20% OFF London award-winning Chef Abdul Yaseen’s Barbers Bazaar
Multi-award winning Indian Chef, Abdul Yaseen, is arguably the UK’s most decorated Muslim chef having appeared on the BBC’s Masterchef show and won numerous awards that include:
Square Meal Canape Cup (3 years in succession) • 2-time winner of the British BBQ Championships • Winner of the Craft Guild of Chefs and Best New Restaurant • Open Table’s Diner’s Choice Winner 2016 • British Curry Awards Best Newcomer 2016 • London Curry Awards Chef of the Year 2018.
Having originally been part of the founding team of iconic London restaurant, The Cinnamon Club, he was also involved in the opening of Cinnamon Kitchen, before being appointed Head Chef at Anise in 2008.
But 2015 was a watershed moment for him as he decided to step out of the shadow of his mentor Chef Vivek Singh and go at it alone with the launch of his first restaurant Darbaar in the City of London
This impressive 5,500 sq ft, fine-dining establishment turned out to be so good, that in 2016 we rated this our first UK restaurant to achieve a perfect 5/5 review score (the first ever one being Dubai’s Nine 7 One earlier in the same year).
Following Darbaar’s closure in 2018, Chef Abdul Yaseen would not only move on to launch consultancy agency AY Hospitality, but also a humble takeaway last year called Barbers Bazaar.
While Darbaar was about bringing the opulent experience of the Indian Royal Court to the heart of London, this latest venture in north London’s Crouch End is “inspired by the ancient food markets run by Barber’s families”.
Being a Bazaar, an introductory chaat had to feature on such a menu.
Here we have the colourful Dal, Sev Papdi Chaat – an expertly-balanced box of delight that’s as much a visual treat as it is oral.
They also offer a vegan Kale & Onion Bhaji, which comes with a tamarind chutney; Delhi Aloo Matar Tikki, which is green pea and potato cakes with white peas chaat and tomato relish; and the quintessential Punjabi Samosas stuffed with masala potatoes, onions and chillies.
If Abdul Yaseen’s Bengali Chingri Prawns Mustard & Coconut is anything to go by, with plenty of comforting curry sauce enveloping tender prawns, then you’ll be in for a treat with the other dishes in the Classic Curries section.
Take for instance the slow cooked Lamb Saag Bhuna Masala below whose minced meat like texture and plenty of spicy goodness provides a meal with attitude.
GRILL AND TANDOOR
The 2-time winner of the British BBQ Championships will be in his element when delivering dishes like the tender Maharaja’s Lamb Seekh Kebab made with garlic, coriander and smoked spices.
Otherwise, there’s his humongous Barber’s Devil Tandoori Wings which are marinated in chillies garlic, yoghurt and fenugreek before being served with a crispy smoky exterior.
And if you really want to experience the expert barbecuer that is Chef Abdul Yaseen, then consider his Bazaar Mix Grill Platter with items that include Paneer, Lamb, Chicken, Fish, and Wings served with salad, yoghurt dip, and chutney relish for £10.50.
Even the desserts at Babers Bazaar have clever little twists to them. While other takeaways would simply suffice with plonking balls of Gulab Jaman typically covered in syrup, Chef Abdul Yaseen takes those extra few steps to ensure you receive something more than the ordinary. In this case, his Gulab Jaman comes in a sweet, milky rice pudding with pomegranates. Additionally, there’s also a Ras Malai Kesari, or poached cheese dumplings.
Barbers Bazaar has plenty of options other than the above including a selection of “Indian Burgers” known as Paos, which are scented bun with cumin and fermented yeast; and come filled with an assortment of choices like Barbers’ Chilli Beef, Chicken Tikka, and the veggie Maska Vada, all of which can be upgraded with fried masala chips.
If you fancy something more substantial, then it has to be their pair of Bazaar Tawa-Style Biryani: Country Chicken Biryani (£10.95), or the slow cooked Rogani Lamb Biryani (£11.95), with both being cooked in aromatic spices and tossed in basmati rice over an iron wok.
For the wee kids in the house, there’s a number of options to keep them happy, such as, the Paneer Cheese & Onion Naan, Tandoori Chicken Burger, and the Chicken or Vegetable Korma, for £5.95 each.
37 Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, London N8 9BD.
Opening Hours: Mon CLOSED | Tue-Fri 17:00-22:30 | Sat-Sun 12:00-22:30