Wabi-Sabi

The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., The Collective, Makati, Metro Manila

Wabi-Sabi
4.3
4.5 Stars

34 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 17
  • 4 stars 10
  • 3 stars 7
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 40 Reviews
  • 48 Recommend
  • 34 Reviewers
Category:
Ramen or Noodle
Business Hours
Reopens: 7:00a - 9:00p
Phone
+6325193950

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Reich T.
4.0 Stars

Wabi Sabi has been dishing out killer bowls way before the Ramen Era.  The small shop at Makati's version of Cubao X (The Collective) is always full of foodies with a common goal.  Wabi Sabi takes pride in providing vegan fare that carnivores would love.

The stars of the show are Ramen Padilla (shoyu or Miso) and Fernando Pho Jr.
 
Ze Ramen.  Subdued.  Not like the other joints that will hit you point blank with rich and strong flavors.  Mr. Padilla's  veggie broth is light,  refreshing and packed with flavor.  This meat free noodle dish comes with faux meat,  shrooms,  egg and seaweed.  They say the vegan dishes are boring,  nah-ah,  Mr. Padilla is a breath of fresh air,  an epitome of quiet elegance.

The mushroom shumai is out of this world.  I swear these are made of psychedelic shrooms.  Grab some now! 

Wabi Sabi takes vegan dishes to a different level.  Their food is guilt-free,  healthy and flavorful.

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Krist M.
3.0 Stars

man, those were some psychedelic mushrooms! the flavor was so overpowering i was expecting i would be hallucinating soon after each bite.

probably not suited for the vegetarian life128563128540

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Jho T.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Janet L.
4.0 Stars

Vegetarian delight! Pho isn't real pho without meat but this was a yummy "amended" pho - good flavor and fresh ingredients. The potstickers were also nice. Extra points for being cheap - Php 160 for those two dishes. No aircon but cute ambience.

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Aldwin D.
4.0 Stars

Ramen or Phó
Vegetarian = pricey
Ramen/Pho = pricey
Vegetarian/ramen/pho here is affordable. Serving size is okey. For non-vegetarian, hindi mo na mapapansin.
Bahn mi - vegetarian. Taste like the real thing na din.

Here is what we got
Shoyu ramen
Phó noodles
Bahn mi
Chaypao - wheat
Potstickers
2 lemon grass tea
All for P500

Just be early for dinner
Medyo mahirap ang parking but worth it naman.

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Acielle G.
3.0 Stars

My second visit was pretty much like the first. This time I tried those I haven't had the last time and my verdict remains the same. Only the Bahn Mi is worth a visit here.

The siopao, cuapao and siomai had weird vegan taste in them that perhaps vegans would love but non vegan like me won't appreciate.

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Acielle G.
3.0 Stars

Want to participate in a ramen vs viet pho war - vegan style? Then go here. Unfortunately, for me, the place didn't live up to the reviews I read.

The famed noodles were so-so. The shoyu ramen (P120) was bland and the viet pho (P105) tasted strongly of cilantro.

The appetizers were better. The Bahn Mi (P150, whole) tasted like pulled pork sandwich and you wouldn't realize it's veggie meat. The gyoza (P65, 3pcs) and Harumaki (P65) were average.

Only two drinks are available and I suggest go for lemongrass iced tea as it is refreshing.

The other menu items like veggie cracklings and shumai were unavailable.

Nice experience but not worth a revisit.

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Kaye O.
4.0 Stars

Slurpin' while rainin'! Opted for Wabi Sabi's light ramen and pho versus Mitsuyado's artery clogger rich ramen for a late night snack.

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Gela S.
5.0 Stars

It's been a while since I've been here. I missed it! So when I realized that I will be in the area, I told myself that I'll eat here for lunch.

My favorite food here of all time is the Shoyu Ramen! My friends made me taste it before and I fell in love with it! The broth was so nice and the veggies (not to mention the very tasty veggie meat!) all go well together. Not only that - the noodles were a bit chewy (just the way I like it!). I added some chili pepper and it gave that "umpf" factor to the dish. I would like to eat the asado siopao and the mushroom siomai but that one bowl of ramen sure made me full (and not to mention the affordable price for a ramen)! Hoping i'll come back very soon for those! Oh and for that vegan chocolate cake too! 128154

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Kaye O.
5.0 Stars

Veg Out Night (a late night snack).

My date and I ordered two bowls of shoyu (yes we are Team Ramen Padilla), two half bahn mi sandwiches, a lemongrass tea (the date doesnt like the tea) and veggie cracklings.

The shoyu broth is light but surprisingly flavorful. I like pairing this ramen with half bahn mi sandwich which is really good- the vegan meat is so savory , you'll think its real meat.

This veggie crackling was actually for take out but it was served by mistake. I like dipping this in Tapa Kings spicy vinegar and it tasted good. I also like putting these crunchy pieces as toppings in my noodle soup.

The lemongrass tea is refreshing as always.

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Dylan D.
5.0 Stars

Vegetarian Bahn-Mi

Ah, the wonders of modern food techonology. Yeah, it looks like juicy grilled pieces of pork, but it's actually all veggie meat. What is this sorcery you ask? I don't know either. I don't question the veggie altering gods. I just thank them and eat what's in front of me.

This magical Bahn-Mi is tangy, delicious, affordable, and most of all, filling. It makes me want to wish Wabi Sabi had a branch up north. Coming to Makati with Mykee A is always worth it when we have this to look forward to.

