The Iranian influence in Dubai is palpable, highly palpable - especially if unassuming Special Ostadi Restaurant (SOR) is on your culinary itinerary. The characters lining the walls - celebrities, singers and pretty girls, one in all testify to the fact that since 1978, the SOR has been cranking out the best kebabs this side of Tehran. Tucked in the industrial zone of Garhoud, is Golestan – a Persian joint jammed with live music, clouds of hubbly-bubbly and delicious kebabs. Iranians and Arabs alike flocks here for the lively atmosphere. With restrained, old-world grace (rare among Iranian restaurants in Dubai) nearby Shabestan serves up impeccably prepared Iranian delicacies and homemade bread overlooking the Dubai Creek at the Radisson Blu.