Restaurant Review: Shayan, Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana, Dubai
Location: Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana, Dubai
Tel: 04 293 3000
Dress code: Smart-casual
Times: 6.30pm to 12am, daily
Price range: $$
With its modern colour scheme and curvy wall panelling, Shayan doesn’t shout about its Persian roots. Until you reach the oven that is. Decorated with kashi kari (mosaic work that’s a Persian design signature), the oven’s a working entity and the first of many indicators that, when it comes to food, this restaurant puts its money where its authenticity is. Impressively, even the beverage menu walks the talk – you’ll find sekanjebin (a syrup that first originated in medieval times) and doogh (salted yoghurt with mint) on it.
Between hot and cold appetisers, soups and stews, there’s sumptuous choice to kick off your meal. We recommend the simple kashk-e-bademjan that combines eggplant and cheese in a happy marriage. It’s a dip with character, and hot bread is the best way to polish it off. While you’re at it, do try zeytoon parvardeh – a colourful and crunchy fave from the north of Iran that mixes pitted olives, pomegranate seeds and paste, and walnuts.
Shayan also has a dedicated caviar section on its menu, with Iranian varieties from sustainable sources as well as the usual suspects from Russia.
Saffron and berries are an integral part of Persian cuisine and the mains definitely show this off. For a superb meal in an understated venue, Shayan’s got it covered.
On the Menu
Special aged cheese curd with grilled eggplant and traditional spices, Dhs38
Chicken with boiled eggs, potatoes, pickled cucumbers, green beans and garlic sauce, Dhs38
Marinated chicken baked with grated onions and served with barberry saffron rice, Dhs80
Skewer of marinated lamb fillet, bell peppers and onions served with saffron sauce, Dhs95
Persian iced vermicelli noodles flavoured with rose water and pistachio, Dhs42
Saffron ice cream seasoned with pistachio, Dhs43