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Eating Ox Brain at Majid’s Persian Kabab

We had dinner at Majid’s Persian Kabab, a small food place which may look simple and uninviting for some, but in my mind I was pretty sure it had it’s own appeal considering that Jess insisted that we try it out. The aroma of well seasoned barbecued meat was already wafting through the air. They serve kebabs, flat breads, Biryani and many other Iranian food to which you can choose from at very affordable prices! Sadly, I didn’t get to take a photo of the place but all I can say was that it was an open area which was well ventilated. Some would say that this would be an eatery with it’s quaint monobloc chairs and tables arranged simply.majid5 Of course I had to pick out the Goat Kabab! I’ve not tried this one yet and it was served with flatbread, a side of yogurt, a grilled tomato and hot sauce! You could roll it into some sort of Shawarma. The meat we excellently done, it wasn’t gamey at all. It was delicious especially  with the hot sauce. Their servings were slightly small but you’d be surprised how heavy this is for the tummy. We had salad to go with this as well. AS you can see it was diced and seasoned with olive oil and some sort of vinaigrette.majid3majid1 Here’s something I’ve been meaning to try after reading the menu, can you guess what it is?majid2 It’s Ox brains! Don’t let that thought make you cringe though. I’m pretty sure this was what they call Maghz. Steamed brain from a bovine and doused with olive oil and turmeric and then pan-fried! I’m pretty sure this may look slightly unappetizing but it’s worth a try if you’re up for a gastronomic adventure at 40php only! I generously squeezed some calamondins on if before my first bite. The texture was very creamy, not as slimy as you may think and flavor was very interesting especially if you’re the type that’s quite fond of bone marrow from Bulalo! I ordered three servings of this one because I’m pretty sure there’s nothing like this back at home!majid4If you ever find yourself in Davao, do look for this place for tasty gem of a Persian food that won’t hurt your pocket! Majid’s Persian Kabab is located at J. Rizal St., 8000 Davao City, Philippines You can check out their facebook page here. They open Mondays to Saturdays 11:30 am to 10:00 pm (take note, not open on Sundays)

Going for Indian with Firozian

I’ve been missing Biryani while Ste was craving for some Kebab for several weeks now so we decided to head on to the nearest Indian restaurant for lunch which was the Firozian Indian Tea House. It was a couple of blocks worth of walk from Fuente but a little brisk walking will always be good for the body. It was our first time so we had to rely on GPS and a printscreen for directions.
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Location

Firozian currently has two branches. The main branch which we went to is located at Don Jose Avila St., Cebu City. The other is found at IT Park. The Capitol branch is nestled between a Korean Restaurant Soul Jang Ban and a Julie’s Bakeshop. Easy to find but the parking space is limited.

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Place

I hear they’re currently renovating right now but on our visit, the place had a quaint Middle Eastern feel to it with their warm gold overtones and complimenting patterns. They had small tables good for couples or people wanting to play chess. They have board games there as well which unfortunately noticed too late because we were done with our meal. haha.

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I suggest you look around first because there are many good spots considering that the curtains also serve as cubicles to which you can have your own space. You do have to take your shoes off once you step up the red floor.  The place is well ventilated and lit despite the lack of windows. The only place for sunlight to enter would be the entrance so don’t forget to keep track of time!

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Food

To the left of the entrance, you can glance up at their chalkboard menu. Menus like these are very updated compared to the regular once since they can easily change what’s available and not.

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If you’re keen on looking through the actual photos, they also have the paperback menu. Considering that some of these dishes aren’t on the Filipino food dictionary. The menu also has a short description with what each dish contains. We decided to test the waters by going with light meals. Waiting time was about 15-30 minutes but I didn’t mind. Well cooked food is good food.

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Here it is!  a 2 piece Chicken Kebab meal and the smell was very reminiscent to that of the food area at a Souq. It was a very hearty meal and I even liked how the tomatoes were done. How I missed the roti for this one. The kebab kind of look like overcooked chicken hotdogs but don’t let the look deter you. It’s drizzled with yogurt that has been spiced to perfection. This dish was cooked very nicely and the flavors just exploded in my mouth. DSC_0234

This basic looking chicken Biryani surely packs a punch with the spices. Now i’m not a fan of spicy food but the fire on this one didn’t deter my need to actually finish the whole thing…with help from Stela of course. I could finish off a liter of water in one sitting because of this one! It had bite-sized chicken pieces along with diced onions and a lot of spices I dare not utter and for you to discover when you visit there as well. I loved every spoonful of that yellow rice.  DSC_0241

The tables are low and there are a lot of pillows there so don’t be ashamed to cross your legs or just about sit in any position you’re comfortable with. That’s us before we start to dig in to our meal.
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And the best way to end a good meal is with some Indian Chai considering that it’s a tea house after all.DSC_0251and to try out their mango Khulfi which is very much similar to an ice drop encased in a metal shot glass. This was pretty alright.

Overall, I liked the place and would very much visit again to try out the other stuff from their menu. The price was very affordable considering that my dining experience was very nice. Their food servers though weren’t a cheerful bunch that it made me think about their wages. Okay, enough about that. The whole time it made me reminisce of those on the go Indian restaurants found at the Souq. The aromatic smells just made me want to eat more spicy food and drink up some lassi to which I did but forgot to take a photo of. It’s a yogurt shake!  I was impressed with their food. I very much recommend this place to anyone who is up for spicy Indian food!

I hear that the owner Firoz, does Turkish coffee readings! but you have to contact them first at +63 905 353 1770. I look forward to that on my  next visit.