Food, Lifestyle

Organico Gourmet: Defying Organic Stereotypes

A few years back, the term “organic” gives your palate a bland feeling and suggests “boring” all over the plate. But as the years go by, it’s not anymore. People are more getting into healthy living, thus, switching to organic as much as possible. However, you cannot deny the fact that there are only a few instances that your food may be as tasty and as scrumptious as when you are having your ordinary hefty meal.

But Chef Gloria de Vera, executive chef and a mom of two, is set to defy the blandness of the organic and revolutionize healthy eating. Her Organic Gourmet, an all-organic restaurant, starts off from her chef-ly concern and maternal love for her then 12-year old daughter who is fond of eating steak three times a week, along with her favorite ice cream and junk food. This eating habit led her 12-year old daughter to gain so much weight to the point of reaching nearly 170 pounds, at the heaviest.

With knowledge as a chef, persistence of a concerned mother, and a few research on what would suit her daughter’s taste in an organic way of eating, the first two weeks of their experiment shed off 10 pounds from her daughter. Not only did she lost weight, her food preference has also changed, from all-steak and junkfoods to being semi-vegetarian.

This achievement that her daughter have attained through her experiments not only proved her that going organic really helps ones health, but it proved her wrong that organic means plain and tasteless. On the contrary, her efforts produced tasty and delicious organic foods that can both be enjoyed by the young and the not-so-young.

Grilled Prawns with Pasionfruit Butter Sauce

Grilled Prawns with Pasionfruit Butter Sauce

Bellychon

Bellychon

Tinapa Mousse on Mini Pancakes

Tinapa Mousse on Mini Pancakes

Organico Gourmet Cold Pressed Juices

Organico Gourmet Cold Pressed Juices

The dishes they prepare are said to be made with hand-grown, pesticide-free, and non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) ingredients that are sure to prove it is indeed organic and healthy. Want to try it for yourself? You might want to visit them at 916 Luna Mencias Street, Mandaluyong City from 9:30am to 9:30pm. Or you can contact them at +639173790888, +632721-0692 (meal plans, reservations, deliveries), on Facebook: @OrganicoGourmet88 , on Instagram: ORGANICO GOURMET.

Organico Gourmet Map

If you worry if it fits in your budget, don’t worry. Price range: is Php300 (6.50 USD) to Php500 (11 USD) and above (per dish). Portions are generous though the price is not as expensive as other organic restaurants.

Organico Gourmet Menu:

Appetizers:

  • Oyster Fritters
  • Fried Cauli Florettes
  • Smoke Fish Croquettes
  • Stuff Mushrooms

Soup:

  • Minestrone
  • Three Mushroom Cream Soup
  • Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Salads:

  • Mixed Greens with Roasted Sesame Dressing
  • Mixed Greens with Truffle Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Goi Ga

Rice bowls:

  • Spicy Tofu Rice Bowl
  • Penang Gai in Black Rice
  • Chiu Chow Fish in Red Rice

Seafood:

  • Grilled Prawns
  • Grilled Salmon BBQ

Chicken:

  • Tamarind and Honey Glazed Chicken
  • Stuffed Chicken Roulade

Pork:

  • Organico Gourmet Pork n’ Beans
  • Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Chutney

Pasta:

  • Chicken and Kale Pesto Ravioli
  • Kale Pesto
  • Pasta Bolognese
  • Marinara

Pizza:

  • Vegetarian Pizza
  • Truffled Four Cheese Pizza
  • Sardines Pizza

Sandwiches:

  • Organico Gourmet Burger
  • Banhmi
  • Oyster Po ‘Boy
  • Mushroom Burger

Dessert:

  • Mango Pudding with Chia Seeds
  • Sweet Potato Smores
  • Coconut Pannacotta

Steaks:

  • Steak au’ Poivre
  • Filleto ala Organico
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