Special Ostadi, Dubai - Best Independent Restaurant - Restaurant Awards 2009 - TimeOutDubai.com

Best Independent Restaurant

Special Ostadi 20 Comments

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Ostadi may not do an awful lot, but what they do do – kebabs – they do with gloriously transparent excellence. The mixed grills of chicken marinated in saffron, chunks of thyme-scented mutton and goat, are dragged off piping hot skewers into fragrant, steaming rounds of bread brought in from a bakery across the road.

By Will Milner
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Sabina on 27 Dec ' 12 at 10:23

Best chicken kebabs in the world and kofta yum! Yum!

Posted by: Ali alkbarian on 13 Nov ' 12 at 10:29
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Not good - Small

Posted by: Ali on 17 Aug ' 12 at 13:38
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: hamed on 03 Aug ' 12 at 22:56
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the besstttttt iranian food i've ever tasted....loved d joujeh kababs and the bahrani chicken and their soup is just so delicious :D
cant wait to go there again xD

Posted by: Patsy on 15 Jul ' 12 at 16:03
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

excellent food coupled with excellent service at very reasonable price. We had loads to eat and the bill came to 45dhs each with 10% tip. A little gem Highly recommended.

Posted by: Omar on 26 Jun ' 12 at 12:52
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best Iranian Kebab, lovely Salounah and the soup is a must
Very friendly management/owners, each one is a character
If not weekly at least every 2 week I have to go and eat

Posted by: Muhanna on 12 Jun ' 12 at 18:39
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent food and exceptional kebabs.
Keeping the same taste as always

Posted by: rawan on 25 Mar ' 12 at 05:09
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I just love this place. I've been there 4 or 5 times and everytime am happier with the food. You can't find food that moves your taste buds like this does!! the joujeh with rob is just perfect as well as the Koubideh...perfect food, very friendly and generous staff..i definately recommend it!

Posted by: Ramin on 23 Jan ' 12 at 07:46
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Really Great Iranian foodbat reasonable price.
Very good managment.
Cool Owners.
Delicious food specially iranian Kabab & different Iranian Stews.
Try it once.
Will go there again without any doubt.

Posted by: Noshad Latif on 15 Oct ' 11 at 19:55
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

visited the restaurant very first time and would love to visit again. very friendly people, very live environment, classic decor. we had Joujeh Kababs, very tasty Persian cuisine.

Posted by: Lana on 19 Aug ' 11 at 10:16
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Bestttttttttt restaurant ever. We always take away...

Posted by: shahrzad on 27 Mar ' 11 at 07:48
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Being an Iranian and trying so many Persian restaurants in Dubai, I should say that this place is simply AMAZING... Forget all the tasty kebabs and TAHDIG, the owners of this restaurant are the most outstanding element. It's impossible that you go there and they don't make you laugh. They are truly experts in PR. They make joke with the customers, talk loudly, keeping the diners entertained at all times- creating such as LIVEEEEEEEEEE atmosphere.

Posted by: Avinash Dowlwani on 14 Feb ' 11 at 22:59
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best Iranian food in the world. yummy....have been eating there since 1984... the kababs taste the same...awesome stuff.... and especially Talib and abbas amazing guys who run the place..

Posted by: Preethi Mithun on 12 Dec ' 10 at 08:25
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

One of the best kebabs I have had... if you love food & don't care too much about the decor..here's the place to be. Absolutely finger licking kebabs & authentic Iranian food.

Posted by: Abhay on 02 Jun ' 10 at 19:22
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best Iranian food in town - can give any of the formal eateries a serious run for their money. The Kebabs are in fact some of the best I have tasted since the last 5 yrs I have been in Dubai. And Abbas, one of the manager chaps there, makes that extra effort to make you feel welcome. Try the Bahraini chicken there and the lentil soup (with chicken)

Love it

Posted by: Max on 18 Apr ' 10 at 20:51
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Looking back at my time working Dubai this was by far my favorite restaurant and I think I went there more than once a week on a regular basis! The food and value-for-money ratio exceptional as it is, the overall experience of the genuinely most friendly and coolest staff in Dubai made it my favorite eatery for over year! Even if you are not into Persian food, this place is worth just going for to have a chat with the 2 brothers and their dad (the owner) who work there! Absolutely awesome!

Posted by: mike on 24 Jan ' 10 at 23:36
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

its really very nice 2 be there.....the food is the best healthy food,good pricing,nice guys serving u around,u need 2 go there to know it....

Posted by: Girish on 03 Jul ' 09 at 09:46
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Simply outstandingly delicious !! yummyyyyy !!!! forget the value for money try getting the same taste anywhere else !!! kebab at its best !!

Posted by: Nasser on 17 Mar ' 09 at 09:35
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Very very good, the best Iranian food i have eaten in my life for the best value of money. With the owners always around, you will just feel like your home.
number 1.. definitely

Posted by: James Gleick on 15 Jan ' 09 at 11:11
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

One of the most exceptional eateries that can still make you feel so happy with the unbelievable value for money.. First went to this restaurant in 1995 and they have held up the quality and the values from that day. Try the Shorba (lentil soup with pieces of chicken), Joujeh Kebabs - ask for some onions, greens and chillies with them. If you are lucky, you will meet the old man or his son - who sings the latest Hindi songs and dont forget to ask about the currency collection - you will see it everywhere...

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