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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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Greek Kos Ouzeri: Authentic, fresh Greek cuisine by Chef Mats Loo of First Gourmet Academy

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Chef Mats Loo demonstrates how to prepare a cocktail with ‘ouzo’ | All rights reserved

A few weeks ago I had lunch at Kos Greek Ouzeri with good friend Alfred and met Chef Mats Loo. It was such a great foodie experience that spreading the word about their authentic Greek cuisine became quite a personal mission. So went back with foodie friends for them to experience authentic Greek cuisine as well. I have a post about my initial visit (link here: Kos Greek Ouzeri: Authentic Greek Cuisine in the heart of Quezon City but this post is more extensive (read: more ‘drool-worthy’ dishes so caveat, do not read with an empty stomach hehe!)

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Cheers with ‘ouzo’ | All rights reserved
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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Chef Mats Loo’s explained each deliciously fresh dish | All rights reserved
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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Mezedes | All rights reserved

Mezedes Samplers with unlimited freshly baked breads (Sampler of 3 P250; Sampler of 4 P325; Sampler of 5 P375). Some dip choices are: Melitzanosalata (P195) – roasted eggplant with garlic, white wine vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice; Tzatziki (P175) – yogurt cucumber dip flavored with garlic, dill, olive oil and lemon juice; Hummus (P165) – mashed cooked chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic; Artichoke Spinach Spread (P175) – mixed artichoke, spinach and cheese dip; Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Spread (P135) – blended cauliflower and garlic with mixed herbs and spices; Tyrokafteri (P170) – whipped Greek feta cheese and roasted bell pepper, etc.

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Salata | All rights reserved

Kos Salata (P350) – mixed greens with sun-dried tomatoes, dried figs, caramelized nuts, cheese and grapes tossed with honey-grape vinaigrette

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Chicken Souvlaki | All rights reserved

Chicken Souvlaki (P350)- skewer chicken meat with roasted vegetables, yogurt and garlic sauce and red bell pepper sauce. They also have Lamb Souvlaki (P495) and Pork Souvlaki (P370)

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Keftadakia | All rights reserved

Keftedakia – meatballs with herbs and spices served with lemon and yogurt dip

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Bourou Borou | All rights reserved

Bourou-Bourou (P165) – vegetable soup with pasta and croutons

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Soutzoukakia Smyrneika | All rights reserved

Soutzoukakia Smyrneika – sausage-shaped meatballs cooked in spiced tomato sauce

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Lamb Fricasse | All rights reserved

Lamb Fricasse (P380) – lamb cubes braised with white onion, ouzo, leeks, lettuce and potatoes

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Spanakopita | All rights reserved

Spanakopita – spinach pie made with layers of filo pastry, spinach, onion and feta cheese

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Spanakorizo | All rights reserved

Spanakorizo (P135) – orzo pasta cooked with onions, spinach and mixed with feta cheese and herbs

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Pastitsio | All rights reserved

Pastitsio – layered tubular pasta with meat and tomato sauce topped with bechamel sauce

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Lokoumades | All rights reserved

Lokoumades (P110) – fried dough bathed in sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Galaktoboureko | All rights reserved

Galaktoboureko (P180) – Greek custard pie in filo pastry sheets covered with honey syrup

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Greek Coffee | All rights reserved

Greek Coffee (P125) – authentic Greek coffee is perfect paired with one of their delicious desserts

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Greek Cardamom Iced Tea, Tarragon Lemonade and Basil Lemonade | All rights reserved

Greek Cardamom Iced Tea (P75 per glass / P120 bottomless), Tarragon Lemonade (P75 per glass / P120 bottomless) and Basil Lemonade (P85)

More infromation: Kos Greek Ouzeri is located at the Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City; Phone number 02 2469069 ext:182 (Table booking recommended)