Quantum Cafe: Healthy Eating with SPIT Manila

Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Although Pinoys generally love eating sugar-packed and cholesterol-loaded dishes, the Metro has surprisingly catch on the bandwagon with the advent of healthy eating. With more and more Filipinos gearing towards a healthier lifestyle, it's no wonder that food establishments offering healthy meals start to grow in number. And after getting a taste of what healthy eating is all about, my friends and I decided to try Quantum Cafe in Makati next.

Quantum Cafe Food is your Best Medicine

Located in Kamagong corner Bagtikan Street, Quantum Cafe is the Feraren's extended home, a space offering a mix of long and small tables, and a stage for entertainment. And with a simple and casual ambiance coupled with a slightly dim lighting, this healthy food destination proves that you need not show off and be fancy to give guests a cozy hangout spot.

Quantum Cafe Interior Quantum Cafe Counter

Although healthy eating for most people may sound almost synonymous to going vegetarian, Quantum Cafe is a haven not only for veggie eaters but also for PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals) members like myself. Using locally-sourced ingredients cooked in a healthier way with absolutely no use of artificial substitutes and preservatives, Quantum Cafe aims to offer diners the best medicine -- healthy food.

Sizzling Bangus Sisig with Lettuce P290 Quantum Burger P150

To start off our healthy dinner, we had one of Quantum Cafe's bestselling Sizzling Bangus Sisig (P290) which can be served with a choice of rice or lettuce beds. Of course, we chose the healthier and more unconventional option -- eating the tasty and oh-so-savory mayo-infused sisig in lettuce wraps. And boy, who would have thought that this Pinoy favorite pulutan would taste so good with lettuce!

We also got to sample the Quantum Burger (P150), the restaurant's hand-made healthy burger with a banana blossom patty and veggies sandwiched in a whole wheat bun. Although patties made from banana blossom has been quite a common vegetarian alternative, it was my first time to try it and I'm glad I had Quantum Cafe's which was soft, juicy and oh-so-succulent.

Hainanese Bangus P220

Although I'm honestly not much of a big fan of Hainanese Chicken, I can definitely say that I love the Hainanese Bangus (P220) which Quantum Cafe came up with. Served with the mandatory ginger dip and soy sauce, this serving of light and delicate-tasting Hainanese style bangus also comes with a nori-wrapped brown rice which reminded me of onigiri.

FullShroom Pizza P190

Quantum Cafe may be a healthy eating destination, but through time, it had already become famous for its whole wheat pizzas made freshly upon order. And since we've taken a very timely trip, we got to try one of their newest pizza flavors -- FullShroom Pizza (P190), a 6-inch thin crust wonder topped with oyster mushrooms and cheese. Believe me, it was love at first bite! The oyster mushrooms were so flavorful and were the perfect complement to a cheesy and crispy pizza slice.

Northern Mix P150

We also had the Northern Mix (P150), another 6-inch crispy thin crust pizza but this time, topped with fresh tomato sauce, artisan Ilocos longganisa and kesong puti. Although it didn't start fireworks in my mouth like what the previous pizza flavor did, a slice of the Northern Mix can still put up a tangy and meaty explosion of flavors.

Red Pesto Pasta P220

Since we've already tapped the realm of Italy, we decided to finish the meal off with a serving of Red Pesto (P220) which uses pasta made from carrots, drenched in sun-dried tomato in oil and topped with olives and more tomatoes. Although the carrot pasta is denser and quite dry than regular pasta strands made from wheat, the warm colors and rich tangy and savory flavors of this pasta dish made me a fan.

Drinks at Quantum Cafe

Aside from good healthy food, we also enjoyed the refreshing drinks at Quantum Cafe. I had a Fresh Watermelon with Vodka (P70) while my friends had Fresh Mango Juice (P70) and Quantum Iced Tea (P70) made from natural green tea apple.

Since we dined on a Thursday night, we also got to enjoy a show from SPIT, an improv comedy group which includes Quantum Cafe owner Ms. Happy Feraren.

SPIT Manila

Spit at Quantum Cafe

SPIT's on-the-spot comedy acts didn't fail to make our group burst out in laughter. Unlike most comedy entertainment in bars, SPIT will never irritate nor bore the crowd. With a fun, quirky and witty cast, Thursdays at Quantum Cafe will never be the same.

NancyFinal

Aside from the comedy madness with SPIT on Improv Thursdays, Quantum Cafe still has more events rolled up under its sleeves, one of which is Food Writing 101 with the Pinoy Foodie, Nancy Reyes-Lumen.

THE VERDICT

Quantum Cafe definitely reassured me of what I've previously learned at Sugarleaf -- healthy eating is healthy living. And with that, I'll try my hardest to limit my consumption of food items high on carb, fat, sugar and artificial ingredients. Although I know I have to start eating healthily too at home, another trip to Quantum Cafe won't hurt. I'll make sure to visit on a Thursday though to catch SPIT's improv acts.

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 3.5/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Quantum Cafe, Makati City
Feron Bldg., 9590 Kamagong cor. Bagtikan St.,
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 519-0757
Official Website
Facebook Page

46 comments:

  1. Food is the best medicine talaga if ganito kasarap ang nasa harap ko. Nakakainis na sumi, anlalayo naman. Pero dadayo ako talaga ng makati para matikman ko ung mga na food reviews mo.

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  2. Wow, the food looks absolutely delicious. Can't believe that people still don't understand the concept that food is the best medicine.

