I like the layout of their new place, which is bigger than their former location. There is not much parking though. Also, it’s now harder to park on the street outside their new place because it’s a much busier area.
Yeng and I quickly got down to business. The business of eating, that is. To start, we had the vegetarian chicharon (pork rind). It actually tasted a lot like the usual kropek (fish crackers), but with the shape and texture, you could pretend for a just a little while that you were eating the real thing. (It’s a stretch though.)
We then had the vegetarian sisig and Greens Vegetarian Barbecue. First... about the sisig. It’s made with mashed tofu and gluten, and is seasoned the way sisig usually is- with garlic, onions, and ginger. I thought the serving was pretty generous considering the price of P140. If there were only two of you, and each of you had a cup of rice to go with it, the meal would be more than enough (for a normal appetite, that is).
I like their vegetarian barbecue a lot, which is made of sliced gluten. I do miss the taste of Pinoy barbecue- the sweet, slightly charred taste that it has. Greens’ version of pork barbecue reminds me of meals in Aristocrat years back when I was a student in UP (and still eating pork). When I would save my allowance by ordering a stick of barbecue and a cup of rice and putting a lot of sauce on it. Greens also serves their barbecue with achara (pickled salad), which is how I’d eat it in Aristocrat.
I also tried their pumpkin soup. Among all the dishes, this proved to be the disappointment for me. Pumpkin soup is one of my favorites, and Greens’ version was just too bland for me, and that comes from someone who doesn’t like too much salt on her food. It almost seemed like there was no salt at all in the soup. Could be an oversight by the cook, or an overzealous stab at healthy cooking.
All told, I would still come back to this place again and again. Mostly for the barbecue.
Greens Vegetarian Restaurant
92 Sct. Castor Street, Quezon City
Tel. No. 415.4796