Samad

Traditional Iraqi food in Deira Reviews

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008

Immediately a small yet welcoming bowl of potato and vegetable soup arrives next to a basket of naan and samoon breads. Then there are plates of black olives, pickles and a bowl of natural yoghurt on ice – not to mention a hearty platter of fresh vegetables on a bed of green leaves.

You’d be well advised, however, to plump for the traditional Iraqi shammi. What looks like an inflated pillowcase of crisp batter arrives on a base of bread and a scattered salad of white cabbage, onions, cucumber and crimson tomatoes.

Tear the dome open to reveal an Aladdin’s cave of tender lamb and chicken pieces tumbling over fragrant wild rice, noodles, sultanas and pine nuts beneath a seductive plume of steam.

By Jeremy Lawrence

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 229 3660
  • Travel: Muraqqabat Street

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Hesham Mohamed on 26 Sep ' 11 at 11:12
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  • Best for: Family friendly

I dinned at the branch on Jumeirah Road and I can assure you that this is definitely one of the best restaurants in Dubai as a whole, trust me I have tried a lot of them.

Portions are very generous, food authentic and delicious! Will always visit while I am in Dubai.

Posted by: Khalid on 09 Jun ' 11 at 16:21
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: mahmoud altayer on 19 Jan ' 11 at 12:46
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGG food is just legendary! im aussie and in australia the food is soo expensive like a can of cocke is like 15 aed so i found it sooo damn good in value!

Posted by: Bianca Balfour on 11 Jan ' 11 at 08:23
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Never been to Iraqi restaurants before, but this one was just amazing! Incredible, delicous food. The best cuisine in the Middle East is, after my visit to Samad, Iraqi! Dolma is sooo delicious. So was the red rice with different kinds of salads. Lentil soup: yummy. Kebab: could eat ir forever.

Iraqi food is really yummy. Try it at Samad!

Posted by: Adel on 10 Jan ' 10 at 21:27
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The salad was fresh with a tangy lemon vinegrette dressing, the lentil soup was great, the bread was hot and fresh from the oven, the kurdish kebab was excellent. service was very friendly and not overbearing.

i did not pay, so i can not comment on the value. the food, however, was great.

they are apparenly opening a location somewhere toward jumeirah, which would be really nice.

Posted by: Adel on 10 Jan ' 10 at 21:27
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The salad was fresh with a tangy lemon vinegrette dressing, the lentil soup was great, the bread was hot and fresh from the oven, the kurdish kebab was excellent. service was very friendly and not overbearing.

i did not pay, so i can not comment on the value. the food, however, was great.

they are apparenly opening a location somewhere toward jumeirah, which would be really nice.

Posted by: Adel on 10 Jan ' 10 at 21:17
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The salad was fresh with a tangy lemon vinegrette dressing, the lentil soup was great, the bread was hot and fresh from the oven, the kurdish kebab was excellent. service was very friendly and not overbearing.

i did not pay, so i can not comment on the value. the food, however, was great.

they are apparenly opening a location somewhere toward jumeirah, which would be really nice.

Posted by: Ahmed on 05 Sep ' 09 at 07:36
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

No mention of minimum charge anywhere but the waiter made sure to make us uncomfortable when we ordered only one main course and charged us AED 5 per tea shot (Istikan) which is usually free in all Iraqi resturants.

Never going back

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