Wabi-Sabi

Pos Bldg., 305 Sct. Madriñan St. cor. Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City, Metro Manila

Wabi-Sabi
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Mich M.
4.0 Stars
3

A vegetarian restaurant i actually like haha

Forever favorite is their Wheat pao whether it's the asado or chay at only P35 I can have it everyday.

Aside from that, we got fresh spring rolls. Four big pieces with their peanut sauce that was so good but a bit pricey. P85

On this visit, I tried their Viet Pho-
It was bland of course without meat so they put in lots of cilantro, basil and cabbage for a really aromatic broth and of course mushrooms.

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Martin E.
5.0 Stars
3

Ok, obviously we really like this place because this is our 3rd visit. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of patrons (more than our previous visits) and that's on a Sunday.

This time we tried, begrudgingly as we're Tantanmen addicts, a different ramen: the establishment's "eponymous" dish -- Wabi-Sabi ramen. We're thinking, they won't lend their name to a dish that's not good right? Well it did not dissapoint. The ramen rightfully deserve to be called their signature dish. We particularly liked the flavor of the broth -- tasty and with a hint of sweetness. It's made from soy and is also surprisingly spicy, giving the Tantanmen a run for its money.

We also ordered my favorite mushroom shumai and we decided to try a different pot sticker. We got the Okonomigyoza (spell?) pot sticker which is now the favorite of the Kumander. I agree that it's better than the classic pot stickers we ordered previously.

So it is now settled that Wabi-Sabi is one of our favorite vegetarian food places. They have only a few dishes but all are well thought off and executed. I assure you that they don't suffer from the folly of other vegetarian restaurants serving dishes that almost taste the same. Wabi-Sabi's reasonable prices are also a big plus. A highly recommended place for healthy, delicious food (not an oxymoron, mind).

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Martin E.
5.0 Stars
5

I must say at the outset that we really like this place. Perhaps it is due to my new found passion (naks) for healthy food and vegetarian dishes and my mission (naks ulit) to find food places that serve delicious vegetarian, or at least healthy meals.

Wabi-Sabi delivers on that promise once again . This time, I got to order the bánh mì I've been eyeing (to compare with my favorite from Bánh Mì Kitchen in SM the Block). The verdict: it did not disappoint. Of course you have to concede that the meat alternative they use is not comparable to the real deal but it does hold its own. They use a flavourful sauce to make up for the lack of pâté (a small sacrifice for the sake of health).

We also got the Unagi (which of course is not eel) and we liked it's unique taste and texture. This one is definitely not similar to the taste of real eel but that is a good thing. I've sometimes found the taste of some Unagi dishes too strong and well, "fishy."

And yes, we got our favorite Tantanmen ramen and it's still fantastic. I can safely say that we are a fan of this place.

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Martin E.
5.0 Stars
5

I’ve always been a fan of ramen noodles even before it became ubiquitous here in the Philippines. I’m such a sucker for them that I look forward to a good Nissin Cup Noodle any day (I know, most ramen experts will balk and say that instant noodles don’t count). Mababaw lang ang kaligayahan ko e. Anyway, imagine how I waxed poetic when I tried Wrong Ramen’s Tantanmen. Man, those are some serious ramen (I believe I’ve droned on and on about it here in looloo so for that I do apologise). I’ve tried others: Ramen Nagi, Ikkoryu Fukuoka, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka — I’m no expert but I always come back to Wrong Ramen and its Tantanmen.

So when the wifey told me about this Japanese vegetarian place serving Tantanmen, I was a bit skeptical. But, as is my wont, the Kumander got her way and off we went to Wabi-Sabi. To cut the long story short, I was pleasantly surprised to have partaken of a vegetarian Tantanmen ramen that is comparable to my favourite from Wrong Ramen. It boggles my mind how they can make the broth so tasty and tangy without using meat broth and any red meat at all. I mean, I was wolfing down tofu bits and mushrooms and saying to myself: this is fantastic. It is REALLY that good. Other notable dishes we tried and liked: vegetarian pot stickers (I know, right?!), corn and cream cheese tempura (the wifey liked the batter they used), mushroom shu mai (my favourite) and vegetarian cracklings (chicharron alternative made from soy, tastes like chicharron I swear).

We are definitely coming back to try other healthy dishes. The place is not limited to Japanese cuisine mind and we are eyeing their Bánh mì next. Stay tuned.

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Almira U.
5.0 Stars
2

Perfect for those quick bites alone. The banh mi was toasted perfectly, with the sauce complementing the meat so well. I've always been a fan of lemongrass iced tea, and theirs tasted light and not too sweet.

I'm excited to try the noodles next time!

