The Café Mediterranean

G/F Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas St., Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila

The Café Mediterranean
4.1
4.0 Stars

40 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 14
  • 4 stars 20
  • 3 stars 4
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 1
  • 51 Reviews
  • 22 Recommend
  • 40 Reviewers
Category:
Mediterranean
Business Hours
Open: 10:00a - 8:00p
Phone
+6327519705

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 8:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 8:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 8:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 8:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 8:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Price Range

₱90 - ₱445

Most Recent Reviews

Christina R.
4.0 Stars
4

No matter how much I try to read through the menu I almost always order the same thing - the beef or lamb gyro plate and the kofta burger. For the H and my son, it's always the rosemary chicken.

It's been awhile since we last ate here. My last review in the Powerplant branch was from lunch a year ago pa. We dined in this greenbelt branch just a few weeks ago.

Of course, my son ordered the chicken. It's saucier now. Smaller in size than what we've had, now bitin for my son, but just as tasty. One order of the chicken would almost always mean 2 of us can share it.

My kofta burger, which is a beef and lamb patty, looked smaller too when it landed on my table. But, I ended up so busog, partly because of the fries on my plate. This one took awhile to come out, maybe about 20 minutes. not a 5 star dish, but still one of my favourite burgers.

Love, love, love the all-you-can-eat garlic and spicy sauce they provide.

They offered us ice cream because my daughter was asking for one. Kaso mahal. About 400 for a pint, when she is satisfied with a 10-peso cone from the bee nearby.

Service was ok. We did have to ask for napkins and water several times, but it was all acknowledged and given with a smile.

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Neil R.
5.0 Stars

✅ Shish Taouk — P335
Traditional Turkish shish kebab which can be found in Syrian and Lebanese cuisine
✅ Moroccan Rice Pilaf — P50

As it touched down onto my table, my plate was quite the sight. It was a bit of an overcrowded mess yet I was delighted with the serving size.

It had generous portions of large cuts of chicken breast. I found this impressive as both are usually mutually exclusive of each other — you will either get a few large pieces or more than the usual small cuts of meat, never both.

Big chunks are always ideal for the grill, as you can achieve good charring on the outside while leaving the interior moist and tender. This gave my chicken a good combination of taste and texture.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the plate, the Moroccan rice pilaf turned out to be an apt choice. Displaying a bit of its own character, the rice had a nice zing to it. Among other ingredients, it had just enough raisins for sweetness and a fair amount of (what seemed to be) cinnamon for spice and aroma. Anything more than what was on it would have sadly over-powered the chicken.

As for the vegetable sidings, I appreciate the decision to grill these as well. It established a consistency on the plate while adding new flavors. The grilled tomato, whole onion and green pepper gave off some tang, spice and sweetness while the singed parts were obviously bitter and earthy.

Absolutely satisfying, this lunch was.

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Maya G.
4.0 Stars

If you need a kick of energy, try LemonMintJuice for your drink!

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Carla M.
4.0 Stars

If you are looking for Greek cuisine that won't put a dent in your pocket, Cafe Mediterranean is one of your best options. They offer a variety of good and affordable Mediterranean food that can satisfy your cravings.

I went here for lunch with Yina M the other month. I ordered their chicken gyro which I really liked. 128539 Gyros, or Greek sandwich, is similar to the shawarma of the Middle East or Doner Kebabs in Turkey.

Tender, marinated chicken with tomatoes, onions and yogurt sauce, tucked in a warm pita. The meat used in gyros is cooked using a vertical rotisserie to maintain its juiciness. Cafe Med's gyro is packed with filling and very satisfying, but not too heavy on the tummy. I always forget to request that they don't put onions.

They also offer beef, lamb, or falafel gyros. You can choose whether you prefer it on regular or wheat pita. If you want a heavier meal, try their gyro plates or kebabs with rice.

I'm not a fan of shawarma, but I love gyros. Probably because it doesn't have that 128115🏾 taste or smell. Hahaha!!

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars

I've always love Mediterranean food.  Falafels,  Kofta,  Pita, Hummus,  Gryos and Kebabs and all of the weird sounding dishes they have.  Reunion with Cafe Mediterranean happened yesterday while i was roaming around Greenbelt 1.  I was famished as i only had coffee for breakfast and a couple of glasses of water for lunch and yes,  i was this close to fainting. 

Stopped at Cafe Med,  sat down and ordered a falafel platter and mango lassi.  Drink was served first,  yey!  My brain is in dire need of glucose.  I drank half of the lassi in one giant gulp.   Argh!  Brain freeze.

For those who are wondering what a falafel is...read on.  You can thank me later.

