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Mister Kabab

Mister Kabab - 31 West Avenue Nayong Kanluran, Quezon City

 

For the second leg of J’s birthday eatfest, we went to Mister Kabab straight from Chicken Charlie. I’ve been hearing a lot about this place since a long time ago, how great the food was, but it’s only now that I got the chance to try it. We arrived there around 3:00 in the afternoon. The place has a spacious dining area with wooden tables and chairs. It had open walls, and is ventilated by ceiling fans. It was an overcast day, so it was rather dark. The place was poorly lit.

 

Anyway, we went ahead and got a table near the water station (House water is self service. You have to go to the water station to get your glass, fill it, and bring it to your table.). I was happy to see their menu. I thought to myself, “Ang mura naman dito!” ’cause usually, from the others I’ve tried, Kababs sell for like Php 190 to more than Php 200.

 

Mister Kabab Menu

 

We ordered the Special Chelo Beef Kabab, which is a staple order in these places. It’s special because it had two pieces of beef (that’s according to our server). We asked that the rice be changed to Pita bread because we just had rice at Chicken Charlie. The bread was huge, well bigger than what I normally get from these places. It had a grilled whole tomato, but no onions. The beef was tender and tasty, especially if you spread the butter over them.

 

Special Chelo Beef Kebab, Php 135

 

We also got the Shawarma plate, where in the vegetable toppings and beef are served separately, on a plate. You have to make your own sandwich.

 

Shawarma Plate, Php 85

 

We then got the Kabab Sandwich too and realized after a while that it’s just like the Chelo Beef Kebab, only that it is already wrapped in the bread. Haha. It’s still all good though. Sadly, I didn’t get to take a picture of it. It costs Php 75 as you can see from the menu above.

 

Their sauce is a little bland for my taste. Not that it’s terrible. It was okay. But I like Persia Grill’s better.

 

They said it’s best to eat here at dawn, after night long gimmicks. Perhaps they have better lighting then? Or maybe because the feel of the place changes once there are a lot of people inside? Or maybe the food tastes better when you’re intoxicated? I have yet to experience the early dawn vibe. But so far, I have been satisfied. I’d go back if I get the chance.

 

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Patwick / Patchoy

My friend received his IELTS results today and was super pleased to get such high scores. Of course I am happy for him. I remember the time he was so nervous whether he would pass the exam or not. I told him I had no doubt he would definitely pass. He is the “English Master” after all. In line with that, I would like to repost something from my old blog (one that I had in college):

Patwick’s Quotable Quotes

1. This is only sometimes!
—> What he really wanted to say was that we don’t go out much, only once in a while, so we should make the most out of it.

2. 7 is not my favorite color!
—> What he meant was number! Imagine him saying this with a dark look on his face!

3. Why are you making foolish me? I’m not foolish you!
—> What he wanted to imply was “why are you making a fool of me? I’m not making a fool of you.”

4. Don’t judge me. I am not a cover.
—> Substitute book to cover.

5. We’re all humane — the plural of human.
—> I don’t really know how to explain this!

6. Why are you sadding?
—> He was actually asking “why are you sad?”

7. Why are you oneing me?
—> I guess this translates to “why are you ganging up on me?”

8. Who is him?
—> Him should’ve been he, right?

9. I don’t know already the follow.
—> He doesn’t know what he should say next.

10. What are you asking? Don’t speak anymore!
—> What an irony!

11. Are you not single already?
—> According to him, this is the opposite of “are you married?” Go figure it out.

 

Re-reading this never fails to make me laugh. I remember his facial expressions while saying these lines. I wasn’t proven wrong. He is indeed the “English Master”. Hahaha!

 

*Congrats Patchoy!!! I just knew it! How can you fail, right? I’m happy you’re a step closer to your AU dreams. I’m sure your beautiful wife and super cute baby are very happy for you too. Love you guys!

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Chicken Charlie

Because it was J’s birthday, he wanted to embark on a food trip/road trip in QC, a domain we don’t frequent because we are south people. His officemates have been raving about Chicken Charlie so he wanted to try it. Off we went with R and T to Banawe (with the help of Google maps and a quick call to someone, of course), in search of this delicious chicken.

Chicken Charlie is located at 592a N.S. Amoranto St. cor. Banawe St., Quezon City. The place is small, with a very few tables and chairs inside. We had to wait for a few minutes before we were able to get a table. We ordered:

Fries, Php 45

Fries are always a welcome appetizer. Good thing they arrived fast enough since you have to wait 15-20 minutes for the chicken. They taste okay, and seem to be young potatoes cut into quarters with the skin on. Then came the drinks:

Bundaberg Ginger Beer, Php 90

Overpriced, ‘no? But I like it. It doesn’t really have a strong ginger taste. And I’m not sure if it has alcohol content.

Bundaberg Peachee, Php 90

I like this too. You know those canned peaches with syrup? That’s how it tastes like.

Finally, the chicken arrived. We got the 4 + 4 Combo, 4 Drumsticks and 4 Wings.

4 + 4 Combo, Php 288

Half of it was with the soy garlic sauce and the other half was with hot sweet sauce (the ones with the toothpick). I like the hot sweet sauce better though it’s not really that hot. The soy garlic was rather bland. I couldn’t taste the garlic. But overall, I was disappointed. I think the only good thing about it is the super crispy skin with the sauce. Though I still think that the sauce was rather “bitin”. The chicken meat was dry and devoid of any flavor. I read about this on Anton‘s blog and he was raving about this chicken. I trust his taste but this just fell short of my expectations. We were speechless after a few bites, not knowing what to comment.

BTW, here’s a picture of their full menu:

Chicken Charlie menu

If you noticed, the combos were supposed to be “served with a side of pickled radish” but none came. So that’s another minus point.

But I still encourage you to try it. We have different taste buds after all. And who knows, maybe their cook was just having an off day at the time of our visit.