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Plant-based New Yorkers, rejoice! Saramsam, a new plant-based Filipino restaurant opened at the end of October. Located in the East Village, Saramsam in a plant-based take on traditional meat-heavy Filipino cuisine.

Executive Chef Raj Abat and Owner Ravi DeRossi have made popular dishes adobo and sisig both plant-based. Adobo is a meat dish made with a garlic vinegar marinade, while sisig is traditionally made with pig head, chicken livers, and pork.

DeRossi told Forbes about the decision to go plant-based, “The choice to do a plant-based concept over a traditional one is built into the foundation of my company, Overthrow Hospitality. Animal rights and Climate change are pivotal issues, not only for our restaurants but for our world and more-so now than ever, reintroducing a traditionally meat heavy cuisine through the lens of plant-based sends a powerful message. It brings everybody to the table. We had a vegan Indian restaurant in the space prior to Covid. The Chef of that restaurant left New York due to the pandemic. After the shutdown, we had a tasting with Raj, who was previously the CDC of that restaurant and the food blew our socks off.”

And Chef Abat said of the sisig, “Our sisig is made with vegan “Wagyu” and served with vegan egg, scallions, and lime on a hot skillet—the presentation is something Filipino food fans will recognize.”

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