Thursday, October 19, 2017

First Bite: Runner's Kitchen

I've been hearing a lot about this restaurant offering organic dishes for more than a year now. Though it has been getting mixed reviews, I can't help myself from wanting to visit the place that makes healthy eating look so photogenic. And two weeks ago, I finally got to drop by with R and his vegetarian supplier S. 

Hello, Runner's Kitchen.
Located along the busy foodie stretch of Tomas Morato, you have to keep your eyes open as its facade is not easy to find. But thanks to Waze, we found it. 
We got to the restaurant around 1 p.m. and the place was pretty empty with only one other diner inside. Needless to say, service was quick.
We decided to go with Roasted Squash Soup (PHP150), 21K Breakfast (PHP370), Chicken Malunggay Pesto (PHP350) and Tahini Quinoa Super Wrap (PHP350) with Maliksi Smoothie (PHP100) and Pandan Lemongrass Iced Tea (PHP60). R also got a Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie (PHP60) which comes with free cup of coffee
First served was our roasted squash soup which we requested to be split to two. It was thick and quite chunky just how I like it. However, it was on the bland side. I guess they didn't put much seasoning on the soup. But it wasn't anything pepper and salt can't solve. 
R's Maliksi or watermelon and coco sugar smoothie had a unique taste that needs to grow on you. Unlike the usual sweet watermelon taste, this one had a bit of sour-sweet taste because of the coco sugar. 

My Pandan Lemongrass Iced Tea had a more familiar taste but still tasted a bit more organic or healthier than usual. 
S's wrap was served next and it was pretty huge and it looked filling. The wrap was stuffed with mushrooms, chickpeas, lettuce, carrots, bean sprouts, cucumber, and candy cashew in wheat wrap. We were not able to taste this but S liked it. It seemed too filling though as he only finished one of the two wraps.
The 21K breakfast was a beautiful plate of black garlic rice with salad and sunny side up organic egg with native boar sausage
Each bite was tasty and it would make you question if you were indeed eating something healthy. The sausages were juicy which was delectably complemented by everything else on the plate. However, I found the serving size to be a bit small for its price.
My Chicken Malunggay Pesto was on the bland side. You have to make sure that you get at least a bit of the chicken breast every mouthful as it was the only thing on the plate that had taste. If you like rich flavors, you wouldn't like this dish. But I'm fond of light tastes so this was okay with me. Price-wise though, it was also on the expensive side. 
We capped our meal with the gluten-free chocolate chip cookie and it was blander than my pasta. It was also very dry which made us think if all gluten-free cookies are like that. But S said that it seemed to be part of an old batch. 
Overall, I don't think I'll be visiting soon. Food was just okay and quite overpriced for the serving size. If I want to go organic or eat healthy, there are other places I could visit that offer better and more reasonable dishes. 

Runner's Kitchen is located at Ground Floor, Creekside Square, Tomas Morato Avenue, Kamuning, Quezon City.

Runner's Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


  1. Yummy, what a great food decoration you have done on your table. This is the most amazing things and best dishes served. Keep it up


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