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“Great Food and Hilarious Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Special Ostadi

Special Ostadi
Ranked #168 of 9,464 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Persian
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews
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“Great Food and Hilarious Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

Been there twice and each time was great. The restaurant is decorated with pictures of the staff with celebrities and normal people as well as old items scattered throughout. The food is really delicious (especially the yogurt marinated - grilled chicken) and the staff members are really funny to interact with. Lots of fun. It is NOT a fancy 5 star restaurant but definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Ahmed S
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“A great spot for lunch when you visit the Old Dubai area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

I haven't been to Iran, but there is a large Iranian community where I live. So, I know my Persian food, and Special Ostadi has topped those other places that I have been to. The food is simple and fresh, with the comfort of home cooking, and yet the flavors are complex. The grilled meat is juicy and tender. The rice... I can just eat the rice and the bread. And the vegetable plate is fresh. The arugula was crunchy, spicy but not overwhelmingly spicy, better than what you get in a salad in fancy restaurants in the west. The bill is reasonable. The service is friendly; the owner in the front is funny, and he comes by to check in that you are enjoying the meal. The decor is colorful and quirky, quite unexpected by looking from the outside. This place is a must. A lot of the clientele speaks Farsi, so that is a good sign.

When you sit down, the server will serve you dates and ask whether you want a chicken soup. Just say yes. It's a chicken-y chicken and rice soup. It goes well with a squeeze of the tiny lime that comes with the soup.

Tip #1: If you can, bring along a friend who reads Farsi. Apparently there are more items on the Farsi menu than the English menu.

Tip #2: It's not always easy to locate places in Dubai and UAE because of the lack of street numbers. Download Google map app on your phone, and ask the app to locate the restaurant by name. I found it to be the most accurate way to find these hole-in-the-wall places. For this restaurant, get off at the Al Fahidi metro and walk about 5-7 minutes on Al Musallah Road towards the Creek. You can make it a stop before or after you explore the Old Dubai area.

  • Visited February 2014
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“An absolute must go when you are in Dubai”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

This place offers amazing food and a great athmosphere! They serve Iranian food and it'a absolutely outstanding - different style chicken, veggies etc. and on top of that great service with super friendly people. Make sure you visit Bur Dubai and stop there - it's very authentic and not to mention the price... we payed not even 10 euros for two :-)

Please be advised that they changed the name - the place is called "Al Ustad Special" now.

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Thank prapbc
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Great food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

If you want posh ambience, stay away. But this is by far the best Persian food in Dubai, with the fastest and friendliest service possible. Need I say more?

  • Visited February 2014
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Bliss in Bur Dubai - Good food, clean, friendly service - good, not too spicy, Iranian Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

clearly this place does not strike as being freat from the outside.

But if you're an insider or a good tourist guide reader, you will happily step in this Dubai institution - bound to be one of the oldest Restaurant in town

The place is clean and child proof - cant say the same for the other restaurants in the surroundings

Like a lot of these old "institutions" across the planet, there is an old friendly guy at the entrance, and the restaurant is covered with pictures of him wit his famous or non famous clients across the last decades

Service is both efficient and friendly _- you actually feel you are welcome whether you come as a couple or a family with kids

Food is good, simple and Iranian: expect not too spicy saffron rice and grilled meat

thee shalt not be disappointed

  • Visited December 2013
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