Thursday, October 17

Firozian Indian Tea House, Cebu City

I was hesitant at first when my friends told me that we'll have dinner at an Indian restaurant near Cebu Doctor's Hospital. I can't figure out where exactly it is located because I've been visiting some places near the hospital and I haven't seen any Indian-themed diner in the area.

Firozian Indian Tea House can't be noticed right away if you are not going to pay attention to each and every establishment that you'll pass by along Don Jose Avila Street. It is just a small establishment right beside Julie's Bakeshop or across Tagala's Butterfly Chicken.



This Indian-inspired restaurant has been around the corner since April of 2012 and it is owned and managed by an Indian guy and at the same time chef named Firoz. I guess this is where the name Firozian came from.

It is just a small area but the interior is well-arranged and decorated. It is not a typical restaurant because the setup is just like having your meal in an Indian way with low tables and you have to sit on the floor while eating. It doesn't matter if you belong to the upper class or what not because in this place, everyone is equal. The area is decorated with Indian stuff and divided with colorful curtains for privacy purposes. Good thing 'coz we went there early. It didn't take an hour for the place to be jam-packed after we positioned ourselves in one of their cubicles.


I am not really familiar with the Indian cuisine that is why it took me awhile to choose what I am going to eat but good thing my friend guided me and introduced some of their best-sellers.

Chicken Masala or Chicken Tikka Masala - Php150.00
According to them, this is one of the most eaten dishes in Northern India. This is a love at first bite for me since I love curry and the chicken was really tender. For this dish, you can choose the level of spiciness if it is just mild or flaming hot. Of course, I want it mild 'coz I want to enjoy my order. This is creamy-licious plus the serving size is fabulously generous.

Chicken Durum (The Real Shawarma)


This is one complete meal I must say. Do not underestimate the size of this shawarma. It is double the size and flavor than any typical shawarma. It is filled with twice the amount of meat,onions, tomatoes, salad and yogurt. It is also served with their signature garlic sauce made of yogurt, garlic and chili powder. The prices vary according to its flavor - Vegetables Php80.00, Chicken Php95.00 and Beef Php125.00.

Chicken Salad - Php95.00
This meal is a combination of ground chicken meat with lots and lots of tomatoes, onions, lettuce and seasoned with their secret Indian sauce plus fried egg on top. I did not really appreciate this meal since it's just like the shawarma without the pita bread.

Indian Chai - Php45.00 Single, Php90.00 Pot
This is an ubiquitous drink in India and it is already introduced and offered in some milk tea shops worldwide. I love the texture of this healthy drink as well as it's flavor. What is amazing is they serve the tea in a porcelain teapot and small glasses together with their heart-shaped sugar which is really unique for me. I wonder if they form the sugar by themselves or they just bought it somewhere.



My meal is never complete without dessert that is why I ordered one of their best-sellers in the house.

Gulab Jammun - Php40.00 each

This is a leche flan, the Indian way. It's made of dough consisting milk solids with flour then deep fried and placed in sugar syrup with cardamon seeds, rosewater, kewra or saffron. Don't belittle this round pastry with it's flavor. It is good because it is not that sweet and just enough to get rid of the spicy flavors and odor of the meal that we ate earlier. 

If you are adventurous enough and would like to take a challenge, they also have one. You can take their Durum challenge. Consume the shawarma in 5 minutes or less and win Php300.00. If you can't finish it, you have to pay the amount of the shawarma plus Php200.00. Any brave souls to take the challenge?


We were so full and we can't even move after we consumed everything. Everything was worth-it and I must say that I will be back in this place to check out the other meals. Before we left the place, we took a groupie as a souvenir.

thanks Ralph for this photo

If you are hankering for an Indian cuisine, try this one out and let me hear your thoughts. Have you been to this place? Share your thoughts, too.




Firozian Indian Tea House
Don Jose Avila St.,
Cebu City
(032) 412-0161
Opens Mon-Thur from 10:00am-11:00pm


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23 comments:

  1. Ok ra food Fred? Hahaha Anti indian food jod ko :( But I wanna try the leche flan. Di weird? Hahhaa

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    1. Their food is great. It would definitely change your perceprtion about Indian food. Try it and be the judge. =)

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  2. I like the durum and the tea! :-)

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  3. Same here. I love the durum. Dako jd kaau.
    I love their lassi pud. Pinakalami for me so far. :D

    Laagholic Buyog

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    1. I will try their lassi next time. ;-)

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  4. FirOzian fOods! apprOved!

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    1. Yeah, approved! Thanks a lot for dropping by. ;-)

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  5. this is interesting! at least maiba naman. hehe. the shawarma looks great and the dessert is amazing. wanna try this!

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  6. That shawarma is enormous! Got to try that chicken salad next time, it looks delicious, Fred! :) Btw, kamusta man ka? Hubby and I saw the news about the earthquake last week when we were in Germany and was also worried about my parents then. Luckily, they are both okay.

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    1. Hello, Jo. The food is really great. By the way, I am doing good. Medyo naanad na sa aftershocks but still afraid. I have so many chikas na bya hahaha. I hope to see you soon. Amping!

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    2. you too! stay safe! God is always there. Cge lang diay gihapon ang aftershocks until now? Let's go eat out when I get back to Cebu (me wonders unsa na imong mga chika) hehe

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    3. Thanks, Jo. Sure let's eat out when you get back here in Cebu. Daghan kaayo kog chika nimu, as in. Ingat sad diha.

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  7. ahhh, gulab jammun... i remember tasting this back in college when our philo professor brought some for the class. unfortunately i hated its taste then. hehe. maybe firozian will change my opinion of it.:)

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    1. Hello Rose. Thanks for dropping by. You might want to give it a try and I hope it will change your perception then. Enjoy!

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  8. I have to agree with Mustachio and Bee. Try their lassi next time Fred. I told someone that the taste reminds me of a pair of socks that was left unwashed for 2 weeks. :)

    Kidding aside, it is one of the best I've tasted in this part of the world.

    Baktin Corporation

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    1. Thinking of what you said about the taste, I have doubts of giving it a try. Seriously?!? Bwahahaha I will dare myself...soon!

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  9. I was there!! I ate a lovely veggie durum and some Indian chai with lovely heart-shaped sugars! My friend Mustachio wrote about it:
    http://mustachioventures.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/interview-noelfy-noelimits.html :P

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    1. I love their Indian Chai...so yummy! Thanks, Noelfy for your comment.

      The Exaggerated Zeal

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  10. omg the girl in the photo is my classmate in english class. Hi ate. ikay admin aning blog? omg

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  11. omg the girl in the photo is my classmate in english class. Hi ate. ikay admin aning blog? omg

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