Have you always been critical when it comes to the restaurants you and your guy (or girl) dine in when you’re on a date? It has to serve good food, possess a great ambience, smell good, be located somewhere breathtaking—basically be impressive in more ways than one. Kudos to you for wanting the best for your special someone, but know that wonderful dates don’t always happen in fine dining places. Case in point: Actress Maxene Magalona and boyfriend, musician and model Robby Mananquil, who enjoyed their time at the first international branch of iconic American-Halal street food franchise, The Halal Guys, located in a food hall!
A must-visit every time you’re in New York City, The Halal Guys is now here in Manila with their signature exotic yet undeniably comforting fare—you’ll find that everything from the platters, falafels, and sandwiches, down to their iconic white sauce and hot sauce, is exactly as they are in the Big Apple (save for the basmati rice, which they substituted with jasmine rice, to keep costs and availability manageable—but it's still flavored and colored the same way). The Halal Guys Philippines is also certified by the Halal Development Institute of the Philippines, one of two halal certification agencies to be recognized internationally (in Arabic, halal means “allowed,” hence, food and drinks permitted by the Islamic Holy Book, or food/meat processed in the halal way), so their menu is acceptable to the Muslim population.
Here are their mouthwatering halal meat offerings that will make you reconsider the next time you think of snubbing laidback dates:
Combo Over Rice. One of the brand’s most popular meals, this rice platter has it all—flavorful meat, rice, lettuce, tomatoes, and pita bread, generously topped off with their inimitable zesty sauces, of course. You can choose from chicken and falafel, gyro and falafel, and gyro and chicken, which come in three sizes, small, regular, and ideal for sharing with your date, their New York size.
Falafel Sandwich. If you’re looking for something lighter and healthier, perhaps a snack you can bring to the movies, This is your best bet—all-vegan chickpea patties packed in a hearty pita wrap.
Gyro Sandwich. The Halal Guys is famous for its gyro, and the Manila franchise imports this meat all the way from New York. This sandwich is as juicy and beefy as in your dream, ideal for all you unabashed carnivores.
The Halal Guys is located at the SM Mega Food Hall, 5th Level, SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall
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