Agico Vegetarian Cafe

83 Araullo St., Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila

Agico Vegetarian Cafe
4.1
4.0 Stars

37 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 11
  • 4 stars 22
  • 3 stars 3
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 1
  • 41 Reviews
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Category:
Vegetarian
Business Hours
Reopens: 10:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+6327051997

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Street
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
Yes
Delivery:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Jackie M.
4.0 Stars
9

Finding out that there is a place where vegetarians or vegans or just everyone who wants to amp up their healthy lifestyle needs was really a gem. Adding to that, people's notion about being a vegetarian just includes boringness and blandness well that probably was a big NO-NO with what AGICO VEGETARIAN CAFE's menu.

AGICO offers more that 80 Vegetarian dishes to choose from. Yep, that's a lot and that also was a wonder. Maybe you are now psyching that this post is all about green leafy veggies and that you are so wrong❌❌ because the food that they offer were mostly all of our staple favorites. Burgers, pastas, makis, dimsum, ramen, etc. Now you're wondering how come? Well, I second the motion. 128587🏻128587🏻

I was also privilaged to be invited to this food tasting event and meet the owner, a vegitarian herself and her family. They came with the idea of putting up something that they could share their love for vegetarian food.

And who doesn't want an awesomely delicious AND healthy meal? No one. So let's go ahead and read more about what AGICO offers.

We had GYOZA and their own made gyoza sauce. It something to look forward to because it's right on the taste of a not vegetarian one. I like it as our starter.128077🏼
BUTAYAKI MAKI at first glance it had some slice of pork or bacon around it, but no, it's not what you think it is. It is their own recipe of a meat substitute which of course doesn't include meat, but tastes like meatloaf of of some sort. This was a winner, I love it!
TOFU STEAK may be more yummier if we ate it the moment that it was served. And I think it could use more sauce on it or on the side because I was feeling it a tad bit dry nevertheless, the taste of the veggies on top and the freshness of the tofu is tasted.
OKONOMIYAKI a healthier version of my bacon topped okonomiyaki. This time it has the Japanese seaweed called Wakame. I also love the flavors that doesn't made me crave for bacon that usually comes with it.
BACON MUSHROOM BURGER Yes, you heard that right! Follow up question is how come? How come that a vegetarian cafe offers burger with the capital B in it? Yup, like the formulated meat substitute the Butayaki Maki has. This burger also had wonderful layers of meat-like textures and tastes. Would you just look at those layers? Oh yum! Burger goodness without the guilt!128571128076🏼
BAKED LASAGNA speaking of textures and layers, this pasta dish got it covered but wait it is again without any meat btw. The sauce as the owner
said was homemade. As I take a bite, I tried to extract in my tounge what's in it that makes me wonder what is that ground meat texture I'm feeling but of course it's their secret. So I'll just do the eating because it's yummy taste like what your mom cooks, although maybe more cheese would help this dish to become on my fave list.
TAPA RICE version of tapsilog tops my list! It looks so deceiving as it tastes and feels really like the real thing. Look at the strands of the meat in the zoomed picture above. The owners won't devulge us if it is a kind of mushroom or a meat substitute. But I'm guessing more that it's a special kind of mushroom. Also, the owner told us that it's one of their bestseller and celebrities' favorite.128079🏻
These are the drinks for the night are the Raw Juices namely (from left-right); LEMON GRASS, CUCUMBER APPLE, and GOJI BERRY those are all refreshingly good for the body.128077🏼
SESAME BUTCHI has been a great meal ender128521

For a non-vegetarian like me I would say that I didn't really felt that what I was eating was vegetarian instead it tasted like the normal food sometimes more yummier and add to it the fact that it was healthier. So very nice!✅

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Manfred M.
4.0 Stars
9

I had this misconception about vegetarian food as a boring and bland cuisine. However, when I visited Agico Vegetarian Restaurant, I was amazed at their interesting vegetarian cuisine. According to the owner, the restaurant was conceptualized out of her desire to introduce others to the benefits of vegetarianism. As a practicing vegetarian for over 35 years, she has experimented with creating the best and finest vegetarian recipes from available local and imported ingredients. She also made sure that these recipes would not alienate meat lovers. As a compromise, she made local and international meat dishes without the meat. Instead, she used meat substitutes from mushrooms and other vegetables. The meals still use dairy and poultry unlike vegan dishes which don't make use of the former. Also, the meals are usually made from organic ingredients.

