Arya Global Cuisine in Cupertino
This summer I had a chance to try Arya in Cupertino with my mom and aunt. Predominantly Persian, the “global cuisine” part comes from the Italian and American style dishes on the huge menu.
We liked the Mediterranean appetizer platter very much. My mom doesn’t like hummus usually, but she enjoyed the version here. Even the oliveh, which is usually high on my list was good. Borani bademjoon was fabulous, and the dolmeh hit the spot. Also, this was a huge serving.
Mediterranean Platter, $15: sampler of oliveh, borani bademjoon with kashk, dolmeh, and hummus.
Seeing that portions are huge here, Mom opted for the tahdig with sauces. Just ok, the tahdig was too hard and not easy to chew, rather than crispy.
Auntie and I both opted for polo (rice dishes). Both rices were done so well, but the accompanying chicken breast or lamb shank were both overcooked and not terribly flavorful.
Albaloo Polo, $14: Gorgeous longest grain basmati rice cooked with cherries and topped with saffron rice, accompanied by boiled chicken breast.
The lamb shank fared a bit better with this treatment, but still not great.
Baghali Polo, $15: Basmati rice mixed with dill and lima beans, served with a tender lamb shank.
Prices are quite reasonable, especially taking serving size into consideration. With rice this gorgeous, it’s a shame the rest of the plate isn’t up to par. I’d be back to have the appetizers again. How are other dishes here?
Arya Global Cuisine
19930 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Sorry, I've not been to Shalizaar so someone else will need to make that comparison for you.
What I discovered on my one visit to Arya is that it has common ownership with a restaurant in Orange County where I had lunch several times when I had a project down there. But I focused on the kabobs then. I do recall the eggplant appetizer being exceptional.