There's a new vegan restaurant in Makati along Chino Roces Avenue. Yes, truly vegan. Not lacto-ovo vegetarian (uses dairy and eggs) or beegan (uses bee excrements like honey) but vegan! I wanted something new today so I gave Live Life a try.
The dishes were not bad, although I find the names a bit misleading. I actually quite liked the mushroom and zucchini in teriyaki sauce, though it tasted more like adobo than teriyaki. The vegetable lasagne was confusing for me. It was like a raw dish in that the pasta is not made of wheat but made of zucchini, and yet it is baked enough to be hot so it's not exactly a raw dish. I also asked a lot of questions about which dishes are raw and which are not because I instantly craved a pasta-based dish when I read lasagne. (Oh the glory days of Pipino. They had an amazing lasagne dish then). The servings of red and brown rice were miniature. I thought I would have to order four more, though I ended up ordering only one more. The chocolate banana shake is just ok. I can make a better-tasting one so I will skip that next time I go back.
Did it make it to my top 5 favorite places to eat? No. Would I go back? Yes. I will go back and order that adobo- I mean "teriyaki". I'm also going to try a few more dishes. I feel like there's a lot of potential to make the food not just not bad, but really good, maybe with a little feedback, or maybe just in the way the menu is written to manage expectations. Also, I cannot resist a 100% vegan place. (Not one that just pretends to be vegan by putting up a divider between that and the other restaurant that serves murdered animals).
Here is the full menu.