There’s very little I can say about my experience at The Wholesome Table BGC that won’t come off as gushing. Lovely ambiance, delicious food– just between these two measures the restaurant has already passed with flying colours. But add to that the attentive wait staff and an interesting menu and you’ve got yourself a friendly neighbourhood restaurant you’ll want to keep coming round until you’ve tested every dish off the menu.
The Wholesome Table is the brainchild of Bianca Araneta Elizalde, and it prides itself with being a restaurant that serves wholly organic comfort foods. From the use of organic veggies, to meat from grass-fed naturally-raised cows, down to free-range eggs, the restaurant has a real desire to be fully wholesome in their food preparation. They avoid using processed ingredients, refined sugars, and trans fats. They also support local products and use them where appropriate for their dishes. And of course all their ingredients are fresh, plus their condiments and sauces are all made from scratch.
In fact, even their decor screams all-natural and wholesome as well.
They’re asking their diners to have faith that they will use healthier alternatives wherever possible without sacrificing any of the flavour, and I’m quite inclined to believe them. In fact, I’d say they really deliver.
It surprises me not that The Wholesome Table quickly gained popularity among restaurant-goers in the metro. Apart from its highly photogenic interior, with one look at the menu you will find plenty of familiar favourites like pasta, pizza, seafood and meat dishes. But the catch? They’ve been turned into more nutritious dishes thanks to the careful use of organic ingredients. Comfort food galore indeed!
I think I’ve babbled enough about the concept of the restaurant, so let’s just get on with the meal we had shall we? My family and I came for an early lunch to avoid what I am aware can be a nasty lunchtime grind in this restaurant. We were seated immediately, and after taking our orders, our waiter brought out some freshly-baked dinner rolls with butter for appetizers.
I’m not entirely sure if you can ask for a refill of dinner rolls since it isn’t our habit to stuff ourselves with too much bread before the main course even arrives, but we didn’t even need to ask for any because our salads arrived just as we finished off the rolls.
The Wholesome Salad (Php 350) is their signature salad and it’s a rather straightforward one. Sweet grape tomatoes, Haas avocados, and onions are the star of this salad. The sherry vinegar dressing with honey and EVOO gives it that nice tang. The watermelon adds a refreshing touch.
Now the Chicken Dukkah Salad (Php 460) was absolutely scrumptious! The dukkah-coated grilled chicken has a strong smell but the flavours light up the palate. The rest of the salad is made up of roasted squash, tomatoes, red onions, and cucumbers, then topped with feta cheese and sunflower seeds. It all comes together with a balsamic vinaigrette that’s light and gives the chicken dukkah room to shine. Yum!
The Gambaretti Arrabiatta (Php 590) has a grape tomato-based sauce that gets its boost in flavour from juicy sautéed shrimp and bacon. This dish was delicious, but honestly the serving is a little small for the price.
We ordered one big-sized Nutty Garlic Pasta (Php 390) to share and for its simplicity, this pasta was absolutely delicious for anybody who is a fan of garlic pesto sauce! The taste of garlic is apparent without being too cloying, which is something I appreciated.
Bounty of the Sea (Php 790) is a seafood stew with a light but tasty seafood broth that pairs so well with the crusty garlic bread it’s served with. Garlic cloves, tomatoes, and a mixture of herbs flavour the stew apart from the natural sweet flavours of fresh seafood. Really good!
We weren’t able to try any of their oven-fried pizzas this time around so needless to say that’s what I’m looking forward to for our next visit, alongside the Chicken Marsala dish. Plus I NEED to try out some of their intriguing Powerbowls! I’m excited!
The Wholesome Table doesn’t just do organic food, it also mixes up some really interesting drinks and juices. In fact it has a separate menu just for drinks so you can imagine how extensive their selection is. For people who aren’t fans of the whole juicing phenomenon, I’m pretty sure you’ll be crinkling your nose as soon as you spot the words celery and carrots on the menu, but for the rest of us who don’t mind a little bit of veggies mixed into their drinks, here are some of the thirst-quenchers we tried:
The Pineapple Mint Yogurt Shake (Php 180) is a tall drink that takes its sweet flavour from the pineapple and lightly sour-tangy dimension from the yogurt. The mint is surprisingly stronger than I was expecting too, though not in an unpleasant way.
The Be Alive Detox Juice (Php 250) is their hydrating and anti-inflammatory detox juice. It tastes predominantly of celery. Unsurprising since celery often steals the thunder from other ingredients when it’s mixed into a juice. This is definitely an acquired taste, but if you’re like me and don’t mind the taste of vegetables mixed together into a green concoction then you’ll be fine.
The Wholesome Mojito (Php 120) is composed of spirulina, chlorella, honey, and mint. It looks like sludge but I promise it tastes a lot yummier than it looks. It feels even more cleansing than the Detox Juice above and I reckon it’s because of the way it looks that plays with the mind. 😛 It’s non-alcoholic by the way.
I think this restaurant is a complete package. You can see the careful consideration in every aspect of it from the decor down to the menu selection. The food is absolutely delicious even though some of the items on the menu tend to be on the more expensive side for such small servings. I feel like eating here is still worth it though, especially with company.
There’s something about The Wholesome Table that draws you in and makes you want to stay for hours, chatting obliviously with friends or family, just hanging out and letting the time pass in the best possible way. But of course, why wouldn’t you want to stay when there’s good food to be had and a great place to have it in?
The Wholesome Table BGC
30th St., Corner 7th Ave.,
Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig
Hours: 11.00 am to 10.00 pm
Tel No.: (02) 867-0000; (02) 621-4111
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Full disclosure: This meal was absolutely not sponsored in any way and all opinions stated above are my own.