Halal restaurants in QC, Manila, Makati City cited by food critics

December 28, 2009 11:31 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 28 -– Halal Restaurants in Quezon City, Manila and Makati have been cited on Monday by food critics as very nutritious and diet friendly.

Food critic Annalyn Jusay of Pinoy Frugal Chowhound said Ghazal in Ermita, Manila just happens to be one of a few restaurants in the city serving authentic halal food. There is certainly much demand for places offering halal food.

Halal Halal foods are those that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. According to these guidelines gathered from the Qu'ran, Muslim followers cannot consume the following:

Pork or pork by products, animals that were dead prior to slaughtering, animals not slaughtered properly or not slaughtered in the name of Allah, blood and blood by products and alcohol.

It also means food that's permissible to consume by Muslims and non-pork eating people.

They shouldn't contain pork or pork-related products (such as lard) and must have gone through the proper slaughtering process.

These restaurants serving Halal food are:

Assad's Café –- Pakistani joint serving decent Indian and Pakistani fare. Value for money. Meals cost P400 for two, U.N. Avenue, opposite Unilever, Paco, Manila. Ghazal – Muslim-owned eatery. 1551 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila

Halal caterer to Indonesian & Brunei embassies (Gerry) – serves/caters halal meals on daily basis on request; separate cutting boards, knives & utensils for halal meal preparation. Charges Peso 40 delivery charge per dinner, if less than five orders, Cebu Financial Services, Rolex Building, Paseo De Roxas (next to AIM)

Hossein's Persian Kebab-– Meals for two cost an average of P1,000. Original branch at 7857 Makati Avenue, Makati and can also be found in Serendra at the Fort, Taguig City.

Jakarta Inn & Restaurant – Serving mainly Indonesian specialties, 2082 F. Benitez St. near cor. San Andres, Malate, Manila.

Jerusalem –- two branches, in Malate and Makati Avenue.

Kashmir –- Indian fine dining restaurant. Branches in Padre Faura St., Malate, Manila and Pasay Road, Makati City

Makati Cinema Square -– Filipino Halal cuisine. Owner speaks on Tagalog when contacted by phone. They also have a Musalla next door.

Manita Caterers – Serves halal Lunch & dinner on all weekdays at AIM pool side. Also undertakes catering of Indian food and snacks on request.

Moud's Chicken Halal – located just a stone's throw away from the Golden Mosque in Quiapo. This district also has a number of other halal restaurants. 827 Globo de Oro Street, Quiapo, Manila.

New Delhi Restaurant– Only the lamb is Halal, not the chicken. 1418 President Quirino Avenue, South Superhighway Paco, Manila.

Prince of Jaipur -– Owner says he procures the lamb in Australia for the shawarma, not sure if this is halal. Branches in the Mall of Asia and Unit -E, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Queen's Restaurant, Jupiter St., Makati City -– halal on prior request only.

Swagat Indian Restaurant-– 119 FCC Building, Rada Street, Legazpi Village, Makati.

Shawarma Snack Center –- A place famous for their shawarmas, priced between P48 to P70. Rice dishes also available. 485B R. Salas Street, Ermita, Manila

The Curry Leaf – Can be contacted at 776-3084 or 0915-7704433. Claims to be certified Halal by Imams and also the Philippines Halal Fatwa Council.

Chicken Bacolod (different from Bacolod Chicken Inasal) – eat at your own risk; the chicken cannot be confirmed as halal, although the owner is Muslim

Ziggurat -– cozy resto serving African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern & Indian cuisine. Sunette Tower, Durban Street corner Makati Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati.

The anonymous guide ends with a note on "international chains misunderstood to be halal in the Philippines: "

KFC –- KFC Philippines use pork lard to fry its chicken and patties. This has been confirmed by very good sources.

McDonalds -– McDonald's in the Philippines is NOT halal. Although they have started using vegetable oil for the past two years to fry their patties, the meat is still not halal. However, the fillet-o-fish burger may be consumed.

Pizza Hut –- not halal in the Philippines, not sure even about the oil being used for veggie pizzas. (PNA) LOR/JCA

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