December 02, 2006
I love Mediterranean food specially the authentic ones which gives you a different and unique taste aside from the filipinized mid-east food you find in the malls. One of the shawarma place favorite in the Malate area is Shawarma Snack Center (SSC) near Hyatt Casino area. I'm sure most of you would know this already and I just want to share the secret to other people who haven't been to this place.
This is frequented by tourists and makati people who wants to eat authentic mid-east food. There are a lot of hole-in-the-wall shawarma places in Malate that you can get confused on which one to go to. This place is packed night after night. In fact, the owner of the SSC bought the space across which was formerly a chinese restaurant and decided to expand so he can cater to more people. You can order in both places but I prefer to eat in the original shawarma snack center. Hopefully, you get to find a table in the original place because usually this gets packed more easily than the one across.
Overall, the taste is quite unique and delicious but sometimes inconsistent. Although some people might find mid-east food to be dry and the meats mostly hard in texture. I like it because of its unique flavor. You might want to check this out.
Each shawarma's is sold for P65 for the large one. I like the thick arabic bread they use for the shawarma. The meats are sometimes harder than expected. Their yogurt garlic sauce is not strong and has a mayonnaise consistency.
The place is small and simple with a rectangular aquarium that amazed Aidan.
Motabal (P95+). This one is the winner in the appetizer. This is the one made out of eggplant so very healthy.
Steamed Fish with Garlic Soy Sauce (P220+). Different steam fish taste but it passed my mom's standards. You can order Basmati rice (P35+) which is the healthiest rice but expensive.
Ox Brain. My cousin-in-law Pam's favorite in Shawarma Center. They cooked this very well that it taste like omelet. But still just the thought of eating Ox brain gives me images of the monkey brains sashimi in China.
Fish Kebab (165+). Since this is made of fish, we were not expecting too much from this dish. Same complain that it is dry.
Chicken Tikka (P195+). These one of the chicken tikka versions I like better than the indian versions.
Sizzling Mixed Seafood (P250+). They also have cooked dishes that are not typically mediterranean.
Thanks to cousin-in-law Pam for introducing us to this place. I have heard about Shawarma center for a long time now but this is the first time we have been here.
Shawarma Snack Center.
You need to drive along Mabini going to Hyatt Hotel and Casino. This is a one way street so just follow Mabini street and after the Hyatt stop light intersection, you have to turn left along Salas street. The landmark is happy travel agency and you can also find Shawarma Snack Center along Salas street.