I have always been a fan of trying new food. Although I started out with a very picky palette, I eventually improved through the years of constant exposure to new food. I’m no cook (how I wish that I was!) so my skills on deconstructing taste still needs a lot of practice, but I know food and I base my judgement on how it makes me feel.
A couple of days back, I received an invite for a food tasting event at Gyro V in SM North EDSA. Since Mediterranean food is always something that I find engrossing, I decided to give it a go. I dragged Mark along, and together, we tried the new offerings of Gyro V.
Pronounced as “Yee-Ro”, Gyro V is a Greek inspired fast food concept store that serves tasty kebab sandwiches. Gyro’s ambiance and location might feel a little intimidating, sitting side by side with more pricey restaurants, but its price range is suprisingly affordable, with their food starting at PHP 75.00.
Currently, Gyro V serves two flavors for their sandwiches: the Beef Gyro (PHP 85.00) and the Chicken Gyro (PHP 80.00). Compared to the traditional gyros served in a pita bread, Gyro V’s version was served on a special bread grilled on a sandwich maker, giving it a different texture. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, Gyro V’s take on this Greek dish was definitely something new. The sandwiches are stuffed with either beef or chicken, smothered in cheese, yogurt sauce, and cucumbers. I was able to try their Beef Gyro and, honestly, I felt a bit underwhelmed. Being accustomed to doners and Mediterranean food that has pretty strong flavors, Gyro V’s serving was more tamed, with the spices ending up as an after taste rather than an overwhelming burst of flavors. According to the owners, they decided to tone it down and alter it a bit to suit the Pinoy palette. True enough, the sandwiches that they’ve used are leaning more on the sweeter side, which is interesting.
Chicken Gyro (PHP 80.00)
Greek Fries (PHP 120.00)
Aside from the gyros, they also serve Grilled Cheese (PHP 75.00), which is also cooked the same way as the other sandwiches. Stuffed with cheese and glazed up a bit, the Grilled Cheese makes a pretty decent snack while you’re on the go. They also have the Greek Fries (PHP 120.00) which is served with cheese and ground beef. Obviously, Gyro V knows how to capture the market, with its slight obsession to cheese and its intriguing take on the rather traditional Greek food.
Grilled Cheese (PHP 75.00)
Gyro V makes an interesting contender to the usual fast food chains in the malls, with its fresh concept and tasty sandwiches. If you’re looking for a change in flavor and want to veer away from the regular fried chicken and rice combo, Gyro V is certainly a nice alternative.
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G/F The Block, SM North EDSA, Quezon City
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Estimated Budget per person (complete meal): PHP 150.00 – PHP 350.00