Bricks and Copper Turkish Cuisine

Shaw 500 Zentrum, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong, Metro Manila

Bricks and Copper Turkish Cuisine
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Category:
Mediterranean
Business Hours
Open: 7:00a - 2:00a
Phone
+6326972007

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 7:00a - 2:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 7:00a - 2:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00a - 2:00a
  • Thursday
    • 7:00a - 2:00a
  • Friday
    • 7:00a - 2:00a
  • Saturday
    • 7:00a - 2:00a

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Manfred M.
3.0 Stars
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Last March 13, 2015, I had the opportunity of being invited to StrEat, an event organized by Maginhawa Food Park, a newly opened vacant lot turned into a food complex. The park is situated in Teachers Village, Quezon City, a location commonly known as the hub for up-and-coming restaurants, coffee-shops, and watering holes in the North.

According to organizer Ms. Chesca, the place was conceptualized as a convenient and efficient use to her family's real estate reserve and as a substitute to constructing a building with numerous requirements such as permits and licenses. Admittedly, her idea was well in point with the nature of businesses in the neighborhood, and the fact that people have known the area as a food-lover's paradise. She also envisioned the concept as an open space to provide variety to an already congested Maginhawa street. She stated that open spaces are usually rare, and that more parks are needed in urban centers. Good thing her idea was also coupled with an income-generating venture. In this case, she invited food concessionaires to set up shop and provide a variety of tastes to the venue. Some of the stalls were actual food trucks; while others were made out of metal containers and easily transferable by truck. Ms. Chesca mandated these concessionaires to conform to a design that mimicked the layout of a hipster trailer park.

At the day I went, the Food Park had a bonfire planned at 8pm and a live band as well. I arrived early, about 5 pm. At this point, the venue was already starting to feel up with a lot of patrons from the neighboring universities and offices. I even had a few acquaintances who were already lining up for the food there.

Ms. Chesca introduced me to Atty. Arnel, one of the concessionaires in the venue. He was the proprietor of Bricks and Copper, a Turkish-inspired restaurant with a variety of Middle Eastern dishes. Atty Arnel graciously provided me and my friend with generous samples of their sumptuous Turkish fare. During the conversation, the good proprietor had a lot to say about his prior experience in the legal profession and his subsequent foray into the restaurant business. He told us that he gained the idea of starting a joint with Middle Eastern fare from his Turkish client. After tasting the latter's dishes, he told us that he immensely enjoyed the experience, and that he envisioned the idea to start his own restaurant business. Hence, Bricks and Copper was born. It was originally confined to the Shaw area in Pasig, but Atty. Arnel thought of expanding it to north Quezon City in order to reach more customers. After seeing that the slots in the food park were for rent for affordable prices, he immediately set up shop there. He also thought of the restaurant as convenient place where he could wine and dine clients in his law practice. Now that's practicality and marketing rolled into one! He also takes pride in the fact that his beef and chicken dishes are charcoal grilled, and hence, very tasty.

Apart from that, the pita bread and other pastries from his establishment are baked fresh every day. Add to this the fact that most of his dishes are heavily vegetable infused and compatible with a healthy diet.

As for the dishes, we were able to taste their affordable Pita Doner. At 90 pesos, it's quite a steal. The dish is an exciting variation of shawarma with an airy and chewy pita wrapper, thinly sliced strips of beef or chicken (depending on the order) and garnished with onions, cucumber, and tomatoes. It goes well with the spicy chili sauce and the standard garlic yogurt sauce. Our food tasting didn't end there. We were given a generous serving of Iskender Kebab, a mix of charcoal grilled beef with a generous helping of vegetables and chili sauce. The mix also had a good amount of pita bread as a side dish. At 250 pesos (small), the dish was very filling. We were also able to try Pita Bread with two variations of sauces. The one is with Humus, a traditional Middle Eastern dressing used in a number of countries. At 80 pesos, the sauce comes with pita bread. We were also given a spicer variant called Ezme. This sauce had a garnish of chilies and had a salsa-like texture. It also comes at 80 pesos with 4 slices of that airy and chewy pita bread. Our dishes, of course, were not complete without imported Turkish Sirma Water. According to Atty. Arnel, the sparkling drink is usually preferred by the Turks when eating traditional fare. Its sweet taste tends to offset the spicy Mideast offerings. A bottle usually costs about 60 pesos, and is a fresh deviation from the soft drinks we Filipinos are so used to. We both enjoyed the meal so much that we bought our own Pita Doner. The taste was simply very irresistible, and our experience with this restaurant completely takes away our negative stereotypes of spicy Middle Eastern food. We surely would like to come back again for a second helping.

The place also offers the traditional "hookah", a pipe used by the Arabs to smoke tobacco. The variant here offers scented fruit vapors instead for 200 pesos. When we come back next week, we surely hope to try it.

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Eugene C.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Bevs M.
1.0 Stars

We were disappointed of the taste. We ordered their Pita Doner which is their best seller. The bread was so thick and it has just stuff inside. It was tasteless. Nothin' special. Even their sauce was bland. I was expecting of somethin' this Turkish dish. I hope they'll improve.

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Danica B.
4.0 Stars

Yummy Pizza Doner and Strawberry Aryan. 128522

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Danna P.
5.0 Stars

Loooved their Authentic Turkish Food! Healthy, affordable and tasty. Tried their Strawberry Aryan, Red Lentil Soup, Pita Doner (Beef) and Lahmacun. Had such a filling and satisfying meal and I would definitely go back and try their other dishes! I hope they open more branches soon, too.

