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The Best London Restaurants With Halal Options

23 London restaurants with excellent halal options

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Eating halal means that you pretty much find yourself turning vegetarian when you’re eating out. And while most restaurants offer some excellent options for non-meat eaters, it doesn’t mean that watching someone else eat a burger while you’re eating another halloumi wrap hurts any less. Which is why we’ve made a list of some of the best London restaurants with halal options. From Lebanese bakeries to a philly cheesesteak-specialising dive bar, you’ll be sure to find some top-quality halal food at any of these restaurants.



THE SPOTS

Flesh & Buns

££££ 41 Earlham St

Halal status: Chicken

It’s not often you find great bao in London. And even less often great halal bao in London. But this spot in Covent Garden has some DIY bao buns with great fillings like a spicy citrus miso marinated spatchcock chicken, salmon teriyaki, and portobello mushrooms with wasabi mayo. The filling you should be coming here for though is the Japanese fried chicken. It’s marinated in buttermilk, and it comes perfectly crispy, and with red chilli and bbq mayonnaise which, because it’s DIY, you can apply generously. If you want something on the side, get the chips and dips, Korean fried wings, and the veggie hot stone rice.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Good Friend

££££
££££ 14 Little Newport St

Halal status: Chicken

This tiny spot in Chinatown has some very tasty Taiwanese-style chicken which you can get fried-to-order. The menu is all grab and go and you can choose between things like wings, popcorn chicken, and flattened chicken breast. The popcorn chicken, which is a fiver for a big bag, is the one to order and everything can be seasoned to your preference. It’s the perfect on-the-go snack or for those times when you don’t want a whole meal.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Gunpowder

££££
££££ 11 White's Row

Halal status: Chicken, lamb, and beef

This Indian restaurant has locations in Tower Bridge and Spitalfields, and serves some interesting takes on Indian food. Example: rasam ke bomb: a lentil-filled crisp served with a tamarind-based soup in a shot glass. The Kashmiri lamb chops are a must order, as is the aloo chaat. You can head to this spot for a fun dinner when you’re in the mood for Indian, but it can get busy so make sure to reserve a table beforehand.

The Great Chase

££££

Halal status: Everything

This cosy little restaurant in Islington is 100% halal. Yes, you read that right. Everything, from the sirloin steak to the glazed lamb rack and dry cocktails, is halal. But what you should come here for is their excellent weekend roast. It’s the only thing they serve on the weekends, and you get a choice between dry-aged sirloin beef, chicken breast, or slow-roast lamb shank. Although we’d happily eat them all, the beef is the star of the show. It comes with all the trimmings, gravy, and a sense of satisfaction that you can only get from finally eating a halal Sunday roast that you didn’t make.

Novikov

££££ 50a Berkeley St

Halal status: Beef, lamb, and chicken

First thing you need to know is that this restaurant has two rooms with two menus: one serving Italian food and another serving everything from lamb cutlets and wagyu steaks to sushi and dim sum. And while this Berkeley Street spot might resemble countless other high-end ‘fusion’ restaurants that charge you a week’s salary for a mediocre black cod, the difference is that some of the food here is pretty excellent. Don’t get us wrong, you will probably get charged a week’s salary, so make it count and try the sweet and sour chicken, the beef fillet in a black pepper sauce, and the spicy prawn moneybags.

Dishoom Carnaby

££££
Indian  in  Soho
££££ 22 Kingly St

Halal status: Lamb and chicken

Known for its lengthy queues and Bombay street food, this Indian mini-chain is now a permanent mood. A fine-I’ll-wait-for-an-hour-for-their-garlic-naan kind of mood. So much so that we have a whole guide on where to go when you’ve had enough of people suggesting Dishoom. We come here for the chicken ruby curry, lamb chops, and keema pau.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Berenjak

££££
££££ 27 Romilly Street

Halal status: Chicken and lamb

Corridor-like space. A rotating tower of shawarma meat. And taftoon bread on demand. Are these the specs we listed on our ‘pimp my ride’ application? Maybe. Are they more enjoyable inside this Soho restaurant? Definitely. Visit this Persian spot in Soho for mazeh, juicy kebabs, and a baklava ice cream sandwich.

Farzi Cafe

££££
Indian  in  Mayfair
££££ 8 Haymarket

Halal status: All meat except venison (and pork of course)

This modern Indian spot is great for Dishoom lovers, or anybody around Piccadilly Circus that likes chicken tikka masala and dimly lit rooms. The menu ranges from classics like lamb chops and biryanis, to things like wagyu beef kebab, and butter chicken bao. And their outdoor seating makes it a great spot for an al fresco dinner.

Meatliquor W1

££££
BurgersDiner  in  Fitzrovia
££££ 37 - 38 Margaret Street

Halal status: Chicken

Yes, we’ve made many mistakes in the past [please see: double denim], but putting Meatliquor on this list isn’t one of them. The chicken at this loud and proud American diner is very much halal. Which means you can get their excellent monkey fingers, which is Meatliquor for: battered chicken strips in house-made buffalo sauce, their dirty chicken cheeseburger, and most of their starters and sides which are vegetarian. Don’t leave without trying the hippie fries.

Giulia Verdinelli

Kama By Vineet

££££
££££ 87-135 Brompton Road

Halal status: Fully halal

We once wrote a poem about the saffron mash at this Michelin spot in Harrods. It went something like this: we love you. We’re not very good at poems. But the saffron mash is just one of the many things that makes this the kind of Indian restaurant you immediately crave anytime someone says the word yellow. Or Knightsbridge. Or coconut-lemongrass prawns. Order the butter chicken and pistachio lamb chops. At least.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Brigadiers

££££
Indian  in  City
££££ 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade

Halal status: Chicken and lamb

We’re pretty sure that if you break Brigadiers down to ingredients, it goes something like this: three parts excellent food, two parts Thierry Henry oil portraits, and twenty parts unfiltered fun. We’re talking a pool room, card games, and live sport on demand. And if that isn’t enough to get you there, then let us introduce you to the best lamb chops in London. Uh-huh, we said it.

