Shayaran Persian Restaurant, Al Ghurair Rotana Dubai, UAE
We got an invite on this Persian outlet and I was not really into it since this is ‘Persian’ and we are Filipinos. But since this would be another experience we go for it!
The restaurant will welcome you with the fresh aroma of the Naan Bread being baked in house by the entrance. It looks very contemporary and elegant with some modern setting, decorated with some intricate Persian carpets, tiles, furniture, a juice bar and some semi private dining area. I would say that the place looks so cozy and luxurious, a good place to date a love one.
The dinner started with a fresh Naan Bread – freshly baked from the oven. Then came the 3 ‘starters’ composed of an eggplant (taste like Ensaladang Talong), Spinach with fried egg on top (taste YUMMY!) and the cucumber salad without the acidity of vinegar. All in all, the first course was truly taste like a local Filipino food. Starter itself was already a meal for me, but there’s more! I never thought of that! 🙂
Next came Mixed Kababs which for me always an amazing thing since I arrived here in UAE. You always smell the delicious, freshly broiled meat with some spices, makes your mouth water! Oh wait, it was served with some saffron induced Rice Cakes that taste like flavourful Maja Blanca without sugar. On the side was the totally awesome Lamb Stew that taste like Caldereta. We are always concern of the ‘after taste’ every time we eat something new, but this time, it was not what we thought. DO NOT forget the Saffron Rice! Rice makes it a ‘meal’ for a Pinoy like me.
We end our dinner with a dessert – it was a crunchy ice cream with sugary chips with some nuts on it. It was soft and crunchy. I am not always a dessert person but it was soo good! They are actually offering to slice some sugary, sweet nuts and some Arabic sweets, but we let is pass but we were so stuffed with some amazing food.
Being a Filipino, most of us, we would love to eat food that is common to us and we know of. We never explore as we often say ‘there is an after taste’ and ‘it does’st look good’. But this restaurant is really AMAZING. It taste like Filipino food put into another perspective! Service is EXCELLENT, the Restaurant Manager and our Waiter keep on informing/ educating us on what we are putting into our mouth. Truly our experience was GREAT and we will come back soon!
Restaurant Details Below:
Shayan Persian Restaurant
Al Ghurair Rotana Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Lunch: 12:30 pm. – 3:00 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm. – 12:00 midnight
T: (+971) 4 293 3000