Wednesday, October 21, 2009

REVIEW: ARYA

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Category:Restaurants
Cuisine: Indian
Location:Podium, Ortigas
last weekend was sale everywhere weekend (even skinfood had a half off sale! parang gusto kong magpa-misa ) and the Benj and I wanted to avoid the crowd as much as we could so we decided to have lunch at the Podium at Arya at that.

I will no longer discuss the prices at this restaurant, just know it's considered fine dining in Manila.

The Ambiance: Since it is considered fine dining, the decor is an upgraded persia grill or kebab factory. if anyone has visited hussein's in the last 6 years, being inside Arya is a tad similar to hussein's only less lit and less posh.

The Service: well, the Benj and i were the only patrons at the time so the attention of the waiters and waitresses were directed only on us. on top of which they saw me take pictures of our food as they served them so that made them stay on their toes more.

benj and i thought we had ordered kuboz (pita bread) but my lamb kebabs arrived with rice instead. i wasn't gonna complain but one of the waitresses heard the Benj question the waiter about the rice and she insisted that it was absolutely ok to have the side dish changed. and am like, am sooo not letting go of that fluffy long grain rice!
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the food: i ordered my usual, lamb kebab. the grilled tomatoes and the rice comes with the order. my kebab's were tender and juicy. i'd prefer them a tad spicier but it was ok, it wasn't at all gamey. what i didn't care for was the fat included. what's this?? Pinoy barbecue where the last piece is a piece of fat?!

the Benj ordered
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chicken with some sort of lemon sauce on the side served the wonderful fluffy long grain rice i mentioned only peppered and buttered with something else that is more in line with the chicken order. he and i liked the chicken fillets that were juicy and melts in your mouth. the breading wasn't overpowering either. the butter in Benj's rice seemed too powerful for my taste almost nakaka-umay.

we had this Photobucket for an appetizer. it's very interesting, the texture and the spice made really addictive at least imho.

and for drinks the Benj and i both had sweetened lassi, which the waiter claimed to be Arya's specialty. it's thicker than kebab factory's and less tangy than Hussein's (from my vague recollection). Lassi pa lang busog na ko. Needless to say, Benj and I were completely satiated and loved our meals.

Arya is definitely a place to visit once or twice a year for special occassions or if you have no other choice or compelled by the mass or sea of people in mega mall to eat here instead.

3 comments:

Kay said...

i looove persian food.. I have a weakness for the long grain ricey!

thanks for this post sis.. will def try this one out if we ever go to podium.. :) would u know if they have other branches elsewhere?

Marge said...

hello there. the one other branch i know is at the promenade in greenhills. i haven't seen one at trinoma (ah well, there's a hussein's naman kasi dun) ^_^

you can also try the kebab factory at the atrium new area in mega mall, slightly less expensive than arya, just that it's in the mall ^_^

Marge said...

hello there. the one other branch i know is at the promenade in greenhills. i haven't seen one at trinoma (ah well, there's a hussein's naman kasi dun) ^_^

you can also try the kebab factory at the atrium new area in mega mall, slightly less expensive than arya, just that it's in the mall ^_^

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