Newsflash: Your diet doesn’t just affect your body, but the environment as well.
Before any meal lands on your table for your consumption, more often than not, it has already involved a great deal of transportation, fuel consumption, and processing — all of which take a toll on the ecosystem. Moreover, long-haul trips affect the overall freshness and natural flavors of your food.
Enter farm-to-table — a movement that boomed in the early 2010s among chefs, restaurateurs, and discerning diners. True to the idea it suggests, the “farm-to-table” or “farm-to-fork” concept promotes the importance of sourcing ingredients locally to curb human impact on the environment. This way, local farmers are supported, the local economy is bolstered, chefs get to create hearty dishes, and diners are happy with the food that’s served to them fresh and simple.
Want to have a taste of this socially and ecologically conscious gustatory movement? Here are six farm-to-table restaurants worth your short drive away from the busy metro that encourage you to become a responsible eater:
Le Don’s Garden
Asuncion Subdivision, Purok 3 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Biga 1, Silang, Cavite
A sunny space nestled in the green comforts of a 600-square meter garden, the cafe at Le Don’s Garden will remind you of happy mornings, sweet summer days and cozy weekends at home. They practice the garden-to-table approach, serving only the freshest produce to their discerning diners. Among the cafe’s specialties are the Fresh Garden Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette and Vegetable Bolognese Pasta. They also have a selection of aromatic fresh teas that look straight out of Marie-Antoinette’s tea party.
For a fun organic gardening experience, they encourage their customers to harvest their own vegetables, and if you wish to start your own patch of green home, feel free to sign up for their seminars on organic gardening, mushroom production, and growing indoor herbs.
Tāza Fresh Table
Taal Vista Hotel, Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo highway, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
With a name derived from the Arabic term for “fresh” (taaza), this restaurant sure isn’t one to take freshness lightly.
Committed to serve sustainable and single origin food straight to your plate, TĀZA Fresh Table in Taal Vista Hotel is raising the bar of innovative international cuisine by making use of only the finest ingredients strictly procured from local suppliers. Have a go at their handmade pastas topped with sauces (made from scratch!) or their slow-cooked steaks that are succulent to the last bite. For dessert, their Olive Oil Ice Cream with Glazed Tagaytay Pineapple is a real winner.
Visit their official website for more info.
Sisterfields by Cravings
Summit Ridge Tagaytay, National Road, Maharlika West, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
Situated in Summit Ridge Hotel, Sisterfields sets itself apart from most hotel restaurants by crossing out the feel of intimidation and, instead, giving off a comfortable, folksy vibe with its white interiors, high wood ceilings painted with pineapples, Tagaytay’s prized product, and an al fresco dining area with a refreshing view. But the true star of this place is their food.
With a menu conceptualized by farm-to-table advocate and chef Noel de la Rama, you can expect a wide array of sumptuous Filipino, Asian, and Continental fare made with conscience.
Visit their official Facebook page for more info.