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Mister Kabab: Re-acquainted my palate with their delicious and affordable Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare

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At long last, tried Mister Kabab again! Years back my cousins and I would eat at one of their Q.C. branch either before or after a Saturday night out. Tried the Fisher Mall branch a year ago with my cousin and sister but since they renovated, I haven’t had the time to drop by to re-acquaint my palate and check if they’ve made changes in their menu.

Recently went back with two foodie friends whom have not tried the place before. Here’s what we tried and I must warn you, you might crave after reading this post.

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‘Couscous’ (P120.00) – tomatoes, olives and fresh coriander

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Appetizer Platter (P420.00) which consists of spinach with egg, eggplant with whey sauce, eggplant with egg, etc. (Choose any 4 appetizer) served with pita bread. Aside from being a good to-share platter, its also great for those who want a different source of protein. Want to start off your kids’ palate with vegetables when eating out, this is a good way to go.

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‘Shorba’ (P120.00) – Chunky Tarragon infused vegetable soup served with an egg. Traditionally made with tomato broth and coconut milk, seasoned with bay leaves and garlic. Its the usual tummy-warmer of the Balkans. It may look simple but it is flavorful. Its a soup to crave for during rainy days especially if you want to deviate from the usual chicken or mushroom soup.

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‘Shrimp Korma’ (P200.00) – a dish of mildly spiced meat or seafood marinated or braised in yogurt or curds, cream, nut or seed paste. I liked this dish the most from this food adventure because the aroma and kick is just right. No one will judge you if you ask for an extra order of biryani rice with grilled tomatoes. Aside from ‘shorba’ soup, its also a dish you’ll crave for when its raining.

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‘Beef Chelo Kabab’ served with ‘Biryani Rice’ (P170.00) – The classic and popular favorite. The beef is really tender and flavorful and an upgrade to biryani rice plus extra grilled tomatoes is a must! Its no wonder foodies are raving about it.

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‘Bhaglava’ or ‘Bhaklava’ – is a popular Middle Eastern/Mediterranean dessert made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with sugar syrup or honey. Mister Kabab’s version is really sweet and best paired with a cup of coffee or tea for a nice meal-ender.

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Mister Kabab is known for their Yoghurt Shake and house coffee but opted for tea to calm my tummy.

Will definitely go back to try the other dishes, their yoghurt shake, coffee and the cakes. They have different branches around the metro so there’s probably one near you. So if you’re craving for good MiddleEastern/Mediterranean food, that’s very affordable and consistent in taste, and Halal-certified, try out Mister Kabab at your next food trip with your family and friends fellow foodies!

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Kos Greek Ouzeri: Authentic Greek Cuisine in the heart of Quezon City

An ‘ouzeri’ or ‘ouzeria’ is a type of Greek tavern which serves ‘ouzo’ (Greek liquor) and ‘mezedes’ or light snacks.

Kos is one of Greek’s Dodecanese islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea, is a group of Greek islands known for their medieval castles, Byzantine churches, beaches and ancient archaeological sites.

A few days ago I met up for late lunch at Kos Greek Ouzeri with a fellow foodie friend who introduced me to Chef Mats Loo and Chef Yolanda Naluz. Now, if you are into authentic cuisines especially Greek, Kos is one of the best places in the metro to experience. Your palate, with just that first bite will tell you that not only do they use the freshest ingredients, but their cooking methods are genuinely different. Here’s my food adventure at Kos Greek Ouzeri.

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Mezedes: Artchoke Spinach, Tzatziki and Tyrokafteri with freshly baked bread | All rights reserved

‘Mezedes’ are small dishes served before the main dish and eaten with freshly baked bread. Kos uses ingredients straight from source and their breads are freshly baked every day. For me these can not only tickle the palate before a main meal, but it can be taken as a snack as well. I can eat this almost every day, its healthy and they give almost unlimited freshly-baked bread re-fills.

I tried these ‘mezedes’: ‘Tzatziki’ (Php175) – yogurt cucumber with garlic, dill, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon; ‘Tyrokafteri’ (Php170) – feta cheese combined with roasted red bell peppers; Sun-dried Tomatoes and Capers (Php155) – a combination of cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and capers; ‘Hummus’ (Php165) – cooked chick peas with tahini, garlic, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. They also have ‘Kalamaria Toursi’ (Php155), ‘Kolokithakia Ke Melitzanes’ (Php 195), ‘Kroketes Patatas’ (Php155) and ‘Soutzoukakia Smyrneika’ (php165), etc.

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Kos Salata | All rights reserved

‘Kos Salata’ (Php350)- mixed greens with dried figs, caramelized nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, grapes and cheese tossed with honey grape vinaigrette. The mix of tartness of the dried figs, sweetness of the caramelized nuts and grapes went well with the generous serving of cheese with the honey grape vinaigrette served on the side. My first thought after a few bites was that they gave generous servings of the cheese. And its really delicious cheese which is really something you don’t experience, much less expect from restaurants these days.

Kos serves fresh ‘salatas’ or ‘salads’ made with not just any oil, but extra virgin olive oil. the quality of the extra virgin olive oil is important in Greek cuisine because any change in quality will render a different taste to the dish. They also have ‘Tono Salata’ (Php320) and ‘Salata Horiatiki’ (Php300)

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Grilled Salmon Fillet with Ladolemono | All rights reserved

‘Grilled Salmon Fillet with Ladolemono’ (Php385) – grilled herb marinated salmon fillet served with roasted vegetables and lemon oil.

If you’ve read most of my recipes or ‘food experiments’ or follow me on Instagram (@urmajesty_sire) then you know of my ‘salmon obsession.’ What a delight it was to taste Kos’ melt-in-your-mouth-goodness salmon (and took some to-go also). Chef Yolanda Naluz shared that the salmon is marinated in their special combination of herbs then cooked (with its skin) in extra virgin olive oil. They also have other seafood dishes like ‘Psari Plaki’ and ‘Greek Fish Stew’ on the menu.

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