What is a Mediterranean food?
Mediterranean foods are dishes from European countries, North African countries, and Middle Eastern countries. Mediterranean dishes uses a lot of spices that makes the dish unique from the rest of the world. Aside from the taste, Mediterranean foods are healthy as well. There’s even a diet called “Mediterranean diet”, a traditional diet which involves a high consumption of vegetables, olive oil, and protein. The diet is said to prevent heart attacks. Not really sure if it is true.
Anyway, I love Mediterranean food and finding a good Mediterranean restaurant in Metro Manila ain’t easy; that was why I was ecstatic to discover Sultan – a Mediterranean Grill restaurant in Salcedo Village, Makati City. Do take note that the place is packed every lunch time between 12 noon to a little over 1pm after lunch. The place isn’t huge but it definitely is cozy with the interior design and the ambiance.
My boyfriend always orders their Seafood Curry whenever we dine at this restaurant. I am not a fan of curry but their Seafood Curry is definitely worth ordering. The price is acceptable too for PHP 230 served with rice. And no, the rice isn’t basmati rice. I think you can upgrade it for an additional price, though.
For me, I always order their Ox Tongue. I love the tenderness of the ox tongue and the creamy mushroom sauce that goes with it. It is a combination of my favorites, ox tongue, and mushroom sauce, add up the fact that the sauce is creamy! I wasn’t able to take a photo of it, though, so you guys just have to try it out yourself. Trust me on this one. But do make sure you can eat a lot. I usually end up with a super full stomach after devouring this dish. Haha! Ox Tongue costs PHP 240, also served with plain rice.
On special days, I would order their Special Kebab Plate for PHP 300. Beef and lamb please~ But this dish is actually good for two (2). I ordered this when I dined at the said Mediterranean restaurant by myself and I could only eat half of it. The serving was huge. I also asked them to upgrade the rice to buttered rice but the rice wasn’t as buttered as I thought it would be. It still tasted like plain rice. The beef was a bit chewy but the lamb was cooked perfectly!
My boyfriend and I have also tried their Shawarma for PHP140 each. I ordered the beef shawarma because I am such a beef lover and he ordered the seafood shawarma. I tried his first before tasting mine, and I prefer the beef shawarma over the seafood shawarma. Having a seafood shawarma kind of beats the purpose of a shawarma, well, at least for me. If you plan on trying out their main dishes, I would suggest ordering the shawarma on your next visit. The shawarma is actually good enough for lunch, or you can order their Shawarma Rice for PHP 200 instead.
Sultan Mediterranean Grill is one of my favorite restaurant with the scrumptious food that they offer; however, I hate their service. With the numerous times I have been there, I discovered a lot of things aside from the fact that the place is always packed during lunch time. Their service is horrible. I am not really sure how the chefs work inside the kitchen but orders are usually served 20 minutes to 30 minutes after. The longest that I have waited for my order is around 45 minutes. At first, I thought it was probably because the place is packed; but that doesn’t seem to be the case. My boyfriend and I dined at this restaurant around 5 in the afternoon and we were the only customers; yet our food was still served 30 minutes after. Also, after the waitress took my order, she came back 15 minutes after to tell me that they don’t have Beef Kebab anymore. Uh oh, you tell me this 15 minutes after? Then that means even though I ordered 15 minutes ago, they started cooking it 15 minutes after the waitress took my order. And again, take note, we were the only customers. I was really disappointed.
Nevertheless, it is worth visiting for their food. Just gave you a heads up, in case you do plan to visit the place. Hopefully their service would improve.
Sultan Mediterranean Grill
G 9, Valero Plaza Condiminium, San Augustin Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel# (02) 8945909
Opens 11 AM to 10 PM from Monday to Sunday