Giulia Verdinelli

Da Mario

££££
££££ 15 Gloucester Rd

Halal status: Ask for the halal menu

This old school Italian spot in Kensington has been around for decades, and not only does it have some pretty decent vegetarian options, but it also has a separate halal menu which you can get by asking a server. Come here for big portions of feel-good pasta, and great pizzas at a decent price.

Giulia Verdinelli

Yasmina

££££
££££ 18 Western Avenue

Halal status: All meat is halal

This Lebanese bakery is right on the A40. It isn’t surrounded by other restaurants or bakeries, it’s tricky to get to without a car, and it’s got some of the best Lebanese manakeesh you can get in London, which it serves until 10pm. It’s usually populated with regulars coming in for a chilled brunch, or a speedy shish taouk and fattoush lunch. Although their mains are good, the real reason you come here is for the manakeesh, specifically the meat and cheese, and spinach and cheese. And for £3.50 a pop you can easily enjoy a satisfying brunch for under a tenner.

Dilara

££££ 27 Blackstock Road

Halal status: All meat is halal

There are plenty of restaurants serving great Turkish food around N4, but this is the only one we know of that also serves Uyghur specialities. Whether you settle into one of their warm, cosy booths for a solo bowl of fat, slippery legmen noodles, or you get the large plate chicken to share with a few friends, you’ll soon see that this low-key spot has all the makings of a place you’ll want to visit regularly. Also, take our word for it: you’re definitely going to want to order a little extra to take home for tomorrow.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Hoppers

££££
££££ 4 Pancras Square

Halal status: Chicken and lamb

What if I’ve made the wrong choice? Why did the server’s left eye twitch when I ordered that? Did I lock the front door when I left? Yes, food envy can have you questioning everything. But you can relax, because we haven’t met a dish at this Sri Lankan restaurant that we didn’t like. Everything is excellent, from the dosas to the lamb shank buriani, to the biggest prawns you will probably ever lay eyes on. Plus, the food is designed for groups, which means your food envy can take a day off.

Chik'n

££££
££££ 134 Baker street

Halal status: Chicken

Fried chicken, but make it fashion, and halal. This upmarket chicken spot in Baker Street is excellent. And everything from the chicken tenders to the hot wings to the straight up chik’n sandwiches taste fresh.

Giulia Verdinelli

Passyunk Avenue

££££
££££ 80 Cleveland St

Halal status: Beef, chicken, and turkey are halal

Like flower walls and 19-year-olds on yachts, a philly cheesesteak is something we’re mostly used to seeing on Instagram. Enter Passyunk Avenue, a Philadelphia-inspired spot and dive bar that you can experience in 3D. AKA real life. The cheesesteak is made with shredded rib-eye steak and your choice of cheese in Italian hoagie bread. It’s moreish in all the right ways, and once you try it, you will be back. They also have some pretty good buffalo wings if you’re in the mood for chicken.

Gökyüzü Restaurant

££££
££££ 26-27 Grand Parade, Green Lanes

Halal status: All meat is halal

In case you don’t already know, Gokyuzu is a Turkish restaurant in Harringay that lives in our hearts rent free. We’d go for the manti, the chicken wings, the cop shish, and the beyti. Yeah we know it’s a big order, but it’s the kind of food you happily takeaway and eat the next day. Or as soon as you get home. They have other branches in Finchley, Walthamstow, and Chingford.

Beit El Zaytoun

££££
££££ 15 Barretts Green Rd

Halal status: All meat is halal

All-day restaurant Beit El Zaytoun is making some seriously good Middle Eastern food. It’s a great place to enjoy a relaxed Lebanese brunch in their semi-outdoor area, with meat and cheese manakeesh, halloumi, and zait w zaatar all on the menu. It also stays open till late when you can get shawarmas and wrap platters.

P. F. Chang's

££££
££££ 10 Great Newport Street

Halal status: All meat is halal

The mongolian beef at this Chinese spot, the London outpost of a worldwide chain, is more than enough reason to make that trip to Leicester Square. Those slices of tender beef in a sweet soy glaze, the dynamite shrimp, and the honey chicken should all be on your order. It’s a great spot for a halal Chinese feast.

Coya London

££££
Peruvian  in  Mayfair
££££ 118 Piccadilly

Halal status: Wagyu Beef

If Coya was a person it would be the beautiful, popular friend of a friend who’s annoyingly nice and intimidatingly cool. Basically as a person, we’d probably find them depressing to be around. But as a restaurant we love them. This spot has some of the best guacamole we’ve tried in London, as well as some mind-blowingly good crab tacos, and some very good wagyu sliders. Plus the OTT interior makes it perfect for a celebratory meal.

Red Iron Burgers

££££
££££ 280 High St

Halal status: All meat is halal

As far as we’re concerned, burger options are always welcome, and this diner has one of the best halal burgers in London. It’s meat heavy, and the layers of cheese, the red iron burger sauce, crispy onions, and jalapenos make it an all-rounder. And to top it all off, it comes with thick-cut chips for £11.95.

Sadaf Restaurant

££££
££££ 3-5 Campden Hill Rd

Halal status: All meat is halal

There’s quite a lot of choice when it comes to Persian restaurants in London, with a large proportion of them being halal. But Sadaf is one of our favourites. This airy spot just off High Street Kensington serves some great lamb chops, addictive taftoon bread, and some of the juiciest koobideh around. The hefty portions mean you almost always end up getting some to takeaway - which is always a plus.

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