Persian cuisine is gaining popularity in multicultural cities and cosmopolitan areas. When you talk about this type of food here in Cebu, Persian Palate is what easily comes to mind. The place boasts of a colorful and healthy assortment of fresh traditional dishes from Iran and neighboring Middle Eastern countries specifically India.
Persian Palate had its humble beginnings as a small restaurant in front of the Capitol Building. It was established by Armand Vatandoost in 1989. The two Persian Palate outlets are currently located at Mango Square Mall and Ayala Center Cebu.
Vatandoost has always been the executive chef of the restaurant and the brains behind its food offerings. As a vegetarian by choice, he infuses more vegetarian and healthy dishes on their menu. Giving importance to healthy living, Persian Palate only serves all-natural food. Their dishes do not have preservatives, saturated fat, monosodium glutamate (MSG), or even sugar. You are ensured that what you are eating does not contain unnecessary chemicals.
Just like authentic Persian kitchens, Persian Palate’s menu comprises of subtle and contrasting flavors, incorporating fresh green herbs and sometimes fruits to its dishes. Characteristic Persian flavorings include a mix of saffron, cinnamon, dried limes, and parsley. Persian cooking mainly relies on rice as one of the main ingredients, which is an inexpensive and readily accessible staple food. A typical Iranian meal is often a plate of chelo or cooked rice topped with vegetables, fish or meat. The mild flavor of rice provides a pleasant contrast to the seasoned meat and vegetable toppings. While herbs, spices and sometimes fruits are used for seasoning and garnishing, the flavors remain delicate just like the design patterns of a Persian carpet.
Persian food has borrowed spices, styles and recipes from India and in turn, has influenced Indian food. Indian cuisine typically includes rice, pearl millet, whole-wheat flour, and lentils. The distinct Indian flavor comes from the blend of curry, chili pepper, black mustard seed, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, asafetida, coriander, garlic, nutmeg, and saffron.
Begin your Middle Eastern dining experience at Persian Palate with one or two of these tempting starters: Aloo Parathas, Pita with Babaganoosh, Pita with Hummus, Pita with Curry Sauce, Samusa, Tabouli Salad, Tofu Vegetable Salad, Yoghurt Salad, Aloo Tikki, Eggplant Salad, Oriental Tofu Salad, Potato Kotlet Platter, Salad Shirazi, and Spinach Kotlet Platter. The servings are quite big, so make sure to leave room for the main entrée.
There are a number the food items dedicated for vegetarians and vegetable lovers. The Curried Vegetarians menu includes the Aloo Gobi, Chana Masala, Lentil Spinach Curry, and Tofu Mix Vegetable Curry. The Top Health Foods menu comprises of the Noodle Vegetable Salad, Stew Tofu, Veggie Health Platter, Veggie Special with Organic Rice, Tofu Noodle Platter, Tofu Pad Thai, Health Platter with Tofu, Steamed Spinach with Tofu, Steamed Spinach with Yoghurt, and Veggie Paella.
Conversely, meat and tofu lovers can take delight on the restaurant’s wide array of meat and tofu dishes. They can have some Lamb Kabsa, Tofu Kabsa, Tuna Kabsa, Beef Curry, Beef Spinach Curry, Chicken Spinach Curry, Lamb Curry, Lamb Spinach Curry, Tofu Spinach Curry, Tuna Fish Curry, Tuna Spinach Curry, Beef Kabsa, Chicken Biryani, Chicken Curry, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Vegetables Curry, Lamb Biryani, and Royal Paella.
Persian Palate is home for kebab or skewered meat we typically call barbecue. Unlike the traditional barbecue sauce, kebabs get their distinct flavor from paprika, garlic, onion powder, mustard powder, coriander, black pepper, basil, and sumac. Persian Palate’s vast choices include Beef Kebab Green Salad, Beef Kebab Platter, Chicken Kebab Green Salad, Escender Kebab, Mix Kebab Platter, Musaka, Chicken Satay Platter, Chello Kebab, Jojeh Kebab, Royal Kebab Sulatani, and Pakistani Shami Kebab.
Healthy wraps offerings include Beef Kebab Wrap, Chicken Kebab Wrap, Oriental Omelette, Peanuts Omelette Platter, Tofu Omelette Platter, Tamato Omelette Platter, Beef Omelette Platter, and Falafel.
Committed to serving only the freshest and healthiest foods to its diners, Persian Palate has been recognized by various prestigious award-giving bodies. Among others, Persian Palate was named the Best Health Food Restaurant by the National Product Quality Excellence Awards, Most Outstanding Indian Restaurant by The Philippine Marketing Excellence Award, and the Number One Indian Restaurant by the National Shoppers' Choice Annual Awards.
With the success of Persian Palate, the brand has opened Persian Kebab Tandoori (Indian cuisine) at Parkmall, Mandaue City, Cebu, and Cebu I.T. Park, and Zayka (vegetarian cuisine) at Juana Osmeña, Cebu City.
For more inquiries and reservations, you may call the Mango Square outlet at (032) 236-0448 and the Ayala Center branch at (032) 232-6898. You may also check out their official Web site at persianpalaterestaurant.com
A) Mango Square Mall
B) Ayala Center, Cebu