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Makati Goes Cosmic: A New Vegetarian & Vegan Cafe and Bistro!

Makati Goes Cosmic: A New Vegetarian & Vegan Cafe and Bistro!


Najee Chua October 31, 2018 Food & Drink

When living in the frenetic, cosmopolitan city of Manila, knowing where to get good food is akin to good self-care. Feeling hangry, but mindful of your weight and wary of your wallet? Needing some peace and quiet from all the stress of Manila’s premier central business district? Tired of feeling guilty about (forgive the pun) pigging out on Filipino staples like bagnet or sisig?

We’ll let you in on a secret: a new vegetarian & vegan restaurant recently opened its doors to the public in Poblacion, Makati. We think it’s about time you tried something Cosmic!

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Hidden at the second floor of a nondescript building, Cosmic has no signages other than an eye printed on a short-bond paper, pointing towards a narrow staircase. Upstairs, a sliding door will usher you into the inviting, colorful interiors of the restaurant.

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Despite its small space, Cosmic feels otherworldly. Making excellent use of both style and function, Cosmic employs plush couches, native furniture, decorative plants, and quaint ornaments to create an atmosphere of comfort, wonder, and a distinct sense of discovering unlikely treasure.

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The folks behind Cosmic have been hard at work making Cosmic the restaurant they’ve always wanted.

“Both my parents raised me vegetarian, so I’ve been vegetarian since birth. It was always a struggle for my family to eat out, because most of our options were really pricey”

Explains Ms. Devaki Ginto, co-owner of Cosmic.

“So we wanted this restaurant to fulfill our desire for an inexpensive place that doesn’t sacrifice quality vegetarian and vegan food.”

Devaki’s husband, Rodel Ginto, serves as Cosmic’s Head Chef, and is affectionately called a ‘mad scientist’ by his wife.

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Rodel and Devaki

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Lali (co-owner) with the Cosmic servers and staff

“He spends a lot of time perfecting his mock meat creations, and the ones that pass several taste-tests are served in Cosmic. Friends have said that our sisig is spot-on without the excessive oiliness” explains Devaki, a smile gracing her face. “Once, I observed a customer removing what she thought was the fat from our bagnet dish. It was pretty funny, but maybe she didn’t know the kind of food we have at Cosmic?” She grins here, laughing a little.

That says a lot about the accuracy in taste and quality of their mock meat, huh?

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Cosmic’s menu is notably multi-cuisine (an eclectic mix of Japanese, Mexican, Italian, and Filipino), a nod to its name by bringing limitless plant-based food options for vegetarian and non-vegetarian enthusiasts alike. But – and this is the kicker – everything on the Cosmic menu is noticeably affordable and will keep your wallet happy. It will, in fact, guarantee a return trip with more friends. “My husband believes that any cuisine can become vegetarian, and that we should have every option available,” says Devaki.

Is she hinting at possible additions to the menu in the near future? Let’s hope so!

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Mynila’s Favorites:

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Appetizer Combo Platter of Nori Seaweed, Enoki Mushrooms, and Bagnet (with Garlic Mayo dip) – P150

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Passion Fruit Honey Ginger Mocktail – P40 – A light refresher perfect for Manila heat.

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Vegan Lasagna – P180 – I’m not normally a lasagna person, but this was recommended by Devaki and it was actually surprisingly tasty without being overpowering!

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Vegan Pancit “Habhab” Lucban with Bagnet – P40

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Scrambled Tofu-Egg Platter with Vegan Longganisa – P100. Still fascinated by the replication of the taste of longganisa!

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Ensaladang Eggplant – P100

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Vegan Sisig topped with vegan bagnet – P160

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French Press with beans sourced from Cavite (single) – P60

“We do want people to consider changing their diet in the end. All these delicious dishes aren’t just good for you and your overall health, but its overall effect on the planet is good, too. Don’t be afraid to take it slow.”

If the word “cosmic” is characterized by greatness, especially in extent, intensity, or comprehensiveness, then without any hesitation, diners can definitely start their journey towards a healthier, more nutritious (and delicious!) lifestyle right here at the mezzanine floor at the corner of Burgos and Gen. Luna in Poblacion, Makati.

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Thanks, Cosmic, for making healthy eating accessible for the rest of Manila!

Cosmic: 2/F 5057 P. Burgos St. Corner Gen. Luna Brgy. Poblacion 1210 Makati

 

(The author would like to thank her friend, Zara Dy, for contributing her insightful thoughts on Cosmic Philippines!)


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