Best of regional Middle Eastern Cuisine in London

The first thought that springs to mind when we mention regional Middle Eastern cuisine is probably the popular shawarma and we most likely all think about Lebanese food too. However, the diversity of Middle Eastern cuisine spanning from Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria through to Iran with many regional delicacies are distinct and need to be celebrated. What’s more, it is actually known for being amongst the healthiest cuisines in the world.

As Londoners, we’re in an advantageous position of being surrounded by an exciting mix of culturally varied Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for some tender Persian joojeh, Ottoman inspired kebab or some Palestinian-style pizza, we have it all so if you’re after some variation that extends beyond the confines of Edgware Road, this post is for you.  We have picked some of our favourite regional spots and put them together in this handy Halal Dining Club’s collection of the Best Middle Eastern Cuisine in London.

1. Levantine: Ceru

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Modern dining showcasing the best of Levant flavours, this has been a firm THDC favourite for regional Middle Eastern cuisine since its opening. What we love is the modern twist they bring to the flavours of Levant. No shawarma in sight! We love their Lamb Shoulder slow roasted for 5 hours and covered in a pomegranate, mint and pistachio sauce. The menu is also great for people with gluten intolerance as it is virtually all gluten free.

See full review here

Address: 7-9 Bute St, Kensington, London SW7 3EY

Nearest Station: South Kensington

Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, Alcohol Served

 

2. Palestinian: Tabun Kitchen (this restaurant has since shut down)

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This chic place in the heart of Soho serves up Jerusalem street food & home cooked food from the delicious Manaeesh (a Palestinian version of pizza) cooked fresh in their tabun through to a Jerusalem Burger and more traditional cuisine like Fatet Jaj. You can see our full review here.

Address: 77 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8TH

Nearest Station: Oxford Circus

Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, Alcohol Served

 

3. Moroccan: Momo

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Experience Moroccan fine dining at this old and well-established restaurant in Mayfair. The tastes really are authentic and the fluffy and flavoursome cous-cous transports you back to the streets of Morocco.

Address: 25 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BH, UK

Nearest Station: Oxford Circus

Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, Alcohol served

 

4. Greek: The Hungry Donkey

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Okay so not quite Middle Eastern, but as halal diners may sometimes overlook Greek food which can be remarkably similar to Middle Eastern food.  So we found this modern Greek eatery with halal lamb dishes and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options that you have to try! The souvlaki with halloumi is our favourite.

Address: 56 Wentworth Street, E1 7AL, London,

Nearest Station: Aldgate East

Halal Status: Halal Friendly, Alcohol Served

5. Azerbhaijan: Azeri

 

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One also doesn’t often think of the Azerbhaijan region when considering regional Middle Eastern cuisine in London but this cosy restaurant promises a real taste of Baku with its traditional dishes such as the pelmeni, a dumpling with meat onion served with sour cream.

Address: 95 Caledonian Rd, Islington, London N1 9BT

Nearest Station: King’s Cross

Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, No Alcohol Served

 

6. Turkish: Hazev

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Now it seems Canary Wharf is becoming a real hot spot when it comes to refined Turkish food and Hazev is a prime example. Sample a range of delectable dishes whilst enjoying waterfront view on Canary Wharf at this popular Turkish restaurant.

Address: Discovery Dock West, 2 S Quay Square, Isle of Dogs, London E14 9RT

Nearest Station: South Quay DLR Station

Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, Alcohol Served.

 

7. Persian: Alounak

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Walking in to this casual eatery it is sometimes easy to forget the humble origins of Alounak as one of London’s first points of exposure to Persian food,starting as a food cart, many years ago. Yet despite modernising and expanding, the flavours have not lost their authenticity. This is definitely one for the list if you want a memorable meal, if not only for the freshly baked warm bread.

Address: 44 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH

Nearest Station: Bayswater

Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, No Alcohol Served

 

8. Syrian: Abu Zaad

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Dishing up a host of traditional regional Syrian delights, at Abu Zaad you can sample the likes of Fattet Makdous, a Damascan specialty consisting of deep fried aubergines stuffed with mince meat and pine nuts with yoghurt and tahini – yum! Besides that they have a really flavoursome chicken shawarma and the Damscene Tropical smoothie is so refreshing. They now have three branches across London – Edgware Road, Hammersmith and Ealing. Download our app to find your closest branch.

Address:128 Edgware Road, London W2 2DZ

Nearest Station: Edgware Road

Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, No Alcohol Served

 

9. Egyptian: Koshari Street

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Paying homage to Egypt’s hole-in-the-wall koshari vendors, this little gem near Covent Garden is known for its cheap yet filling and healthy take on authentic Egyptian street food. There are many satisfying vegetarian options and you can create your own healthy Koshari pot, with a crumbly spicy mix of flavours and pair with an Arabic coffee or mint tea to go! Koshari Street embodies the healthiest elements of regional Middle Eastern cuisine without compromising on price or flavour, making it a recent favourite.

Address: 56 Saint Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4EA

Nearest Station: Leicester Square

Halal Status: Halal kitchen, No Alcohol Served

10. Iraqi: Masgouf

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Masgouf is home to the most authentic Iraqi food in London. Always bustling, its perfect for a family meal if you find yourself near Edgware Road and in want of something with a little regional variation. Specialising in a sea of traditionally grilled fish dishes and many other Iraqi specialties such as Kouzi (lamb knuckles), this restaurant is the perfect place to sample authentic Iraqi cuisine. They have branches in Knightsbridge, Paddington and Kensington.

Address: 41 Connaught St, London W2 2BB

Nearest Station: Marble Arch

Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, No Alcohol Served

We hope this post has been useful in helping you discover some of the bes regional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine in London. Visit these restaurants today and don’t forget to upload photos of your visit and review your meal on our newly updated app to earn some halal points!