Middle Eastern cuisine typically consists of small dishes of food that are easy to eat and are picked at, such as hummus, kebab meat, and tabbouleh. It is one of the best loved cuisines around the world and has become increasingly popular particularly in big cities around the world. Many restaurants in London now offer Middle Eastern food, so here is a selection of the best of them!
Yotam Ottolenghi is famed for his deli-café chains that serve the most delicious mix of Middle Eastern cuisine. There are millions of different types of salads, featuring a myriad of cheeses, herbs and garnishes. You can also order cooked meals – a wide selectin that ranges from Chargrilled Salmon Harissa to Seared English Beef. To finish, there is a wide array of cakes and pastries to finish with. With 5 locations over London, be sure to check this place out.
The Gate Restaurant is a beautiful vegetarian and vegan restaurant that incorporates freshly Middle Eastern flavours into their menu. The original owners of The Gate are brothers Michael and Adrian Daniel, who are “Indo-Iraqi-Jewish”, which explains the delicious flavours and culture that can be found behind the food at this restaurant. The Middle Eastern Platter is especially tasty, offering many samples of the delicious cuisine. As well as their delicious menu, they also have a cocktail bar, and the restaurant is conveniently located opposite Saddlers Wells. The service is attentive and friendly, and will make sure that you enjoy your stay just as much as you enjoy the food!
Overseen by a chef who used to work at Harrods, it goes without saying that this Lebanese restaurant serves Middle Eastern food to an impeccable standard. There menu features fresh vegetables and herbs that shines through their food to create a distinct and delicious taste. They also offer a takeaway service, which you can order from online if you are in the Battersea area.
This Pimlico located restaurant features Turkish cuisine that has a street food in an upmarket restaurant. They offer a style of food that they call “Ottoman fusion” by recreating classic Turkish dishes with modern twists that pack a tasty punch. While you won’t find doner kebabs, you will find a beautiful grill section on the menu, that has beautifully prepared meats and their fish menu is varied. This is a slightly more expensive restaurant, with a set menu that starts at £27.50 but it is definitely worth checking out if you don’t mind spending a bit more.
Set in Borough Market, one of London’s oldest and largest food markets in London, it’s no wonder that this restaurant delivers gorgeously fresh and tasty food. They offer Levantine cuisine, so the menu heavily features meze food. There is a busy atmosphere which is great if you are eating with friends, and they have a great cocktail and wine list. The portion sizes aren’t as big as other restaurants, but this is definitely more of a sharing restaurant. The prices are high, but so is the quality of the food.
This is real soul food. Run by an Israeli husband and wife, the food here is truly authentic and tasty. The cuisine is a real blend of styles – you can find Algerian, Moroccan and Iraqi Jewish inspired meals here as well as the beautiful dishes that come from Israel. It’s a very small restaurant on Warren Street that only fits 20, so make sure you book as you will likely be disappointed if you turn up on the day. As the name suggests, they also have a sweet menu, so leave room for pudding.