Makati Shangri-La's Circles Event Café Features The Treasures of Turkey

Original over a repro always. Of course, this is arguable. There are the outliers, still; spin-offs that are better than the authentic. But, when you have a chance to go for the original, you have to take it. 

Two chefs from Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, Harun Imre and Ramaza Erdem, will be showcasing their culinary prowess at Makati Shangri-La's Circles. What they offer is real Turkish cuisine. It's devoid of the contemporary version due to fear {probably} of intimidating ignorant palate such as mine. The result was amazing.

Hummus

The aroma of all the dishes was very inviting, and they truly delivered on its promise starting with the mezze. The Eggplant Salad was very memorable, as well as the Spicy Tomato Marmalade, Hummus, and Moutabal. Yeah, all of them. These four alone made the lunch fantastic! My friend, Yedy {Yedylicious}, told me in-between mouthfuls that she couldn't stop eating the dips. I second that. I was 3/4 full from the fried pita bread smeared with each dip when the rest of the dishes arrived. I don't recommend this technique. But still, my body and spirit was very much willing to devour the rest, so I did.

Hummus is, well, who doesn't love hummus, really? It's an extraordinary spread with loads of health benefits, and when done perfectly, it can be quite addicting. Case in point: the one above. Very evident in each taste are the rich garlic and tahini flavors with a decent hint of lemon and a good drizzle of olive oil on top.


Eggplant Salad
Eggplant Salad

A mash of fresh ingredients resulted in a harmonious mix of good flavors with a delicious smoky taste. That smoky taste lingers, by the way. Love it! I like that the consistency of the Eggplant Salad wasn't overly smooth. Jagged chunks of peppers, onions, and eggplants made it extra enjoyable to eat.


Spicy Tomato Marmalade
Spicy Tomato Marmalade

What an exciting appetizer this was! It's sharp, salty with a good amount of heat. Again, I have to emphasize the fragrance. It's amazing! If only I can invent a way for you all to smell the dish right off your laptop, tablets, or smart phones. Someday soon.

Moutabel
Moutabel

Moutabel is a dip that's similar to hummus. Its primary ingredient is eggplant instead of chickpeas. It's creamy, smoky, and intense. The walnuts provided a good textural contrast against the silky smooth dip.

Fried Calamari
Fried Calamari

A faintly seasoned light batter coated each tender squid ring. The accompanying yogurt sauce provides a rich, refreshing taste.

Beef Liver
Beef Liver

Gerry {Dude for Food} and I share a passion for liver, but he's more into it as I've learned recently. He consumed most {read: roughly 80%} of what was served. He's morphing into 'Iron Man' as I type this. Anyway, he can't be blamed for it because this beef liver was delectable! It's bespeckled with spices which the chefs brought in from Istanbul. The sliced red onions neutralized the natural flavor of the liver and added a little bit of zing. Very good!

Beef Skewers
Beef Skewers

Thickly cut beef chunks that were evenly seasoned and oh-so tender! A small amount of juice flow out as you bite into the meat. I love this on its own, but more so when paired with rice.

Lamb Köfte
Lamb Köfte

I'm not much into lamb because of the gamey flavor, but surprisingly, these had a very mellow version of that distinct aroma and taste. It's probably due to the spices used, the freshness of the meat, and the way it was cooked. No parched nuggets here; just savory, supple, and luscious meat.  

Turkish Rice with Nuts
Rice with Nuts

And raisins. The grains had a very good bite with full, bold flavor. A little crunch from the pine nuts and chewy texture from the sweet raisins created a wonderful surprise as I devoured it. 

Sauteed Chicken in Turkish Spices
Sauteed Chicken in Turkish Spices

What I like most about this dish was the way the spices penetrated the meat, resulting in a generous amount of flavor in each bite. Also, the chicken was very tender.

Steamed Garoupa with Mixed Vegetables
Steamed Garoupa with Mixed Vegetables

This was love at first taste. A pesco-vegetarian will get a natural, good kind of high from this one. The soup, infused with spices, was slightly robust. The grouper's amazingly delicate flesh and natural essence enhanced the taste and made the soup a little bit dense. 


Kunafa, Turkish Delight, Baklava, Dates with Pistacchio and Marzipan


A variety of sweet treats {Kunafa, Turkish Delight, Baklava, Dates with Pistacchio and Marzipan} concluded our meal. The ones I enjoyed most were the Kunafa and Baklava. Kunafa is sweet cheese pastry made extra crispy in this case while the Baklava is a layered filo pastry with pistacchio and honey. My husband, on the other hand, is raving about the Dates with Pistacchio and Marzipan until now. 

Kunafa, Turkish Delight, Baklava, Dates with Pistacchio and Marzipan


Chef Harun Imre and Chef Ramazan Edrem
Chef Harun Imre and Chef Ramazan Edrem


Treasures of Turkey buffet will be available at Makati Shangri-La's Circles Event Cafe from August 1 until August 10, 2014 only.  


Days
Price (in PhP)
Lunch
Monday - Saturday
1,670

Sunday
2,026
Dinner
Sunday –Thursday
2,008

Friday and Saturday
2,272

Guest chefs Harun Imre and Ramazan Edrem will also conduct an exclusive cooking class on the 8th of August. The class includes a lunch buffet, certificate, and recipe card. 

For more information about this, please go here.


Makati Shangri-La Circles Event Café  Features The Treasures of Turkey
2/F Makati Shangri-la Hotel Manila
Ayala Ave., cor Makati Ave.,
Makati City, Philippines
Contact No.: (+632) 814.25.80
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Twitter: @MakatiShangriLa
  

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