Just when you thought the food revolution can’t get any better, The Wholesome Table brings healthy food to the next—yummier—level.
When model and host Bianca Araneta-Elizalde drew up the idea of her own restaurant, she already knew what she wanted.
“I conceptualized The Wholesome Table a few years before we actually started putting it together. It was based entirely on the lifestyle my husband and I led as a family, and was influenced heavily by our travels to California, specifically San Francisco, where the food industry is all about going organic, sustainable, and local,” Elizalde shared with Expat.
Being exposed to better choices and accessible options when it comes to organic produce abroad inspired Elizalde to open up The Wholesome Table. In fact, aside from helping people eat better, she also considered those who are having a hard time sustaining their healthy diet while in the Philippines.
So when a space opened up in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Elizalde knew this is the space for her restaurant.
“[Expats] are the ones that understand this [concept] the most, possibly because they’re more used to this kind of food where they’re from. In fact, they are exactly who I was thinking of when I created this concept,” she shared. “I thought about how easy it was to for me to eat this way every time I traveled. So foreigners who come to the Philippines must find it difficult to find this kind of concept when they are here. And it’s true! I have been approached mostly by expats, who’ve all thanked me so much for opening such a place!”
She adds, “I would like to showcase the fact that we are not just a vegetarian restaurant. The Wholesome Table doesn’t discriminate against any sort of diet. I wanted it to be place for everyone! Vegans, vegetarians, meat eaters, children… Everyone can come and find something good to eat! It’s a perfect choice for large groups and families because I made the menu so diverse, there’s something for everyone to choose from.”
With such a diverse menu, one might have a hard time choosing which one to try first. Bianca Elizalde has some tips about her favorites and their bestsellers.
“We’re definitely known for our pork chops, meatloaf, vegetarian Powerbowls, huge salads, burrata, and our amazing Superfood Smoothies made without dairy, or refined sugar,” Elizalde shared.
“My favorites at The Wholesome Table are the breakfast offerings such as the gluten-free pancakes and waffles, acai bowl, roast chicken, all our salads—I can’t pick just one!—and our coffee. We strictly use local coffee beans and they are delicious!”
For his part, here are some of Executive Chef Mon Palmez’s recommendations at The Wholesome Table: Carrot and Pumpkin Soup with Goji Berries: Light and creamy to the last spoonful; Japanese-inspired Yakitori Rice Bowl: Sweet and smoky pork yakitori, Irresistible chicken skin crisps, and a poached egg on top of brown rice sautéed in flavorful yakitori sauce. The added crunch comes from the sprinkled edamame and roasted black sesame seeds on top; Miso-glazed Salmon: Perfectly cooked, pink and tender salmon served on a bed of freshly cooked brown rice and topped the with alfalfa sprouts. The sweetness of the fresh salmon goes well with the savory miso glaze, flavoring the brown rice with deeper flavor.
When asked why people should try The Wholesome Table, Elizalde answered, “The Wholesome Table is very different from other restaurants because of the process we take in preparing your food. We don’t just use organic produce and grass-fed, free-range meats. We make sure we don’t use anything canned or processed and all our sauces are made from scratch because of all the chemicals and sugar you find in bottled sauces. We also choose good quality coconut and olive oil for cooking your food. Aside from the care we take in choosing the ingredients, we also make sure that the cookware we use is completely non-toxic. And apart from all that, The Wholesome Table is also an excellent choice for people with dietary restrictions. Our chefs are trained to cater to most people’s needs, taking into account food intolerances our customers may have. So if you’ve got celiac disease, or if you’re avoiding sugar, carbs, meat, etc., we will have something in the menu for you and will be able to tweak things to accommodate your requests as best we can.”
The Wholesome Table is perfect for a festive family gathering, a power lunch with colleagues, or an intimate dinner with your loved one. Whatever the reason and craving, The Wholesome Table has some for you—healthier and tastier than ever before.
The Wholesome Table has branches in Salcedo Village in Makati City, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, and Estancia Mall at Capitol Commons in Pasig City. For more information, visit www.thewholesometable.com. Check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheWholesomeTable and follow them on Instagram @TheWholesomeTable.
By CHING DEE