Shabestan – Radisson Blu Deira Creek – Pre Iftar Dinner party

Welcome speech by GM of Radisson Blu Deira creek -  Tim Cordon
Welcome speech by GM of Radisson Blu Deira creek – Tim Cordon
Me with Tim Cordon (GM of Radisson Blu Deira Creek)
Me with Tim Cordon (GM of Radisson Blu Deira Creek)

I luckily got a chance to be at shabestan for dinner at their Pre-Iftar dinner event. It was a packed one. I dreamt of being seated and eating comfortably like a fine dining restaurant but it was a different story here. To accommodate more people they had removed the seats and placed high tables. So we were just standing around those high tables and grabbing whatever came along our way at Shebastan.

Me with my guest at Shabestan
Me with my guest at Shabestan
Traditional instruments being played in the background
Traditional instruments being played in the background
Food bloggers at the event
Food bloggers at the event

There were people from the media, bloggers and their regular guests. It’s one of those rare events where I got to see lot of Arabs for a complimentary dinner. The GM was walking around making contacts, handshaking and made a short speech telling us the history of Shabestan and how much they have achieved in their long years in Dubai. Ofcourse Shabestan has won many awards in these long years.

DOOGH(THE WHITE ONE) - Yellow – saffron and rose water sharbat ( drink)
Left – Melon juice, Middle – saffron and rose water sharbat, Right – DOOGH(yoghurt drink seasoned with mint)
SALAD OLIVIEH - Mayonnaise sauce mixed with green beans and chopped pickles topped with chicken breast fillet
SALAD OLIVIEH – Mayonnaise sauce mixed with green beans and chopped pickles topped with chicken breast fillet
Sabzi Khordan Seasonal fresh vegetables with feta cheese - AED 25
Sabzi Khordan – Seasonal fresh vegetables with feta cheese – AED 25

As soon as you enter you are greeted with their welcome drinks which was their famous persian drink Doogh(yoghurt based beverage seasoned with mint) and Saffron rose water. Doogh is normally served complimentary whenever you eat in a Persian restaurant. I was trying the Saffron rose water for the first time. It tastes purely like sugared water in saffron. I enjoyed their Doogh very much and is something I always look forward into in an Iranian restaurant normally.

chicken and fish in saffron rice
chicken and fish in saffron rice
Tikkeh - KhodmoniVenture to the Southern regions of Bandar Abbas to savour this delicious speciality of veal or chicken marinated in kashk AED 130
Tikkeh – KhodmoniVenture to the Southern regions of Bandar Abbas to savour this delicious speciality of veal or chicken marinated in kashk
AED 130
Khoresht - E – Meygu From Persian South, sample this enticingly tasty Prawn stew served with Rice - AED 165
Khoresht – E – Meygu From Persian South,  Prawn stew served with Rice – AED 165
JOJEH KABAB - Succulent baby chicken marinated and flame grilled over a lazy charcoal fire - AED145
JOJEH KABAB – Dhs 145

There were so many items being served to us that day that I started confusing myself with names. However I tried my best to label you the right info. I can assure you one thing that they serve you one of the best meat grills. I thoroughly enjoyed all their quality grills. I still can’t forget their Joojeh kebab. So juicy and just wanted to grab more of it. Their Fish grills were yummy as well. Different meats were served on different types of iranian rice. All came in a sample size portion so I really don’t have a full portion size to show you here 🙁 In a way it was good I got to try a lot more :).

Persian cookies - complimentary for in house diners
Persian cookies – complimentary for in house diners
MAHLABIA(ARABIC sweets)
Muhallabia(ARABIC sweets)
CREAM CARAMEL  An all-time favourite with mouth watering caramel undertones  AED42
CREAM CARAMEL – caramel undertones – AED42
FALOODEH Traditional Iranian Ice cream with its unusual blend of ingredients and rose water AED 48
FALOODEH
Traditional Iranian Ice cream with its unusual blend of ingredients and rose water
AED 48

There famous collection of desserts were also being passed around. My first favourite were the persian cookies. Never expected it to be this good. They were soft as sand stones and would quickly melt of in the mouth with your first bite. Muhallabia was light and nice. I felt their falooda was a little too blank. Came as a snow white in front of us. I prefer they add some saffron and rose water on top to add more flavour to it. Overall its been good food and definitely a persian restaurant that you should visit.

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