Long-established Iranian in Bur Dubai 20 Reviews
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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011
There’s much to love about this family-run restaurant, which has been serving up simple but tasty Iranian fare for around 30 years. Regardless of whether it’s your first visit or your 50th, you’ll probably be greeted with a cheery: ‘Welcome home!’ before water, salad and chicken and lentil soup starts appearing on your table. The walls are plastered with everything from newspaper clippings and old-fashioned telephones to pictures of the UAE’s ruling families and body-building champions – one of whom looks suspiciously like the owner, though we weren’t able to confirm this on our last visit.
There is simply no shortage of potential conversation pieces in any direction you care to look – though by the time the grills arrive and you’ve taken the first bite of the ‘tanderlin meat’ with rice, expect to be rendered speechless. There’s no disputing it’s simple food, but in stark contrast to most of the connotations attached to this, it couldn’t be further from bland. After such an entrance, the somewhat stringy chicken yoghurt kebabs are a little disappointing, but given the warmth of the staff and the otherwise extremely decent standard of food, Special Ostadi makes for a pleasurable pit stop if you happen to be in the area.By Time Out Dubai staff
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