5.080 TERRP 37(1.34) Arya: Arya Shishlik

-Cycle 5, Item 80-
26 (Wed) March 2014

Arya Shishlik


at Arya (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-

with M Kim

Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP). In Manila through mid-April, living above Robinsons Place, I'm going to attempt eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, so this could be my unique contribution to the food/blog scene of Manila. Given time constraints, I'll aim for the 36 establishments (currently--down from the initial 40) on the first floor, working my way up.  

This is the 37th restaurant in the series, the 34th from the 1st floor.  Outer Pedro Gil Wing.

Previously covered restaurants (for installments 01-10, see post 11(1.11) below; for installments 11-20, see post 21(1.18) below):

- 11(1.11) Feb 5 / Wendy's (American) (see 5.031 Baconator Mushroom Melt) / 1.0 / $

- 21(1.18) Feb 24 / Ya Kun Kaya Toast (Singaporean) (see 5.050 Chicken Sa Po Fan...) / 2.0 / $

- 31(1.28) Mar 17 / Jollibee (Filipino) (see 5.071 Garlic Bangus) / 1.0 / $
- 32(1.29) Mar 18 / UCC Café Terrace (Japanese) (see 5.072 Zha Jiang Mian) (Chinese) / 2.5 / $$
- 33(1.30) Mar 19 / Uncle Cheffy (Western) (see 5.073 Cream Dory Meunière) (French) / 1.5 / $$$
- 34(1.31) Mar 20 / Kenny Rogers Roasters (American) (see 5.074 Roast Chicken Plate) / 1.5 / $
- 35(1.32) Mar 21 / Sakae Sushi (Japanese) (see 5.075 All Day Sushi Buffet) / 2.0 / $$
- 36(1.33) Mar 25 / Racks (American) (see 5.079 Racks Baby Ribs) / 2.5 / $$

Ladyboy hooker in hot-pink pants--just saying.

As usual, empty when I'm there.

Arya is a Persian restaurant.  Budding chain, currently 4 locations in Manila, including 2 in Robinsons Place, 1 inside, 1 outside.  Extensive menu includes most of the classics (not that I'm capable of identifying the classics), from salads and sandwiches, to curries and kebabs.    

Most main dishes overpriced at around 400 to 500 pesos.

With shawarma wraps generally costing less than 100 pesos throughout the neighborhood, the mid/upper 200-range prices here suggest supreme confidence or cluelessness. 

The food was mediocre.  The lamb shishlik--unlike MtG's version (see generally 2.310 MtG Shashlik with Roast Pepper Salsa)--was lightly/sweetly marinated and--unlike other shash/shish that I've encountered (see for example 3.302 Plov)--the meat wasn't skewered but grilled on the bone.  Accompanied by roasted/blackened tomatoes.  Nothing to rave about, certainly not award-worthy.  The other dishes that we ordered weren't much better.  

I might go back, if only because Arya has a second location on the 2nd floor, but I'm not really looking forward to it.  

Shirazi Salad (1.0)--waaaaaay too salty.

Fish Curry (1.5)--curry was okay, but the fish was dried out, obviously cooked in its frozen state without thawing.

Pita Bread (1.0)--okay at first, but hardened after a few minutes, obviously microwaved.

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