Back in college, right after our hospital duty or late night thesis conference at starbucks, there’s always this one destination to feed our starving ascaris and all sorts of parasite in our guts.
Formerly nested at the corner of West and Quezon Avenues. It’ was a humble non-fine dining restaurant that serves the most authentic Persian cuisine in the greater Manila area. I tried other wannabees but nothing beats the price and flavor of this semi-diner resto.
They started as shawarma-eating Pinoys’ magnet, enticing consumers with their trade secret herbed and spiced yoghurt sauce. We admit, Monette an I consider their Chelo Kabab as a comfort food. With their huge servings and affordable price, anyone who walks in will leave with a warmed soul and a full stomach.
The place is not as posh as its fine dining counterparts, but their non-intimidating setup attracts the crowd because of the homey feel to it. Now in their relocated store along West Ave., they maintained the open air incandescent lamp-lit eating area. Some are saying, the red brick wall accent and colonial lamps doesn’t match the theme of the place and the only thing that made it Persian (other than the food) are the framed wall art pieces, which they imported from Iran. Although I agree, but I’d rather have this one than a renovated and interior designed ambiance which they will eventually charge to the customers.
The staple order is the shawarma, but its reign is over. Crowd’s favorite, also ours, is the Special Beef Chelo Kabab (PhP135/ $3), one ground beef kabab and one grilled tenderloin strip served with buttered steamed rice and charred-grilled tomatoes on the side. The other equally popular entree is the Keema with eggplant (PhP70/$1.50) ground beef with mashed grilled eggplant, your choice of buttered rice (PhP25/US$.50) or Pita bread.
We also love the Potato Cutlet (PhP70/$1.50) a wedge of pan fried potato pudding, a perfect substitute to french fries. Other appetizers and main entrees ranges from vegetarian, halal to fish and lamb. Don’t expect a pork liempo to pop-out of the menu anytime soon.
There are only two deserts in their menu, Ferny (PhP30) comparable to maja blanca and the Harisah (PhP40) the size of a brownie, it’s like a hybrid of curd milk, dried leche flan and soft bukayo topped with a pecan nut.
TIP: Here’s the secret to our hearty meal. They put a condiment container on your table, it’s their popular herbed and spiced yogurt sauce, make sure it’s full. Because here at Kebab, you should top drench your plate with this sauce until it floods the table. You put it in your appetizers, main entree, rice, tomato, side dishes, drinks… Did I mention that they serve yogurt shake too? You can also drink it direct from the plastic container. The only thing I never put it in to are the deserts, will probably try next time. So this is definitely not for those with a low cardiac threshold.
Mister Kebab is jam packed almost 24/7 especially during lunch and dinner, you have to queue-up before getting a table. And don’t expect the waitresses to serve you water, you have to get it yourself.