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Cristina A.
4.0 Stars

Staff were great!generous servings!delicious turkish fud!go der on a sunday nyt and its like u reserve the whole place:)

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Aleli J.
3.0 Stars

Food are okey ... forget all the name of the foods we order, basta yung bubble bread (forget the name) nila delicious, Turkish meat are tender, you can taste the real yogurt sa mga sauces nila, strawberry shake yummy.
Place is typical Mediterranean Restaurant but since its summer mainit hindi kaya ng air-condition unit nila ang place. Parking is hug I can see my car outside, the crew including there chef are very accommodating lahat ng tanong ko regarding there food maayos at maliwanag nilang nasasagot 128079
Try there pizza and bubble bread sarapppp

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Nell N.
5.0 Stars

The Chicken Doner on Turkish Rice is awesome. Meat is tender and flavorful. Reminds me of the Turkish resto I go to in HK :)

Turkish food has the spices but not the bad breath :p I call it the finer taste of middle eastern food.

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Irish B.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Cat d.
3.0 Stars

Not t favorite kebab place... It's good though! They cook their kebabs in a small wood fire oven that locks in all the flavors... The meat is tender and juicy but lacks some flavors for me. I love though that the dish comes with lots of veggies! You feel so healthy!

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Abdel Hussein L.
5.0 Stars

The food they serve are Authentic Turkish Foods. I specifically liked the spicy soup.
They make their own bread and its very healthy and for us Muslims... Its "Halal."

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Cindy Marie V.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Audrey Marie N.
1.0 Stars

Never in my life would I eat at Bricks and Copper AGAIN! 128548

Their take for shawarma is awful which according to the waiter is their best seller. As in it's really bad.

Their salad, all tomatoes and cucumber, is spicy.

There was nothing that I liked. 128542 Or maybe I just didn't order the right dish? 128549

In short, I spent 200php for nothing. Boo! 128078

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Sitti Ryza D.
2.0 Stars

I was hoping I could have my favorite baklava. I was extremely disappointed. Very oily!! Never again!

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Ian P.
2.0 Stars

Over priced, not good quality ingredients

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Zerline C.
4.0 Stars

Specialty shawarma is authentic and delicious! Simple and no frills, great value!

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Chel P.
5.0 Stars

Awesome turkish food. Ordered menemen, adana, wood-fired shawarma, hummus, babakanush, yogurt drink and baklava. Everything was wonderful! Well except for the yogurt drink.

Cheap too. Definitely bang for the buck!

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April M.
4.0 Stars

First in PH! Wood-fired shawarma. Authentic & traditional Turkish food! Yummy!!!

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Jojie C.
2.0 Stars

I disliked it.

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Edwin I.
3.0 Stars

A new Turkish place to consider for healthy eats. Wood-fire brick oven roasted Doner(Shawarma) -different from the Persian variant that we all know of.

Stuck in traffic at Shaw last Friday, the signage of this relatively new place caught my eye. Interesting name for a place although I could not connect it with the Turkish theme. At any rate, since my adventurous taste buds were intrigued, I decided dodge the traffic and give the place a try.

True to its name, the place is decorated with dark red bricks. They have a glassed-in kitchen near the entrance where you could see the slab of beef and chicken skewered and roasting in a brick oven using wood as fuel. A Turkish chef /owner works around the kitchen- good sign of it's authenticity. Inside, nothing of its interiors gave a hint that it was a Turkish restaurant. Uhmm... Tagalog sentimental songs were playing from the radio at full volume128078128078- uh-oh... Don't get me wrong . It just doesn't add up to the whole dining experience.

I decided to try one of their house specialties (their menu boasted-"First in the Philippines-wood-fire Shawarma") The Pita Doner (Turkish Shawarma -meat cooked in wood-fire brick oven). You had a choice between chicken or beef, I chose beef.

The Pita Beef Doner was huge! Served in a brown paper bag (Don't ask me why. I don't know if it's traditionally served that way). Half a pita pocket, stuffed with beef slices, veggies- carrots slices, greens, onions- very healthy looking indeed. It was short of a beef salad in a pita pocket. Quite different from the traditional Persian Shawarma that I'm used to. It was served with yoghurt and chili sauce. I had to ask for a fork and knife because the pita seemed too soft to eat with my hands.

Taste? First bite-SPICY -kapow! I'm talking about mother-spicy-heat! Good thing I didn't put the chili sauce! On the good side , the beef was really tender and moist. A bit on the bland side-it was made better with a few dashes of salt. The yoghurt sauce was 100%yoghurt -tangy,sour (not the garlicky-savory kind ). I guess what I liked about the Doner was the loads of veggies that came with it-healthy eats indeed. For the price (Php 99) and the serving size- fair enough deal.

I also ordered the Baklava (Php150). I'm a fan of this Ottoman dessert- if cooked right. Hmm, the stuffing was good and generous-nuts, pistachio, buttery, BUT, I found the phillo pastry crust way too soft and soggy. I expected it to be crispy. Perhaps it's been cooked some time ago or perhaps because it has been sitting too long drenched in honey. Sayang 128543

The Turkish tea that I ordered was ok. It was not loose leaf, but I liked the rose and spice essence.

In a nutshell, I'm just ok with the dining experience. I'm not blown away. At the very least, its a good option for some healthy eating. Bottomline, I'm still a fan of the Persian Shawarma not the Turkish kind.

Will I come back? I'm not sure. Although, they do have a lot of other Turkish specialty dishes on the menu-ranging from appetizers, lamb, meats, salads , etc. Maybe I might come back just to try the other Turkish specialties - perhaps, when my adventurous taste buds start a-kicking once more.

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