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Davao’s (Only) Vegan Restaurant

2013 March 15

Vegan Hygienic Foodhaus

There aren’t many vegetarian restaurants in Davao. I previously had found one, but honestly it had very limited servings of just a few Asian dishes. There are other possiblities, such as the cantina in the Davao Adventist Hospital. I haven’t been there though, as it is unusual to go to a hospital just for the food. I will do that at some point, but it will never be a regular stop for me.

I’d read on the internet quite some time ago that there might be a vegan restaurant in Davao, but it made it sound as if was part of someone’s home and not really easy to find. I couldn’t find any information indicating they still existed. I’m glad to report that they do, and it’s great news for vegetarians/vegans in Davao. They have moved to a new location, and while still not on the beaten path, they are not hard to find if you know where to look. They are open to the public with a full service restaurant, though it is small with limited seating.

I’ve paid three visits to the Vegan Hygienic Foodhaus now. The first unfortunately was right after I’d had my lunch elsewhere so I was only able to take advantage of some take home items, whole grain bread and cinnamon rolls. Both were delicious, and I bought the cinnamon rolls again on the next visit. The next two visits were for the express purpose of trying some of their dishes. Though I am what most call a vegetarian, eating vegan is more than fine with me. I don’t mind at all leaving out the dairy and eggs.

So a bit about the Vegan Hygienic Foodhaus. They are located across from Plaza del Carmen, off of JP Laurel. They have seating for about 12 people, with one table being outside.

They have a rotating hot menu of three items that consists of a main Filipino dish, soup and mixed vegetables. These dishes will change daily, though I am not sure if there is a set rotation or not. Additionally they have regular menu items that you can order instead, or with one of those other dishes.

Some of the entrées available from the menu are veggie burger, Hawaiian pizza, vegan waffle, vegan BBQ, vegan caldereta, ampalaya con tofu & veggie siopao. There is also a nice salad menu that consists of black olive salad, raw carrot-turnip salad, corn chis salad, crunchy pumpkins salad,fresh cucumber-wrap salad, raew cucumber-noodle salad, and fresh raw corn salad.

Other items of note are their homemade pink lemonade, halu-halo, soy milk and the afore mentioned bread and rolls.

So how is the food? So far I’ve found it pretty good. I tried the veggie burger on my first lunch, along with a soup that I can’t recall. The burger was very good with lots of garnishments. There was some kind of sauce on it, that in the future I would ask them to leave off. The soup was great, sorry I can’t recall what it was. I finished it off with some of their ube ice cream.

My second lunch I ordered from the rotating lunch and got Paklay, which is new to me. It was made of bamboo shoots and gluten. It was quite good. I added the asparagus soup, which wasn’t a favorite of mine, but then I don’t typically care for asparagus so I can’t say what others might think, and one of the pink lemonade drinks.

The owner, Flocerfina Eresmas, and the staff are very friendly and more than willing to talk about their restaurant and the vegan life style. From what I can tell from my few visits, they have a pretty loyal customer base, too.

If you are vegan, vegetarian, or just interested in finding out more about it, it is well worth your while to make the trip to this little oasis.

Contact information:

Casa Panolee Bldg.
Loyola ST.
Obereo, Davao City

082-286-2606, 286-8763
0917-700-7206, 0917-770-6731 (globe)
0919-404-2122, 0947-470-6380 (smart)

10 Responses leave one →
  1. March 16, 2013


    Good find. I’ll check it out when we get there. Is it far from where you live?


    • March 16, 2013

      Everything is far from where I live ;) but yeah. I make an effort to get to that section of town once week as it’s close to GMall where I grocery shop.

  2. Aaron permalink
    March 16, 2013

    Thanks for that. Great to know…

  3. March 16, 2013


    Have you found Steel Cut oatmeal there? Rice milk, Almond milk?


    • Aaron permalink
      March 17, 2013

      All those items are usually in Gaisano on JP Laurel. You can pay more and get them at Healthy Options, too.

      By the Way, the Vegan restaurant wasn’t open for dinner, as we found out last night :(

      • March 17, 2013

        Sorry about you missing them. I didn’t think to ask about their hours & don’t remember them being posted. I’ll find out what they are and update the article.

        In regards to Kevin’s question, that’s exactly what I was going to say. The oats may be available elsewhere, too. In regards to the milk, I’ve been buying Almond milk & Healthy Options is actually cheaper on that than GMall. So check both places.

  4. June 19, 2013

    You may also want to visit MissionFoods at Davao Mission of Seventh-day Adventists, 5 Palm Drive, Bajada, Davao City with telephone 301-8812

  5. Jean permalink
    July 9, 2013

    Have you tried Kong Ai Vegetarian Centrum there in Davao? It would be nice to hear your toughts about this diner. This is their Facebook page to give you an idea

    • July 9, 2013

      Hi Jean,

      Yes, I have tried them once. I even added them to my other blog, Where to Find It – Davao. Kong Ai Vegetarian Centrum

      They are not close to me, and it’s an area that is somewhat difficult for me to get to. That is one of the reasons I only went once. The other is that they had very few dishes available the day I went. It was all Filipino and/or Asian food. From my perspective, even though it was vegetarian, most of it didn’t seem that healthy. Lots of oil and deep fried.

      To be fair, I should visit again, but as I said they are not an easy trip for me. I’m not a fan of most Filipino dishes anyway, so I don’t feel a real calling there. They are not Vegan, though many dishes probably would be.

      BTW Vegan Foodhaus has opened a second store in Ecoland. Just before the Trust Hardware. I saw it today, but haven’t visited – yet.

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