After years in Cupertino and Redwood City, the Hashemi family moved their Arya Steakhouse to a prominent corner of University Avenue in Palo Alto.
Co-owner Fera Hashemi said they chose Palo Alto because it’s a good halfway point for their longtime South Bay and Peninsula customers, plus University Avenue doesn’t have a steakhouse, yet. least one which also offers Persian cuisine. Moreover, they see this place as more conducive to business in the south.
The culinary combination grew out of the original Arya Global Cuisine concept that Hashemi and her husband, Executive Chef Mike Hashemi, launched in 2007 on Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino. Because Mike previously owned an Italian restaurant in Orange County, they decided to offer Persian and Italian dishes – “the best of both worlds”, as they put it. In Redwood City, they have also developed a following for their seafood dishes.
Two years ago they decided to offer 100% halal and premium steaks to complement the 100% halal Persian side of the menu. The most popular entrees were the Dry Aged Ribeye (aged in-house for 28 days), Soltani Kabob (Persian-style filet mignon) and Boneless Lamb Kabob (made with lamb tenderloin).
Palo Alto’s menu also features chilled seafood rounds, caviar service, and dozens of appetizers and side dishes to share, giving diners options like pistachio meatballs or calamari. for a starter, a Persian “Shirazi” salad or a Caesar salad, and the basmati dish Shirin Polo or Twice Baked potato as an accompaniment.
His daughter Madina Hashemi, who grew up in Arya’s kitchen, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park and is now the restaurant’s pastry chef. Among his creations are a pistachio and dark chocolate cream, a summer panna cotta with tropical basil and a pistachio baklava cheesecake.
The University Avenue location at the corner of High Street is a renovated historic building that once housed the Miyake, Opa! and Tam Tam restaurants. There are 130 seats in the main hall, bar and private dining rooms.
Details: Open daily for lunch and dinner, weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., at 140 University Ave., Palo Alto. www.aryasteakhouse.com