CHECK IT OUT: Q Kebab at Esteban Abada, Quezon City
Casual Persian dining at a street near you.
41 Esteban Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel No. 434-1079
Open from 11am to 12mn from Sundays to Thursdays, 11am - 2am on Saturdays and Fridays
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(SPOT.ph) There's always a level of commitment that comes with eating Persian food. Sacrificing an afternoon of acceptable-smelling breath? We’d say that’s a pretty risky deal right there. So you vow not to step foot into another Persian restaurant again...and then suddenly find yourself in front of Q Kebab, tucked away behind the bustling streets of Katipunan Avenue in Esteban Abada.
The bright blue sign and clean, minimalist interiors actually make the place look more like a fast food burger joint than a casual dining Persian restaurant. "We’re not really aiming for the authentic Persian experience," part-owner Dom Hernandez says; they just wanted to serve customers who were craving the cuisine without commitments. Dom and his business partners wanted to bring a new, clean and fast Persian food experience to the table. Customers come up to the counter and they can actually see chefs arranging your order, with fresh ingredients aligned in a neat row.
Although the name of the store has kebab in it, Q Kebab serves more than the classic Persian dish. In fact, the star of Q Kebab's menu is their Beef Basmati Bowl (P175). Strips of beef resting on a bed of soft basmati rice, sliced onions, tomatoes and cucumber, plus gobs of garlic sauce; sounds like the perfect lunch treat to us!
One of our favorite things about Q Kebab is their sauces. According to Dom, garlic sauce slathered on top of kebab is purely a Filipino affectation, and Q Kebab offers their customers a more worldly experience by offering other sauces, such as Thousand Island Sauce (inspired by Japan's version of our usual ketchup and mayo fare). But, of course, their garlic sauce is a must-try. Freshly made inside the store, the sauce is flavorful without being too overpowering when drizzled on Q Kebab dishes.
On the appetizer side, we got to munch on Hummus (P70) with toasted tortilla bread, which only had us answering in monosyllables during the interview. The array of food doesn’t stop there, however. Q Kebab also serves up a tangy Greek Salad (P140), a nice and crunchy alternative for their vegetarian customers, the Chicken Salad Bowl (P165) which was light and healthy, and of course, the Persian restaurant staple, Beef Shawarma (P165). The price might seem a little steep, but this is only because the shawarma is large (about twice the size of a regular mall kiosk shawarma) and filled to the brim with 100% imported Ribeye Beef...just the way shawarma was meant to be.
At the end of the day, let's just say we were charmed by this little spot in Esteban Abada. An experience all on its own, Q Kebab delivers on quality, fast service and fresh food.
Photos by War Espejo.