Abdul The Cool: Not Your Ordinary Shawarmas, Kebabs and Wraps
Who would’ve thought Persian cuisine could be made cool instead of hot?
Abdul The Cool
Set along the popular chain of restaurants along Maginhawa Street, Abdul The Cool offers Persian food that suits the Filipino palate. And the best thing about it is that you get to enjoy this gastronomic experience in a casual restaurant with an ambiance that speaks so much of the owners’ personality and what Abdul The Cool is – the Sketch Wall, designed and sketched by one of Abdul’s young owners.
So, what do they have to offer? Here are some must-try selections from their shawarma, kebab and wrap menu: beef shawarma plate, beef shawarma wrap, chicken shawarma plate, kebab platter, beef keema plate, hummus, moutabal, and ox brain.
I have always been a shawarma lover and Abdul The Cool’s beef shawarma made it to the top of my list of best shawarmas in town.
Beef Shawarma Plate
Beef Shawarma Wrap
The beef is tender and moist, served with a generous serving of veggies and I believe that is all that matters in a shawarma. *big smiles*
Chicken Shawarma Plate
For the chicken shawarma, I chose to eat it with rice. The chicken meat is perfectly cooked and the spices are just right for my taste. I seldom get to taste chicken that is moist enough, you have to guess how it was cooked. This one was cooked perfectly and I believe that is the chef’s most treasured secret.
Kebab Platter (l-r: tenderloin shish, chicken koobideh, beef koobideh & chicken tikka)
The kebab platter offers 4 different kinds of kebab: beef koobideh, chicken koobideh, tenderloin shish and chicken tikka.
Beef koobideh is grilled ground beef, while chicken koobideh is grilled ground chicken. Tenderloin shish is grilled tenderloin beef cubes, and chicken tikka is grilled chicken breast fillet. All four are perfectly grilled. While it is common for grilled food to be dry, their kebabs are different as they are all tenderly cooked, thus retaining the moisture in them.
Spicy Beef Keema
I liked their spicy beef keema. Since I am a Bicolana, I didnt find it too spicy. In fact, the blend of spices is just right. It doesn’t overpower the dish and I could still taste the beef flavor.
Hummus is the perfect dish for those looking for a healthier option. Made from chickpeas, it is just the right thing to couple with pita bread. Abdul The Cool’s version of hummus has chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, salt and garlic.
Moutabal is similar to hummus and doesn’t fall short in teasing the palate, either. Its taste is very similar to our “ensaladang talong” and this really isn’t any wonder because it is actually made of eggplant, olive oil and various seasonings.
If you are out to explore something exotic, you won’t have to travel far. Just head to Abdul The Cool for their version of the ox brain. It looks like our sisig, and it especially good after squeezing some lime juice on it. I do not want to preempt your ox brain experience by describing how it tasted, but I can say that I loved it.
Of course, the perfect contrast for spicy food is a variety of sweet drinks and they offer just the right ones to complement your Persian meals at Abdul the Cool. We tried the mango smoothie, the yakult smoothie and the plain yogurt smoothie, which are all definite must-tries!
(Thank you to Ms. Pinky and her nephews for the warm welcome, as well as to Abdul The Cool’s chef for preparing our meals.)
So, that’s another Persian experience for you right there. If you are on the lookout for the next restaurant to try along Maginhawa Street, try Abdul the Cool!
For more filling-in-the-tummy adventures, do check out Get Lucky at Lucky’s Burger and Bar.
Dining experience courtesy of Groupon Philippines.
ABDUL THE COOL
Address: 131-Unit 4 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AbdulTheCoolPH