Sticking to Your Friday Fast Will Be Easy With These Must-Not-Miss Flavors


Going meatless for Lent is one of the more common ways to observe the holy season. Some may give up red and white meat on Fridays or abstain from all iterations, including dairy and eggs, for the entire 40 days. 

Let’s admit it, though. Skipping meat can be fuss-free for others, but it can be quite daunting to loyal carnivores who love their meaty meals over seafood or veggies. But…there’s no need to miss out on tasty and satisfying fare when you have Lent-approved dishes still packed with great flavors being served at your go-to SM mall. 

Below, some Lenten specials that are equally hearty and filling (not to mention healthy!)—we’re pretty sure you won’t miss the meat. 

Sakura Restaurant

Light, fresh, and easy to eat, Sakura Restaurant’s Salmon Carpaccio is reminiscent of an Italian-inspired ceviche. The thinly sliced salmon is as raw as it can get, with the acid from the lemon slices “cooking” the fish. 

Often served chilled, the dish not only relies on lemon juice but also on fresh herbs and the restaurant’s special sauce for flavor. Even better: At only P435 a plate, it’s a wonderfully refreshing summer salad that looks and tastes elegant and refined. 


When you’re craving for something quick and simple, yet healthier than a cheeseburger, you go to Subway®. And their 6-inch Tuna sub can be your go-to for only P180 (before P200) when you order via the SM Malls Online app. 

Tuna and creamy mayonnaise meld in this universal crowd-pleaser with your choice of vegetables and condiments served on freshly baked bread. 

Bulalo World

It goes without saying that sinigang is already a top-tier staple in every Filipino household, but the Lenten Season is a great way to nourish your soul and tummy with its equally comforting and filling seafood versions—the Salmon Sinigang sa Miso and Sinigang na Hipon sa Kamatis from Bulalo World. 

At only P279, the Salmon sa Sinigang sa Miso is made with salmon head in a savory and tangy soup flavored with tamarind and miso. You can also order the Sinigang na Hipon sa Kamatis for only P249—made with fresh and succulent shrimp swimming in a warm broth soured by tomatoes. 

TuanTuan Kitchen

Delicate and fragrant, an ice-cold cup of TuanTuan’s Jasmine Fruit Tea may be just what you need to refresh your palate. It usually has a sweet aftertaste and aroma and is said to aid calm, improve mental clarity, and boost the immune system. 

The soothing cooler is at a buy-1, take-1 offer until March 31 via the SM Malls Online app. Just register an account to enjoy this exclusive deal. Redeem by swiping your coupon in-store, where a designated personnel will then validate and confirm your successful coupon redemption.

Check out more Lenten specials at great discounts and exclusive promos when you visit SM Deals or download the SM Malls Online app, available on Google Play and the App Store. 

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