Where to Eat in Makati: Hossein’s Persian Kebab
One of our dream travel destinations is the Middle East. Not only to see its many beautiful sights and culture but to also savor the bold, rich flavors of its cuisine. And while the travel part is still in the works, I’m happy I was able to have a taste of the gastronomic part at Hossein’s Persian Kebab in Makati. A visually-appetizing feast offering authentic Persian food that’s both soulful and filling. LET’S EAT!
Must Try Food at Hossein’s Persian Kebab
Chef’s Starter (Appetizer, Php 1,175.00)
They say first impressions last. Well, Hossein’s Persian Kebab made sure they left a delicious and unforgettable one. Colorful and inviting off the bat, Hossein’s Chef’s Starter was a crowd favorite. The platter’s made with Hummus, Moutubal, Kibbeh, Dolmeh, Falafel, and Tabbouleh Salad. Served with three pieces of pita bread.
I loved the rich and grilled flavor of the Moutubal and the fresh taste of the Tabbouleh Salad the best. The hummus had the perfect consistency and right balance of nutty and salty-sweet flavors. Fresh, healthy, filling! We couldn’t stop honestly to get to our mains.
Chicken Dopiaza (Php 490.00, HTD Fave)
One of my favorites, Hossein’s Persian Kebab couldn’t have described their Chicken Dopiaza in a more perfect fashion. A South Asian dish of Mughal tradition of meat carefully cooked in low fire in a rich and thick curry sauce with onions and a melange of Pakistani herbs and Persian spices with a dash of Arabian essence.
The meat was tender and the sauce was creamy and extra flavorful. Also available in beef, lamb, and fish.
Shrimp Kebab (Php 890.00, 7-8 pieces)
Shrimp marinated in Hossein’s yoghurt sauce, grilled to perfection. Normally, I’d go gaga over anything shrimp.
This one did not appeal much to me. Mainly because the sour taste did not sit well with the shrimp. I’d say skip this one. 🙂
Ghormeh Sabzi (Php 725.00, HTD Fave)
One of my highly recommended dishes when dining at Hossein’s Persian Kebab. Beef cooked in low fire with saffron, beans, and a variety of fresh vegetables and herbs. Then dedicated mixed with dried spices and served with saffron rice.
The unique taste of the black beans and lovely stew made of greens and herbs married well with the tenderness and flavor of the beef. I liked this dish a lot (with rice, of course). No wonder the Ghormeh Sabzi is dubbed as Iran’s signature stew.
Mixed Kebab 2 (Php 735.00)
As the restaurant name dictates, Hossein’s prides itself in its kebabs. And we were clearly not disappointed as evidenced by the two platters our group devoured. The Mixed Kebab 2 from Hossein’s Persian Kebab is served with three sticks of such. Savor on the beef, shish, and chicken kebab grilled into perfection sided with char-grilled tomatoes and onions.
Honestly, everything on the plate was good. But my favorite was the shish kebab, otherwise known as beef cello. It was tender and had a mild salty-char-grilled flavor that’s really addictive. The other two were also seasoned just right but became a little harder to chew after a while (our fault). Hehe.
Mache Polo (Php 965.00)
Shank of lamb cooked in a saffron & tomato sauce with a hint of persian spices. A Caspian winter dish served with saffron rice. I loved that the meat was so tender and fall-off-the-bone. While the sauce had a warm, earthy flavor that married well with the rice and the breads.
Saffron and Biryani Rice (Php 180.00)
Speaking of rice, one must not forget to order the Saffron and Biryani Rice from Hossein’s Persian Kebab. Traditional, Persian steamed long-grained rice delicately cooked with saffron. Fluffy and light.
Naan (Php 135.00), Roti Channai (Php 140.00, HTD Fave)
Not into rice? Get your carb-fix with the excellent breads from Hossein’s Persian Kebab. The Naan is a traditional South Asian leavened oven baked flatbread. It was crisp on the sides but chewy on the middle.
While the Roti is a Malaysian puffed sweet bread served with a special sauced made with a blend of Indian spices. Best eaten when warm!
What we liked about Hossein’s Persian Kebab Makati:
– Authentic Middle Eastern Food. The menu was well thought of, each dish rich and flavorful
– Big Portions. Most dishes are good for sharing between 2-3 people.
– Cozy restaurant with ambient Middle Eastern decor and feel.
– Excellent drinks and friendly staff service.
– Easy to locate and parking is available.
Room for Improvement:
– Lighting could be better at night. It was a little hard to take photos once the sun set.
Hossein’s Persian Kebab Branches
Hossein’s Persian Kebab is located at LKV Bldg., 7857 Makati Ave., Makati City. They also have branches in Serendra BGC and Greenbelt. Love a unique experience? Must try too is their Specialty Shisha downstairs. It’s the perfect chillout and drinking spot!
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