I am so happy to have discovered this restaurant that serves delicious, healthy food at the Tuscany along McKinley Hill. I would totally go back to eat there – you don’t have to be in a detox program to eat there.
The name Detoxify Bar sounds fancy and intimidating – obviously, as the name states, it is a place where you can find juices and similar products that will help you in your detoxification journey.
But this doesn’t mean that you should only go there when you are in a detox program.
It is actually a real restaurant, serving real, healthy, delicious food – and you can eat there whenever you want healthy gourmet food.
Detoxify is decorated with white walls that remind me of a white cottage, but also suggest cleanliness/ detox. Most of the seating area is located on the second floor, where the look is more opulent. I am so glad that they had this design instead of picking a more industrial, sterile look.
DETOXIFY BAR MAKES DETOXING AWESOME
For those of us who have tried the various detox and cleansing schemes (hoping that they will also lead to quick weight loss ) popular for the last two decades, the word detox brings not so fond memories of either having to drink vile tasting liquids or physical distress, or both (hey, no pain, no gain, right?).
I went in, expecting having to drink bitter green juices, but was happy to learn that Detoxify Bar’s juices actually look good and taste great!
JUICE BLENDS & DETOX
Detoxify Bar has several juice blends available, all made with organic produce. They have their detox juices that you can drink as part of a juice cleanse, or as a natural, energizing drink.
They have 6 “flavors” of detox juices (click on the links to read about the benefits of each):
- Green Vegan – apple, cucumber, romaine lettuce, broccoli, celery, moringa, lemon
- Red Vegan – apple, carrot, lemon, beet, cucumber
- Lemon – lemon, maple syrup, cayenne pepper
- Minty Berry – apple, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, mint leaf, lemon
- Gold – raw ginger ale, chia seeds
- Orange – carrot, pear, spinach, romaine lettuce, celery, cucumber, lemon
You can also create your own juices!
We all know the benefits of cleansing / detox, so I don’t need to explain it. If you are planning to undergo a detox program, you can order detox juices from Detoxify Bar. Basically, when you start your detox program, you are strictly prohibited from food intake, and alcohol or caffeine consumption. Sweets should also be avoided. You will only be drinking the juices and teas from Detoxify Bar and water.
As for how many days your detox should be, it depends on how many days you can tolerate, but the recommended time for beginners is 3-5 days. You can also ask the staff at Detoxify Bar to help you determine how many days your detox should be. Learn more about detoxing at Detoxify Bar’s Detox 101 page.
Detoxify Bar’s full detox program (1 day’s worth) costs P1,350.00 – this includes 5 bottles of your choice of juices, 2 bags of organic tea, and a thermal bag to hold all your juices. I was told that the juices should not be refrigerated, but should be kept in the thermal bag for optimal benefits. You can also order detox packs good for several days.
DETOX JUICES TASTE DELICIOUS!
I was able to try all the detox juices. Thanks, Detoxify Bar! In terms of taste, my favorite was the Minty Berry. The detox juices actually taste pretty good! They taste fruity and don’t have that “vegetable” taste that many picky eaters don’t like, or at least, the “vegetable/ leafy” taste is masked by the apple and other fruits.
If you are not yet fully committed to doing several days’ worth of detox, you can just drink the juices as well, juice. I am sure your body will still benefit from all those nutrients.
Now, after you have finished your detox (or even if you haven’t, like me), Detoxify Bar also offers healthy, gourmet meals.
Honestly, the food is good. It was healthy, but it wasn’t bland. I would definitely go back for the food when I’m in the area, even if I am not on healthy eating mode. The tastes are simple, fresh, and the food is done well and cooked perfectly. The flavors are there – the food is delicious – but it is not over the top.
We started with the guilt-free, Organic Basil Tomato Soup and 3 Cheese Panini Combo (P375).
This was really good – the soup was simple but very delicious, the tomatoes were very fresh. After mostly eating canned/processed tomato sauces, a tomato soup made from fresh tomatoes is just a revelation. There’s extra pesto on the side.
The panini was crispy outside, but chewy inside. It was filled with pesto and cheese. So simple, but so good! At P375, I admit, it is a bit pricey for something so simple, but I really liked this dish.
We also got to try the Recovery Bowls, which were conceptualized to help our bodies recover after a workout. When we work out, our muscles need to recover quickly, so we need to eat protein-rich meals. We also need good carbs to refuel our energy, as well as recover electrolytes and essential salts lost through sweat.
Detoxify Bar’s Recovery Bowls are meant to address that – they provide protein from lean beef, chicken breast, yogurt, walnuts and fish. Fish and walnuts are also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Quinoa and veggies provide healthy carbs, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Feta, yogurt and walnuts replenish electrolytes.
We had the Walnut Crusted Chicken Breast Quinoa Bowl (P365). What more can I say? The chicken is perfectly cooked – very juicy, lightly seasoned, the walnut crust was flavored with rosemary and other herbs and spices. I love how it is topped with alfalfa sprouts, because I love alfalfa sprouts!
Check out how juicy the chicken breast is:
There is an aioli dip on the side. The quinoa was chewy and nutty. If you haven’t had the chance to try quinoa (pronounced keen-wa), it is a grain that originated in the Andes. It is rich in protein and is a good source of dietary minerals and B vitamins, and is a very good alternative for people who are sensitive to wheat.
As for the taste of quinoa, it is an acquired taste. It definitely has a stronger taste than usually bland rice. For me, it is like eating tiny, crunchy, round, wet grains. It tastes nutty and slightly bitter.
Greek Salad with Sirloin Strips (P295) – This is just a simple salad of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts and sliced lean beef. There is a slice of lemon on the side. Once you squeeze the lemon and start mixing the salad, the feta cheese “melts” and becomes a creamy dressing. The beef was very tender.
This dish was very filling – light, delicious, healthy but still very filling.
All the food at Detoxify Bar is organic and they do not use any unhealthy or “processed” ingredients, and for flavor, they make good use of herbs and spices.
Whether you are planning a detox or just want healthy but delicious food, try Detoxify Bar. The ambience is quiet and relaxing. Considering that the food is organic and prepared very well, I think their prices are fair.
I really am glad that I had the chance to go to Detoxify Bar. I normally would not have even considered going to a place like this, thinking that it only catered to health conscious people. I’m glad I was wrong and I am glad that I discovered how delicious their food is!
Service is friendly and the staff is knowledgeable about their food. The food is cooked upon order so will take some time to be served, but it’s a very acceptable wait.
Ground floor, Bldg. 3, Tuscany Private Estates, Upper McKinley Rd., McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Contact: +63 9162892132 / 5040729
Hours: 8AM – 11PM, Mon-Sun
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