The Farm At San Benito’s New Resto Makes Clean Eating Extra Delicious
The wellness resort says they know not everyone is ready for an all-plant menu.
If you've ever wanted to go on a wellness retreat out of the city, The Farm at San Benito in Lipa, Batangas offers treatments and programs designed to uplift a city-dweller's tired soul (and help cure common illnesses, too). The sprawling 48-hectare property includes exclusive Bali-esque villas, pools, meditation lounges, gyms, and facilities for detox programs and pain management. They also offer mental health programs.
If going on a wellness retreat sounds appealing but the thought of eating an all-plant menu scares you, there's no need to skip this relaxing, good-for-the-soul vacation altogether. Pesce, The Farm's new restaurant just opened, offering Mediterranean and pescetarian food (seafood is included as a protein source in an all-vegetarian diet).
Chef Francis Tugnao helms Pesce (he is also in charge of Alive!, The Farm's vegan restaurant with plant-based cuisine) and he shares that it is a farm-to-table restaurant. They source some of the ingredients straight from The Farm's very own organic garden. The seafood is all "wild-caught" and you won't find cultured fish such as tilapia on the menu. They source lobster from Nasugbu, Batangas and everything is sourced locally. "Everything is local. We love supporting our farmers," adds chef Tugnao.
"We know not everyone is ready to embrace being vegan so pescetarian food is an option," shares Dr. Marian Alonzo M.D, the resident medical doctor at The Farm at San Benito.
Crustaceans are also on the menu. "No need to buy food outside," laughs chef Tugnao. "Visitors now can have fish. They no longer have to feel sad about going on a detox."
Pesce is open for dinner at the moment but they hope to serve snacks and bar chow soon (the restaurant sits right beside one of the pools). Don't skip the grilled veggies, the spicy tuna ceviche cured in tangy calamansi and coconut vinegar (so good!), bruschetta, and pan-fried snapper with a bright citrus relish on your next visit. Pesce's menu won't have you feeling like you're missing out.
The Farm At San Benito is located at Barangay Tipakan, Lipa City, Batangas. Check their website for more details.