The restaurant's menu consisted of over 80 varieties of foods from world cuisines. Mostly these were from Filipino, American, Japanese, Chinese, and Italian favorites. The menu items range from Php 200-400 per dish, good for sharing.

To begin, I started with the buchi, This one was made from Lotus Seeds and flour dough. It wasn't so special, but it was pretty tasty and hot, though.

The gyoza was filled with Shiitake mushroom bits and other vegetables. The mushrooms served as the substitute to the meaty flavor usually expected from the Japanese dumpling. Once I dipped it into the gyoza sauce and tasted it, I enjoyed the special appeal of the dish.

The Tofu steak was composed of fried and breaded chunks of tofu topped with a mushroom and bell pepper garnish. I must say that the fried tofu was not too oily; plus the garnish gave the tofu a meaty and savory flavor. According to the owner, just one piece of the dish is equivalent to half a kilo of protein contained in meat.

The Takoyaki was a vegetarian sushi with special vegetarian meatloaf as the meat topping substitute. The dish was very tasty when dipped in the special Butanaki sauce. I must say that once again, the dish did not taste like a cheap vegetable substitute. It was a true top class meaty dish without the carcinogens of pork.

The Baked Lasagna was a huge chunk of vegetable lasagana akin to the one traditionally made in Italian restaurants. Each layer of the lasagna dough had a generous helping of "meat". It was drizzled with fresh tomato sauce and a sprinkling of mozzarella. I was easily able to finish half of it due to the excellent interplay of sweet and sour flavors. And also because of the cheese.

The Okonomiyaki, surprisingly, was very filling even it it was made out of pure vegetables. The recipe used lots of wakame, cabbage, and the special mayonnaise. It looked like the typical Japanese fried pancake. The dish had a savory vegetable taste. It wasn't too salty as well. I finished a whole slice with ease due to the light texture of the pancake.

The Drinks included the Goji Berry (Orange), the Lemongrass (Yellow), and the Apple Cucumber (green)

The Beef Tapa was their newest dish. The fried rice was garnished with olive leaves instead of the traditional garlic for a more alkaline rather than acidic flavor. The tapa really looked like real beef. Instead, we had a special kind of mushroom which served as a meat substitute. The taste and texture of the "meat" was truly close to the typical tapa dish. I enjoyed every bite of the Tapa because of its strong resemblance to beef and still without chemicals or toxic substances.

The Bacon Mushroom Burger by far was the tastiest. The "meat" bacon and patty did not contain any extenders or cheats such as gluten, which by the way, is harmful to one's health in excessive quantities. Every bite of this burger reminded me of a tasty one in a high end burger joint. This one , though, was without the calories and fats.

The Goji Berry Juice was a bitter drink, but is full of health benefits, such as those for good eyesight.

Agico Vegetarian Restaurant showed me that a filling dish with familiar meaty flavors can be made. Also these can be done using the freshest and tastiest vegetables that are also organic and filled with nutrients at the same time. Talk about being a health buff and being interesting to meat lovers such as me!

Agico is located at 83 Araullo Street, Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. It is open from 10 am to 10 pm, Monday to Sunday.

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Julienne Y.
5.0 Stars

"I can't believe there's no meat!" Is what we kept saying while we were eating. When you say the word vegetarian, it's not like 'yummy' comes to mind. Sorry Agico, for underestimating you. Your food is delicious. If going vegetarian means eating your food all the time, I wouldn't mind.

