My first time to dine at a Persian restaurant. Looking down at the menu, I was dumbfounded, really. Ack! What to order?!
Good thing that we have someone who's familiar with Persian dishes. Thanks to Miss Rizalina, guided us with what to order.
She told us that for starters, it is best to try their "hummus" -- a Levantine Arab food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
|Hummus. Served with 4 pieces of pita bread. Ask for a slice of lemon and squeeze it.|
We asked what are the bestselling foods they have. The nice waiter told us that we should try Lamb Biryani -- a set of rice-based foods made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and meat, fish, eggs or vegetables. The name is derived from the Persian word beryā(n) (بریان) which means "fried" or "roasted". (Unfortunately, Lamb wasn't available that time so we opted for Beef Biryani.)
|Beef Biryani. Served separately.|
We also tried their Migu Tanoori -- Roasted jumbo shrimps marinated in delicate spice and yogurt with Tanoori sauce served with Persian bread, Basmati or Biryani Rice.
|Migu Tanoori. Look at those two big tomatoes! Sumptuous!|
Had a full stomach after that. Definitely we'll be back and try out their other dishes! We even had a complimentary dessert: Persian Halva.
|Halva. Nut-based sweet confection.|
|Arya's Fine interiors.|
Arya Persian Restaurant
Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila
Pedro Gil cor. Adriatico Sts., Ermita, Manila
Visit their website HERE