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.

Seafood Curry
Seafood Curry – a combination of herbs and spices cooked with coco milk to provide a nice thick sauce with seafood

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.

Special Kebab Plate
Special Kebab Plate – choice of any one stick of koobideh and any one (1) stick of kebab, served with rice, salad & grilled tomato. For lamb kebab, additional PHP20 per stick

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!

Shawarma
Shawarma – beef, chicken or seafood, additional PHP 20 for cheese

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

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

Gryselle
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Gryselle is one of the bloggers of MoreLikeTwins. She loves to travel with style and taste the different flavors of the world. She has often seen dining at a hole in the wall restaurants or drinking a cup of iced coffee in a modern coffee shop alone as a way of her relaxation. Cheerful and carefree are the two words that definitely best describes her. ❤

39 Comments

  1. I love the diversity and rich flavors of Mediterranean food! The curries look simply delectable!

    • Gryselle Mae

      The curry is one of the dishes you must try. It differs from the other curry I have tasted. I think they added a special ingredient but I can’t guess what.

  2. blair villanueva Reply

    I used to live in Salcedo Village two years ago and it is very surprising to see a Php140 per meal! This is definitely new for me, lol I’ll visit Sultan this weekend.

  3. I love seafood! This looks really good. Too bad about the service there! No wonder that you were the only customers :p

  4. This seems more middle eastern than Mediterranean to me. When I think of Mediterranean I always think of Greek food. No matter because I love both! I would definitely try this if I found myself in Manilla. It’s a pity you are not a fan of the service!

    • Gryselle Mae

      Well, I thought the same thing! But then they labeled their restaurant as Mediterranean so I thought I got Greek and Mediterranean jumbled up! The food was great, the service was just horrible. There is still room for improvements though ;)

  5. I love using spices in foods, but I don’t think I’d be up for ox tongue. Wow… However, I do love curry. So nice to learn about other cultures and their eating habits. Nice post.

  6. I really love shawarma, waiting for about 45 minutes is not that horrible. They just make sure the food we ate nicely cooked.

    • Gryselle Mae

      45 minutes is too long, for me. I can still accept waiting for 30 minutes. Lunch breaks usually just take an hour.

  7. I’m a picky eater and I really don’t like trying food I didn’t eat before haha. But this looks delicious, I’ve never tried Mediterranean food before. Might give it a try!

  8. There is some similarity between Mediterranean cuisine and Indian Cuisine. It appeals to my taste. I usually go out to the joints here. Glad to know one about yours too. :)

  9. Laveena Sengar Reply

    This name is Catchy. In fact it is so much like our Indian food and I dig that. Would really like try it out sometime.

  10. Making me really hungry! I’m Italian, so I cannot say I’ve a neutral attitude, Mediterrean food is just crazy, so good and yet healthy!

  11. I love the Mediterranean cuisine and Sultan restaurant’s food looks incredibly delicious!

  12. Sarah, Things Sarah Loves Reply

    The kebab looks delicious. I love Mediterranean food.

  13. I absolutely love this place. It’s near to where I used to work. Whenever I’m craving for something Mediterranean, that’s the place to go to.

    Right across from that place is the barber shop where I always go for haircuts. And right before that, there’s this very awesome Chinese-Indonesian resto called Warung Indo. That’s my personal choice for beef rendang.

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