Shahista

Quirky Afghan venue in Garhoud proves endearing

  • Shahista
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011
There are few Afghan restaurants in Dubai. Of those we’re familiar with, none pretend for a minute to be anything touching on upscale. That is until Shahista, an Afghan restaurant with five-star notions. The decor gives off a garden centre feel while the menu does make a commitment to authenticity, reinforced by the gaggle of Afghan expats who descended on the restaurant later in the evening. Alas, for the vast majority of uninitiated Dubaians who’ve never heard of mantu and qorma, there weren’t many floor staff from the region so we relied on our own judgement.

Opening with mixed vegetable pakoras: fried, flat, dill-filled pastries with a gentle, baby’s-bottom softness, these were served alongside an incredibly piquant, earthy blend of whirred tomatoes and toasted spices that strongly resembled a good South American salsa. The reshmi kebab was a bit of a let down, comprising of tangy but slightly tough strips of chicken. The lamb qorma was heaps better – the sauce possessed a subtle wealth of flavours and, though mild, it was sharp and homely (a nice accompaniment to the tender chunks of lamb. Shahista shows promise. Shahista
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 24 March 2011

Location: Garhoud - Dubai
Tel: 04 286 5060
Travel: Garhoud Road
Cuisine: Afghani
Times: Open daily noon-1am
Price range: Dhs50-199
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • MD Jul 18, 2013 12:34 pm
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
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    Sorry, I forgot the rating part.
  • MD Jul 18, 2013 12:30 pm
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    Shahista is one of the best Afghan restaurants in UAE. I found the food tasted same like a home made food.

    Everything is pure Afghan traditional food in Shahista unlike other so claimed Afghan restaurants in Dubai that serves mixture of Indian, Pakistani & Arabic dishes naming it as Afghan food.

    The food is fresh, not spicy and the price is also reasonable (not cheap not expensive), the sitting arrangement is awesome.

    I would always prefer to eat Afghani food only in shahista. I would also recommend others. If anyone wants to know the real taste of Afghani food they should not go to any other restaurants except shahista.
  • Farzana Jul 16, 2013 08:06 am
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    Iam not happy with the service and managment but i love the food specially in Ramadan
  • Nafisa Mar 12, 2012 05:36 pm
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    after along trip from USA , i enjoyed every bite of my meal, my husband is very picky when it comes to food , this was first time we had food and he said the best food ever. highly recommended
  • Jacob Jan 23, 2012 07:43 am
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    It was quite welcoming from the outside, but its a totally different scene inside. Absolutely empty- and in addition, poor service. Quite pricy, but really far from what i expected (i buy afghan food quite often)....Would not come back for sure! Nor recommend it!

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