‘We ate a plateful of rice, chicken, beef, fish, lamb and vegetables but we still felt light rather than heavy. The unique method of cooking, seasoning and ingredients perhaps made the difference.’
How about tasting sun-dried tomatoes rather than the usual grilled ones? How about mixing expensive mediterranean-grown crops such as capers, bulgur, kalamata, and zucchini on your plate of high-quality meat?
Established in the 90s, The Cafe Mediterranean is one of the first to offer the traditional and distinctive cooking of the 14 or so countries located within the Mediterranean. It was a cultural tour too as we explore the food that these countries must offer. And if you have questions, their knowledgable and polite staffs are willing to assist you like a VIP.
Here are our Top 8 Menu in The Cafe Mediterranean, Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Philippines!
1.) Shish Taouk
Shish Taouk is a traditional Turkish shish kebab which can be found in Syrian and Lebanese cuisine. They marinate the chicken, skewer and grill it. Common marinades are based upon yogurt and lemon juice or tomato puree, though there are other variations (from The Cafe Mediterranean special recipe)
2.) Chicken Kebab served with Labneh and Tabbouleh
Their chicken kebab (literally means grilled chicken) is served with labneh (cream cheese made from strained yogurt) and tabbouleh (levantine vegetarian salad made mostly of finely chopped parsley, with tomatoes, mint, onion, bulgur, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and some variations from the special recipe of the restaurant). Apart from buttered rice, you may partner chicken kebab with whole wheat pita, basmati, moroccan rice pilau, and couscous.
‘Hummus’ simply means chickpea or garbanzo in Arabic, is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It is full of the good stuff: protein, fibre, the B vitamins, and some essential dietary minerals like manganese. It’s a fantastic idea from ancient times that is perfectly suited to today’s healthier eating wants. They can serve it with Ful and Tahini, with Egg, with Grilled Vegetables, with Quinoa Salad, with Mushroom and Caramelised Onion, with Grilled Chicken, with Grilled Beef, or with Grilled Lamb. All come with 2 pieces of Pita bread!
Gyros are sandwiches of regular pita wheat similar to Doner Kebabs of Turkey and Shawarma of the Middle East. They can serve it with grilled beef, grilled lamb, kofta (savory beef and lamb meatballs from Greece), falafel (crunchy garbanzo croquettes), grilled veggies and grilled tuna.
Moussaka is the Classic Greek dish of layered eggplant, ground beef, and bechamel sauce. Bechamel is normally a white sauce made from a white roux and milk but it seems here the restaurant has an additional recipe which makes it a bit of an orange (tomatoes, perhaps?)
6. Gyro Plate served with Moutabal, Tzatziki, Tabbouleh and Pickled Chillies.
This is a greek dish served with moutabal (a.k.a baba ghanoush made with aubergines, pine nuts, plenty of garlic and tahini, tzatziki (dip made of strained yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley and thyme), tabbouleh (levantine vegetarian salad made mostly of finely chopped parsley, with tomatoes, mint, onion, bulgur, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and some variations from the special recipe of the restaurant) and pickled chillies.
7. Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta is the best choice for desserts. It is a light cream flan without eggs infused with either your choice of mango or orange sauce.
8. Greek Salad
The Greek salad is composed of juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, sliced onions, green belll peppers, crumbled feta cheese, and plump Kalamata olives. The Cafe Mediterranean boasts of Vegan and Vegetarian choices too and this greek salad is one of their best sellers.
We are rating The Cafe Mediterranean 5 out of 5 because they have delicious and healthy food choices; polite, knowledgeable and good-looking staffs; cozy atmosphere; and somehow cultural tour of the Far Sunny Mediterranean. To know more about their menus, branches, catering and franchising services, and testimonials from other customers, you can visit: https://thecafemediterranean.com