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.
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.”
The Ostrich Farm's first branch in Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City
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Here's a closer look at their logo. We just love how they incorporated the ostrich's feet into the letters!
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Just one of the cute signages to be found in the restaurant
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Owner Kristine Soguilon-Lim wanted to create a homey atmosphere at The Ostrich Farm.
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She also wanted to preserve the farm-like feel of the place.
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The potted plants and wood truly lend that touch.
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Here's a full look at one of the wall's decor. We love it!
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Brightly-colored lamps and upholstered benches make a stunning contrast with the industrial walls and flooring of the restaurant.
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Ostrich meat is the healthiest meat in the world, as displayed in this clever chalkboard sketch display.
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This one sums it all up!
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Do you see the glammed up ostrich eggs on the shelf?
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Highly recommended: The Ostrich Farm Macho Burger (P338 with ostrich, P208 for Angus and P158 for beef), made with their own burger patty, topped with their special TOF JOE sauce, and served with lettuce, tomato and caramelized onions.
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For the not-so-adventurous: Buffalo Wings (P228 for 6 pieces and P398 for 12 pieces)
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Super chunky, creamy and cheesy! The Ostrich Farm Carbonara (P248 for ostrich and P188 for classic)
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You'll want to try this healthier version. The Ostrich Farm Adobo with Garlic Confit (P258 for ostrich and P178 for beef)
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Kids' favorite: Cheezy Pops (P228)
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The Ostrich Farm is set to open another branch in Katipunan before the year ends.