Hello, Laguna! Herb Republic

Coming off from a meal that was heavy but not as satisfying, I zeroed in on the most healthy-sounding restaurant from TripAdvisor’s list of ‘top-rated restaurants’ near 88 Hotspring Resort: Herb Republic.

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There are so many terms for restaurants like this nowadays, it can be a little confusing – vegan, vegetarian, farm-to-table, organic. In the case of Herb Republic, they are a farm business that extended into a restaurant. They support environmentally sound agricultural practices, and that’s not limited to herbs and vegetables. This is why chicken and pork are also on the menu πŸ™‚

It reminded me a lot of another Laguna gem, Costales Nature Farms, where their pigs don’t stink and are fed vegetables and herbs. Read all about our visit there here: A day in the farm!

Getting the family to eat healthy starts with mommy!

As the mom, and as a wife to a husband who will always answer ‘ikaw na bahala‘ (up to you – grrr!) when it comes to the where-to-eat question, I try very hard to steer the family towards healthier establishments (like The Corner Tree Cafe. Read on why we like that place a lot here: Loving Corner Tree Cafe).

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Vegetables. Sometimes they have to be breaded and deep fried just so my family will eat them. Herb Republic’s Shiitake Mushroom Tempura.

It’s on me to make sure J and the kid gets some veggies and fruits into their system – even if it’s just a banana at times. I have a husband that can live off Spam and pizza until his golden years, and my daughter has developed a great fondness for pork – bacon, longanisa, liempo – that would rival a typical child’s love for fried chicken.

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Fruits. Sometimes the only way you can take them is in liquid form.

This is what works best for us. By that I mean, everyone is happy and satisfied in a mommy kind of restaurant as long as it serves some kind of meat. And if our family sounds a lot like yours, or you just want to choose healthy for a change, then say hello to Herb Republic.

Ooh, nice!

That was my first impression. I’ve never met a former house renovated and re-purposed into a restaurant that I didn’t like. This restaurant in particular just embraced the fact that it’s formerly an old house and upped the boho factor.

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The piano was an excellent touch as well, if only our daughter knew how to play it πŸ˜€

This is how you veg out

“healthy but delicious!” “all organic glory!” “awesome food!” are just some of the TripAdvisor review headlines for Herb Republic. I second the motion.

I’ve never ordered so many veggies before, but I’m also happy with everything I ordered. J and Aki shared the liempo and they were happy too.

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Bok Choy Balls

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Grilled pork belly
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Stir fried spinach
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Tarragon iced tea

These days, that’s how I can get them to eat vegetables – it has to be paired with a protein they can’t refuse, like lechon kawali or pork chops. I mean, my kid just ate spinach. There wasn’t even any kind of dessert involved.

So thank you, Herb Republic. We are belly grateful πŸ˜€


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