Did you guys do anything special last Valentine’s Day? John and I had originally planned on staying home and avoiding the traffic, but then I heard about a new vegan restaurant that would be opening at the Fort on Valentine’s Day. I really wanted to try their tasting menu, so we booked ourselves a table.
Susi is the brainchild of Bianca Moran (@biancaxmoran on Instagram), whose family is also behind restaurants such as Cafe Mediterranean, Mexicali, and El Chupacabra. Bianca is vegan and gluten-inotolerant, and she taught herself how to cook while living abroad. Susi sets itself apart from other vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Manila by using whole and natural foods instead of processed meat substitutes like vegemeat. Susi is the first restaurant I’ve ever been to whose entire menu is vegan and gluten-free.
The restaurant was fully booked for dinner on Valentine’s Day, which also happened to be their opening day. John and I were seated in a cozy table for two in the sunroom downstairs.
Here’s what we ate, and I apologize in advance for the grainy photos — it was really dark:
Kale chips (no photo) and “faux gras” with roasted garlic and gluten-free toast
Kale salad with candied beets, mushroom bacon, and walnuts
Roasted tomato-beet soup with homemade croutons
Radish and mushroom “scallops” on a bed of quinoa risotto
Lentil-mushroom loaf with ratatouille and mashed potatoes
Roasted tomato pasta with mushroom meatballs
Vegan carbonara with mushroom bacon, roasted garlic, and capers
Strawberry tart with almond-coconut cream
Dark chocolate and pear tart with a rich ganache
Needless to say, John and I felt really good about our dinner. No guilt at all! My favorites were the risotto (didn’t really like the “scallops” though), the vegan carbonara, and the awesome chocolate tart.
We overheard the couple at the next table talking about how full they were and how they could barely finish their food. But John and I are kind of big eaters, and we were even considering ordering more!
Bianca came by and showed us their regular menu, they’ve got interesting dishes like an eggless tomato and olive quiche, kimchi spring rolls, veggie curry with turmeric rice, and malunggay ravioli with vegan cheese. They’ve even got breakfast items such as a yum-sounding vegan chorizo and tofu scramble with garlic rice, breakfast burritos, chickpea fritatas, vegan pancakes and waffles, and more! I’m looking forward to going back and trying everything else on their menu.
Congratulations Bianca Moran, and thanks for feeding us!
SUSI, G/F Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio, Phone: (632) 833-7874