I must admit, the first time I asked my wife to eat in Latasia Fusion on a Saturday night, I thought twice about visiting this place. I was expecting an al fresco setup with a garden but instead the place was small and literally a hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant. If George Ramos did not rave about how good the vegetarian food is, I wouldn’t even consider to eat here. I was flabbergasted by how good the vegetarian food even better than its meat counterparts at a low price of less than P100 for a complete meal! This beats the cost of a Jollibee meal these days and it gives you healthy benefits that not even a chicken joy or jolly burger can provide.

I won’t give a lecture on how vegetarian food is the best diet for a guilt-free eating to a healthy living (as Latasia Fusion’s slogan suggest). I was a struggling, trying-hard vegetarian at one point (if you been reading my blog for some time now) and the last thing I want to hear is somebody preaching about the bad effects of a carnivorous diet. I was only able to sustain it for a month and then I was back to my steak-eating ways. I had a lot of excuses which includes the availability of delicious vegetarian cuisine at a low costs as possible. Latasia Fusion was able to break this excuse by providing vegetarian versions of our favorite Kare Kare, Shawarma, Barbeque, Lengua, Morcon, vegetarian egg and eggless mayonnaise, etc… You have to taste it to believe it and if this was near our place, I wouldn’t mind eating here the entire week 🙂 Also, one of the complaints of people going to a vegetarian diet is that your Uric Acid will drastically increase because of eating a lot of soya, nuts, and beats. Alex is a living testimony that this is not so even if you eat it on a daily basis. Although your body needs to undergo an adjustment period as the body cleanses the toxins in your body at the start.

Latasia Fusion’s menu is a mix of latin and asia cuisines (hence the name Latasia) owned by Alex and wife, Fortune. They make sure that they serve a complete meal consisting of meat, vegetables and dessert. Snacks such as muesli and granola are also available for those on the go. Alex Orlino, who is an animal rights activist and a member of PETA ( People for the ethical treatment of animals) was determined to become a vegetarian to live his convictions. Thanks to his wife Fortune with her Kapampangan culinary powers, she was able to cook creative vegetarian dishes that is palatable to the Filipino taste and at the same time healthy for the body. Alex has been a vegetarian for 5 years now and in fact, he shares this conviction to people who visits Latasia by giving out free packet containing brochures, stickers, and video materials to inspire people to become a vegetarian. Their lunch menu changes every day and you have to go there when the vegetarian Kare Kare is available. Fortunately, their vegetarian shawarma best seller is available everyday. To those who may be interested to know their weekly menu, you may contact them so your trip there will not be wasted but then, if you are already there why not try out their other dishes as well.

Overall Ambiance

There are only two square tables and a long table attached to the wall. The photo makes it a little bigger but imagine that this place is already crowded if there are 10 or more people eating at the same time. I’m sure this posts would create an awareness of Latasia and I do hope that they would have a chance to expand.

The master chef, Fortune with her mom cooking right before your eyes. This is honest to goodness home cooking in a typical kitchen of a typical Filipino household.

There is no fancy kitchen equipment and the sight of this cooking pan is enough to make you crave for the vegetarian dish about to be served.

There are Fil-Americans who frequent this place which is a good indication of how good the food is despite the way it looks from the outside.

The Vegetarian Food

Latasia Barbeque (Their mock red meat dish made of glutten) — I’ve tasted glutten before and I swore to myself that I won’t eat it anymore. However, Latasia Fusion’s BBQ version changed my mindset on glutten and this is the first time I liked it.

Vegetable Mix. This is the best dish for us during that lunch time which I thought was a menudo version. I can’t believe that this is just vegetables with glutten.

Pininyahan. — Tofu with Pineapple and Raisins. Let’s just say that this one is an acquired taste. This is the only dish that we did not even attempt to finish.

Thai Green Curry — I’m glad that we waited for this dish as it was being cooked when we arrived. If Thai green curry could taste this good, I’m excited how a vegetarian Kare-Kare or Morcon would taste like.

Mock Chicken Pattie. My wife loved this and is a good substitute for spam or ham lovers out there.

Turmeric Rice – Turmeric Spices is the key ingredient in making this yellow rice and it also taste as good as it sounds.

Two Dish + Rice (P40) with Autumn Shake (P40). Imagine, one decent meal is only P40 🙂 So, I did not hesitate to buy two more dishes so that I can taste all the vegetarian food they serve during lunch. By the way, the Autumn Shake (Banana, Watermelon, Pineapple, Mango) by Jess is the best seller in the house for only P40. This healthy raw fruit juice is a good compliment to the Latasia Fusion healthy meal experience. (thanks Kaka for this tip!)

Other Specialties

You should really try the fruit shakes by Jess. Aside from the autumn shake, we tried the Chiz Shake (P35) which is creamy cheesy milk shake that we love. Although, after a few sips, the sweetness of the chiz shake is not too appealing anymore.

Vegan Shawarma! (P40) This is the claim to fame of Latasia Fusion and this is available everyday! We had to take out this vegetarian shawarma just to be able to taste this shawarma version that a lot of people are talking about. Indeed, it is at par or even better (I should say) than the meat based shawarma. One has the option to choose from Harros, Fajitas or Falafel for the filling with 5 variance of veggies.

Barbarri Bread (P45) Thanks to Dawn for this tip on Latasia’s Barbarri bread. She would take this home everytime they would eat in Latasia. The bread itself has been coated with pesto and garlic & parseley dip and is just wonderful to combine with the eggless mayo garlic, a homemade sauce made of tofu. You have to toast it in slow heat to bring out its crunchy taste.

Latasia Fusion

Thanks Alex and Fortune for bringing Latasia Fusion to life in UP! I do hope that your two-month old business becomes successful so that you can branch out to other places in Malate or Makati 🙂 Thanks for inspiring me to reconsider the vegetarian diet. I think i would start first with a pescetarian diet (no red meat only fish and chicken).

This is a must try vegetarian cuisine and let me know what you think about this place. One of the reasons I am passionate about blogging is to promote the bests food and beach places in the Philippines. I think this is one of the best vegetarian filipino restaurant in Metro Manila. Please post your Latasia Fusion experience in the comments.
Katipunan Ave corner Ramon Magsaysay, Quezon City (near UP Katipunan Gate Outpost)

Tel: +632 433-8255
Fortune Bucud +63919 514-1549
Alex Orlino +63919 258-8600
Email: latasia_fusion@yahoo.com
Website: http://latasiafusion.agapeia.com/

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