So my friend and I thought that since it's healthy, we would order 2x the amount if food. I honestly don't know what was going thru our head haha. But We ordered our japanese favorites - takoyaki (2 orders!! because it was so good!!!) and a round of vegetable tempura, also quite tasty. This already is food good for 2 people. But we lived large and also ordered a burger which my companion thought was interesting. Obviously it's nowhere like eating a beef patty but if you've had mushroom burgers then it's similar to that in taste and texture. I got a mushroom tempura salad which was an interesting blend of components I couldn't identify. I only recognized the greens and tempura haha. But it was okay too.

In the end we left with happy tummies and a doggie bag for our leftovers. I think Agico is doing good things for the restaurant, vegetarian and wellness scene. While I'm not going vegetarian anytime soon, Doing so for just one meal has opened my eyes to the reality that you CAN eat a delicious and far from boring meatless meal. Thanks Agico!

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Kaye P.
4.0 Stars

If you'd want a ramen that wont make you feel bloated of sodium overload go to this place. 128513
At first chicken feels awkward because its not your average chicken. Its a vegan chicken. Haha. Wont give an idea i'd say try it to appreciate the taste! But im telling you its goooood! 10084

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Pat L.
4.0 Stars

I was kind of hesitant and intimidated by the place coz I'm not into veggies that much 128517.. But this café has definitely given healthy eating a new twist.

The location is a bit hidden but the resto is very much noticeable with it's bright lightings and lovely signage.

Upon entering, I immediately noticed the design on their wall. It was super cute plus educational hihi

For starters, We had the Philadelphia Torch Maki..Salmon with cucumber, wrapped in nori Japanese rice topped with cream cheese. It was soo good!

Then the Crispy California Maki -cucumber, carrots, mangoes and radish wrapped in Japanese rice..I'm not sure what was on top but it was delish. we also liked the mango as it was very sweet. :)

Salpicao - Tofu and veggies with sweet sauce. I liked this dish as well. The veggies were fresh and the sweet sauce complimented the tofu and vegetable.

Gyoza dumpling - We were advised that we eat this while it's hot which we did. It got mushroom fillings which was very juicy on the inside.

Takoyaki - This one's my favorite! So far the best takoyaki that I have tried. It was crunchy on the outside but soft and moist on the inside plus it was topped with a special mayonnaise. This is definitely a must try in Agico.

Tofu Steak - breaded tofu topped with mushrooms and bell peppers.

Ramen Burger - It was my first time to try ramen burger..and I liked it! The buns was made of noodles with meat free patty and served with miso soup.

Bacon Mushroom Burger - Yep, you read it right..BACON! We were also shocked that they served us a burger with bacon..But the owner told us that it wasn't real bacon..It was from a plant..but it taste exactly like a bacon..cool right? XD

We also had their Samurai Wakame Burger and Crunchy Mushroom Burger which I was not able to try because I was already full that time..though I had a bite of the fried nori side dish, it was yummy hehe

As for the drink, I ordered the white chocolate mocha..It was creamy and not too sweet..my kind of drink :) Then I had a sip of dark belgian chocolate and cucumber apple. The dark belgian drink got rich chocolatey flavor while the cucumber apple was really refreshing. It doesn't have sugar and water..pure cucumber and apple juice!

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Noelle O.
4.0 Stars

It's a good vegetarian alternative :) I ordered the vegetarian burger and lemongrass drink. I loved the crunchiness of the burger party and the bread was great. The burger came with a side order of fries which I felt were just ok. The lemongrass drink was good too. Overall, it was a great vegetarian lunch and it didn't feel heavy but I lasted through dinner without merienda.

I'm coming back to taste the Japanese dishes!

The place lia comfortable and clean, the staff are friendly too. It's just one less star for me because the other reviewers were right, it's quite pricey. I spent around P450 for the burger and drink :( ... It's a bit of setback though

I was fortunate enough to meet the owner when I was there, and I was really inspired to go vegetarian :) she is so nice and gave tips on healthy alternatives, and answered some of my health food questions.