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Jayne Marie W.
4.0 Stars
3

I never realized that vegetarian items can be so appetizing. From the first bite to the last I would say that it was filling and flavors kept things interesting.

I must say, my first vegan ramen is everything. It's a perfect place to chill.

I found out about Wabi-Sabi from exploring the |ooloo map for places to eat, we landed on this healthy food stop, ever since then I've been a regular customer of their Q.C. branch.

The kitchen is made very open so we could see the kitchen staff prepping our meals.

Always enjoying their delicious bowl of Tantanmen or a plate of their delicious Okonomigyoza (Php 80).

Tantanmen (Php 220)
Servings were so big, two could actually share with one order of ramen. I am happy to have experienced ramen in a different healthy ingredients.

Price is just right for a person who is on a budget. Their Thai Milk Tea is also worth a try.

Consider this restaurant next time you want a healthy, quick fix, or just something light to fill you up.

I can say that eating healthy is really interesting in every plate you'll have.

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Sandra Y.
4.0 Stars
3

Curious and craving for something to eat last night. Its my first time to see this place in Tomas Morato, its Wabi-Sabi Noodle House. It has a very small space and its full inside while I came in. There are 2 tables outside, but decided to dine at their counter, since i'm alone and its quite hot outside.

They got good dishes in the menu, they have ramen, dimsum, bahn mi, tempura, milk tea. And its not all pricey. Prices starts at P50128522

They recommended me the Shoyu Ramen (P190). Didn't order anything else as I got plans for dessert.128521 Orders are freshly made as I can see it on the counter. Took about 3 mins before serving. Water is served as soon as I'm seated.

My sho-yu ramen may not be the rich broth as my favorite ramen places. But enjoyed the hot soup. It had a slice of pork, fresh spinach and nori. The serving size is good, enough for me 128522 no pressure in finish it.

Verdict: good enough ramen, its like a homemade one and tastes good. All prices are affordable, esp when your "masterdating" aka alone lang. The dimsum and tempura and also the milk tea looks promising. Might give it a try when I come back.

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Ruth D.
3.0 Stars

Shoyu Ramen is now available again and I finally got to try it. I liked the noodles and the broth but I'm still not getting used to vegetarian meat after 3 tries. I ordered extra aji tamago, not vegetarian I think, and it was good.

I would be giving 4 stars if not for the half-an-inch roach that was crawling on the wall which made its way to the table I'm at, then to my glass of water, then to the tissue box before I was able to move to another table. 128555

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Pamela A.
5.0 Stars

Bahn-mi & okonomigyoza for the win!!!

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Isha S.
3.0 Stars

Wabi-Sabi is a purely vegetarian restaurant serving Japanese cuisine. It's also Roy Lambert T's favorite restaurant in the area hahaha.

Anyway, one evening, my workmates and I headed to this restaurant for dinner after we couldn't figure out what else to eat and Roy kept on. "suggesting" (more like insisted haha jk) this place. The place is kind of small, can fit maybe 10-15 people. I went through their menu and everything looks pretty affordable at each item less than 200 pesos. I eventually decided on:

127836 Tantanmen (180 pesos). We opted to have the chili served on the side so we could control how much heat goes into the noodle dish. A little goes a long way ( at least for me!). Serving was big and broth was flavorful.

127838 Banh-mi (75 pesos half, 150 pesos whole). Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this take on banh-mi. The sauce was too overwhelming and the sandwich was only manageable when I scraped some of it off. Everything else was fine.

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Roy T.
5.0 Stars

Went back to my favorite vegetarian place in the Morato food strip. This time, dined with good high school friends Stephen Jareth C and Kate Angeline T. Welcome to | looloo Kate!!! 128521128521 i want to see more of your reviews ha? 128514 also you Stephen!

Anyways, walked all the way to the shop from the clinic because I had three long hour break due to APEC. #APECtado din po kami. Hay hassle. Needed some good food to make myself happy. Wabi-sabi did the job.

TANTANMEN AND MISO RAMEN 4.511088
Both under 200php for an order. Super sulit and you can ask the servers not to make your tantan so spicy. Both broths were really good and heavy to the stomach. Perfect for those cold nights.

BAHN-MY 511088️ 85php
Half order for 85php while one whole sandwich costs 170php. So cheap and super duper sulit. Meat was saltier this time but just as good as before. So good you won't even realize you're eating non-meat products. How did they make the pulled pork veggie thing taste pork???? Hands down!

VEGGIE UNAGI 3.5-411088️ 75php
I've tried unagi in Nagoya last year and the taste and texture was not too similar. More tofu taste there. Semi-sweet sauce was good though.

