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After several months of busy schedules, hectic classes, and other activities, Kat and I finally had time to ourselves for a dinner date and decided to pick something new and healthy. On the other side of Legaspi Street, guided by google maps from Greenbelt, we found iVegan.
At first glance, a casual passerby wouldn’t notice the place by the side of the street, but once we headed down and stepped inside, the cosy and well-lit atmosphere drew us in.
For dinner, we shared Scallop for appetizers. I had a mildly spicy Wholesome Sisig and a glass of Tavernello Organic Sangiovese Rubicone. Kat, on the other hand, had Lemon Butter Pasta and Chamomile Tea.
“The only scallops I can eat!” said Kat when she saw this one coming out with a slight twinkle in her eye. The Scallops were made out of seared king oyster mushrooms, pesto, and salsa with micro greens to garnish. The plating was impeccable and at first glance, one would actually think that they were being served scallops.
The zest of the salsa and fresh pesto brought out the slight earthy flavors of the mushroom with each bite and before we knew it, it was all gone and had us looking for more.
My dinner was the Wholesome Sisig which is made of mushrooms, green chilli, lime, and spring onions, with a choice of either white or brown rice on the side. iVegan also allows for diners to select the level of spiciness they would like to have on their meal.
I’ve picked mildly spicy just to try it out and I was not disappointed with my choice.I found the slight heat as well as faint saltiness of tofu and mushrooms to be a subtle balance on the taste buds. The tofu and mushrooms were executed with care since all the ingredients blended well together.
However, a slight nitpick would be that I expected a slight bit more crunch from the tofu to really achieve the feeling that it is something close to sisig.
Lemon Butter Pasta
Kat’s dinner, the Lemon Butter Pasta was a delectable combination of angel hair pasta, vegan butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, broccoli, capers, and olives. It also had a ciabatta at the side.
We liked how the servers were all attentive to our needs during our entire stay, from explaining the choices of spiciness levels available for my Wholesome Sisig, to attending to our simple requests. This is definitely worth at least several more trips.
Food Score: 4/5: While we personally like a bit of an extra oomph with the sisig, that’s more of a matter of preference than anything else. The food here is comfort food for the soul, plain and simple.
Ambiance Score: 4.5/5: The ambiance is perfectly casual without being overwhelming with the wooden tables and chairs, firm but comfortable couches, and quaint pictures of grapes gives one the feeling of eating near a vineyard with how spacious everything looks inside.
Service Score: 4.5/5: The staff are very attentive from the start to the time we left. They not only serve with a smile, they also ensure that the orders are done right, our need for water or other questions are quickly addressed. In short, iVegan’s staff is what good customer service should be. They also pay attention to small touches such as warming tea cups before serving
GERD Score: 5/5: The selection and variety of choices in iVegan’s menu is something well appreciated for anyone dealing with GERD / Heartburn.
Neurodivergent 5/5: The food here uses practically no preservatives. Anyone with sensitivities to gluten and other allergens can pick from many alternatives on the menu.
Team Glasses Score: 4.5/5: iVegan is a great place to dine, especially when one is dealing with food restrictions GERD or Neurodivergent issues. We look forward to trying their other menu options soon.