Turkish Food in the Heart of Manila: 100% Authentic at Bricks and Copper
Turkish Food at Bricks and Copper
When in Manila, one should experience the authenticity of international cuisine with a touch of Filipino adaptation. Hidden among the countless restaurants in Shaw Boulevard lies a gem that is yet to be discovered and devoured by many.
Bricks and Copper, which has Halal-certified meats and original concoctions by a Turkish chef, offers authentic Turkish cuisine that will enlighten you with the different tastes from the Middle East.
What separates Bricks and Copper Turkish Cuisine from the rest is how their food is prepared – it uses Turkey’s traditional way of cooking: with a charcoal grill. Their staff is also trained by a Turkish chef, which makes the taste of their food hit as close to Turkish home as possible. The prices are also surprisingly affordable considering how mouth-watering, appetizing and filling their dishes are!
Their healthy and refreshing Strawberry Ayran (a Turkish yoghurt drink) is the perfect drink to freshen up with, especially in today’s grueling heat of Manila! With today’s generation having an affinity for health and fitness, this drink will also surely be a hit to the health and body-conscious crowd.
Two fun facts shared by owners Armel and Janet Cansino: Firstly, most Turkish dishes are yoghurt based – Turks are very fond of their yoghurt! Secondly, Bricks and Copper cultures their own yoghurt, so you won’t have to worry about taking in any unwanted preservatives or additives when you drink this delightful and refreshing drink!
Red Lentil Soup (Ezo Gelin Corbasi), served with pita bread and lemon, caters to people who love spicy food. It is made with red lentils and bulgur spiced with chilli paste, paprika and tomato paste. Despite not being the biggest fan of spicy food, I thoroughly enjoyed the tangy, delicious flavour of this dish, and I would definitely order it again! It’s also very invigorating tasting a soup that has a flavor which is quite uncommon to find in soups here in Manila. It truly let me know that I was getting a taste of authentic Turkish cuisine!
Their tender and tasty best-selling Pita Doner (Doner meaning Shawarma in Turk), comes in two choices: Chicken or Beef. I was served their Beef Pita Doner, which is actually mixed with a bit of lamb. And let me tell you: this doner is delicious. It isn’t surprising that this is their best-seller because I would order this over and over again. Plus, it’s very filling for its affordable price. It was actually so delicious that I finished one whole by myself despite being served the other dishes!
Note that the unauthentic taste of shawarmas is sweet (which is the common taste of shawarmas here in Manila), while an authentic shawarma should either taste spicy and/or salty. Bricks and Copper’s Doners is just the perfect mix of both with a slight tinge of sweetness to cater to the Filipino tongue. Take note that this is truly what an authentic shawarma should be like because it is made with a charcoal grill – the very 1st of its kind in the Philippines!
Lastly, I was served their Lahmacun, a thin-crust pizza with minced beef toppings. According to Bricks and Copper’s owners, Lahmacun is a Turk’s counterpart of a Filipino’s pandesal. Turk’s love their Lahmacun and are known to eat plenty of it! With its lightness and delicious taste, I’m not surprised if I start resembling a Turk soon by eating too much of this! Crunchy and tasty, you can either eat it as it is, or roll its toppings on a slice and eat it the same way you would eat a burrito. Personally, this has got to be my favorite dish of theirs because it’s great to share with friends or family, yet can still be eaten by yourself to your heart’s content!
With their delectable yet affordable dishes, wide variety of choices in the menu and their friendly and accommodating staff, I will surely dine here over and over again and bring friends and family along with me, too! With Bricks and Copper nestled in Manila (and more branches in the works), you won’t have to embark on a long journey away from Manila to experience the taste of authentic Turkish cuisine.
Bricks and Copper
Address: Dumlao Sports Center, 304 Shaw Blvd, 1502 Mandaluyong, Philippines
Telephone Number: (02) 697-2007
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/BricksAndCopperTurkishCuisine
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm / Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 12:00 am / Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm