Persia Grill – Paranaque City, Philippines

I’m always a big fan of anything spicy, flavorful and fresh. When my palate craves for such, it has to be Greek or Persian! Tonight’s situation is far more serious than cravings. I need comfort. It wasn’t a bad day until I spent 2 hours queuing at the shuttle terminal.

Before my battery runs out I sent an sms to my brother to fetch me up at our usual pick up point as I am already tired and starving. The brother complied but informed me later on to meet him at the nearby hospital instead since he brought himself to the E.R. due to palpitations. Good thing, everything is fine.

With that health concern and my need to be comforted, we agreed to have a healthy dinner. Healthy means no rice, not fried, with as little as possible oil, no meat and serves fresh vegetables! First thing that came to mind was the newly opened PERSIA GRILL along President’s Ave. in BF Homes, Paranaque.

Persia Grill is the newest addition to the fast growing food mecca in the south. It is located just across the iconic Tropical Hut. The restaurant is still in its soft opening stage so be forgiving on their service. Contrary to soft opening nuances, the staff did a great job on attending to our requests and on the speed of service.

Upon taking our seats, the attendant handed us the menu. It took us awhile to decide which to order since everything looks tasty! Anyway, I settled for falafels and creamy yoghurt shake, These two are my staples. Safe choice for the famished me. Sometime ago, I tried preparing these at home for my personal consumption.

Falafel is a deep fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas (garbanzos in Filipino). What made it flavorful are the spices and herbs added to it like parsley, garlic, cumin and coriander. It can be served with greens or with a pita bread or can be both.

My own version of falafel:

The restaurant’s version:

I know, there is a huge gap between the two! PG’s falafels are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The flavor is mild and the spices are in perfect harmony. There’ a little kick of coriander and parsley towards the end. Add some garlic yoghurt sauce to complete the Persian experience. Ahhhh…every bite comforts my soul!

Moving on, the brother ordered their Chicken Farsi and the soon-to-be-sis-in-law got a Tehrani Salad.

Chicken Farsi is diced chicken fillet with cheese, tomato and lettuce on whole wheat bread. Served with potato chips. On the menu, it says it is healthy and recommended by chef. The brother seems very satisfied on this one. He paired it with ice cold Persian lemonade. His meal was filling and refreshing without the guilt!

The Tehrani Salad looks fresh and tasty as well with lettuce, cucumber, mango, grape, croutons and juicy tomatoes topped generously with parmesan cheese. Another guilt-free winner!

Price per order is a bit on the expensive side since some on the menu are quite simple and can easily be replicated at home, but the overall taste and experience makes it worthwhile, after all, we’re dining in an authentic Persian restaurant.

This branch is a little different and better than the others I’ve been to. The place is well lit and spacious. Its interior is simple and charming with colorful paintings to accent the plain white walls. The bright colored leather couch and cushion gives life to the wooden fixtures. I pin this down as a good venue for get togethers, business meetings, romantic dates or just plain family bonding over kebabs.

What a good way to end a tiring day.

 

Address:
G/F GLT Building, President’s Avenue,
BF Homes, Parañaque City
Landmark: Beside Conti’s, across Tropical Hut