London Halal Dining

My Ultimate Favourite Food Guide for London (Including Halal)

You will probably find me in one of these! These are the places I choose from when I go out for food in London. These are purely based on my taste and what I like to eat. Thankfully, my friends love them as much as I do. I surly need to expand the list. I tried loads more, but I only put the ones I really enjoyed here. 

For Arabic food: you are really spoiled for choice. There are so many options in Edgware Road and I only tried a few. I like Beirut Express for breakfast. I love the Green Valley to get some fresh or frozen Arabic special food. Maroush and Abu Zaad are also yummy! 

For Burgers: Stax, Burgista Bros and Guanabana for chicken burgers: GBK

Indian Food in London

For Indian: Hands down Dishoom. It's just so so good! There is also Roti Chai. It's in a similar goodness range. 

For Turkish: Iskele (Barbican area) and Babaji Pide

For Mexican: I still haven't found the prefect Mexican place in London, but Wahaca is nice. It's not halal, but I get their veggie or fish tacos.

Pan Asian: Busaba and Pho

For Pizza: Homeslice and Zizzi

For Noodles: Shoryu Ramen (be careful though. About 95% of their menu is pork. I go for the one vegetarian noodles that they have. It is so good!)

For Sushi: Sticks n Sushi (beware! It's really pricey, but so yummy!)

For Persian: There are so many amazing Persian restaurants in London. These are my favourite. I really enjoyed eating in all four: Behesht (Kensal Green),  Alounak (Bayswater), Kish (Maida Vale) and Kabab Mahdi (Hammersmith). 

Halal Stake in London

For Stake: Steak and Co (they have a special halal stake) I haven't found another good halal stake in London, but the search continues. 

For General/Please everyone classics: Jamie's Italian. It's not halal, but their prawns linguine and vegetarian dishes are nice.

More favourites on the London map: 

 

Over to you: what are your ultimate favourite halal spots in London? 

Cheap Eats in Shoreditch, London

Happy Thursday all! 

Last month, I was taking daily classes at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts. It's located in Shoreditch, which meant having lunch that area daily. The longer I stayed there, the more places I discovered. From the places I found, were these little hidden gems that I wanted to share with you all 

#1 Ruby. Be prepared to queue, but the Italian food is SO worth it! The staff are super friendly and very accommodating as well. It's very affordable. You can get something for a fiver or less. Ps. Chicken is halal! :D

Address: 8-9 Hoxton Square, London, United Kingdom

Ruby Italian, Hoxton London
Ruby Italian, Hoxton London
Ruby Italian, Hoxton London

#2 The little indian cafe. I am not really sure what it's called, but it's really hidden. It's between Pod and Itsu on Eastern St. It's a corner shop, but with hot food inside. A plate of rice and three sides is around 3-4 pounds. It's also really yummy!  Ps. Chicken is Halal. 

Cheap Indian in Shoreditch
Indian Food
Indian food

#3 Apostrophe Cafe I love this little cafe and they have fresh vegetarian sandwiches, farm pressed juices and really nice desserts. It's also affordable. 

Address: Great Eastern Street EC2 42 Great Eastern Street London EC2A 3EP

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#4 Box Park. I only went there quickly and I didn't even get to eat there, but they got a number of pop up shops and restaurants upstairs with a number of affordable eateries. It's super cool and the way they made a quirky use of the containers is brilliant. 

Address: 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6GY, UK

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Stax Diner, Halal Burger to Remember

Happy Sunday everyone! 

It's getting so close to winter these days and with this cold weather all I can do is indulge in really good warming food. Yesterday, I found my new favourite halal burger joint in London by accident. It was so good that it's all I can think of today! :D It was located in Kingly Court, which is proving to be a really nice place to eat, although with Christmas coming really soon, it's crazy crowded there. 

Outside Kingly Court

Outside Kingly Court

Stax Diner  is in the first floor and it was SO crowded. 

