Special Ostadi

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2010It would be difficult to hold on to a bad mood at Special Ostadi. Even a chronic grump can’t help but smile at the manager’s efforts to track down your homeland’s currency from the bills from almost every nationality pasted on the tabletops and walls. This Iranian dig has been run by the same family since 1978, and they take great, heart-warming pride in that fact. Carnivores are in luck, as the restaurant offers meat, meat and more meat, and the grilled options are inevitably juicy nuggets, often infused with saffron, or marinated in yoghurt. Barbecued mutton comes out tender, oozing juice, while the shish kebab marinated in thyme and garlic is transcendent. Each platter comes with warm Arabic bread, a yoghurt mixture with tarragon, mint and cucumber, and a tray of assorted vegetables. Plus, you’re not likely to find a better bargain in all of Dubai (Dhs50 can easily stuff a couple to the gills). Recommended.

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