Savoy Grill is a small Iranian restaurant in the Aswaq Mall on Al Wasl, where Alborz used to be. There is absolutely no connection between it and Gordon Ramsey’s Michelin starred restaurant of the same name. There is however a very strong connection between this Savoy and the Kabab Hut franchise in the UK. In fact, manager Eddie is a Kabab Hut veteran of eighteen years. He’s also fastidious about hygiene and runs an OCD, I mean an ISO standard kitchen, one of the highest rated on Zomato.
I have visited just about every Iranian restaurant in Dubai, certainly all the good ones, and I can tell you that the kababs served at the Savoy Grill are right up there with the very best of them. I ordered a mixed grill, the Jūjeh Kabab of which was insane; soft, juicy and infused with saffron, it’s one of the best I’ve had in Dubai. The Chenjeh, made from lamb tenderloin fillet, was cotton tender and needed no more than three grains of salt and a drop of lemon to ring my bell. The Koobideh was good too but Feri Kasif’s is still my favourite.
Pièce de résistance however, was saved for last, the Savoy Chops – OMG! Served artfully trimmed and cooked to succulent perfection, the chops are nothing less than a masterpiece. I never thought the day would come when I’d find a match for the chops at Al Damyati & Iskandaron in Karama, but that day has dawned. Shabash Savoy, Shabash!
Savoy Grill is a small restaurant which only has one or maybe two tables and a couple of wall/window facing counters with stools. It is designed for take away and home deliveries. That said, I will always go back to dine-in, not least because I’ll get my kababs straights off hot coals but also because I’ll get to chat with Eddie, a passionate foodie. I have been waiting for kabab specialists like Savoy to come to Dubai for a long time and now that they’re here, I am not afraid to sing their praise – highly recommended and well worth a detour.
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