Shayan – Persian Restaurant – Al Ghurair Rayhaan

Interiors of Shayan – Persian Restaurant

Shayan a persian restaurant that is now open at the newly built Al Ghurair Rayhaan hotel apartments. I love the location of this restaurant. Since it’s situated inside a 5 star hotel, the entry into this one is grand. The orange wall you see below is the entry to this restaurant. The moment you are inside you realize they’ve put in lot of work onto the design of their restaurant. Filled with premium wooden decors. The tables, chairs are strong solid and new. Even the baby high chair was unique here. The ambiance is lovely. The cutleries neatly arranged for all.

The Orange wall – straight ahead is the entry to Shayan

Hot towels being the starting point
So here’s the man who starts by serving hot towels. Making you feel comfortable and ready for that Persian dinner. In comes a drink called Dough(salted yoghurt drink with mint) that cools me down. This candle below almost burned my arm once while i got lost taking snaps.
Doogh – Dhs 26
Baby high chair
complimentary Iranian bread
Complimentary – Rich platter of vegetables, nuts and cheese
Traditional yoghurt dip and Olives
I couldn’t stop enjoying that yoghurt dip and the olives were yummy.  The breads came hot and crisp and they would quickly refill you with hot ones as they get ready.
All set-menu selections are served with:
  • Rich platter of vegetables, nuts and cheese
  • Traditional yoghurt dip and fresh baked bread
  • Selection of aromatic Iranian rice
  • Market fresh whole fruits
Complimentary – Rich platter of vegetables, nuts and cheese
Traditional yoghurt dip and Olives with freshly baked bread
Kashk E Bademjan(left) – Dhs 38, Salad Shirazi(center) – Dhs 38, Esfenaj Nargesi(right) – Dhs 38

Kashk E Bademjan – Special aged cheese curd mixed with grilled eggplant and seasoned with traditional spices

Salad Shirazi – Traditional salad, mixed with cucumbers, red onions, virgin olive oil and lime juice

Esfenaj Nargesi – Seasoned spinach, topped with sautéed onions and fried egg

Out of 3 I ensured I finished the Kashk E bademjan. It tasted a little sweet but surprisingly I loved it. The Esfenaj Nargesi was not bad either. 

Kashk E Bademjan(left) – Dhs 38, Esfenaj Nargesi(right) – Dhs 38
Iranian rice – Chelo Polo(left) – Dhs 20, Baghali Polo(right) – Dhs 24

Firstly i like how my photos have come out in this one. It has that mirror effect.

Baghali Polo – Steamed rice with fava beans and dill
Chelo Polo – White fragrant rice

Chelo Kabab Kubideh – Skewers of minced lamb, with Persian spices and grated onions
Joojeh Kabab Ba Ostokhan – Skewer of marinated chicken on the bone with saffron sauce
Kubideh Ye Joojeh – Skewers of minced chicken breast, onion and saffron
Tikke Masti – Cuts of beef tenderloin marinated with yoghurt, saffron and Persian spices
Kabab Shishlik – Lamb chops, marinated in onion, black pepper, saffron and olive oil

Joojeh Chicken was awesome. I thought it would taste like a typical sheesh tawouk but this was totally different. Tikki Masti was soft, supple and what a nice bite it was. As you can imagine I didn’t leave anything on this plate 🙂

2 plates of mixed grill – giving a mirror effect

Dhs 95/portion for each item- Joojeh Kabab Ba Ostokhan(chicken), Kubideh Ye Joojeh(chicken), Tikke Masti(beef)

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Tahchin Ghoosh Mahi – Dhs 125

Tahchin Ghoosh Mahi – “House Signature Saffron Rice” layered with shrimp, fish and seafood topped with sea scallops, barberries and pistachios. The restaurant puts a lot of emphasis on this one. They call it their signature dish. I am sure Indians would confuse it for Dhokla but it’s actually made from rice layered with seafood and not made from chick pea flour!

Gheymeh Bademjan – Lamb stew prepared with lentils, tomatoes and fried eggplant

Gheymeh Bademjan – Dhs 80
From left: Butter, Sumac spice and roasted garlic – accompanies for the grill
Kabab Shishlik – Dhs 95
Sharbat Golab Saffran(left) – Dhs 18, Aab Talebi(right) – Dhs 26

Sharbat Golab Saffran – Cordial of fragrant rosewater and saffron
Aab Talebi – Blended cantaloupe drink
Cherry, Forest Berries and Cassis Smoothie – It’s a fruit shake

You could smell and taste the saffron in every sip. Light and refreshing. It was a new taste to me.
But I would always recommend everyone to try their Cherry, Forest Berries and Cassis Smoothie cause that had an aggressive impact on taste. The more sip I took the more I wanted. Very addictive!

Fruit shake – Cherry, Forest Berries and Cassis Smoothie – Dhs 26
Makhloot – Dhs 38

Makhloot – Persian iced noodles and Bastani ice cream
Sholeh Zard – Rice pudding flavoured with fine saffron, pistachios, almonds and cinnamon

Ice creams came along with almost all their dessert except for sholeh Zard. These were those ice creams that you would want to eat even when you had a cold. Infact I ordered Sholeh Zard cause i had a cold but I ended up eating both of them. Vermicelli noodles sitting on a persian ice with flowing rose water on top makes Makhloot very special.

Turkish delights that came to us at the end was surprising. Never seen that before. They cut you thin slices of what you choose to have. Loaded with nuts like crazy especially the Strawberry and pistachio delight. Its interesting to give you that experience they bring that delight dragging all across from one corner to the other and shave them for you like shawarmas, simply to maintain their traditions. Good job!

Sholeh Zard – Dhs 35
Tea – Dhs 15
Persian Delight – Carrot and walnuts(left) and Strawberry and Pistachio(right)
Restaurant Manager – Jawid Mohammed(left), Ferry E-commerce specialist(right)

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  1. Hey Rubeen,Good stuff!! wow!! got my stomach juices flowing!!! it was nice reading through. Your pictures have made an indelible impression on me and i will surely be visiting this restaurant.Keep it going!murli

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