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Elshabab Restaurant: Bring Your Appetite because They Really Do Bring It

So yes, I’m still on the food train of Mediterranean/Arab eats = sandwich wraps; beautiful, fragrant, bughaghag, long grained rice; and meat on sticks.

Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) shish taouk plate 2018

Shish taouk plate (“,)

At our very first visit to Aura One Hotel, we noticed a hole in the wall eatery across from it that seemed very intriguing. The first chance we got, we were there. =) Their menu was to the point enough … I mean, a doable list of eatables … and after some description and translation from our attendant, we picked shish taouk – juicy chicken on skewers, and kudu sandwich- tons and tons of saucy chicken pieces wrapped in pita bread.

Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) kudu sandwich 2018

Kudu sandwich

All right. My list of tasty rice, Hainanese like rice, rice you can eat on its own is getting longer. I enjoyed the way they cooked the basmati here that I ordered some for take out. At P20, what a steal. \m/ I also got some kebab for my brother which we found to be a bit dry alone … but we understand. Finely minced meat over a flame, that’s really going to dry out. Luckily, I also got hummus and tahini sauces to go.

Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) pastry labneh, pastry zatar, pastry mix cheese 2018

Pastry labneh with honey, pastry zatar (thyme), pastry mix cheese =D

Because it says pastry on the menu, we got “pastry” to end our meal. Turns out, it was like a quick and simple … but mighty scrumptious … pizza.  I love love love the thyme topped one, because it was zingy salty. ^^, Race’s favorite was the pastry spread with yogurt cheese, labneh, drizzled with honey. Contrasting tastes like salty and sweet do work. The cheese one is just what it is, cheese topping.

P3 at Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) 2018

P3 feasting powwow

If only for the shish tawook, we found ourselves at this Arabian restaurant pretty frequently in the days that came. We worked our way through their offering, getting falafel sandwich made memorable by the salad on the side as well as tasty pickles. Wee!

Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) falafel sandwich 2018

Falafel sandwich

When we shelved it for a time when the skies went biblical on Baguio, raining day in and day out for a month, the resto took that time to remake its menu adding desserts and the fun-fun pure fruit layered drinks to the selection. (“,)

Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) chocolate cake moist and special graham 2018

Choco cake moist and special graham =)

If only for the pretty fruit shake, we returned. Interesting how the blended strawberries gave a fizzy quality to the glass. Race stirred away the layers before drinking, you see, and while I left my layers alone, I discovered it’s the strawberry that gave that fizz and pop tingling to our tastebuds. We found new favorites in their chocolate cake moist, that was truly choco and truly moist and their graham, a simple but delectable square like a mango float sans the mango. =D

Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) baked macaroni bechamel, Arabic lasagna 2018

Baked macaroni bechamel – Arabic lasagna

As satisfied as we already were with the dessert and drinks, Chef Mj gave us a free taste of the Arabian lasagna. Many thanks, Chef! A filling block of macaroni, though I wanted the ground herbed chicken ratio to be proportionate to the bechamel covered mac.

Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) cocktail shake special 2018

Cocktail shake special made up of mango, banana, and strawberry ^^,

On another visit just for fruit shake, the chicken shawarma with the works caught my eye. Served as a stack which you carve your own chicken, I knew I needed my foodie lovies with me to feast on this. *hihi

Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) cross section of chicken shawarma stack 2018

Cross section of chicken shawarma stack (Pardon the sepia tinge. Screen cap of a video. *hihi)

We ordered this group feast that’s complete with fries, pickles, hummas, taheena, and rice in advance. We also got extra bread to finally, get the full make your own shawarma experience in yesterday’s lunch.

Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) pita bread 2018

Extra pita bread

Right after Race and my brother’s arms got a tiny bit of exercise, carving strips from the white meat stack, we gorged ourselves in fragrant rice, fragrant juicy chicken, and Hashanah (I hope I got that word right) – a pine nuts, onions and raisins stir fry that you can mix with the already brightly colored beautiful rice. Tossed together, it’s jeweled rice. Brings bling to mind, doesn’t it? *hee Actually, the textures it added to rice, made it even more fantastic.

Feasting at Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) 2018

Obligatory photo before consuming the spread =b

X marks Elshabab Restaurant/Araby Restaurant for good food in Baguio. We keep coming back to this resto, bringing our appetites with us, though we’ve tried every single item on their menu many mealtimes before. That’s as good a testament as any, to the quality of the offering at this place. They say “We bring it”, and they really do.

Food: 5 treasure chests

Service: 4 treasure chests

Ambiance: 3 treasure chests Roadside hole in the wall. Again, not and never an issue with great tasting dishes.

Price: 5 treasure chests Afford-a-eats!

Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) dining area 2018

Half of the Elshabab dining area

Elshabab Restaurant

50j-2 City Garden Palace

#50 Rimando Road

Baguio City, Philippines

0956 015 5806

https://www.facebook.com/ElshababRestaurat/

Baguio Elshabab Restaurant (Araby Restaurant) chicken shawarma 2018

Chicken shawarma with fries, pickles, rice, hummus, tahini, Hashanah – to make jeweled rice, and cocktail shakes \m/

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10 responses to “Elshabab Restaurant: Bring Your Appetite because They Really Do Bring It”

  1. Candy says :

    Hole in the wall again and foreign cuisine again. Galing mong humanap ng resto Xine. Madali ba mahanap ang Elshabab? Thank you Find Good Baguio Foods!!

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Candy! Amohosein and Elshabab happen to be in my vicinity. (Me happy they chose to set up shop around where I am *heehahaha) Also, hard to miss as I’m always looking for a different taste.

      As for finding Elshabab Araby Restaurant on Rimando Road, please use Aura One Hotel as a landmark, this eatery is across the street from it, beside a lotto store.

      Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment here! Enjoy, Elshabab! (“,)

  2. Queen Ara says :

    I want to try that cocktail fruit shake. I also want to nknow how did Elshabab make the layers?

    • XiNE says :

      Hello, Queen Ara! The blended pure fruit is viscous enough methinks … and careful pouring. It really is a fun beverage to drink, I really am uber happy Elshabab resto brought it here to Baguio.

      I hope you enjoy dining and fruitshake drinking at El shabab! Thanks for dropping by Find Good Baguio Foods! (“,)

  3. Iza says :

    Is the Elshabab Araby make your own shawarma enough for the five of you? Thanks

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Iza! Ye, more than enough. We were all surprised. When it was laid at our table, I thought it was small but we left the Elshabab Restaurant super stuffed with takeout of chicken enough for one.

      I hope you enjoy this Arabian resto and I hope you’re satiated enough with their chicken shawarma. Thank you for visiting Find Good Baguio Foods! (“,)

  4. Mario says :

    Ang healthy smoothie naman ng arrive ng cocktail shake. Bat parang ang daming nagoopen na restaurant sa may Aurara Hill? Bella, Aura Hotel, tapos eto naman El Shabab

    • XiNE says :

      Hello, Mario! You’re so right, cocktail fruit shake is exactly that. *sip ahh!

      True to being Baguio City, food trip city, some restaurant is opening in every corner. =b

      I hope you also try Elshabab Restaurant/Araby Restaurant. Enjoy! (“,)

  5. XiNE says :

    Thanks for the star for this post, chickheaven! Happy blogging to you! (“,)

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