A trip to Deira proves worth it for exceptional Persian kebabs and dips From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2010.
Don’t let the canteen-like decor fool you, Abshar undoubtedly serves some of the best Persian food in Dubai. Waiters fill up plates with tasty pieces of flatbread. Dip these in to mizra ghasemi (Iran’s answer to baba ganoush) and a kashik bademjan (made from aubergine and whey), and you won’t be sorry: both come topped with a generous mound of crispy, caramelised onions, and have a smoky flavour that is as addictive as nicotine.
These, however, are no match for the kebabs. Kebab bakhtiari – made from alternating layers of plump, juicy chicken, perfectly pink steak and drippy slices of green capsicum – which comes basted in an intricate, garlicky marinade. Though service leaves something to be desired, the food is so excellent that it is well worth making a trek through Deira for this ethereal spot.
Location: Deira, Dubai Tel: 04 223 0555
Travel: Al Maktoum Road
Times: Open daily 1pm-midnight
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes