Bahar Narenj

Bahar Narenj, which means orange blossom in Persian, is an authentic Persian-Iranian restaurant aimed squarely at Iranians, locals of Iranian descent and adventitious foodies. This modest eatery, located off al-Rigga road, is as authentic as they come; there’s stuff on their menu you just don’t find in other Iranian restaurants in Dubai – like their … Continue reading Bahar Narenj


Abshar, which means waterfall in Persian, is one of Dubai’s favourite Persian-Iranian restaurants. Sadly, the original branch in Deira was sold to rival Sadaf in 2016, leaving this Umm Suqeim branch as the sole flag bearer. Located in what looks like it once was a villa, the restaurant is well appointed and presentable, but is … Continue reading Abshar

Caspian – Mankhool

Caspian, near the Khaleej Centre on Rolla road in Mankhool is one of the best South Iranian restaurants in Dubai. Its interior is simple, straightforward and respectable, with none of the colourful hooliganism of iconic al-Ustad (Ostadi) nearby. The menu is more diverse than al-Ustad’s, offering a dish-of-the-day proposition which includes both Polow (rice) and Khoresh … Continue reading Caspian – Mankhool


Farsi is one of the best all-round Persian-Iranian restaurants in Dubai. Sister of the famous, Tehran-based catering enterprise (of the same name), where their team of chefs are trained, Farsi offers a taste of authentic Persian-Iranian cuisine, with a distinct Central Iranian and Tehrani bias. This modestly decorated restaurant is based in Cluster R of … Continue reading Farsi