Hatam Iranian Restaurant

Persian food in the City Centre shopping mall

It would be easy to pass by Hatam. Tucked away in a stretch of restaurants in Deira City Centre, this unassuming Persian restaurant is somewhat overshadowed by its more imposing neighbours. But if you can resist the allure of the predictable burgers, steaks and Chinese noodles nearby, you might discover something a little different.

Like borani esfenaj, for example. This is a traditional Persian yoghurt and spinach dip that demands to be scooped up with torn flaps of flatbread and dispatched with a salad of crisp green leaves, mint and crudités of spring onion.

Back it up with some tightly rolled vine leaves, stuffed with tangy rice, tomato and peppers. Try not to get too stuffed, though, because you should leave some room for the juicy, smoky grilled shrimps with onion, green peppers and saffron-infused steamed rice.

In fact, among the intricate Persian mosaics and traditional carved-wood flourishes, you’ll just want to relax, forget the retail rush outside and keep the courses coming.

Contact Us
Location: Deira City Centre, Deira, Dubai Tel: 04 295 5155
Travel: Port Saeed Road
Cuisine: Persian
Times: Open daily noon-midnight
Price: Dhs50-200
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

Golestan Iranian Restaurant

Bustling Persian restaurant has shisha and a host of regulars

If the Iranian Club is like a fast (and veiled) fix of the Islamic Republic, then Golestan is Tehran proper. Heaving almost every night of the week, with 20-something Persian expats jostling for dominance of the wi-fi and a house band, armed with ribabs and drums, playing mournful background sounds, this kitschy insight into what an average backstreet tea house is like is definitely worth a look in. Situated in the void that is greater Garhoud, Golestan has carved out a solid batch of regulars and expat devotees who return for hearty food and heavy smoking.

Highlights are the mast-o-khiar, a fragrant cucumber and mint yoghurt that compliments the snappy bread. Chelo sultani is also a sure hit for mains, with a generous handful of pomegranate seeds cast over an amply rounded lamb kebab. Be warned, shisha is popular with almost all the diners here so be prepared to wade through sweetened smoke on your way in and a lingering taste of roses with every forkful.

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Location: Garhoud, Dubai Tel: 04 282 8007
Travel: Beside Computer College
Cuisine: Persian
Experiences: Shisha
Times: Open daily 12.15pm-1am
Price: Dhs50-200
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

Abshar Iranian Restaurant

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.

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Location: Deira, Dubai Tel: 04 223 0555
Travel: Al Maktoum Road
Cuisine: Persian
Times: Open daily 1pm-midnight
Price: Dhs200-350
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes


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Cuisine: International (All day dining)
Timings: 6:30 am to 11:00 pm
Menu: Buffet and A la Carte
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Baharat Buffet Dinner – every night

From 7pm to 10pm
International Cuisine with Mediterranean, Asian and Oriental Specialities
AED 65 per person
Friday Brunch at Baharat
From 12h30noon to 3h30pm
International Cuisine with Mediterranean, Asian and Oriental Specialities
AED 65 per person
AED 85 – with soft drinks, local mineral water, tea & coffee
AED 100 – with selected bottled beers, regular spirits and house wine, soft drinks, local mineral water, tea & coffee

Contact Us
Ibis Al Barsha, Al Barsha 1 (along Sheikh Zayed Road)
P.O. Box 450011, Dubai
Tel: + 971 4 5156688
Fax: +971 4 3996669
Email: H6540-FB@accor.com
Web: www.ibishotel.com

Al Tannour

Come and explore true Middle East culture with all the traditional trimmings! Experience live entertainment with belly dancers, Arabic band, and international singers. Come and enjoy the true Arabian nightlife. Traditional Lebanese mezzeh and a la carte menu served.

Hommous: Freshly made by our talented Oriental chef and drizzled with Virgin olive oil
Tabouleh: Traditional Lebanese salad made from the freshest ingredients and seasoned to perfection
Oriental Mixed Grill: Mixed selection of beef and chicken chargrilled and served with all the trimmings

Cuisine: Lebanese/Arabic
Timings: 8.30pm -3am
Menu: A La carte
Dress Code: Smart

Contant Us
4th Floor Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Dubai
Tel: 800 – CROWNE (276963)
Fax: + 971 4 331 5555
Web: www.crowneplaza.com
Reservations recommended