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The Best Iranian Restaurant in Dubai: A Hidden Gem Worth Seeking Out
The culinary delights of Iran are among the world’s best kept secrets. You don’t hear as much about Iranian food as you do Italian, Thai, Chinese or Japanese cuisine and that’s such a shame. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend you seek out an Iranian restaurant in your area and treat yourself to some of the delicious flavors of this ancient culture and country. Here are some of my favorite dishes at one such restaurant in Dubai that I go to whenever I’m in town.
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Two things you need to know about Persian cuisine
First, it’s not quite like anything else you’ve tried before. Persian food is fresh and healthy, but also varied and full of flavor. At first glance it can seem almost Indian; look closer and you’ll see Persian flavors shine through with a distinctly different style. Secondly, there aren’t that many restaurants serving genuine Persian cuisine outside of Iran—and even less if you take into account authentic dishes only available in Iran itself!
What makes the restaurant unique
Nayaab is one of those places that you have to visit if you’re looking for an authentic taste of Iran, or simply somewhere outside of your comfort zone. Located near Emirates Towers and across from Dubai Mall, it’s a huge restaurant spread over several floors. It can get quite busy – especially at lunchtime on weekends – so I recommend booking a table in advance. The prices are pretty reasonable, too, considering it’s a bit out of town.
Why the reviews are so good
People will often go out of their way to look for hidden gems—places that aren’t listed on most sites or really don’t promote themselves but deliver a great experience. To uncover these kinds of places, search for restaurants on Yelp and other review sites by location and add not rated yet to your search criteria. Then read through some of these less-rated restaurants and see if you can find something unique or innovative.
How to get there and contact details
Araxe Mehr is located at Salam Street No. 1, in Deira – across from Al Ansar and near Tandoori Nights. It’s a great spot for foodies traveling through Dubai or locals looking for a new place to try out. If you need to get hold of Araxe Mehr, email them at [email protected] or call +971 4 232 7730. Note that they do not have online ordering right now.
What you should try on your visit
The combination platter is a must-have, featuring spicy kabobs and juicy kebabs. If you’re looking for a real show, ask to see their knife tricks—they don’t disappoint.
Recommendations from previous customers
Huge portions, so much flavor and SO cheap. All of their meals are less than $12. The kabobs are massive and were more meat than I could handle. If you’re looking for somewhere to fill your belly and enjoy a delicious plate of Persian grub, Ali Babas is where it’s at. I am a huge fan of Persian food and now have another great place to go! My husband also loved it!
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