I once had this ridiculous urge to eat cucumber-tomato-mango-banana salad with naan. Trust me, it was a great decision. Dinner that night left me stuffed until breakfast the next day, and I didn’t have to feel guilty about being so full because I didn’t even have a cup of rice. Anyway, I bought five pieces of naan for only PhP60 from Persian Palate after a friend told me that the restaurant sold it for quite a low price, and I’ve loved Persian Palate ever since.
Persian evokes a couple of memories that I would rather not relive time and again, but the food is delicious, so I get to remember new moments and squash the other unpleasant ones. Yesterday, my cousin and I had a late lunch/early dinner meal at the Ayala branch. I’ve been craving for lamb ever since I left Shanghai and after more than a year of (what rather seemed to be) hopeless pining, I finally got the chance to satiate my hunger in a bowl of spicy lamb curry. The meal lived up to my expectations – and when I set my mind on food, I have quite high expectations – and the organic brown rice I had to go with it was perfect.
My cousin had chello kebab, which basically translates to beef topped with margarine, grilled tomatoes, and tomato rice. Whenever I’m tight on budget, I order the chello kebab since it’s more than enough to make me full.
While the lamb was rather costly, there are other budget meals to choose from in Persian Palate. They also serve vegan/vegetarian dishes, so dining with a vegan/vegetarian companion is no problem at all. And what would an Indian/Persian/Iranian restaurant be without lassis? Unlike the fruit shakes we’re used to, I have to say that the defining point of lassis for me are that they aren’t that cold – and they won’t really turn cold. The last time I had a banana lassi, I took it home and added several ice cubes to it just so I’d end up with a cold beverage. Unfortunately, the only time it changed temperatures was when most of the ice had already melted, leaving me with a rather diluted drink.