Shabestan

Price guide: Mid-range

Radisson Blue Hotel, Deira Creek, Dubai

Price guide: Mid-range

Shabestan

By Alex Ritman, your Dubai expert

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#38 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Dubai
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
3.8
3.8
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
3.2
3.2
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Education, History

Expert review of Shabestan

Dubai's best Persian restaurant is well worth a trip across the creek.

If you're heading to the Middle East, it'd be simply rude not to try some of the local flavours, despite the excellent amount of tempting international offerings at every turn. If you had to pick just one restaurant, head to Shabestan, on the Deira side of the Dubai Creek and is commonly regarded as the city's finest Persian, with outrageously juicy kebabs and some of the fluffiest rice I've ever seen.  

Food and drink: 

Iran might not be everyone's first choice of destination, but Persian cuisine is something not to be missed, blending meat, fruits, warm flatbread and steaming bowls of rice. Given that I haven't eaten vast quantities of Persian food, I'm ill-equipped to make a judgement (except that I've enjoyed every visit), but busy tables, often packed with the many Iranian expats living in Dubai, speak for themselves. 

Recommended dishes: 

The kebabs are all recommended, but I particularly love the succulent marinated lamb, served with steaming saffron rice.  

Ambience: 

It's fairly informal here, but still reasonably high-end. Just try to ignore the rather gaudy carpet. The live band is a nice touch, managing to keep to the background soundtrack rather than taking over, which can often be the case in Dubai.  

Service: 

Friendly and attentive. 

Location: 

Not Shabestan's strongest point, sitting in the Radisson Blue hotel on the Deira side of the Dubai Creek (the one without all the massive towers). That said, taxi drivers should be able to find it easily.  

Price advice: 

Most mains will set you back around 60-100 dirhams. It's more than most other Middle Eastern spots in Dubai, but well worth it.  

Tables to book: 

If you can, try to get one near the window so you can look out over the Dubai Creek.  

More information on Shabestan:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Middle Eastern
Address:
Radisson Blue Hotel, Deira Creek, Dubai
Telephone:
04 222 7171
Website:
http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-dubaideiracreek
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Shabestan? Would you recommended it?