Runner's Kitchen - Healthy, Organic AND Delicious Food!

Written By clapalisoc on Tuesday, 5 July 2016 | 11:50

With the explosion of the foodie generation, with restaurants sprouting like mushrooms here and there and international players coming in to our market like there's no tomorrow, we sometimes tend to prefer eating outside our homes. There's just a lot of choices out there and personally, I go giddy crazy when there's a new restaurant in the neighborhood! Sometimes I think about all the calories I consume and the junk that I let my body take and then I wish we have more restaurants offering healthier food and promote eating right.Who doesn't love the idea of eating healthy and eating right? Good thing there are a couple of restaurants that help me take the guilt out of eating. My go to will always be Earth Kitchen and then of course there's always Salad Stop.

Runner's Kitchen Quezon City
Runner's Kitchen, Tomas Morato, QC

Runner's Kitchen is another restaurant that advocates farm to table ingredients, supporting small local farmers. Owned by Bianca King and Xander Angeles, Runner's Kitchen offers organic food with dishes made entirely from scratch using only the healthiest cooking techniques.

Runner's Kitchen Tomas Morato
A peek inside Runner's Kitchen

Lucky that I was able to score 1K worth of GCs for Runner's Kitchen from looloo, I dragged my family all the way to Quezon City to finally try this restaurant. Months of drooling over their dishes posted in social media finally came to an end. We got there a little after dinner and there was only one table occupied. We checked their menu and though there wasn't a lot of dishes in their list, I still had a hard time choosing coz I wanted to try a lot of dishes. When we have decided, we got the following --

Adobo Whole Wheat Nachos
Adobo Whole Wheat Nachos for 320Php

This was our choice for "appetizer" and I'm so glad we ordered this. Imagine a bowl full of whole wheat tortilla chips that do not get soggy right away, served with generous heaping of lean organic pork Adobo flakes, mixed with pineapple and mango salsa, fresh corn, house made mayo and cheddar cheese - MUST ORDER when in Runner's Kitchen. 

Adobo Whole Wheat Nachos From Runner's Kitchen
A closer look at all the healthy goodness in this bowl!

There was an explosion of flavors from this hearty bowl - loved the natural sweetness from the pineapple and mango chunks, the saltiness from the flavorful Adobo flakes and added flavor from cheddar cheese. Come to think of it, you can also easily whip this up at home and your mom will thank you for putting left over Adobo into good use!

Spicy Tuna Quinoa Roll
Spicy Tuna Quinoa Roll and some locally crafted beer

Aside from the nachos, we also got an order of Spicy Tuna Quinoa Roll. If you love sushi but you're looking for a low carb alternative, this should be your top pick! 

Spicy Tuna Quinoa Roll from Runner's Kitchen
Spicy Tuna Quinoa Roll for 295Php

Japanese Rice substituted with quinoa, this sure was a lighter version, carb-wise and texture-wise. But do not be deceived because each piece packs a punch! Rolled with cucumber and mango, each quinoa wrap was topped with raw tuna, coconut cream and finished off with some ginger soy reduction. It was also served with sriracha aioli on the side. 

Spicy Tuna Quinoa Roll from Runner's Kitchen
Top view of this glorious plate!

Also, you can request for a non-spicy version or just like what we did, we got 4 spicy and 4 non-spicy rolls. Such a genius hack for sushi, this was so good you wouldn't even think it's low carb!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled Cheese Sandwich for 340Php

Grilled Cheese Sandwich was the choice of my daughter. I asked them though to serve the balsamic reduction on the side instead of drizzling it over the sandwich. Served on a chopping board with a side salad, the toast was thick and was cut into three. The grill marks were gorgeous and gave the sandwich a nice crunch from the outside but as you sink your teeth further, you'll be welcomed by a soft bread with oozing gooey cheese - cheddar, mozzarella and kesong puti. 

Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Runner's Kitchen
Look at that hearty bowl of salad!

The side salad is something that should not be missed because as simple as it is, it was really good! Fresh greens, juicy cherry tomatoes, chopped onions and their pineapple-mango dressing with fruit chunks made this small bowl refreshingly good but light.

