• Around Town: The Ostrich Farm in Blue Bay Walk, Pasay

    Enjoy fast food minus the guilt at this Pasay resto serving the healthiest meat in the world.
    by Stephanie F. Esguerra .
  • An unabashed love for food—that’s something we Filipinos definitely have. 

    When we go out, we often opt for food that is familiar to the palate and ultimately satisfying. Fast food is a popular choice, although not much can be said thereof on the nutrition department. 

    But if there was a way to strike a balance between easily prepared, comfortingly delicious dishes and healthy food choices, wouldn’t you and your family want to indulge in these instead?

    At Blue Bay Walk, the newly developed open-air lifestyle hub in Pasay City, a new restaurant is making waves for its “unique” offering.

    The Ostrich Farm, which opened in August, is making people think twice when it comes to their usual dining pursuits. The name itself speaks about what the restaurant is all about: ostrich meat fast food.

    The Ostrich Farm

    While ostrich meat is not a food staple here, it is actually quite common in other countries, such as the U.S., Southern China, Africa and even in the Antarctic region. 

    Ostrich meat is known to be the healthiest meat in the world — even healthier than turkey — as it is low in fat and cholesterol. 

    After taking over her father’s ostrich farm in Cotabato, and discovering the demand for ostrich meat in other countries, owner Kristine Soguilon-Lim felt she needed to share with Pinoys the benefits of eating ostrich meat as an alternative. “There are over 50,000 farms all over the world farming ostrich,” Lim explains. “Right now, we’re riding on the trend of health and wellness. Why not educate the market? It’s leaner than beef, healthier than beef, or any other type of meat.”

    While Lim does acknowledge the presence of ostrich meat dishes in the Philippines, she says it's often served only in high-end restaurants or in hotels. With The Ostrich Farm, she is able to offer the same to the bigger Filipino public. 

    “[We want ostrich meat to be] Food that they’d be comfortable eating,” Lim explains. “It’s a way of letting people know that if we Filipinos really want to eat healthy, and we want our families to be healthy, then we should also look at other [options]. [We can be] satisfied without thinking that we’re depriving ourselves of eating what we want to eat.”

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