The word Falāfil, which is the plural of Filfil , meaning "pepper". The word itself spread and is used in other languages such as  Persian pilpil , from the Sanskrit word pippalī, meaning "long pepper"; or an earlier *filfal, from Aramaic pilpāl, "small round thing, peppercorn," derived from palpēl, "to be round, roll". Thus in origin, falafel would be "rollers, little balls."

The origin of the falafel remains to be unknown.  Some theories claim that the dish is from Egypt,  eaten by ancient Egyptians during lent.

Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food. 

Falafel is a common dish eaten throughout the Middle East.  They are made of ground chickpeas,  fava beans or a combination of both.  They look like meatballs at first glance.   The falafel can be eaten alone as a snack or served with salad and drizzled with tahini-based sauces.  The deep fried fritters are now found around the world as a replacement for meat and as a form of street food.

Source:  Wikipedia

Back to my falafel platter.  I am certain that this dish is good for two people.  Believe me,  i eat like a linebacker but this platter is out of my league.  What's on the plate,  two regular sized pita,  five falafel fritters,  baba ghanoush,  tzatziki and tabbouleh.

Tabbouleh is an Arabian vegetarian salad made of  tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur and onion, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.  I am not a salad person but I'd eat this anytime of day.  The sweet notes from the tomatoes and the tang from the lemon makes this salad refreshing.  This can be a perfect dish to clean your palate after eating flavorful dishes (think Indian Cuisine).  It restores your tastebuds to it's normal levels (No factual evidence,  personal opinion)

Tzatziki is made of strained yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil and lemon juice.  Let's hand it to the Greek for inventing this awesome dip.  To be honest,  i don't need pita,  this can be eaten alone as a salad.  The yogurt goes well with the cucumber,  this is best paired with fresh of the grill kebabs.

Baba Ghanoush.   Do not be fooled with the funny name,  this humble dip is packed with flavor,  perfect for pita bread.  Let's call it BBG,  shall we?  BBG is a Levantine dish made of cooked eggplant mixed with onions, tomatoes, olive oil and various seasonings.  No traces of BBG after x number of minutes,  i cleaned that part of my plate with Pita.

The falafel is lovely as always,  best paired with their signature garlic sauce.   Who needs meat if you can have a healthy alternative.  Cut a small portion of pita, add falafel,  drizzle with garlic sauce, eat,  repeat.

Dining at Cafe Mediterranean is always fulfilling.  You don't have to endure long lines,  no extra fee for the white sauce (pun intended),  and you get what you pay for.  If you feel a lil adventurous,  grab some falafel and BBG to go,  trust me when i say,  you won't be disappointed.

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Kirsten O.
5.0 Stars

The place was a little bit hidden but I like its rustic vibe, it feels cozy. Their food tastes very delicious. They serve several middle east dishes like Persian and Lebanese.

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Yina M.
3.0 Stars

Kofta balls. Minced meat most of the time lamb and pork or beef. It was OK. Wasn't satisfied though, flavor seemed underwhelming. But service has greatly improved! They seat you quickly, get your order as fast and give you water right away. Food is served within reasonable time and the plate is FULL. Taste is just not too stellar. Oh well.

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Helena T.
5.0 Stars

It's usually a Gyro Plate, any one of the Gyro Plates and buttered rice. If you ask nicely, they'd say yes to your pleas for extra buttery rice.

But really, these are just vessels because the reason I keep coming back is they make the best garlic sauce I've ever inhaled (so far). I'm not sure if they call it garlic sauce. IMO it deserves a grander title. Like Earth Sauce or John Snow.

If you haven't tried, order a Felafel and drown it in Earth Sauce. Or John Snow, whichever way you prefer.

I'm excited for you. 128586

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Bianca F.
4.0 Stars

Since I was in charge of the movie, he was in charge of dinner. 128514

First timer here and loved the food! We ordered the Kebab Platter and was surprised to see how huge the serving was for the two of us. We tried to finish all the meat but wasn't able to eat all the pita breads on the platter.

To say that we were full is an understatement. 128514 Would love to come back, though. 128076

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Yina M.
4.0 Stars

Café Med with the lunch buds!! Yea!! A first for us because Carla M does not like exotic spices (but agreed to eat here again -yay!)

I ordered my staple chicken kebab with basmati in the hopes of taking back half to consume in a few hours. Ahhh, the lies I tell myself. We weren't in a rush so I took my time eating and ended up finishing my meal. I had NOTHING to take back. Well, a full stomach is what I took back and I lost P400. It wasn't a complete loss, though. 128522

Heck yeah I'm coming back!

