Last May 22, 2010 the Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Inc. with some selected guests from different NGO groups went to Ms. Daisy residence near (UP) campus, we were given a bignay wine and a gracious servings of Sung-sung peanut courtesy of Mr. Ray Ong and Mr. George Yao .
We were personally greeted by Ms. Daisy Lengenegger an Isabela province native and organic natural health advocate . Their 1950’s style of home together with a collection of various contemporary art works and a wealth of flora and a small petting zoo with some pythons and turtles that accompany their garden.
Her family bought the property in the mid -1990’s but had no intentions of opening the property to business, thru the persuasion of friends and relatives who marveled at her unique organic foods, rich culinary taste and organic produce had strongly urged her to open a family -style restaurant in her residence.
The home-style restaurant can accommodate 25 to 35 guests per meal and pre-booking is highly recommended depending on the number of people and budget . She can adjust the meal menu and preference to suit the taste of the clients . Her unique home furniture and garden settings were already featured in several magazines , blogs and newspapers.
garden with lush vegetation
The garden is surrounded by tall bamboos and high cement walls which is bathed in greenery, Green Daisy is more like dining in friend’s home instead of restaurant. In fact, it is Daisy’s home. Daisy has not only created a comforting, green oasis for her dining guests but she has also made a small retail space selling produce and products for clients who want to take home a memory of their organic experience.
organic store within her home
According to her, They also had a stall selling organic rice and produce at the Salcedo Park Saturday market and Legaspi Village Park Sunday market and is called Chlorophyll booth in reference to the green pigmentation of the leaves .
Dr. Leonardo Co in his lecture
A short lecture by world re- known Filipino botanist and taxonomist Dr. Leonardo Co of University of the Philippines and native plant and trees advocate Architect Andrew Patrick Gozon . Their presentation made the small group of horticulture and environment advocates learn the urgent need for conservation of plants and popularization of native plants in Philippine landscape.
Arroz Caldo ( organic rice and chicken )
Our group was treated to an organic buffet which consists of arroz caldo ( organic rice and organically grown chicken ), squash soup ( organically grown) , organic rice ( brown rice) , shrimp, organic chicken, and sumptuous salad.
members and special invited guest enjoyed their lunch buffet
Most dishes in restaurants come with the proverbial sides. Grains, leaf or root vegetables and even fruits are almost expected to accompany every plate. Unless it’s a soup, salad or vegetarian meal, the diner’s focus is always the protein. Some of us ignore these side garnishes. Others consume them without much thought or consideration of their flavor or texture. But at Green Daisy, vegetables, grains and fruits are given equal or even top billing on the plate.
At the end of the hearty conversation , our gracious host invited the group for another round of group discussion at her home.
Since the food here is not about mass production, guests do expect to pay a premium. It’s about the quality of the food, not the quantity.
Green Daisy Organic Restaurant and Store
Address: 20 Maginhawa Street , UP Village, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 922 2409
Cel phone : (0917) 814 8262
Contact Person: Ms. Daisy Lengenegger
Email: greendaisy.organic @yahoo.com
Face book: Green Daisy
Note: For those who wish to come and dine at the restaurant , Please be advice to call or e-mail the proprietor at least 1 to 3 days before the appointed date .
Prices and the organic foods tend to be higher compared to the regular restaurant.