One thing nice about working in Makati is being close to a wide array of food choices located at the two major malls in this city namely: Powerplant Mall and the Ayala Center. This gives more excitement when going out for lunch with colleagues.
After two years worth of Friday lunch outs, it's innevitable that we have our set of favorites that we somehow manages to go back to every now and then.
Happily sitting at the top of our list of favorite lunch out spots is Cafe Mediterranean at the Powerplant Mall. Our love affair with this cozy, dimly-lit, foreign looking restaurant began a year and a half ago when a colleague treated the entire lunch group out for his birthday.
It was my first visit and to play it safe, I got the Kofta Kebab (Greek meatballs) with Buttered Rice. Surprise surprise! It was love at first bite. I love how flavorful the meatballs were and the buttered rice was just the perfect pair.
The next visit followed shortly a week after that and we have been regular customers of Cafe Med ever since.
A year and a half after, my choices were more varied and I have become bolder in trying out the other dishes to see what else is good. During my latest visit, I went eggplant-loving and got the Moussaka with Buttered Rice. Yes, after three weeks of abstaining from rice, I gave in just this once for Cafe Med's yummy buttered rice. This is a classic Greek dish that is very similar to a lasagna minus the pasta. Instead, it has layers of eggplant, minced meat and Bechamel sauce. Not fond of eggplants? Do not fret as the meat and the Bechamel sauce perfectly overpowers the taste of the veggie.
The meat is very fine and the bechamel sauce perfectly perks up the taste of the entire dish. I was still very cautious on my rice intake that it took a while for me to enjoy my buttered rice being highly aware of its calorie content. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable meal and perhaps next time will try my Moussaka with Whole Wheat Pita Bread to lessen the guilt. Ü
I truly can't wait for the next lunch out!
Cafe Mediterrnean is located at the Powerplant Mall, Robinsons Galleria, Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 1 and SM North EDSA.