream, organic tomato sauce, and fresh salmon bits. You don't get that bloated feeling eating this, unlike the pastas from the Aria days.

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Braised Pork Fettuccine (P430 +10% service charge). Slow milk-braised pork shoulder in a light jus, arugula, and Pecorino Romano.

Milky shredded pork pasta, which should have been served with penne instead of spaghetti. We ate during merienda time so there were a lot of ingredients that were already out of stock, like the penne.

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Meet my friend Abi, who will be helping me with Our Awesome Planet. Welcome aboard! :)

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✮ EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA (P350 +10% service charge). Layers of eggplant, tomatoes, mozzarella, and tofu bits in a rich tomato sauce, served with garlic bread.

It's so good, I can't believe this eggplant lasagna does not have any meat! A must-order. :)

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The staff are very friendly; they retained the best ones from Aria and recruited a better crew.

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✮ MEATLOAF (P580 +10% service charge). Two thick slices of homemade meatloaf served with creamy, organic mashed potatoes and topped with bacon mushroom gravy.

The meatloaf is made from pure meat, with a light mushroom gravy and silky-smooth mashed potatoes on the side. Really good for your meat-loving companions.

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CHICKEN MARSALA (P750 +10% service charge). A house favorite chicken dish of Marsala-braised chicken with oven roasted vegetables. *Please allow 15 mins. for cooking

This dish was put together well -- just the right amount of sweetness with roasted vegetables and mushrooms. They use very lean free-range chicken from Pamora farm, which can be tough and chewy if the kitchen doesn't know how to prepare it.

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✮ BOUNTY OF THE SEA (P650 +10% service charge). Fresh seafood stew cooked in a light seafood broth with garlic cloves, lemon, tomatoes, herbs and served with a side of crusty garlic bread.

If you're looking for good value for money and something healthy but yummy, I recommend this seafood platter for your main dish. The seafood is fresh in a serving size that is big enough to share. The broth was light, creamy, and with just the right oceany taste. 

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✮ BE WORTHY (P350 +10% service charge). Banana, almond butter, hemp, vanilla, cacao, maca, sole, honey, chia seeds, almond milk.

For dessert, I recommend the smoothies, which beat the Jamba Juice smoothies any time of the day. Go for the Be Worthy for that energy boost and to satisfy your sweet craving and end your meal on a high note. :) 

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They give you a spoon instead of straw. I like that they are very conscious about the environment, too.

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Congratulations, Bianca for creating a winning Organic Restaurant concept in Manila! Awesome indeed!

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This gets my vote for one of 2014's Most Awesome Restaurants in Manila!  

Highly recommended for foodies looking for something unique and healthy, for barkadas planning an organic food trip, and for balikbayans wanting to taste something they can be proud of from our very own Filipino Restaurateurs. :)

Most of their food is healthy, clean-tasting, and really good. My personal recommendations would be the Burrata, Salmon in Basil Cream Sauce, Eggplant Parmiagana, and Bounty of the Sea. For drinks, remember to order the Detox Juices such as the Be Awesome to start your meal, and their smoothies, like the Be Worthy, for dessert (the actual dessert list is not that exciting).

For meat lovers like me, it's good to know that they only serve Grass-Fed Beef. I look forward to trying their tenderloin on my next visit. Budget about P800/head.

The era of healthy, organic, and wholesome food in Manila is finally here! Let me know what your favorites are in the comments. :) 

THE WHOLESOME TABLE
30th St Corner 7th Ave Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(Former Aria Location in Bonifacio High Street Central beside Elias)
Telephone: +632 867-0000
Email: eatwell@thewholesometable.com
Website: http://www.thewholesometable.com
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Note: No Reservations. Credit Cards Accepted. 
 
About The Wholesome Table

The Wholesome Table is an organic restaurant that serves comfort food.
 
Here at The Wholesome Table, it goes without saying that…..

All our produce comes from organic sources
We use meat from grass fed cows that are raised without artificial hormones and antibiotics
Our poultry and eggs are all free-range
We source local products whenever possible
We serve wild-caught seafood
Except for our cheese, which comes from local and organic sources, we do not use any other processed ingredients
You wont find high fructose corn syrup in any of our food and drinks
We also avoid using refined sugar and trans fat
All our sauces and condiments are natural and made from scratch
We use healthier alternatives wherever we can

We promise you that this list will grow as long as better food choices are made available.

So go ahead and find comfort knowing that you are about to eat something truly nutritious and delicious, on your wholesome table.

Live an Awesome Life,

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Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com 

Disclosure: We paid for our meals. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. Meet Jelito de leon, one of the most admired Instagrammers in Manila. He took most of the artistic photos of The Wholesome Table. :)

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