Definitely a place to visit, even for non -vegetarians! But make it one of your splurge food trips :)

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Cristina G.
3.0 Stars

I passed by this unassuming cafe while I was avoiding the main street going to Mandaluyong/San Juan area. It caught my curiosity because they say it is vegetarian cafe. Parking was ok but can accommodate only a few cars. AnywAy, I wanted to try their sweets but end up eating one of their vege burgers. I tried their new one its quinono or something burger but it was more of like rice patty cake. I also ordered for their drink and it was not too sweet which I like. The burger seems to be heavy though, I only had half of it. So far for health conscious folks who also love jap foods, you should try this. Its a bit pricey though but I'll definitely clme back for their ramen and sushi and other burgers

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Heni O.
4.0 Stars

Impressive twist on classic japanese dishes even for a meat lover like me. Food tastes like the real thing minus the guilt.

Try their salad and fried tofu. Winner! Downside? A bit expensive.

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Dez d.
4.0 Stars

I ordered takeout, so no food photos, sorry. :)

Anyway, I am a non-vegetarian, but I love trying all kinds of food. So decided to try this place on a whim.

Ample parking, staff is friendly and courteous. Waiting time for food is horrible though (I waited almost an hour for my 6-person meal takeout). Good thing the place was comfortable enough to wait in, and I had a smartphone to keep me company.

Food reviews (my orders):
1. Pork Tonkatsu - our verdict is that this could really pass for real meat! Tasty enough to be real pork tonkatsu. Would definitely recommend this

2. Beef Yakiniku - no, sorry, while it tasted a bit like beef, it didn't taste like yakiniku at all. Fail. Don't order this unless you are looking for grilled BBQ.

3. Tausi Fish Fillet - good, and very flavorful, but found it too salty and it overpowered the flavor of the dish. :(

4. Agico Vegetarian Burger - this one is a winner! Especially if you love mushrooms. The patty is made of oyster mushrooms, so the taste more-or-less comes from the breading and sauce. The grilled veggies in the wheat burger will delicious! Just don't order this as takeout, it was soggy and falling apart by the time I was really to eat it. Should be eaten immediately after serving.

5. Tofu Steak - i LOVE this! But wish they added more of the mushroom toppings to give it taste/flavor, because we were "making tipid" the topping. Huge serving! This is sulit for the price and taste.

6. Bacon Enoki - good. It's as bacon as vegetarian gets. :) But maybe the Bacon Asupara would be a better choice if you want to try their version of bacon. :)

7. Gyoza - i was already expecting this to be different since it's not made of pork, but it tasted nothing like gyoza. Dunno what kind of mushrooms used here, but it probably would've been better if they used shiitake mushrooms and cooked the wrapper better.

All in all, good food (although I guess it's either hit or miss, depending on what dish you order). :) Sadly on the pricey side though, so I can't see myself buying my vegetarian meals from here.

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Jazz J.
4.0 Stars

On my way home, I saw this cute place but what made me stop was seeing the VEGETARIAN CAFÉ sign.

This is my first time to try mock meat and I got really excited that I ordered three dishes just for myself. 128586 I ordered the Bacon Mushroom Burger, Ebi Tempura and Spaghetti Sisig.

I loved the burger!! Though the patty is a bit crumbly, it tastes exactly like the real thing but better because it has less calories. 128076 The bread was also toasted perfectly adding to the awesomeness of this "burger". The "bacon" tasted more like ham but I still liked it. The only thing I didn't like is the mushroom, medyo malansa.

The tempura was also so good!! The texture is a bit sticky but tastewise, shrimp na shrimp talaga! And the breading wasn't too thick.

The spaghetti wasn't good. Their "sisig" wasn't anything like sisig. The dish itself was bland.

