Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll already feel comfortable and relaxed with the airy and homey interiors. The place gives off a sense of joy and open-ness with the bright lights and cute decorations. It is a happy dining place. The farm motiff is seen with the picket fence, garden tools, potted plants, and the checkered seat cushions. All in all, the place is very nice and open. Great for a casual lunch or dinner with your family or friends.
I first discovered this place when I was looking for something healthy to eat in the Paranaque area. Living and working in the south, there aren’t that many healthy restaurants to choose from. Most of the healthy and organic restaurants in Manila are usually more up north. I was delighted when I found out that there was an affordable healthy and organic restaurant in this side of town! I knew I had to check it out for myself.
They serve complimentary tarragon tea, which is also available as a drink order in the menu, so wait for them to serve it instead! I love the herby tea. It refreshed my palate, and according to the menu, is good for digestion. Yay for something new and healthy!
We had this while perusing through their long but very appetizing menu. It was hard to decide what to order! Because of the affordable dishes, I wanted to order so many things!
Tomato Soup, Php120.00
For soup, we decided to go with their tomato soup. The serving was quite generous as it was able to fill up 2-3 bowls of soup. The soup wasn’t very thick and chunky but had bits of chicken in it. It could have used a bit more seasoning but I suppose since this is a healthy place, it makes sense to leave the seasoning to the diner. The biscuits were cute and tasted good when dipped in the soup. Tomato soup isn’t really my kind of thing but the others seemed to like it.
All in all, great value for money for this dish. Next time I’ll try the pumpkin malunggay soup.
The Urban Farm Salad, Php150.00
I love seaweed salad. Whenever I go to a Japanese restaurant, I always make it a point to order it so when I saw it on their menu, and at that price point, I knew that I must try it. The serving size was very generous, I was again very pleasantly surprised. It even had cherry tomatoes!
The seaweed was a bit slimy and fishy, maybe it wasn’t washed that well to rid it of the fishy taste. It was bearable when drizzled with the vinaigrette though I wish it would be palatable on its own. The bread that was served with it was perfect: crusty on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. It was drizzled with olive oil and went really well with the vinaigrette. I’m not a huge carb fan but the bread was to die for. So much win. I’ll probably stick to normal salads in normal restaurants and order seaweed salad in Japanese restaurants. Nevertheless, good try for The Urban Farm.
Summer Citrus Salad, Php220.00
Now this salad was the bomb. A huge pile of greens topped with calamari, grapes, pineapples, pomelo, tomatoes, and alfalfa sprouts was brought to our table. It was served with the same vinaigrette and the same bread as in the previous salad. This was really, really good! The calamari was perfectly cooked, the tomatoes were perfectly plump, and the greens were fresh and crisp. A really good salad at a really good price! Definitely coming back for more of this (and the bread).
Hoisin Quesadilla, Php180.00
The hoisin quesadilla, filled with chicken, cheese, onions, and hoisin sauce, sounded quite interesting so we decided to order it. It was too sweet for our liking, they used too much hoisin sauce and too little of everything else. We had to pile on the salsa to neutralize the sugar in the dish. It was a promising idea but the execution could use some work.
All in all, I really love The Urban Farm. It’s a nice restaurant in the Paranaque area, setting itself apart by offering healthy and organic dishes at a very pocket-friendly price. Whoever said that healthy food is always expensive has probably never heard of The Urban Farm. Our total bill was only Php670.00 and no service charge!
With the huge variety of dishes available, you’ll definitely find something you’d like to order. Heck, I wanted to order so many different dishes! I’ll be back to try their other food, especially the mains. This is one of my new favorite restaurants. Try it out!
The Urban Farm
#4 President’s Avenue Corner Adelfa St.
Tahanan Village, BF Homes, Paranaque City