VEGGIE CRACKLINGS 511088️ 60php
Super good! Really tasted like chicharon only it's made from soy. My second time to try and still loved it. 128514

LEMON GRASS ICED TEA 3.511088️ 60php
Not my thing. Hahaha tasted legit-ly lemon grass. If you like the grass go get this. Just not for me. Will stick to the Thai Iced Tea next time.

SWEET CORN AND CREAM CHEESE TEMPURA 411088️ 85php
Basic sweet corn and cream cheese in a batter, fried and served with calamansi and salt. Light and basic appetizer.

Have I forgotten to include in my review that i love wabi-sabi? This is my fifth review i think. Hahaha! #suki #stockholder LOL kidding!

Try niyo to Jayson J and Ruth D! 128517

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Kate Angeline T.
5.0 Stars

Japanese food. Good serving size. Fair price. And it's vegetarian!! :-)

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Precious K.
2.0 Stars

This is by far the worst tasting banh-mi I have ever encountered. The real banh-mi at the streets of Vietnam, at half the price, were so much better. To get that authentic banh-mi experience, I suggest going to Bon Banhmi in Makati. Anyway, what made this sandwich almost inedible? The amount of sauce they pour into that 'meat' was incredible... it was drowning. There's no blending of ingredients in your mouth as you eat through your sandwich. The essence of the sandwich was the sauce itself. The bread was too soft to be considered a baguette. In fact, there was no requisite crunch that you usually associate with a well-made baguette. If you can't make a decent meat, at least do the bread right. I also ordered the gyoza, which was made Osaka style with the sauce and mayonnaise. Again, the amount of sauce poured into that thing was crazy. There was barely any gyoza taste. You are left to eat through a semi-solid version of the sauce. All in all, I left with a salty taste in my mouth... yep, you guessed it, literally from all the sauce I have consumed. I am never coming back here again.

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Ruth D.
4.0 Stars

Okay. I'm waiting now for Wabi-Sabi to open. I have enough time to write my first review. 128521

I had Tantanmen since Shoyu Ramen wasn't available. And apparently it's still not available now. Sa susunod na taon pa raw. 128532 Anyway, I requested for the Tantanmen to be just mildly spicy. It tasted good despite my low tolerance for spicy food. Yes, I know, why did I even order it. Sometimes I just want to know how much I can handle. I also tried the Sweet Corn and Cream Cheese Tempura. It was good too. 128522

If you still didn't know, Wabi-Sabi is a vegetarian restaurant so they only use veggie meat here. For more details, please see Roy Lambert T's reviews. Yes, reviewssss. 128514

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Roy T.
5.0 Stars

Without a doubt, wabi-sabi has become one of my favorite restos in Morato. | looloo is a proof because this I think is my third, if not fourth review of this place. I just love it for giving me less guilt when binge-ing because...vegetarian food. 128523128523128514128514 never have i ever thought i'll love veggies just because they cook them well. 128525

Because this is one of my faves, I have decided to make it my goal to try all their dishes. Haha. Almost there. But quite far LOL. 128514

This time I tried their Viet Pho at 130php a bowl. Super sulit as always. It was a pretty light meal with tofu, soya chicharon which tasted legit 'parang chicharon talaga', bean sprouts, sliced mushrooms, and some greens. Some people may say it lacked salt but it was good for me. They serve it with patis on the sides to add taste if you like.

I also tried their sweet corn and cream cheese tempura. A must-try. It was so goood! Never thought it would taste that good since it sounded so simple. The calamansi and salt on the sides were perfect to add a good contrast of flavors - salty and sour then sweetness from the corn and the creaminess of the cheese. Fireworks in my mouth 128077🏻 gone after five good minutes. 128525

Of course, I got the bahn mi again. Still as good as how I remembered it to be. So happy to be back to eat such comfort food! All worth a little more than 300 bucks only. Sulit na sulit! 128077🏻 happy that more people are dining there now. 128516

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars

Awesome, awesome, awesome! Ansabi? Wabi-sabi! Okay that might have been too much 128517 This place is one of those quaint little hidden gems where the food just blows you away. They totally changed my perspective on vegan food (never knew it could be this good).

Everything was mind-blowingly delicious, from the ramen, to the dumplings, to the banh mi, to the corn tempura. Heck, it never once crossed my mind that there wasn't any meat in anything I ate because the flavors did not taste "vegan" at all. The banh mi completely fooled me and the corn tempura is a must try. It had cream cheese in it and came with some salt. To be honest, and I don't know how they did it, the corn tempura tasted exactly like buttered popcorn to me. The milk tean and pandan juice were really refreshing as well.

