Iranian Club

Iranian brunch with a difference Reviews

As the female members of our group were busily covering up with headscarves at the proud white gates of the Iranian Club, it was clear that this wasn’t going to be a Yalumba-style Friday afternoon splurge, with limitless bubbly, table-top moshing and girl-on-girl brawls over the last tiger prawn. Needless to say, the buffet here was a rather more sedate affair than many of Dubai’s notorious brunches. Yet with table after sprawling table of traditional and authentic Iranian dishes, an endless supply of soft drinks and more Persian hospitality than you could shake a kebab skewer at, we were clearly in for an afternoon of excess.

Seated just a few feet away from a vast spread of appetisers, I wasted no time in grabbing a bowl of hot and hearty broth. The aash-e-joe – a creamy soup of pearl barley, fresh herbs, white rice and lentils – set the agenda superbly with sheets of soft flatbread, which had been brought to the table along with two large bottles of mineral water by one of the tireless waitresses. Meanwhile, all around me, my dining companions were tucking into fresh, verdant salads with mint and parsley, bulbous olives and lashings of fresh natural yoghurt. It would have been easy to get carried away before moving on to the main dishes. So I got carried away, then I moved onto the main dishes.

With so many steaming platters and pots lying in wait, it was difficult to know where to start. But I grabbed a plate and began to build a sturdy foundation of zereshk polow saffron-infused rice bejewelled with bright red barberries that burst in a riot of sweetness in the mouth. Onto that, I spooned a large helping of khoresht ghormeh sabzi, which combined tender beef, spinach, potatoes, fragrant herbs and thick red kidney beans in a piquant stew. Then I added a dollop of Persian chicken curry with yoghurt, which engulfed the kabab koubideh – two long, soft, juicy skewers of lamb and chicken. There was no looking back now, so I added a substantial shank of lamb that fell from the bone with all the enthusiasm of an experienced skydiver.

Still, there were spice-dusted fish steaks, bubbling meat casseroles, fried chicken pieces, a gigantic, gawping fish smothered in thick yoghurt and an array of vegetables to investigate. But with a plate that resembled a small mountain, I opted for the mirza ghasemi – a savoury flan of soft aubergine, juicy tomato, garlic and fluffy egg – to cap the peak. I’d clearly overloaded, so there was no question of checking out the frozen faloodeh dessert, which you can arrange to have brought to your table, presumably in the event that you have eaten yourself immobile. Be warned, it can easily happen at the Iranian Club.


By Time Out Dubai Staff

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  • Location: Oud Metha, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 336 7700
  • Travel: Oud Metha Road

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Sadegh on 21 Aug ' 13 at 11:42
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best Persian Restaurant in Dubai with a freindly Ambience for your business lunch or a romantic night with your family...Enjoy It.

Posted by: Angela on 06 Aug ' 12 at 07:14
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great place for family and friends. Fantastic food.

Posted by: xurshed on 13 Dec ' 11 at 12:13
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

i am musicant wanna job in your restaurant

Posted by: mahsa on 24 Feb ' 11 at 09:17
  • Best for: Romantic

Posted by: Maryam on 20 Jan ' 11 at 14:45
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great food!

Posted by: Ommid on 24 Aug ' 10 at 11:43
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I liked it very much, simple, quality and value.

Posted by: Dev on 28 May ' 10 at 16:34
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

As an Indian and food loving person I relished the food on one of the afternoons last week, It has some similiarity with Indian food, can say mild spices really tickles your taste buds.

A healthy salad bar is excquisite, A La Carte, food is not so expensive, group of 4 can enjoy in AED 250.

Interiors are good and family oriented place.

I suggest to visit once.

Posted by: yousef on 17 Jul ' 09 at 13:39
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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