i love their yogurt shake and ox brain!!!
Persian cuisine or the cuisine of Iran is diverse, with each province
featuring dishes, culinary traditions and styles distinct to their
regions. It includes a wide variety of foods ranging from chelo kabab (barg, koobideh, joojeh, shishleek, soltani, chenjeh), khoresht (stew that is served with white Basmati or Iranian rice: ghormeh sabzi, gheimeh, and others), aash (a thick soup:as an example Ash-e anar), kookoo (vegetable Souffle), pollo (white rice alone or with addition of meat and/or vegetables and herbs, including loobia pollo, albaloo pollo, Sabzi pollo, zereshk pollo, Baghali Polo and others), and a diverse variety of salads, pastries, and drinks specific to different parts of Iran. The list of Persian recipes, appetizers and desserts is extensive.
Herbs are frequently used along with fruits such as plums, pomegranates, quince, prunes, apricots, and raisins. The main Persian cuisines are combination of rice with meat, lamb, chicken, or fish and some onion, vegetables, nuts, and herbs. To achieve a balanced taste, characteristic Persian flavorings such as saffron, dried limes, cinnamon, and parsley are mixed delicately and used in some special dishes. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_cuisine)
I have eaten Italian (Italiannis, Pizza Volante), Bar American (Murray and D'Vine, The Boracay Steakhouse, Mr. Rockefeller), Japanese (Tempura Grill, Kaiseki, Ajisen), Chinese (North Park, Hap Chan, Zong), Malay (Banana Tea Leaf), Vietnamese (Phoa Hoa), Thai (Recipes), Filipino (Fely J.'s), Modern and The Fusion (Hula-Hula Bar), Mediterranean (Cafe Mediterranean, Sophie's Mediterranean Deli), Spanish (Rastro, Mingoy's) but I've never had eaten something of Persian.
Persian food to me was Shawarma, Kebabs and nothing more. I had strong recommends to eat in Mister Kabab, because it gives you the authentic feel, make you feel you are there in Iran or some other world or place. I was never hesitant to try something new, where my senses lit up and to sum up - I wish I was never full to begin with.
Mister Kabab to begin with is Persian cuisine, in the menu are from things are the familiar Kabab, Shawarma, but then there are the unfamiliar Beryani, Korma, Keshmeshy to the exotics Ox-Brain, Beef Liver Stick. I was curious to the Ox-Brain but I got this feeling by watching too much Iron Chef and Top Chef made me think, I might waste something good to try something exotic. Maybe some other time I thought, but what curious was the picture of Beryani, I had to ask the waitress what is it? I am glad the waitress are familiar of what they serve or I will be horrified what I'd be eating. I ordered a Lamb Beryani, which happens to be like a Curry dish that is served with rice. In this adventure, I was with my love one, she ordered her usual Sizzling Burger Steak, she was the one of the persons who recommend the place to me, and something she loved sharing to me stories of her friends and what they usually ordered. Speaking, she recommend me to try their Yogurt Shake, as she described it was good... so far.
Curiosity intrigued me after so many recommends. The ambiance is cozy, dim lighting though. The crowd just goes in and out - order in - order out. No wonder it was a recommend... Service was prompt, and service is quick. My love one pointed out to me there place would be jammed and pack full of customers even on a weekday. We were able to get a seat by the window, and was able to see the Commonwealth Ave.'s chaos.
In a matter of minutes my meal was first served. The smell filled the room where once can sense and fill their nostrils with the spices, the wonderful lamb, and how the rice is so fragrant, robust and alive. And you could see how the lamb tenderly cooked the meat nearly falling off the bone. Then came my wife's sizzling burger steak, and the mist filled the room. Yum! Then Came the shakes. In small glasses, white yogurt drink.
The verdict. The Lamb Beryani was something of memory, flavor, strong - as I read on how I defined Persian Cuisine, it filled with so many spices. Now I see why Persians, Arabs smell, the strong spices made it so. Speaking of spices I love the flavor was filled from how the meat was prepared, where literally meat was falling of he bone, to how the rice was also cooked. Overwhelmed with the very unfamiliar and It was the unfamiliarity that was good. I really did enjoy what I ate and to compliment was the Yogurt shake which neutralized the spices in my mouth. It was sadly killed when I became to full, for a small plate which is the size I have at home, I was very filled with the rice and the shake.
The Sizzling Burger Steak, just trying a bite, made me think a different way - It was not so uber good but good.
To sum up, Persian way of cooking was to make do with spices. Cooking stuff in tradition and flavors and it is something I would remember and love. So should I add Persian cuisine to the my favorite dishes, yes it is.
People who want to try something new and a budget of P100+ this a place to go. Overall I give Mister Kabab 4, and the dish has been served.
i eat mediterranean food almost every other day. i can say that mister kabab in technohub is delicious for someone looking for a filipinized version of kebabs and shawarma. its because, i have tasted far more authentic kebabs and shawarma (for those searching for the real taste).
however, for the price, its worth it.... their best dish is their shawarma, because their pita bread is one of the best i have tasted. however, their chicken shawarma is quite pricey. it is 75 php, while it is only 45-55 php in other stores.
in addition, the technohub place is not well ventilated as compared to the west avenue branch which isnt air conditioned.
the chelo kebab is a must-try. it is grilled beef tenderloin with rice, tomatoes, onions and a slab of butter. dont forget to order green mango shake.
lastly, order the motabal and hummus and dip your pita bread into it!
the wait time is about 20 minutes. be sure to repeat your order, they often get it wrong!