If you live in Iloilo, and you pass by SM City, you would see that Stavros is opening at Southpoint next to Starbucks. My sister and I were so excited to see this, wishing they would hurry up and open, and then to find out that they already have a branch at Amigo. Ergo, we didn’t have to wait anymore. Lol.
I find it awkward that Stavros would be found inside a mall. They serve Mediterranean, so it would be ideal if their location was outdoor; you know, where it’s sunny and warm. Air-conditioning totally kills the mood. But maybe that’s just me. On to the important stuff: the food!
For the appetiser we opted to get the Baba Ghanoush. Having never had it before, I don’t know if the dip was supposed to taste as bland as it did. I think the sane answer would be no, because the accompanying pita bread, while good, isn’t flavourful enough for the whole combo to be satisfying. I understand that baba ghanoush dip is comprised (basically) of eggplant and olive oil, but a little (or a lot) more flavour wouldn’t hurt, right?
This is the Spicy Beef Masala with Onion Casserole. I don’t know why onion is specifically mentioned because there was hardly any onion, just a crapload of zucchini and carrots. Having said that, this was really good, especially the sauce, although I wish it could have been spicier, but that’s just personal preference.
The real winner of the night was the Fried Fish Fillet with Creamy Garlic Sauce. Hoooly crap on a stick was this delicious. The fish, which my sister deduced to be dory (it was; we had already left before we remembered to ask so I went back lol), was perfectly creamy; it melts in your mouth and all. The sauce was a freaking revelation, I tell you. I ditched the baba ghanoush and dipped my pita bread in the garlic sauce instead. Match made in heaven.
The chef, Mervyn Whitfield, also infuses Italian cuisine into the Stavros menu, so don’t be surprised to see pasta and pizza. Other menu items include panini, gyros, salads and kebabs, among others. We would have ordered kebabs as they were a house specialty, but we wanted to try something we haven’t tried before. Definitely next time.
All in all, it was a good experience. Good food, good service. The baba ghanoush was under P100, the entrees (good for two persons to share) were between P160-P170 each, with unlimited rice! So that’s a really good deal. If you want to take a break from all the Chinese, Japanese or Italian restaurants I know we Ilonggos frequent (what’s up with that), definitely don’t think twice and go to Stavros. I know I’ll be going back fo shizzle.
Stavros’ Kebab & Mediterranean House is located in Amigo Plaza Mall, directly across Blue Jay’s Coffee & Deli.