The Iranian influence in Dubai is palpable, especially if the unassuming Special Ostadi Restaurant (SOR) is on your culinary itinerary. The characters lining the walls—celebrities, singers, and pretty girls—testify to the fact that since 1978, the SOR has been cranking out the best kebabs this side of Tehran. The family-run restaurant is also known for its lamb curry, roti, Sulaimani chai tea, and rice. Seriously: The saffron rice is heavenly all by itself. This is the perfect place to grab more food than you can eat, for just a few diram.