Feta Mediterranean: Hidden Turkish Delight

You will know if a restaurant has good food when the expat community convenes there for an authentic taste of home. This is true for Feta Mediterranean in Annapolis Street, Greenhills, which has a steady stream of Turkish patrons and customers looking for halal food even at the slow hours when we visited them last weekend. From the first time I spooned my Shepherd’s Salad to the last bite of lamb, it was an explosion of flavors.
Feta's Shepherd's Salad
Feta’s Shepherd’s Salad
While Filipinos are familiar with Middle Eastern fare courtesy of the various shawarma kiosks scattered around, we are not as familiar with other Mediterranean dishes of the region. Aside from this, most of these outlets have adjusted their flavors to match the Filipino palate that it hardly feels authentic anymore. Feta does not compromise on this and delightfully retains its distinct Mediterranean flavor profile courtesy of their head chef flown in straight from Turkey.
Feta's Turkish Head Chef. He's very particular on how you pronounce Lamacun, their version of pizza.
Feta’s Turkish Head Chef. He’s very particular on how you pronounce Lamacun, their version of pizza.
Feta’s exterior and interior are unpretentious and simple, perfect for family and group gatherings. The front area has comfortable seats and smaller tables, perfect for their strong Turkish coffee and lighter snacks, or desserts like Kanafe.
turkish-coffee
Turkish Coffee is served in this dainty silverware. Elderly patrons check out how the coffee grounds fall after finishing their coffee to tell their fortunes.
I ordered the beef doner on rice (P290), with thinly-sliced, tender beef laid atop a big plate of rice like a blanket. The serving was enough to serve two people. The beef was cooked from the vertical rotisserie much like a shawarma. There was no need for garlic sauce as the beef was nicely spiced on its own but adding the slightly citrusy, garlicky and creamy sauce added a new dimension to the beef.
beef-doner
A huge serving of Beef Doner. This dish is enough for two.
The slow-cooked lamb shank (P490) is also one of their bestselling dishes and it does not taste very gamey. It was very tender and quite tasty on its own. The yogurt shake (P129) is just the right drink to cleanse your palate after eating these rich dishes.
lamb-shank
Slow-cooked lamb shank

For groups who cannot decide which dishes to order, there is the Mixed Souvlaki (P769 for 2) composed of kebab, chicken wings, souvlaki chicken and shawarma. You can also try their Lahmacun (Turkish pizza)  made with spicy minced beef, cabbage, onion and tomatoes.

lahmacun
Lamacun

For those looking for more value for their money, Feta also has set meals at lunch time from Mondays to Fridays with the same delicious flavors. As most of Feta’s dishes are meant for sharing, it’s also a great way to order just for yourself.

dessert
Kanafeh, a Turkish cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, here topped with cream and spun sugar.

Our group was quite full after the feast Feta Mediterranean served. It is tempting to keep the knowledge of Feta’s great and affordable dishes to one’s self but good food deserves to be recognized. We’ll surely be back for more.

Vida Lim

Digital nomad. Virtual geek goddess. Content writer. Serial micropreneur. Bookworm. Foodie. Wannabe dancer (like a hippo in a tutu in Disney's Fantasia). She's weird, messy, dorky, stubborn and independent and will go anywhere for good food.