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Following foodies on Instagram can have its disadvantages. I was looking at photos of food, specifically of kababs late at night when I should be sleeping. The ending was obvious – I want to eat kababs before the break of dawn!
I would’ve never thought I’d crave for kebabs until we moved here. And there are different types of kebab to be had in Dubai! Turkish kebabs, Iranian, Arabic. I love them all.
My friend and I were guests at Shayan Persian Restaurant at Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana to try out their Business Lunch. We both love kebabs and since her man is of Iranian descent, she was the perfect company. This girl could tell me if the taste of the kebabs at Shayan is authentic or not. Plus, we really get along well – a nice lunch with a good company is always nice.
The restaurant is very spacious and intricately designed with Persian motifs. Very ample space too so I bet it wouldn’t feel crowded even during peak hours.
We had a welcome drink, appetizers and a basket of freshly baked flat breads.
Soup was green lentils with some noodles in it. I forgot the name but it was hearty and creamy, I’m glad it didn’t come in a big bowl!
We were made to choose between Kashk E Bademjan (fried eggplant mixed with special aged curd) and Salad Shirazi (traditional salad made of chopped cucumbers, olives, onions drizzled with olive oil and lime juice). I love eggplants so my choice was obvious.
And so right. This eggplant was amazing on its own or with the flat bread.
On to the main course, you can choose between Chelo Kabab Kubideh (Skewers of minced lamb with Persian spices and grated onions) or Kubideh Ye Joojeh (Skewers of minced chicken breast, onion and saffron).
Hands down, it was Chelo Kabab for me and my friend. The kababs were succulent, juicy and has that distinct taste. Chelo Kabab is the national dish of Iran and Shayan serves this dish with pride. Chelow kabab is served with the basic Iranian meal accompaniments, in addition to grilled tomatoes on the side of the rice, and butter on top of the rice. Somagh (powdered sumac) is also made available, and can be sprinkled on the rice.
I loved it. My friend loves it and said she’ll be bringing her man’s Iranian family to Shayan! (I would take my non-Iranian family as well)
The Business lunch was served fast and waiter service was great (very polite, knowledgeable and welcoming). If you’re in the vicinity of Deira – Shayan Persian Restaurant Business Lunch is good value for money. Peaceful, beautiful venue, good food all for 69 dhs (including dessert, soft drink or water and tea or coffee)? My friend and I will be back to check out the other main course (chicken kabab). Luckily, Arjaan Rotana is only a few minutes walk from where we work!
Shayan Persian Restaurant is located at Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana, connected to Al Ghurair Mall in bustling Deira. Tel: 04 293 3272.
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