Bursting with people and great food finds, Poblacion in Makati is turning into a hangout place for refreshing drinks and savory dishes after work. I am rarely in Makati and if I am, the time that I spend there won’t really allow me to explore the area. I live in the north, and much like in Winterfell, there is a lot of snow and solitude in our side of Metro Manila (kidding. Or am I?). Anyway, I was given the chance to take photographs for WIM’s feature of Kian Kazemi’s Kite Kebab Bar, and I swear, I quickly fell in love with the place from the first time that I get to try their awesome Mediterranean dishes. I’m glad that my not-so-frequent visits in Makati made me experience one hell of a food trip. I promise to try more of the places in the area next time, though!
I have never been well acquainted with Mediterranean cuisine, much more their street food, so trying out Kite was something refreshing from what I usually consume (which are mostly unhealthy food, but I’m trying to change, I swear). We were served a handful of dishes from their menu, starting from the hummus and feta cheese with pita slices (Php 155.00), and their Vegetarian Samosas (Php 99.00). I personally LOVED the samosas and how it wonderfully blends in with the tomato sauce. The outside is puffy and the inside is soft and packed with vegetables, which is quite fitting for my attempts of eating healthier.
Hummus & Feta Cheese with Pita (Php 155.00)
We were also served with a variety of salads as appetizers. We got to try their Tabouli Salad (Php 99.00), a mix of vegetables such as parsley, wheat bulgur, tomato, onions, and lettuce, as well as the Falafel salad (Php 125.00), which is a mixture of sweet grapes, salty feta, olives, tomatoes, greens, and of course, deep fried falafels. Both salads gives off an interesting flavor, with the Tabouli being zesty and refreshing, while the falafel salad offers a unique take on texture and flavor.
One of the place’s highlights is definitely their selection of skewers. As their name suggests, a variety of kebabs are offered and available in the restaurant. From the squid skewer (Php 145.00) to the delicious spicy chicken (Php 120.00), you will definitely find something that you’ll enjoy from their selection. My personal favorite was the wagyu kebab (Php 149.00) because the meat was very tender and flavorful, I feel like it bursting in my mouth every bite. The skewers are served with yogurt and hot sauce. Love the heat? Make sure that you ask for Kian’s special “arson” sauce, which is said to be a killer because of its extra kick of spice.
Other items that are worth checking out are the Liver Tomato Onions or the LTO (Php 99.00), and the Mediterranean BBQ (Php 75.00). If you want rice, they offer a healthier alternative which is Basmati, and can either be served as steamed (Php 50.00), or as Biryani (Php 65.00).
Wagyu Kebab Bar
As to most places in Poblacion, Kite Kebab Bar has a very laid back and chill ambiance that I really liked. I loved how the upcycled and intricate pieces inside the store still has its sense of familiarity to me. I’m not a fan of fancy restaurants, and I appreciate it when places welcome people as they are. The food tastes like heaven, the prices are very much within a budget, and it’s pretty accessible if you’re a Makati person — really, there’s ton of reasons for you to come through. Our dining experience was superb and I know that if you were the one who would check the place out, I bet that you’ll feel the same way as we did.
Kite Kebab Bar
5772 Ebro Street, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
Sunday – Thursday 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM
Friday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 4:00 AM
Estimated Budget / Head: PHP 300 – 500