A perfect score for a perfect meal 128076128079

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Steff S.
4.0 Stars

I must say, this place is a hidden gem, especially for vegetarians like me. I wanted something spicy so I ordered the tantanmen, one of their best-sellers. The noodles were so-so but the soup was just perfect! It mimicked the actual tantanmen with the texture (c/o the substitutes) and consistency, sans the meat. Will surely come back to try the other dishes soon!

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Bibien T.
4.0 Stars

Celebrated my dad's release from the hospital, so what better way to do so than by eating at a vegetarian restaurant!

We ordered their Tantanmen, Tom Yum, Viet Pho, Veggie Unagi, Corn and Cream Cheese Tempura, and Summer Rolls.

The Tantanmen was good, but lighter in taste compared to other restaurants' versions.

I liked the Tom Yum (see picture)! It was very tasty for me, and it reminded me of the Tom Yum I tried in Thailand, but without the shrimp. I would've wanted it to be spicier though, but I guess you can adjust the heat by adding some chili/chili powder.

Their Viet Pho lacked in taste for me, but it was good for my dad because he was advised to have a low salt diet.128514

I also liked the Veggie Unagi. It did taste similar to Unagi, and the sauce was really good. You can pair this with rice, I think. The only thing I didn't like was the weird texture.

The Corn and Cream Cheese Tempura was good, but although I did see the cheese, I did not taste it at all. Make sure to add a sprinkle of salt, it makes a huge difference!

The Summer Rolls is just like a Fresh Spring Roll. It was okay, but the rolls weren't packed tightly and the noodle inside it was too much for me.

Although the dishes in Wabi-Sabi aren't comparable to their non-vegetarian counterparts, I still really liked it! The prices are very affordable, too. Can't wait to try their Bahn-My, potstickers and other ramen next time.128151

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Kim L.
5.0 Stars

Reserved my 200th post for a place worthy of a great review.. And this is definitely it!127881128165 You were right, Roy Lambert T, this place is truly underrated and deserves more attention because it has so much potential.

We had the bahn-my, veggie unagi, chahan and corn & cream cheese tempura. Everything was super delicious and we were quite doubtful pa that we were eating veggies! I swear, it's THAT good!128522 Bahn-my had a great authentic taste to it as if you're consuming real meat; same with the unagi!128076🏻 My ultimate fave would have to be the tempura; I wonder how they came up with combining corn and cream cheese! Super sarap and sulit for 85php. I can't wait to try other dishes here especially the ramen!128516

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Roy T.
5.0 Stars

I swear wabi-sabi deserves more attention. i mean, this is a humble hole in the wall offering quality and affordable food to both vegetarians and foodie explorers (like me). Their food is Asian fusion type, you'll see Japanese ramens and gyozas , Chinese paos, siomais, and dumplings, Vietnamese banh-mi, Thai tom yum, and etc etc. note that they all are vegetarian friendly. you can trick kids to eat these if you can't make them eat real veggies! 128540128540 They have a simple and non-intimidating menu where you can choose which to order without having a headache. 128514

The place is small but this adds more to the experience. You get to see them cook the food you ordered and they serve them really fast. 128077🏻128077🏻 The servers are friendly, service is good. About the price, I think it's cheap for vegetarian food because they use vegetables and soy mostly. They're supposed to be pricey given the ingredients. 128522

BANH-MY - 1108811088110881108811088
My new personal favorite. For just 150php, you get this viet specialty. Basically one whole baguette with the 'meat' (usually made from soy, was really tasty and tasted like legit meat!), carrot strips, generous amount of cucumber slices, their sweet sauce, and silantro on top. Really really good and i can't wait to go back for this! You can also get the half order at 75php. Pretty fair and sulit ha! 128079🏻128076🏻 check the picture for its mouth-watering goodness 128514 Highly recommending this!

MISO RAMEN - 11088110881108811088
Of course, don't expect it to be as good as legit miso ramen. The pork broth really adds a whole lot of difference! 128514 This is a really good imitation, just minus the meat. It has corn kernels, beansprouts, nori strips, sesame seeds, and the 'meat'. Priced at 140php only, never expect their ramen noodle to be freshly made. Theirs are just instant but still tasted good because of the broth. One problem though, I want my ramen hotter next time. It was hot but not the hot I wanted my ramen to be. This weather made me crave real hot soup/ramen. 128517

Tantanmen - 11088110881108811088
My sister got this. I tried one scoop and it was really spicy. That's all I can say. Haha! Check my previous review since I got this before but customized to make it less spicy- though arrived spicy still. 128517 my tolerance is really low, i guess. HAHA! More expensive than miso at 180php. Tantanmen are more expensive usually even in legit ramen places right?

Too bad they don't accept credit card nor have WiFi yet. I still love the place though. My third and definitely not the last visit!

check out my IG (@yornatroytan) for more photos of the miso ramen and tantanmen 128514

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