Service was good or maybe because I was the only customer that time. And I expected this place to be a bit expensive but the prices were reasonable. I'll definitely go back here especially now that I'm "trying" to lead a healthy lifestyle. Haha. 128527

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Fay Sam N.
4.0 Stars

not bad for a vegetarian restaurant .. good takoyakii and this on my pic is the pinoy sisig buger

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Aldwin D.
3.0 Stars

Good vegetarian food but a bit pricey

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Carolyn G.
4.0 Stars

impressive selection of vegetarian food
try their tonkatsu dish and belgian chocolate shake

it's a little pricy though

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Arnold A.
4.0 Stars

Vegetarian food for people who don't like vegetarian food.

Let me be honest, I never liked vegetarian food. They always seem so dimensional and flat in taste. I was pleasantly surprised to fibd out that their burger tastes really great! Of course it doesnt taste like beef but its close enough for me to enjoy it from start to finish. Prices are decent and the burger was big!

For a healthier alternative for your sinful cravings. This is the place!

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Raffy T.
1.0 Stars

Was always wondering why this place was empty most of the time. Now I know. Food here is utter crap. Sure it's a vegetarian resto and I came in fully prepared for it... But the soy meats that they serve are dry and rubbery. A revelation came to mind... Rubber IS technically vegetarian. My teeth squeaked so much while chewing that my dentist will proclaim me plaque-free. The "meats" were very sad representations of whatever they were supposed to be. The salmon looked like... Ma ling. the bacon looked like... Ma Ling. I might as well gotten real Ma Ling and enjoyed it as the evil indulgence that it is. The salad vinaigrettes could make anyone flinch. I popeye'd. Seriously. Staff looks bored. Pretty obvious why since no one seems to come here. Too bad... Not a lot of vegetarian/vegan places in this area and they could've cornered this part of Manila. Stay away.

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Clarissa I.
5.0 Stars

I do not usually eat vegetables. But the first time I passed by Agico, I was itching to try it primarily because the place looks cute. [Shallow, sue me.]
Finally got to try it when I found a new friend who is a vegetarian.
It did not disappoint! I ordered the Bacon Mushroom Burger and twas perfect. Their gyoza is my favorite! It was soft and full of flavor.
My foreign friend tried the Pinoy Best Burger and he fell in love. He said it was the best vegetarian burger that he ever tasted! So kudos to Agico!

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Teejhay A.
5.0 Stars

The minute we entered this place, we knew we'd love it. The vegetarian resto we've all diet-wannabes craved for! Haha

127828127808127811 gotta say for a japanese resto, it's cool they have burger on their menu. And it's really good! This dish i think was ramen burger. I ordered the bacon and cheese burger but when it's all VEGGIES!

I love the fact that here, you can eat mean without the guilt. I guess it's "artificial meat". Anyway... Still comes with reasonable pricing and i love the nature-friendly ambiance :)

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Marge Z.
4.0 Stars

I've been trying to transition to a vegetarian diet but I'm not a fan of mock meat. I learned how to prepare it but it's really a huge effort to prepare good tasting mock meat. So when Agico opened, I was relieved of tolerating ordinary mock meats. They do serve superb mock meat that taste like fish, prawns, chicken and pork (beef, not so much).

My favorite is the fish tausi rice bowl. Slices of fish mock meat w/ (nori) "skin" on top of a steaming bowl of Gohan w/ other veggies. And second is the tofu steak, it's just flavorful and has a lot of contrasting textures - not meant to be gobbled in chunks. I got curious with the ebi tempura and I wasn't mistaken, it's made of mock meat but it tasted close to prawns. The only difference is there is a bite unlike real prawn tempuras that are so soft. And maybe others would like that there are no tails.

We've tried enoki bacon, beef ramen, and chicken teriyakidon. They're all good! The vegetables are fresh, serving portions are generous and the place is clean. Parking is difficult though. They're pricier because they do serve extraordinary mock meats. They do deliver also but check for rider availability first.

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Antón S.
4.0 Stars

You won't even know it's veg! Their Italian sodas are simple yet come in an interesting variety of flavours. I can eat Katsudon and pork barbecue again without feeling guilty! Everyone we've brought there loves the food.

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Anne M.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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