From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009The dramatic live Persian band might not deter from the slight windtunnel effect of the air-conditioning, but Shabestan is, was, and probably will be for a while, one of the best Iranian restaurants in Dubai.
Kick things off with a couple of shared starters, the nargesi is outstanding – thinly chopped and entwined spinach that falls onto your fork and has a wholesome yet spicy flavour. Don’t miss out on the fried aubergine mirza ghasemi dip either. Mains are fairly typical Persian kebabs, but the kebab e soltani – fillets of tangy lamb served with some of the finest mast we’ve tasted – is excellent, and comes with generously saffroned rice.
Does Shabestan still cut it? Yes, but if it was a bit less corporate in its feel, it would be unbeatable.