Date # 22: Ababu Persian Kitchen
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I was craving for anything with garlic sauce one day, and so I invited Douglas to dine with me to Ababu Persian Kitchen. The place is a favorite among the students in the area, and for good reason. They have pretty large servings for really affordable prices. It isn’t exactly a date place, but it’s good for anyone who wants to grab a quick bite without shelling out too much cash. Couples need to save too, after all.
It’s not the prettiest kind of place, but it will do for a quick meal with friends.
Since I was craving for something with garlic sauce, we got an order of Shawarma Rice (P99). The order had an ample amount of thinly sliced roasted beef with chopped fresh tomatoes and onions, fried egg, corn and buttered long grain rice on the sides. The beef had a nice texture, soft with a bit of crunchiness on the charred parts. Douglas likes a lot of garlic sauce on his meals, so he drizzled generously, as you can see. The garlic sauce is flavorful, but for me it was too sour and lacked a deep garlicky flavor (I didn’t say it doesn’t taste like garlic, but I would have preferred a stronger garlicky kick:P).
I definitely loved their Keema Rice (P99). I was instantly captured by the ground beef and tomatoes seasoned perfectly with various spices. It had a mild kick to it, too. I like this over the Keema served in other places, which can be quite bland. Ababu’s version is on the oily side, but the taste makes up for it. This is a good break if you want another taste in your mouth besides garlic sauce.
Both meals come with bottomless pitchers of iced tea. Great deal.
Overall Verdict: Recommended for everyone. Not exactly a date place, but can serve as a good option if you’re tired of cafeteria food but you don’t want to spend a lot either. Not the best Persian joint out there, but it’s worth visiting if you’re close by.
Ababu Persian Kitchen
Xavierville Ave., Quezon City
(Beside the old Meat Shop)
Tel. (02) 436-0000
With and For Love,
Rina Caparras and Douglas Chong
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