4/F The Peak, Gaisano Mall Davao, JP Laurel Ave., Davao City, Davao del Sur
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If your up to middle eastern food, then this is the right place. Try their biryani dishes (chicken is a must). The price is enough for the plate and of course the satisfaction for food. The ambiance is great! They also serve desserts and drinks that take you to the feels of Arabia.
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Authentic taste and flavors from the Middle East.
That's what Zabadani offers.
And when I say taste, it's not only limited to the food. The interiors and the aroma of this restaurant also capture that Middle Eastern atmosphere. It's like being transported to the Arab World. Elements of Islamic design and architecture furnish the place, such as vibrant carpets, ornaments, and hand-carved furniture. And although the place isn't big, but it is still quite comfortable. (By the way, this is their second branch in the city. The other one is bigger and is even more magnificently decorated.)
Given that the restaurant is Islamic, they serve only Halal food.
Their menu is pretty extensive. You choose from either a dish of lamb, chicken, beef, fish, shrimp, squid, or egg, and the variety of rice that goes with it as well. They also have soups, stews, salads, pasta, and kebab. And of course, since they are a café, they have coffee, tea, and other Middle-Eastern inspired beverages.
For starters, my family ordered Hummus. Pureed chickpeas processed with aromatic seeds, olive oil, and garlic, served with flaps of pita bread.
The consistency of the hummus wasn't the smoothest, but I still liked it because of the interesting flavors. (I added garlic and liked it even more!) And I loved the pita bread to bits. It was so soft and light, and had that earthy flavor that comes from being baked in a brick oven.
For my main course, I had Beef Biryani. Warm, aromatic, earthy, lemon-yellow colored rice seasoned with spices, and topped with tender, thinly sliced, and lightly spiced beef.
I was browsing their menu and I spotted that they had Basmati rice, my favorite variety. Unfortunately, I was told that they had just run out of it, so I just settled for Biryani rice, topped with beef.
When the dish was served, my eyes opened wide. The serving of rice was huge! Carb galore! But that wasn't the only thing that made my eyes pop. There was a light sprinkling of saffron and cashew nuts on top of the rice, which I was pleased about.
However, the huge serving of rice didn't stop me from finishing my entire meal. I just loved the flavors mixing in my mouth. All the spices, the saffron, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and ginger, were coming together to create delight. The beef was also very tender and just bursting with flavor. However, the seasoning didn't clash with the rice; it was very subtle that it complemented the rice.
As for my family, they ordered roast beef, saffron chicken, saffron shrimp, and beef kebab. I had a taste of my mother's saffron chicken and it was lovely. The chicken was moist and tender, and the spices added that earthy flavor.
My family members told me that they enjoyed their orders as well. Of course, judging from their plates, which had very little leftovers (take note, the servings were huge), one could come to that conclusion.
Plus, their food is very affordable - every main course item is just under PHP300! And I love that they do not scrimp on the ingredients.
And as for the service, the server that attended to us was very attentive. However, there were some glitches in their credit card terminal, and we ended up paying in cash.
Although there was a minor inconvenience, it still was truly a gastronomic delight dining here.
This place lives up to its name indeed - "core of goodness" - Zabadani.
*Warning: this place is not for the weak, those who think Middle Eastern food tastes weird, and for those who think Middle Eastern cuisine smells like... armpits.
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