In a world bombarded with fast food chains where chickens just don’t taste like chicken anymore, and where people don’t even know the amount of preservatives and chemicals they are ingesting, people become complacent in what they are putting into their bodies simply because they aren’t making the right choices; unaware that there are plentiful, healthier choices out there available for us.
And this is where The Ostrich Farm wants to come in and make a change. In a composed and placid setting in Blue Bay Walk, lies a fresh new twist. Serving comfort food favorites such as succulent burgers, palatable pasta dishes, savory chicken wings, and exquisite garden-fresh salads, The Ostrich Farm makes sure you know what you’re eating; 100% ostrich meat.
Ms. Kristine Lim, Chairwoman and CEO of Soguilon Foods Corporation and her family owns and tends their own Ostrich Farm in South Cotabato and all the Ostrich meat they use for the restaurant came there. She tells us that a lot Filipinos are now looking for ways to eat healthier and The Ostrich Farm uses Ostrich meat which happens to be the healthiest, edible meat in the world and in jest, notes that Ostriches are not endangered.
“Many Filipino people aren’t aware that ostrich meat can be a good and healthier alternative but there are a lot of farms that tend ostrich meat locally particularly in Antipolo, Bulacan, and Pampanga.”
She adds, “Ostrich meat is more tender compared to other meat when cooked right. It is also a very good alternative since Ostrich meat is very versatile in terms of the dishes you can make with it just like with adobo, you can easily replace chicken or pork with ostrich meat and it would still taste just the same if not, better.”
Ostrich meat is considered to be a “red meat” with similar taste but has considerably less fat, less calories and higher in protein. The goal of The Ostrich Farm is to increase the sales of their homegrown farm in South Cotabato as well as, increase the awareness of Filipinos that Ostrich meat is readily available for Filipinos who are looking for a healthier alternative and who don’t want to be deprived of their favorite comfort food.
From the Menu to the over-all inviting and charming look of the place, Kristine is very hands-on when it comes her work. She conceptualized this beautiful coffee-table book inspired menu and the dishes in it.
Upon entering we are greeted with cheerful servers and served us a round of this refreshing detox water perfect for the hot weather!
Water which consists of basil and mint leaves, cucumber, lemon, green and red apples, orange, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, this cool drink is blasting with flavor without the artificial sweeteners.
Detox Water 188 php
Served next is Kristine’s personal favorite, the Farmer’s Nachos served with cheese sauce, chili con carne, onion and tomatoes. The crispy nachos itself are tasty since it is already covered with cheese powder and the chili con carne which is made from Ostrich meat actually tastes like beef!
Farmer’s Nachos 138 php
The Ostrich meatball pasta is a surprisingly delicious dish since it has a unique taste among the red-sauce based pasta I have tried. The sauce is not too sour nor is it too sweet. It strikes the perfect balance of what tomato-based pasta dishes should ideally taste.
The Ostrich meatball pasta 378 php
Fresh crisp vegetables with cucumber and mushroom are smeared with Caesar dressing, topped with ostrich meat and hard boiled eggs on the side can easily pass off as an easy favorite because of the simplicity in its taste.
Farm Salad 288 php
Full of flavor, their classic wings are a must try! They have a promo running right now wherein each chicken wing sells for just 8 pesos, YES! You read that right - 8 PESOS! The promo is from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, daily.
Classic Wings in Honey BBQ served with Bleu Cheese Dip Sauce 228 php
Their savory Salpicao is also made from Ostrich meat which actually tastes like beef and after tasting it, you wouldn’t even know the difference!
Salpicao 298 php
A number of their main dishes in their menu such as Tapa, Salisbury steak, Teriyaki, Salpicao, and Adobo are all made from ostrich meat but these dishes are also available in beef for people who are not so quick to jumping in the Ostrich meat bandwagon.
Their bestseller, the Sunrise burger is stuffed with BLT, pickles, caramelized onions, and a sunny side up egg. The perfectly toasted buns are custom made by the restaurant’s supplier since they still use The Ostrich Farm’s own recipe in making the buns. The meat for this dish is also available in beef.
Sunrise burger 448 php
Their “desserts in a jar” are such a delight. Affordable and with great presentation, the serving of their peach float and tiramisu falls nothing short of divine and tasty.
Peach float 88 php
Tiramisu 88 php
Kristine is proud of the food photo displays they have in the restaurant, their website, and in their menu because they are not deceiving. And indeed, unlike fastfood, what you see is what you get in The Ostrich Farm.
The Ostrich Farm is open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm daily; peak hours are from 4 p.m. onwards. They are located in Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue Corner EDSA, Libertad, Pasay.
For those interested, they also do mini mobile booths for special occasions.