Half sandwich at P75, and whole sandwich for P140.

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Dylan D.
4.0 Stars

Shoyu Ramen

Eating at Wabi Sabi is always such a trip for me. It makes me feel like I'm eating healthy because it's strictly vegetarian. Everything tastes so fresh and flavourful even though there isn't any meat in any of their dishes. Their menu is rather short, which I like because they stick to what they know best and do it well.

Here, there are only 3 noodle dishes to choose from. You're either Team Ramen Padilla or Team Fernando Pho Jr. Because they ran out of miso, I went with the Shoyu.

At first taste, you wouldn't think that this hot steaming bowl of ramen was vegetarian. The veggie meat was extremely tasty. Almost close to the sweetness of asado but as tender as lengua. Although it looks small in the picture, it's actually very filling. And even though the weather's hot enough to make you feel like you'll involuntarily self-combust, eating ramen here is hard to avoid.

Another great thing about this place is that they have the tastiest ramen you'll ever get for such a cheap price. Shoyu's at P120, Miso's at P130, and I think the Pho's at P110 only.

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Kaye O.
4.0 Stars

Munchin' and slurpin' Wabi Sabi is always worth the trip. Mini date with my eldest. We shared a bowl of wittingly named Fernando Pho Jr. noodle soup and crunchy half bahn mi sandwiches. Dont be fooled. It's vegan yet flavorful.

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Bea J.
4.0 Stars

Vegetarian ramen during the lenten season while waiting for a gig.

We ordered shoyu and miso ramen. On this rare occasion, I liked the miso better than the shoyu. For Php 120, they will give you a huge ass bowl of ramen. Both dishes made me consider being a vegeterian because they are soooo flavorful and delicious. The lemon grass iced tea is also very refreshing.

We wanted to order their mushroom shumai but we're too damn full to stuff more food down our stomach. Their dessert looks promising too! Oh well, we better split the miso ramen for the next round.

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Carz S.
5.0 Stars

I love this place! A yogi's place! Yay. All of their food offered here are vegetarian!!! Lalallooooove! I got pot stickers, bahn my and harumaki! Vegetarian Mayhem on May 2014! I can't wait! 128513128522128074128077

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Lyka C.
5.0 Stars

I absolutely love this place! Affordable vegetarian noodles! Go for the Shoyu Ramen (their bestseller), costs Php120 and have some yummy crispy harumaki on the side. The best!

If there are no parties in bside, you can lounge around the compound and appreciate the ever changing graffiti on the walls.

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Chek A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Sheryl Anne B.
3.0 Stars

It's 5:30PM, my friends and I just finished our ocular inspection for our exhibit. Incredible weather today; it's extremely hot (not to mention that it wasn't the highest temperature we've experienced here in Manila) but my tummy still wanted to have something warm despite that. So I had Wabi-sabi's Shoyu Ramen – it didn't disappoint. Tastes just fine. No meat, all veggie. And it costs P120.

The place is homey albeit small. They play good music here, I have no idea what the songs were but it's good to the ears! The server who took our orders seemed aloof, but she managed to answer our questions naman.

Could've given this place four stars if only they serve water. I really think that it's about time to oblige food chains to serve, if not bottled water, potable house water. Gah. But I'm not closing doors for this place, will def go back to try their mushroom siomai and pot stickers. I should just bring my own drink next time.

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Cat d.
5.0 Stars

When I get the chance and make my way to makati, I make it a point to eat in Wabi Sabi
In the Collective. I love their cheap prices and clean flavors. They're also vegan / vegetarian.

My favorites there are the pho and mushroom siomai. So good and healthy!!! I like putting hot sauce in my pho so there's a nice kick. I want to try their ramen next!

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Neil R.
5.0 Stars

When I visited a couple of months ago, the ramen was unavailable. According to Ibarra, the owner of the joint, he was still in the process of looking for a new noodles supplier. Being a vegan restaurant, he required noodles that were not made with eggs. Hence the search proved to be quite the challenge.

So instead of ramen, the only other choice was their Viet Pho. A very good alternative, I must say.

The soup was subdued, a welcome respite from all the rich ramen broth that I've been having. If ramen is filling, then this is its refreshing counterpart.

The bean sprouts added a cool crunch.

The shiitake mushrooms and the various chopped herbs contributed their own distinct flavor dimensions.

There was tofu that, after being fried, became sponge-like. Put a piece in your mouth and when you bite into it, it lets loose a bit of the soup that it had absorbed.

It had no onions, given the heat that it gives off. Something that is not good for the body, they said.

And the biggest surprise were the shredded mushroom stems. They had the grain-like composition of beef and, combined with everything else, could easily be mistaken for the real thing. I was shocked to find out what it was as I got to the middle of my meal. It actually fooled me.

If the pho was a treat, I would give their vegetarian pot stickers wading in a pool of teriyaki sauce another five stars as well.

People may say that vegetarian fare made to look and taste like meat is nothing more than a novelty.

Sometimes.

The real test begins when the gimmick eventually wears off. And the only thing standing between you and your food is the taste.

If your base has the quality and the flavor, then you have nothing to worry about.

You, Wabi Sabi, have nothing to worry about.

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By the way Peanut D & Co., was this contest set-up to help us get rid of our review back-log? It certainly looks like it. If so, thank god for it then.

All I have to do now is write and post some 50-odd reviews until the 16th.

No biggie. *gulp*

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