One of the unique restaurants hidden inside Malugay’s The Collective is Wabi-Sabi, the owner Ibarra’s Vegetarian Noodle House.

Wabi-Sabi sums up the philosophy in life of the owner – anti-aesthetic, imperfect, unpretentious, in the moment, open and unconventional.

It specializes in vegetarian dishes, specifically the Vietnamese Noodles and Japanese Ramen.

Entering Wabi-Sabi gives you the feeling you’ve stepped into a Chinese noodle shop in a kung fu movie.

Fernando Pho Jr. Lovers

As an homage to their noodle offerings, they created a noodle war accent wall. On one side were the photos of their pho-loving customers, wittily dubbed “Fernando Pho Jr.”

Vegetarian Vietnamese Pho (P95)

The soup of the pho has a clean flavor, and since no meat is used, the taste is a bit flat. The noodles are thinner and served in just the right amount, good for one person.  I personally like the vegetarian chicharon toppings (made from crispy tofu) that comes with the pho.

Ramen Padilla Lovers

And on the other side of the wall were the photos of the ramen-lovers, amusingly called “Ramen Padilla”.

Vegetarian Shoyu Ramen (P95)

The shoyu ramen has gluten meat, which adds a bolder taste to the soup. The noodles here are fatter and yummier than the pho. I like the way the flavors trick your mind into thinking that it is a meat-based soup.

Given the chance, I would love to put up our photo on the wall with the Ramen Padilla camp. 🙂

Vegetarian Bahn Mi (P75 – half)

They also serve Vietnamese Sandwiches that use French Bread, Vegetables and Veggie Magic (which serves as the substitute for the meat).

Veggie Magic (P100)

A mix of Seaweed and Tofu.

There’s a mini-Vegetarian Grocery Store that sells vegetarian ingredients and products.

If you are looking for Vegetarian Bacon/Ham/Salami, please call Tess +63916-776 0063.
Vegetarian Bacon 1/4 – P255
Vegetarian Salami 1 kilo – P250
Vegetarian Ham 1 kilo – P250

Cheese Bar (P25)

For dessert, try the cheese bar, which is packed cheese with the texture of a pili bar. It is good — not too sweet and not too cheesy.

When in Collective, try Wabi-Sabi!

Wabi-Sabi Noodle House & Vegetarian Grocery
7274 Malugay St., Brgy. San Antonio, Makati
(Located at the back, right side of The Collective)

Telephone: +63918-450 1714
Email: [email protected]

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P.S. Sometimes your friends might not appreciate eating in a light and healthy noodle house. You can opt to grab a burger from Wingman instead. But I wouldn’t recommend the wings from Wingman because of the taste.


Home Run Burger Sliders (P230)

Three Mini-Burgers of:
– Chimichurri Burger (Homemade chimichurri sauce, a blend of garlic, parsley, vinegar, chili topped with tomato and crisp red onion)
– The Cowboy Burger (Everything is better with bacon, caramelized onion and lots of smoked hickory barbeque sauce)
– Wingman Burger (Choice of spicy buffalo sauce and topped with rich blue cheese)

For me, the best one is the Chimichurri burger because of the good mix of the chimichurri with the garlic sauce and raw onions.