October 15, 2014

Persiana: Casual Mediterranean Dishes

One of the many things I love to do is to eat, and most often than  not we share the same taste in food. One of our fave international cuisine is Persian and/or Mediterranean food. We have tried out several places to get our Persian/Mediterranean food fix around the metro and unfortunately only a few stands out.

Since most of the Persian/Mediterranean restaurants in Manila are quite expensive, owing to the fact that most spices that are authentic are imported abroad, we usually get disappointed when trying out new places that serves Persian/Mediterranean cuisine. That's why we often go to Mister Kabab, which is very affordable and closest we can get a taste of this cuisine.

We often times pass by Persiana in Pioneer St., Pasig City but only recently that we braved to try it out. Honestly, we were kinda intimidated by the place, because of numerous experiences of checking out a Mediterranean restaurant only to find out how their dishes are way over our budget. I wouldn't really pay for more than I would normally pay any other restaurants with middle eastern dishes. But since we we're craving for  Persian/Mediterranean food that day, and it's the closest to where we live, we decided to go for it.

I was surprised that their dishes weren't that expensive at all, it's almost the same as Mister Kabab's; and tasted a little better too. (Well, I just want to be perfectly honest that Mister Kabab's is kinda concocted to suit the Filipino palate more than going authentic.) I like that they have rice meals too that are very affordable for a common-folk like us and that the rice meals had combinations of lamb, beef and chicken which you can mix and match, just in case you want to try all.

We arrived a little earlier than lunch time so there were only a few people dining, but when the hour hit 12:00 noon, people started pouring in, probably from the offices nearby. I am just confused of the ambiance that Persiana wanted to exude based on their interior decors though. I get the brick walls part, but the pseudo-chalkboard wall, country-looking facade and the cutesy table centerpieces didn't say anything Mediterranean or Persian. I am sorry if I am being blunt here, ambiance is one of the things I look for in a restaurant, well admit it, it adds  alot to one's dining experience. Then again, maybe it's just me...


Here's what we ordered:

Beef Kebab Meal 

Kebab Beef & Dajaj Meal 


Lamb Gyro 4"

Ripe Mango Shake

The verdict:  I love it! Their's is good and the serving was just enough to make you full. I like their version of the Keema, it's not too oily unlike that of Mister Kabab's. I also love their garlic sauce, which you can buy per bottle for around PHP 150-200.

Although their dishes would not make you go crazy because they're extraordinary, nonetheless, the money that we spent at Persiana was worth every buck.  The serving time was just enough and the service was ok. All in all, we were glad that we've finally get to try Persiana, and we would definitely go because the meals are just right on our budget.

Persiana Restaurant
126 Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City,
Store Hours: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Phone: (02)6374491 / (02)7462252
Email: persiana_restaurant@yahoo.com
Website: www.persiana.webs.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/persianarestaurant

For more information and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile:
Persiana Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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  1. Me and my husband tried persiana as well and we really loved the food there . so yummy talga.


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