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Julie J.
4.0 Stars

Lunch out the other day with Yina M Kirby G Carla M... Yes, we're clingy that way 128516

Hard to believe it was my first time here since this place is just across my office 128556 I ordered a cup of roasted vegetable soup, it was eggplant , tomatoes. & chickpeas puréed into a smooth soup... Tasted ok but my bad for missing the word "puréed" 128517 I thought it was a clear soupy bowl with veggies...anyways, paired this with a chicken gyro 128070🏼which I really enjoyed 128076🏼 it had the right mix of chicken, cabbage, tomatoes, onions and aioli sauce stuffed inside a warm and soft pita! Very filling and So yummy!

Still a lot of dishes to try as they gave an extensive menu..will be back for sure 128055

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Carla M.
4.0 Stars

If I remember correctly, this was only my second time to eat at Cafe Med. First one was at their MOA branch years ago. Whenever I eat at Greek restos, my order would always be either of the following: gyro, souvlaki, grilled porkchop or their greek chicken. 128517

Kirby G Yina M Julie J finally convinced me to have lunch here today. Wasn't in the mood to eat a lot since my tummy was feeling weird (damn you hyperacidity 128530), so I opted for a light meal and ordered a Chicken Gyro. It may look small but man, it was very filling! A generous portion of grilled chicken, tomatoes, cabbage and onions wrapped in pita. I should've asked them to remove the onions. I ended up picking them out one by one before I take a bite. Hassle! I wanted to put the spicy sauce but I had to skip it for now. Ang boring tuloy ng lasa. 128547

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Yina M.
3.0 Stars

The sayadieh wasn't too impressive save for its massive serving size. The tuna was pan seared and non-dry. Though the gravy like sauce felt like it was masking something in the tuna. This originally came with rice with caramel iced onions but I was craving for biryani rice and I wished I had just ordered the biryani alone. #imweirdlikethat

I like that I've been trying out different items each time I come here.

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Triesanne I.
5.0 Stars

If you love Greek food, this place does not disappoint. I always order Hummus and Grilled Beef with Buttered Rice.

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Heizelle S.
3.0 Stars

Unlike typical Friday dinner nights, we wanted to try something new and healthy. Its almost dinner time and we're not-too-hungry.
We thought of trying this small restaurant in Greenbelt, Cafe Mediterranean. The place is small, i love the interior design though.

Since were not that hungry, we ordered 1 pizza and 1 pasta for sharing. We got the mediterranean pizza and pesto for the pasta. The serving for the pasta can be shared by 2 persons and the pizza is good enough for 3-4 persons.

For their Mediterranean pizza, i love how the egg plant perfectly blended with its base sauce, black olives and anchovy bits. Perfect alternative instead of ordering normal vegetarian pizzas. For the pasta, the pesto is not as flavorful as i thought. I guess it should have extra parmesan cheese and a little bit of salt and pepper.

Verdict:
Pizza is good, i must try their kebab pizza then next time around
Pasta i think this should be improved
Price is okay (prepare Php 400/ head)
Staff in the cafe - they're not that attentive and this is disappointing.

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Yina M.
4.0 Stars

When you see stars in your eyes, you either just took a shot of absinthe on a dare or that you forgot to take your breakfast and lunch and decided to get it in all one go for dinner. The latter happened without me realizing it. So when my co-worker came inviting to eat out, I needed to concede and get some food.

Cafe med is one of my fave places because it's never full! I guess not a lot of people like Mediterranean food. This is also a good resto to get long grain rice and that came with my chicken kebab. Also in the photo is my co-worker's 7-layer dip with pita. I was quite hungry that I tried her dip after I finished my food. That egg! It livened up the flavor with the bell peppers and sun dried tomatoes. Those were the good flavors that came out to me. Man, I lost the stars shortly.

Do you even have to ask if I'll go back?

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Yina M.
4.0 Stars

Quick dinners that are filling can be found in the form of a gyro. You could also order some rice but that depends on how quick you can eat and how it will end up getting digested in your stomach. This was quite a quick meal before watching Big Hero 6.

Eeeeyeeah, trying to get rid of my backlog.

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Yina M.
4.0 Stars

Such a colorful dish this Shish Taouk is. I had wanted to explore something else from the kebabs but also something familiar. This was a good choice before my concall.

Thanks for the company Kirby G

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Mari G.
5.0 Stars

Happiness in a plate 128077128076128075

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Jackie A.
5.0 Stars

Falafel gyro plate! 128513

The falafels were okay, and the pita bread was too toasted for some reason. But all in all, it was a satisfying meal and hey, I've been craving for Mediterranean food for days now. 128517

I also ordered baklava which was soooo good. It wasn't too sweet and I wish it was bigger so I could have more. 128514

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