Back in the nineties, shawarma was all the craze in the metro. This prompted Catherine “Cathy” Villanueva to try her luck in the food business by opening a small stall along Pioneer St. in Mandaluyong. Her shawarma was so good that people just kept on coming back for more. “They asked me if I could come up with meals. Naghahanap ng kanin and ulam. That’s when I had to research and put my cooking skills to the test to come up with Mediterranean dishes suited to the tastebuds of my customers.” narrates the owner. With no formal culinary education, Cathy sought the help of an Iranian cook to help her with the menu. “Mahilig talaga ako magluto. Everything that is on the menu is my own creation. ”
PERSIANA is a favorite among office workers during weekdays. I’m told by the staff that it’s always a full-house Mondays through Fridays. We came on a Saturday and found families dining in. The place is unpretentious which is really part of its charm. It’s a one level diner that serves food made popular by its taste as well as by recommendations from its loyal customers. We travelled all the way from the South to sample the fare. This early Ill tell you that coming to PERSIANA was worth the trip!
QUESTIONS: (BEST ANSWERS WILL WIN A PHP500 GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM PERSIANA)
1. WHICH STARTER DISH IS MY FAVORITE?
2. WHAT DISH WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY AND WHY?
THE BQP RECOMMENDS PERSIANA!
PERSIANA is simply good food at great prices. Cathy values her customers so much that she has managed to maintain the quality of her food without charging sky-high prices. Many restaurants have come and gone but PERSIANA is definitely here to stay.