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With ashes on our forehead, a lot of us are getting ready for meatless Fridays. Here’s a roundup of delicious and meat-free grub you can get in the city, so that fasting and abstinence don’t feel like a journey through the pits. We’re starting with the very basic that is…

1. McDonalds. It’s not Lent without at least one order of McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish. It has significantly settled its place in our palate and on our minds as the meat-free fast food choice. Starting at P104, the delicious fish sandwich of fried fish fillet with melted cheese on steamy buns proves to be a dependable alternative to the food chain’s beefy burgers. Multiple locations around Metro Manila



2. Wendy’s. And then there’s Wendy’s Fish Fillet treat of a sandwich: Alaskan pollock, creamy tartar dressing, and fresh vegetable slaw sounds just as good as its more famous brother, the Shrimp Sandwich. The Fish Fillet Sandwich retails at P98 as solo, and P130 for a combo meal, making it one of the people’s top picks during Lent. Multiple locations around Metro Manila



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3. Bonchon Chicken. While it is best-known and well-loved for its Korean-style fried chicken, Bonchon’s delicious seafood meals mustn’t be overlooked. The Fish & Chips Box is guaranteed to keep you satisfied and happy for only P155. Multiple locations around Metro Manila


4. Stephen’s Brick Oven Pizza. Trust us when we say there is no bad time for pizza, especially if it’s the kind with a superb mixture of toppings. Stephen’s Brick Oven Pizza’s Crusty Crustacean has anchovies, pesto, basil, roasted garlic, three kinds of cheese, and shrimp. It’s only P380 apiece, surely knocking your socks off with its distinctive flavors and textures. 89 P. Guevarra St., San Juan, Metro Manila. +639175406355


5. The Old Spaghetti House. Go for a dainty meal with the Seafood Alfredo by The Old Spaghetti House. It’s lightly-seasoned pasta and creamy white sauce with mussels and shrimps tops at P245 per serving. Multiple locations around Metro Manila


6. Morganfield’s. Dubbed as the home of the ‘Sticky Bones,’ this Malaysian franchise that boasts of American vibes is not just all about meaty American cuisine. Morganfield’s also serves exquisite choices of seafood dishes from its appetizers to sharing platters. If you feel like splurging and medyo bad boy and bad girl, feast on the Seafood Basket: a ton load of beer-battered seafood for only P645. 2/F Uptown Mall, 36th Street cor 9th Avenue, Taguig. +632 2469069



7. Recovery Food. There’s more to this amazing down-to-earth restaurant than their comfort bowls of tapsilog. Have a go at their popular rice bowl called SST (Spicy Sweet Tuyo) featuring a mix of tuyo, your choice of sunny side up or scrambled egg, and organic rice at P180. It’s so good, you’d think it was already Easter Sunday. R108 Bonifacio Stop Over, Rizal Drive, Taguig. +632 2177144



8. Diet Buddy PH. If you don’t feel like going out, and would rather have your food delivered to you, check out Diet Buddy Philippines. It’s a diet delivery service dishing out calorie-counted diet meals. A few days ahead of the season, it has tailored its weekly meal plan for Lent, replacing Friday’s eats with hearty food choices of Daing na Bangus w/ Tomato Salsa & Organic Rice, Green Fish Curry w/ Organic Rice, Fruit & Tea, and Pumpkin Soup w/ Garlic Toast. The meal plans cost P1700/P340/day (1200kcal meals for 5 days), P1900/380/day (1500kcal meals for 5 days), and P2100/P420/day (2000kcal meals for 5 days). +63916 5270314



9. Bag O’Shrimps. If you are deeply in love with seafood and you don’t mind getting your hands and faces messy, Bag O’ Shrimps is your place to be. The Bag O’ Momma Shrimps flavor is highly recommended for newcomers. The food is served by the bag, and a bag of shrimp amounts to P565/453g. Upper McKinley Road, Taguig. +63917 8232227.



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10. Catch. Catering gourmet modern seafood, Catch’s menu has a wide range of seafood for people who appreciate decadent dining. Valued at P550, their Tiger Prawn Gambas with Garlic Bread of sharp tastes of plump shrimp and herbs can be availed for a flavorful experience. G/F V. Corporate Center, 125 L. P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati. +63906 8518030



11. The Wholesome Table. This restaurant champions healthy dishes by way of organic ingredients. For P790, try their one-of-a-kind seafood stew aptly called Bounty of the Sea which is adorned by various sumptuous flavors lifting the freshness of the seafood in every bite. 30th Street cor 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. +632 8670000



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12. Wildflour Cafe + Bakery. While bread (glorious bread) and pastries are Wildflour Café + Bakery’s main selling points, the cafe also has a few overlooked meatless options. The Grilled Octopus Salad for P440 puts you in no place of regret too! An infusion of sweet mango, peanuts, cabbage, and octopus will definitely get you munching. 4th Avenue cor 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. +632 8567600


13. Pino Resto Bar. Chef Ed’s Bugia’s Pino Resto Bar is particularly known for its spirited take on Filipino food. Specializing on reinventing the Pinoy cuisine, one of their best is the P275 dish called Nilasing na Tahong which refers to the tangy tasting mussels cooked in San Miguel beer with lime soda and chili. 122 Maginhawa St, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City. +632 3523755


14. Corner Tree Cafe. Arguably Metro Manila’s best vegetarian restaurant, Corner Tree Café is where to go to have a delicious meat-free, vegan, and gluten-free food. The walnut burger is an automatic choice, but have a taste of the Bowl of Chili which has Shiitake mushrooms and zucchini in place of meat for P330. 150 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati. +632 8970295



15. Susi. A vegan and gluten-free deli, Susi promotes the meatless lifestyle. The plant-based restaurant in the heart of Bonifacio Global City puts quite a spin to their offerings, which can be seen in their flavorful Quinotto priced at P415. Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. +632 8337874


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