Halal Restaurant Openings for 2017
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When it comes to new restaurants and eateries that cater for Halal, 2017 really has been quite a year!
Having been at the forefront of New Opening annoucements this year, FtL has published news of 69 launches all vying for success in one of the most demanding industries.
London alone has welcomed 53 such restaurants with the East and Central leading the way with 16 a piece.
There was also 16 openings outside the Capital that included three each in Leicester, Manchester and Birmingham, respectively.
More impressively however are the number of quality eateries, whose ambition, innovation and pursuit, have already earned them praise and accolades.
A few notable mentions are Darjeeling Express in Carnaby, which has won a number of awards already this year with glowing reviews all round; and global chain P.F. Chang’s, which launched its first branch in the UK.
While there’s an argument that the Halal burger market is saturated, that has not stopped an additional 13 being introduced, with one joint in particular standing out from the rest.
Only three months following its launch and with a massive 42% majority, Boo Burgers triumphed against big boys GBK, Five Guys, Byron and Handmade Burger Co., by being voted the city’s best burger restaurant in the Leicester Mercury news.
Of the restaurants reviewed by FtL this year, London’s Drunch in Regent’s Park (4/5 ROARS), Mesa Kitchen & Lounge in Southgate (4/5 ROARS; after only a week since opening) have triumphed in this year’s FtLion Awards, while Chai Naasto in Hammersmith (3.5/5 ROARS) and Rickshaw Rick’s in Leicester (3.5/5 ROARS) were shortlisted nominees.
Here’s a complete list of 2017’s new openings:
Baba G’s – Moorgate (Indian)
Bombay Bustle – Mayfair (Indian) – Halal beef, lamb, kid goat and chicken
Drunch – Regents Park (International)
Élan Cafe – Chelsea (Cafe)
Hoppers – Marylebone (Indian) – Lamb and chicken are Halal
Indian Accent – Mayfair (Indian) – Lamb, Chicken & Beef Halal
Darjeeling Express – Carnaby (Indian)
Leicester Square Kitchen – Leicester Square (South America) – 24 hours notice required for Halal meat
Lokhandwala – Fitzrovia (Indian)
Maple & King’s – Kings Cross – Halal chicken; alcohol- & pork-free menu
Nanerj – Edgware Road (Syrian)
P.F. Chang’s – Soho (Asian)
Tamarind Kitchen – Mayfair (Indian)
The Game Bird – St James (British) – 24 hours notice required. Some dishes contain alcohol
Tibits – Southwark (Veggie-Vegan)
Waka – Monument (Peruvian & Japanese) – No Halal meat available
Crosstown – Camden (Doughnuts)
Famous Flames – Camden (Chicken)
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele – Stoke Newington (Pizza) – Although not Halal, the ingredients seem to be non-meat based
Mesa Kitchen & Lounge – Southgate (Turkish)
Prawn on the Lawn – Highbury (Seafood) – Dishes containing alcohol clearly marked
The Great Chase – Islington
Trawler Trash – Highbury (Seafood) – Alcohol in some dishes can be substituted
AllStars Gourmet – Forest Gate (Burgers)
Amigos – Gants Hill (Burgers)
Beef & Birds – Whitechapel (Burgers)
Burgo – Ilford (Burgers)
Elvet Steakhouse – Forest Gate (Meat house)
Gourmet Hut – Ilford (Burgers)
Gul & Sepoy – Spitalfields (Indian) – Chicken is Halal
Jafrin’s Indian Takeaway – Chelsea
Kilikya’s – Mile End (Turkish)
Inito – Shoreditch (Indian Fusion)
Laz Camden – Camden (Turkish)
Pacana Grill & Noodle – Gants Hill (Pan Asian)
Teaze – Mile End (Burgers)
The 2Four4 Lounge – Docklands (International)
The Fish And Chick Shop – Spitafields – Online delivery company and stall
Wok & Grill – Leyton (Asian Fusion)
Burger Bros – Streatham (Burger)
Bunk Burgers – Streatham (Burger)
Chicago Steakhouse – Croydon
Calcutta Street – Brixton (Indian)
Zabardast – Croydon (Indian)
Ajeenat Al Basha – Greenford (Iraqi)
Burgista Bros – Ealing Broadway (American)
Chai Naasto – Hammersmith (Indian)
Damaskino – Greenford (Syrian)
[email protected] – Maida Vale (Indian)
Dishoom – Kensington (Indian)
Fatburger – Wembley (American)
Smoky Boys – Hounslow (American)
Stagolee’s – Fulham (South American) – Halal chicken cooked separately
Chaiiwala – Birmingham (Indian)
Anchos Grill & Steaks – Birmingham
Rusty’s Smokehouse – Birmingham
Dessert Lab – Birmingham
Marco & Carl – Bradford (American Italian)
German Doner Kebab – Dundee, Scotland
Meat & Eat Steakhouse – Wolverhampton
Chargos/ Mr. Cod – Milton Keynes
Eat Meat – Manchester (American)
Relish’d – Manchester (American)
Rickshaw Rick’s – Leicester (Indian)
Rump ‘N Ribs Steakhouse – Manchester
Safire Restaurant & Grill – Manchester
Boo Burgers – Leicester (Burgers)
Lale Cafe & Bistro – Leicester
Wow Burger – Leicester
Benny’s Gourmet – Reading (American)
Fernando’s – Reading (Peri peri chicken)