In a region that loves pork, finding restaurants that serve halal food can prove to be quite a challenge. And while there are a number of vegetarian options available, sometimes those places just won’t cut it when you’ve got an appetite for meat.
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For restaurants to be considered “halal,” they must follow the Koranic instruction of which meat and cuts can be eaten. This includes how they’re slaughtered, how they’re cleaned, and even how they’re transported.
Fun Fact: Halal is an Arabic word that means "permissible" or "lawful"
Many claim that halal meat tastes better because it is blessed. There’s only one way to find out, so here’s a round-up of the best spots where you can enjoy halal food. Whether you’re a practicing Muslim in search of a place to eat, or a non-Muslim eager to try something new, there’s something on this list for you.
Halal Kabab Express – multiple branches
Halal Kabab Express offers authentic and value-filled Persian meals at a friendly price. Specialties include Chicken Biryani with Basmati Rice, Chelo Kabab Kubideh, and Persian favorites.
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Warung Indo – Salcedo
Serving Indonesian cuisine, Warung Indo offers traditional and Halal certified dishes like their rendang, fritters, satay, and more.
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No reservations accepted
G/F LPL Manor, 116 Leviste St, Salcedo Village, Makati
Al Batra Restaurant – Poblacion
Found at the heart of Makati, Al Batra Restaurant offers authentic Mediterranean, Arabic Gulf, and Indian Cuisines. From falafels to biryani and even mixed grilled seafood, Al Batra has it all. Best of all, they’re open 24 hours!
Kite Kebab – Poblacion
Kite Kebab serves authentic Mediterranean street food such as falafels, hummus, and all kinds of kebabs from chicken to lamb, most of which are halal. They even offer shisha!
Arya – Greenhills
Arya is a Persian quick fix at Promenade. They have a variety of kebabs on their menu so if you want to sample as many as possible, we recommend ordering a combination platter like the Arya Sini Soor, a kebab platter featuring the best of their white and red meat kebabs.
Meshwe – Malingap
Known for their Lebanese cuisine, Meshwe offers affordable shawarma plates, falafels, Lebanese samosas, and more. Meshwe’s Garlic sauce is also a must!
Swagat Indian Cuisine – Legazpi Village
Swagat Indian Cuisine is known for their home-cooked style Indian dishes and their vegetarian plates like traditional naan, pappadoms, paratha, and more – all halal. Their traditional Indian interiors add to the authenticity too!
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Reservations are accepted
FCC Bldg., 119 Rada St., Legazpi Village, Makati
Warung – Kapitolyo
Led by sisters Tess and Louh, Warung serves authentic Indonesian cuisine with specialties like beef rendang, satay sticks, corn fritters, and more. Read our full feature here.
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Kashmir – multiple branches
Kashmir is one of Metro Manila’s oldest Indian restaurants and has been around since 1976. It serves dishes that are made from fresh and authentic ingredients.
Shawarma Snack Center – Malate
Shawarma Snack Center (or SSC) started out as a place intended to cater to the needs of Arab students studying in Manila’s universities. It’s arguably the best place in the Metro get authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. The place gets so packed at night that the owner decided to buy the old Chinese restaurant across it to serve more customers.
Insider Tip: Try their One Kilo Kabab Platter which has shawarma, lamb, beef tenderloin, chicken and kofta served with real shrak bread and mezze.
Martabak – South Triangle
Named after a popular Indonesian street food, Martabak is a certified halal restaurant, serving favorites like mee goreng, roti, laksa, and more.
Fun Fact: Martabak is a stuffed pancake with eggs, meat, and spices.
Ababu – Xavierville
The Persian Kitchen is a famous institution among students in the Katipunan area for their “tipid meals.” (A shawarma rice bowl will only set you back 59 pesos!) Don’t miss their Chelo Kabab Ghafghazi and Beef Kabab Rice Meal; all rice meals in Ababu come with egg, sweet corn, and chopped tomatoes and onions.
The Halal Guys – various branches
New York’s #1 halal food cart is known for serving New York Size It gyro, chicken and falafel rice platters and sandwiches, drizzled with their equally famous red and white sauces.
Disclaimer: While the restaurants shown above serve Halal to the best of our knowledge, you are still advised to call the restaurant and confirm.
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