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Treat yourself to a Persian Spread - At the Persian Terrace

Monday, February 24, 2014Me! In words

There are some cuisines that I will brave the weekday peak hour traffic after a horrendously long day, just to savor - Arabic is one of them. An invite from Sheraton to experience a Persian meal rustled up by Chef Abdel Wahed of Sheraton Sharm Hotel, Resort, Villas and Spa, Egypt, did not go unheeded, weekday traffic be damned. 

Beaten but not yet bested by the traffic, the open air setting of the Persian Terrace at Sheraton, with the Arabic melodies in the background, were both truly soothing on the nerves that still seemed to navigating through the back alleys of Oklipuram and its surroundings. Chef was working his magic on a chicken filling for a shawarma and we got right down to business. 

The night setting and the lighting, though supremely comforting on the mind, were a nightmare for the photographs. So believe me when I say that they do no justice to the way the food looked. With the shawarmas wrapped and ready to serve, Chef Abdel took us through his buffet spread for the evening. The mix presented was representative of various Arabic nations.

Chef Abdel working away on the Shawarma filling - the sharwarma was served with a garlic dip which was so good - subtle in terms of pungency of the garlic, but just enough to elevate the sharwama to wow level!

Spinach fatayers which the other invitees made when we were navigating back alleys. Job well done I must say. 

Tagine Okra - tomato based okra with Arabic spices - Chef seemed especially partial to this spice mix which he assured us was a melange of a lot of delicious spices and which feature in different proportions in each of the dishes. 

Sojok Roll - A lamb meat roll - marinated meat that is rolled in bread and deep fried - will have you going back for many more rolls

A range of mezze spread out on ice obviously meant to be had cold - pita bread and pita crackers were in plenty and close on hand

Tagine Bamia - A Moroccon Stew of onions, garlic, dry lemon and okra

Hummus - also a part of the regular menu at Persian Terrace and a must on your table

Muhammara - a sundried tomatoes dip - if tangy is as much a thing for you as it is for me, this is one to have. 

Kebbeh - A marinated lamb meat kebab - testimony that meat treated with love can be so delicious!

Moussaka - an eggplant specialty

Tagine Couscous

Khataief Asafiry - small pancakes that are stuffed with cream and topped off with pistas

Maamoul walnuts - semolina dumplings, oven roasted and dusted with sugar and cinnamon

The food was brilliant across the board and I would suggest you spend a leisurely time at dinner to enjoy the offerings that Chef Abdel brings to our city. This Arabian promotion is on till the 2nd March and is available for dinner only. Do not forget to round up your meal with a Suleimani chai. Take the opportunity to get up from your comfortable chairs and walk up to the chai counter. Wrap your palms around warm cup and let the meal sink in. 

The way our Suleimani chai arrived

The collective anticipation as this was poured was to be seen!

Address: 26/1 Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram-Rajajinagar, Bangalore 
Phone: 42521000
Cuisine: Persian
Accepts Cards: Yes
Parking: Valet

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