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  3. Hahahahaha ... lagi ako nandyan e ... that's where Geek Fight happens. Two people in your group shot, I know. :)

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  4. Ah yes. SPIT :) Have ben seeing some of their shows over the years back in their humble beginning sin Mag:Net Cafe across Ateneo. I see Kenneth is still there now brandishing a beard :))

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  5. panalo yung pizza, haha yan ang gusto ko sa pizza eh malaman :))

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  6. Oh, there's Gabe Mercado. I want to attend the workshop, but I devoted that Friday night to marinating meats for the next day's swimming party. :(

    http://www.dekaphobe.com/

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  7. naeexcite tlga ako sa pag balik ntn dito :) wee! :)

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  8. Nice! I'ld like to try this..

    Thanks for the heads up on Food Writing 101 on May 18 :)

    http://ohhthat.blogspot.com/

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  9. I went there for an event too! Loved the ambiance. The food was ok as well though not necessarily a favorite of mine. :) Sige lang Sumi, I'll let you know when I go back to zambo haha

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  10. i agree, food is the best medicine... that's why i love to eat... hihi!

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  11. Wow I'd like to try this sometime. I want to eat healthier food too and this place looks like a good option.

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  12. yummy.... panalo yung pizza.,,,
    nagugutom ako sa post mo... hahahha
    i wanna try that... lapit lang oh makati...

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  13. It's been a while since I've been to that area in Bagtikan... it used to be a place with several production houses for advertising. And now there's Quantum !!! Food looks delish! :9

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  14. Cute! The resto looks so refreshing, and I love the sisig wrapped in lettuce. Sana meron din dito sa susunod sa Davao. Want to start always eating healthy foods din, hehehe.

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  15. i love the lettuce on the sisig, too. i wanna try at home:) the price seems affordable, too.

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  16. The place looks nice. How I wish meron dito branch ng Quantum Cafe sa Bacolod. Super ng sarap ng food kahit sa picture pa lng. :)

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  17. This is what I am looking for in a restaurant ,healthy food and not fatty food with full of fats and cooking oil.I like the vegetables for my diet too for a balance diet.

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  18. Thanks for sharing! Will be in Makati on the 23rd, sana matry ko yan.

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  19. I was got by the quote "Food is the best medicine." But then, some medicine is so pricey, but if price can speak how the delicious the food is, why not?

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  20. As usual, drooling stuff again exclusively from Sumi :D

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  21. thanks for featuring this. my mom is recently into organic and healthy foods so we find it hard to invite her to dine outside. hope you can also write about corner tree house cafe :)

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  22. I think this is so far your best food review, I love all the foods that you have been taken

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  23. The red pesto looks tasty! I've been trying to eat healthier din so I think I will try :) Nice photos Sumi :)

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  24. yummy food, i want the bangus belly!!

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  25. This seems like an interesting place to dine in. I'm all for healthy eating.

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  26. What a cozy place to enjoy good healthy food! I'd love to try their Sizzling Bangus Sisig!

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  27. Great review! :) Always wanted to try out that cafe because of the SPIT group. Ambiance looks homey too :)

    How long is the SPIT show? 1 hour?

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  28. I'm guilty of eating sugar-packed and cholesterol loaded dishes. Who could resist food like those in your pictures? The food presentation itself is so tempting.

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  29. OMG! Bangus belly is my fave and sisig bangus is like something I've eaten years ago...ka-sad. The pesto rosso looks yummy too!

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  30. I like the new quote: food is the best medicine. Hehe I want to eat more and more.

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  31. Thanks for the review! Agreed food is the best medicine! I will try it out soon! I t seems like a very good venue! I hope it will live up ot my expectations!

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  32. Healthy Food is the best medicine. Now to try out the healthy food alternatives.

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  33. Yes! Food is the best medicine! =)

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  34. Will definitely try them soon! I'm a sucker for health foods. Oh, the Food WRiting 101 workshop was moved to June 1, but with the same fee and time!

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  35. good choice for healthy eating, will try to visit them soon.

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  36. If a Makati establishment such as Quantum Cafe serves these sumptuous and organic dishes (matched with a good laugh from their comedy stints), then I'm in! And from all the food that you've featured, I'm sure to be tasting the pizza and pasta selections. Looked oh so yummy!!

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  37. That Rhum Cake makes me curios because i'm a Cuba Libre lover. The food photos you've posted looks really good. This should be on my sure list to visit.

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  38. Food is the best medicine indeed. :D Yummy pics as always ;)

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  39. I'm already missing attending foodie events like these. ^_^

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  40. I love to eat. It is the best medicine for me from stress. It seems a pretty interesting place!!!

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  41. will check this out tomorrow. Food looks YUM-EEE!

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  42. I'm going to try Sizzling Bangus Sisig, Quantum Burger, Northern Mix, Red Pesto, Fresh Mango Juice and most especially Hainanese Bangus. I'm a huge fan, like you, of Hainanese Chicken because of Hainanese Delights and Paotsin :D

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  43. I wanna try their bestselling Sizzling Bangus Sisig in a healty way. its look delicious!

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  44. Wow! i'd like to try this,kya lng mejo malayo pra sa akin,pero tingin ko nmn mukang msarap nmn sya kainan.;)

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  45. I would love to try this kaya lang parang malayo hehe! Gusto ko yung Fullshroom pizza and their ice tea! :)

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