Let’s Go Vegetarian: Let’s Go Gandiva!

I’ve never purposely been in a vegetarian restaurant/cafe before, much more when this cafe (with its wide roomy extension) also serves as a mini archery range for archery enthusiasts.

Just a few hundred meters away from our Ortigas office, the Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range, located at the 7th Floor, One Corporate Center Building, Julia Vargas corner Meralco Avenue, offers a delightful selection of healthy, vegetarian dishes for health enthusiasts and a practice and training ground for budding archery practitioners.

Getting there in a rainy Friday afternoon for the launching of their establishment is a bit of a drag but once you get there, you’ll immediately feel the ambiance and the staff’s hospitality as they did for us last night. As i took a seat near the glass panels overlooking the view outside Meralco Avenue, i am reminded of upscale watering holes where fun and laughter with friends often takes place over some bottles of beer. Only this time, mouth-watering fruit juices and coffee were served.

The interiors of Gandiva

For starters, we were served a sample of their Tuna Pesto, a mixture of fresh gotokula (don’t ask) and basil with nuts, fragrant flavours, similar in taste with that of Joey Pepperoni but not too spicy- it’s pasta with all the goodness. A sampling of their pizza came with the pasta. The slice of veggie pizza was light, with a veggie meat ham and other veggie trimmings laid into it although i wish they should have served more of this as a thin slice don’t really bite the taste palette much.

Tuna Festo, Pizza and Veggie Burger

Took a bite of the YAM Burger and it was yummy although the bread itself was a little bit dry. Burger patties come in two varieties, Mushroom and Soya Bean Burger.  The Choco cup cake was very interesting which they say is diabetic friendly and vegan, no dairy.

Runners who run frequently in the Ortigas area can surely drop by after their runs and enjoy’s Gandiva’s pasta, pizza, veggie sandwiches and other runner-friendly delights at very reasonable prices.

Highly recommended!

The crowd at Gandiva Cafe

Thanks to Jigs Padilla for the invitation and to Chef Lali for the superb food! For more info, you can go to their website at  www.gandiva.com.ph.