Blogger / Press Dinner at Al Shayan Persian Restaurant, Al Ghurair Rotana


About a week ago, I was invited to another blogger event at Al Shayan Persian Restaurant in Al Ghurair Rotana. I made sure I could go because it’s an opportunity to meet other bloggers and enjoy authentic Persian food. Win – win, right? 

So happy that I’ve finally met travel bloggers Kenneth (Ken Surat) and Gelo (Beyond Toxicity) in person.  It’s fun to be seated with bloggers because we all understand the unspoken rule … “nobody eats unless everyone has taken a proper food pic”. πŸ˜€ 

The food served is part of the seafood promotion at Shayan. We started with a Sabzi platter (lettuce, cucumber, radish, spring onion, mint leaves, cherry tomato and feta cheese) which I nibbled while waiting for the rest of the group. (I was first one to arrive, hehehe)

Next on the menu was Ash E Reshteh, a traditional Persian soup made of noodles, mint, onions and topped with whey.


For the Hot Mezzeh (I’m assuming this means hot appetizers): 

  • Kashk E Bademjan – fried eggplant mixed with special aged curd, season with traditional spices.
  • Mirza Ghasemi – grilled eggplant mixed with fried egg and tomato.
  • Salad Shirazi – Traditional Salad, mixed with cucumber, onion, virgin olive oil and lime juice.


The main course included: 

  • Gheymeh Bademjan – Lamb stew prepared with lentils, tomatoes and fried eggplant
  • Joojeh Kabab Bedone  Ostokhan – Skewer of marinated chicken on the bone with saffron sauce
  • Tikke Masti – Cuts of beef tenderloin marinated with yoghurt, saffron and Persian spices
  • Chelo Kabab Kubideh – Skewers of minced lamb, with Persian spices and grated onions
  • Kebab Meygoo – Skewers of marinated grilled tiger prawn.
  • Baghali Polo – Steamed rice with fava beans and dill
  • Saffron Rice    


  • Sholeh Zard – Rice pudding flavoured with fine saffron, pistachios, almond and cinnamon. (I loved this! It was weird at first, but I liked it.)

And with true Shayan hospitality, each item on the menu was explained professionally by their friendly staff. I wasn’t able to take a lot of photos because I was busy helping my friends to take proper photos!  ha ha!


Entertainment was provided by a Santoor player (whom we fondly called “Edgar“, *inside joke* wink wink). 


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  • Stay: Ghurair Rayhaan Rotana | AB and Me

    […] We didn’t dine in the hotel but you can read check out my previous posts about Liwan and Shayan. […]

    November 13, 2016 at 7:39 AM Reply
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