Ziggurat Restaurant
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Sunette Tower, Durban St. corner Makati Avenue, Makati, Philippines 1200
  • Dining in Ziggurat is not just about the food, it's an experience in itself
  • This was delicious and fun to eat and compare to each other

    • by Reviewer730

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      Ziggurat is a restaurant hidden in the sidestreets of Makati Ave. It offers Indian, Mediterranean, African and Middle Eastern food. Dining in Ziggurat is not just about the food, it’s an experience in itself.

      Location: It’s kind of hard to find as it is not in plain view from the main streets. It is located on the ground floor of Sunette Tower, in the side streets near Makati Avenue. However, with the proper directions, it won’t be too hard to find. Parking can be a bit difficult if there are lots of customers. It is opened 24 hours and is a good place to go and have a snack in the early hours of the morning after a night out in Makati.

      Ambiance: I love, love , love this place. It has a very artsy/cozy feel. It is composed of two floors (small floor area only) and the dining area requires you to take off your shoes and sit down on a Middle Eastern carpet with pillows to match. Above is an Indian-looking chandelier. The music is also in line with the theme. I have a penchant for Indian/Middle Eastern stuff so I find the ambiance really cool. If you’re kind of particular, though, you might not want

      to sit on the carpet and use the pillows as I am not sure how clean they are.

      Service: I treated my friends here for my birthday and ordered all the food in advance. They were very helpful with the reservations although they required me to stay only a certain length of time as the restaurant has limited space and it is usually packed on Saturday nights. However, they were not so strict with it anyway on the night itself. As the menu can be quite strange, they are willing to explain the different dishes and have good suggestions and recommendations about what and how much to order, etc.

      Price: The price is kind of expensive. You can expect to pay at least 500 per person. It is better to go with a group so that you can taste a lot of dishes as there is much to choose from.

      Food: The menu is extensive and unlike any menu in other restaurants in Metro Manila. The description is quite detailed and they even have sections of West African, East Afrian and North African food. The food they serve is unique and they have a lot of soups, appetizers, main course, desserts, rice, etc. to choose from. These are the stuff that ...

      • I ordered when I treated my friends for my birthday (we were 14 in all):

        1. Mezze Forte - to quote the menu, it is “Eight exotic mezzes served in a beautiful winding metal staircase. Includes Hilbeh, Muhammara, Hummus, Mutabbal, Mahrousa, Taramasalata, Qeema, Dukkah and five pieces of Khobiz”. I ordered extra khobiz. This is a good appetizer as it is very interestingly presented in the winding staircase and have a lot of dips to choose from. (P650)

        2. United Colors of Curry - composed of 8 kinds of curry - lamb in milk curry, beef in red curry, chicken in yellow curry, duck in brown curry, fish in black curry, prawns in orange curry, ox tripe in green curry and mixed vegetable curry. This was delicious and fun to eat and compare to each other. The servings could be bigger though. (P2100)

        3. Large platter of mixed kebab specials (2 orders) - mixture of beef, chicken and vegetable kebabs. This was really really tasty and delicious although again, the serving could be bigger. (P795 per order)

        4. Harem Rice Feast (2 orders) - 8 kinds of rice served in their signature octet server. The 8 kinds of rice include Jordanian rice, arabian chickpea rice, iraqi saffron rice, afghan rice, iranian

        rice, etc. Some rice tasted really delicious while others were kinda weird but it was a great experience nonetheless. Here, the portions were big and there were lots of leftovers afterwards (P650 each)

        5. Pasta Arrabiata - classic arrabiata with a mediterranean taste. It was good, but nothing remarkable. (P200)

        6. Chicken Tutmaj - Turkish egg noodles with yogurt sauce. This tasted kind of weird to me and I only tasted a bit of it. (P150)

        7. Baklava - not a big fan, but it was okay. (P90)

        8. Dessert Trio - Milhallabiya (Egyptian), Shir Berenj (Persian), Kulfi (Arabian). These desserts mostly tasted weird and not too appealing. We only tasted a few bites each. (P250)

        There are also different kinds of drinks and most people ordered the mango lassi (not bad but I’ve had better), and Ziggurat iced tea which tasted really great. There also offer shisha.

        I didnt’ order the other more unusual main dishes for fear that my guests would not like them so I stuck with the curries and kebabs which turned out to be a good decision. However, looking back, I should have ordered less rice and more meats.

        Ziggurat is definitely a good place to go if you want a unique and total dining experience.

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