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 may 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.
New Bombay – multiple branches
New Bombay is an authentic Indian restaurant that serves an extensive selection of traditional Indian dishes. Some of their popular dishes are their Chicken Tikka Masala, Fish Curry, and Aloo Paratha.
FETA Mediterranean – Greenhills
FETA Mediterranean is a convenient online grocery shop and restaurant combined into one. They carry fresh, healthy foods, and supermarket staples but is famously known for their authentic Mediterranean Cuisine by Chef Beyto Koc.
Mister Kabab – West Avenue
The humble beginning of Mister Kabab dates all the way back to 1987 as a small food stall at the corner of West and Quezon Avenue. They feature sumptuous Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Cuisine and are famous for their kababs but also notable for their hummus and falafels.
Warung Indo – Salcedo
Serving Indonesian cuisine, Warung Indo offers traditional and Halal certified dishes like their rendang, fritters, satay, and more.
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 – multiple branches
Arya is a Persian quick fix. 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 – multiple branches
Known for their Lebanese cuisine, Meshwe offers affordable shawarma plates, falafels, Lebanese samosas, and more. Meshwe’s Garlic sauce is also a must!
Kashmir – multiple branches
Kashmir is one of Metro Manila’s oldest Indian restaurants and has been around since 1975 and was the brainchild of three sisters: Situ, Kamla, and Indra. Decades after its founding, they still serves authentic homecooked Indian dishes that are made from fresh and authentic ingredients—becoming one of the Metro’s best Indian restaurants.
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 to 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.
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.” 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.
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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