Esfahan, did it hit the mark?
It’s no secret that I love my Persian food so it will be no great surprise to hear that a recent trip to Festival City found me dining at Esfahan. Esfahan is the pronunciation for Isfahan which is the second largest city in Iran, it was in years gone by the capital of Persia. My guest who was dining with me has actually visited Esfahan so I was quite excited about the whole experience.
The restaurant is typical of most Persian restaurants, plenty of wood and lots of Persian pictures depicting life in Persia in years gone by. There are some pretty little personal dining booths which have curtains to add extra privacy to your experience. The menu offered a good range of Persian food and plenty of kebab. Bread was served with the traditional leaves, cheese and walnuts, beautifully fresh. We opted to share a mirza ghasemi, a favourite Persian starter, full of rich eggplants, garlic and turmeric.
For our main course we again went for the sharing option and ordered the mixed grill for two with a side dish of shirazi salad. I was not overly impressed with either dish. The shirazi salad which is normally finely diced cucumber and tomato was a bit on the chunky side and wasn’t seasoned enough. The mixed grill contained all the right elements but again it was a bit tasteless, however it wasn’t bad value for money at 99 dhs. In my humble opinion there are better Persian restaurants in Dubai, you may want to take a look at the reviews I wrote for Abshar and Farsi and my favourite (to date) Anar. There are many Persian restaurants in Dubai and I am slowly but surely working my way through visiting as many as I possibly can. If you have a favourite Persian restaurant you can recommend, please leave me a comment below. Thank you
Esfahan is located in the Marina Restaurant Pavilion at Dubai Festival City. They have a Facebook page which appears to be inactive. I have uploaded more photographs to my Facebook page, don’t forget to like the page