Hello Stax! 

Hello Stax! 

The place is really small, which means the queue is outside, which is a little awkward. 

Waiting Sign

The menu had American choices from fried chicken and waffles to great burgers and shakes. 

The Menu was like a cute little fan 

The Menu was like a cute little fan 

To be honest, I wasn't a big fan of the interior space. The light fixtures were really cool but the tables and the chairs weren't comfortable, but I guess that's because of the very tiny space. 

Burger Joint Interior
Lights with Cans

The food was AMAZING and did I mention Halal AND ORGANIC! That's still hard to find in London. The supplier is Abraham Natural Produce farm. The same one I recently order my organic, grass fed meat from. The burgers were so fresh and delicious. SUPER GOOD. Will surly come back for the burgers. 

My Boston Float, which is ginger bear and ice cream. It went so well with the burger  

My Boston Float, which is ginger bear and ice cream. It went so well with the burger  

Meet my beautiful meat! 

Meet my beautiful meat! 

up close 

up close 

Loved the burgers. Go try them and let me know what you think when you try it! :D

Dishoom

Happy sunday beautiful people! 

This is my favourite day of the week when I am in London. The atmosphere is so relaxed and everyone is taking it easy. Plus, it's quiet in the morning. This day is appreciated by the whole nation I think. 

This week I finally went to the famous Dishoom for breakfast, so if you are looking for a place for today's breakfast or brunch then look no further! By the way, this place gets crazy busy, so I would advice you to book in advance. I went during a weekday's morning. That's why it was quiet and just amazing. 

Entrance

Entrance

The Shoerditch brand is where I went. They have a main resturant hall + bar that has a contemporary industrial look with a funky geometric floor pattern. It's louder there and very lively. The designers of the space wanted to tell a story with the details they chose, a story inspired by Iranian cafés that took a place in India in the 1960s and mix it with the current atmosphere of London. Read more on the design process in Dishoom's journal. I loved the fact they wrote about it. 

Main resturant + bar

Main resturant + bar

Geometric floor pattern

Geometric floor pattern

Part of Dishoom is the veranda. I loved the design so much. I can see myself there daily just drinking their delicious chai, writing and enjoying the coziness of the space. The design is indoors because of the London weather conditions, but has an outdoors feel. It's shabby chic with a rustic feel that makes you feel comfortable at once. 

Dishoom London
Spot the beautiful pattern

Spot the beautiful pattern

Another thing I liked about the space is the different light choices, the artwork that tells a number of stories and the green plants. 

Lights and plants

Lights and plants

Comfy seats and a very homey atmosphere

Comfy seats and a very homey atmosphere

Enough design talk! I know you are dying to know about the food! It was ready in empakisble timing and tasted amazing! You can tell how yummy the food is from the photos alone. Something I liked in the menu is that it tells you the farms where food come from, which gives a sense of community. 

Simple menu full of delicious choices

Simple menu full of delicious choices

We got the Aukri eggs, fire-y toasts, house porridge topped with dates and bananas, egg naan roll, fruit juice and chocolate chai. The naan roll was so good. The thought is just mouthwatering. The naan was very fresh, the eggs were tasty. The chocolate chai made it on my very favourite beverages list. It was the right level of sweet. I highly recommend their food. Note, the menu serves ham, but there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Their dinner menu includes halal choices as well. 

Their tables are great for food photos!

Their tables are great for food photos!

Even their plates were gorgeous!

Even their plates were gorgeous!

On one of the plates, the sweetest story was written. I forgot to take a picture, but I will just share it from memory: once in Bombay, I went to a cafe. The nicest girl greeted me and talked to me for half an hour before I realized that she worked there. I went there every day for the remaining time of the trip and now the girl and I got engaged, moved to London to open our Bombay cafe and soon to be married. 

That adorable romantic story was surly a plus! 

If you go there based on this recommendation, please comment and tell me all about your experience.  

Enjoy the rest of the day!