Tuna Malunggay Pesto Melt
Tuna Malunggay Pesto Melt for 340Php

I also opted to get a sandwich - Tuna Malunggay Pesto Melt. Served the same way as the Grilled Cheese Sandwich, with side salad too, can I just say that THIS IS THE BEST Tuna Melt that I've had in my life? I kid you not. 

Tuna Malunggay Pesto Melt from Runner's Kitchen
Lovely grill marks and lovely Tuna Malunggay Pesto!

When most would use canned tuna, Runner's Kitchen used fresh tuna. Cooked with Malunggay Pesto, the tuna chunks were sandwiched in between grilled bread together with some tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Each bite will give you generous heaping of tuna. The Malunggay Pesto wasn't overpowering in terms of taste. I loved every bit of this sandwich!

Beef Salpicao with Black Rice
Beef Salpicao for 395Php + Black Rice for 50Php

Hubby opted for Beef Salpicao and paired this with Black Rice. Plated nicely with white as it's canvass, we also loved everything about this dish. Tender chunks of organic sirloin cooked in a light soy sauce with just the right kick of garlic and less salty than your usual Salpicao. 

Beef Salpicao from Runner's Kitchen
A closer look at the chunks of organic beef!

The dish came with wilted kale and tomato confit. Make sure include some leaves into each spoonful of rice and beef for that overall "healthy" feels lol

For dessert, we got the following --

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie for 60Php

I love chocolates and lately the sound of Malagos Dark Chocolate brings delight to my ears. This was the reason why tried their Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie. I really didn't know what to expect since this is organic and vegan and I'm used to the egg rich and butter fed cookies. When it was served, it looked dull despite the tiny leaf it was decorated with. It looked like a raw cookie with all the wrong ingredient proportions. Maybe this just isn't my thing but it was dry and sad and was not delicious at all.

Coco Sugar Cheesecake
Coco Sugar Cheesecake for 250php

Coco sugar in a cheesecake is something new for me. This was creamy with tangy notes from the cream cheese. It wasn't too sweet and I liked the topping which was a compote of fruits with sweet sauce that also had lots of cinnamon. The cheesecake wasn't as rich and crumbly as those that I'm used to but this was not bad.

For drinks, we got the following --

Marikit Fresh Juice
Marikit for 175Php 

Healthy, freshly pressed juice for hubby that had a rich orange color. Carrot, pineapple and ginger were the ingredients and it was indeed refreshing! There was a strong ginger taste but it was tolerable and balanced by the sweetness from the pineapple. 

Masigla Smoothie
Masigla for 160Php

Cherienne loves mango smoothie so I got Masigla for her sans the kale and pineapple. The ripe mangoes used were overripe but my daughter liked her drink anyway.

Iced Mocha from Runner's Kitchen
Iced Mocha for 200Php

I got an iced mocha for myself and boy it was strong! They used Malagos Dark Chocolate so it had this signature bitter but deep chocolate flavor plus the coffee was very strong and bitter! I added some sugar and that made it better.

Our visit was overall pleasant. The servers were patient with all my requests and they were attentive too. I loved the place as well! It wasn't big but it was well organized and well thought off. 

Runner's Kitchen Store Details

I loved that they used wood for their tables - small tables with lamps, long wooden table in the center of the restaurant with flashlights grouped together hanging, lovely! 

Runner's Kitchen Store Details

They used lots of wine and beer bottles as accents, greenery here and there, black board as menu and some other trinkets - nice!

I really wish they have a store in the South so we can visit often.

4 out of 5 Stars for Runner's Kitchen!

---Runner's Kitchen: Creekside Square Bldg., Tomas Morato Ave., Kamuning, Quezon City

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About clapalisoc

I am a workaholic mom who is also trying to be the best wife ever. I am a self proclaimed food lover, a frustrated cook and pastry master. I have a thing for books and scrap booking fills up my free time. Blogging? It's something I do once in a while when I can squeeze in some "me time" in this super busy life.


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