Friday, October 15, 2010

My Not So Good Impression of Ababu Persian Kitchen in Boracay

One of the dinners we had during our recent Boracay trip was at Ababu Persian Kitchen at Station 1. I was craving for Persian food when we chanced upon this restaurant that had pictures of their value meals posted on their two access doors (one fronting the beach and the other fronting the road). The prices of the value meals were very cheap at just P100 so we got excited to try them. But it seemed luck was not on our side because we got disappointed with the food.


Edwin ordered their Shawarma Rice Meal while I got their Beef Kebab Rice Meal.For P100 per meal (very affordable!), these already came with bottom less iced tea. Instead of refilling our glasses, they just served a pitcher of iced tea for us to share. I thought it was smart.


We were in the middle of our conversation when our orders came out. We each got a plate of rice with chopped fresh onions and tomatoes and sweet corn. Mine also had a small piece of beef kebab while Edwin had a tiny serving of shawarma.



I was expecting my beef kebab to be tender but it was rubbery. I was expecting a piece of grilled, whole tomato but what I got were chopped tomatoes. The rice on the poster looked moist and buttery but mine was far from it. But knowing myself, I wouldn't complain on this blog if the taste of the food was okay. Unfortunately, it couldn't be said to my food. The beef kebab I had tasted old and bland. Edwin's shawarma tasted better but there was nothing really special about it.

Even the presentation didn't compensate for our food's lack of good taste. Our orders were served in simple plates and in a messy manner. You be the judge.


I understand that rent and utilities are expensive in Boracay but to compromise the quality of their food won't help Ababu Persian Kitchen regain their investment fast and stay in the food business for long. Rather, it could only drive their customers away which would mean less business for them in the long run.

Before I could lay out more business-related forecasts here, I'll stop already. In fairness to the restaurant, both their garlic-yogurt sauce and hot sauce were good. Also, their staff were very efficient and friendly to us. I also believe that their restaurant can still improve.



Have you dined at Ababu Persian Kitchen in Boracay? Did you enjoy their food?

Ababu Persia Kitchen
Station 1, White Beach
Boracay Island
Malay, Aklan

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  1. Absolutely Yes, There is an ABABU in xavierville katipunan, Quezon city. I always eat there. It's one of the famous and affordable persian kitchen for atenistas AND maryknollers. Ganyan talaga ang service nila, rice is in the middle. :)

  2. yup sa xavierville may kasamang fried egg pa sa top ng rice. never tried the ones in boracay pero tingin ko pareho lang mas kumpleto nga lang ung sa katipunan


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