The Bay Area is well known for its counter cultures. From it's music, clothing, lifestyle and even food. So why not open a vegan Filipino restaurant. That's exactly what Chef Jay-Ar Isagani Pugao did, in the downtown Oakland. His restaurant, rightly named No Worries Filipino Vegan Cuisine is the newest addition to the growing Bay Area Filipino Restaurant boom. It may also be the only vegan restaurant in the country serving Filipino food but I haven't confirmed that yet.
A Change in Lifestyle for Me
A few months ago my Dr. told me that I could possibly have diabetes based on some test results. That made me re-think my entire lifestyle and has forced me to watch what I eat and make better choices. No bad carbs, especially white rice and breads. Literally no sugar, instead I look for alternative sweeteners like agave nectar and occasionally Splenda. Before that, I had no idea what the Glycemic Index was or how it affected my health. Well, it was scary to see that Pandesal was one of the highest culprits on the chart along with most ingredients that make up my favorite Filipino desserts.
So I was very excited that a Filipino restaurant offering a healthier alternative was opening in the Bay Area. I was fortunate enough to make it to the soft opening event in September. The Restaurant has a different vibe to it, definitely different from any other Filipino establishment that I have ever been to. But, that's what it is...different. While we were waiting, a waiter passed around a few samples of their vegan lumpia which was delicious.
|A large selection of Filipino Classics|
|Vegan Fried Shrimp|
Read more about No Worries and Chef Jay-Ar Isagani Pugao in an article from Eastbay Express
1442 Franklin Street
Oakland, Ca 94612(510) 444-4466
Monday - Friday:
Lunch: 11am - 3pm
Dinner: 5pm - 9pm
Dinner: 5pm - 9pm