London Halal restaurants #CookForSYRIA

CookForSyria Syria Skewd Kitchen

Credit: Skewd (Twitter)

November sees the return of an initiative that will have some of London’s top restaurants participating to help raise vital funds for those suffering in war-torn Syria.

Dishes inspired by the #CookForSYRIA global charity have been launched on menus across the Capital with proceeds donated to aid families impacted by the ongoing crisis.

With the organisation also having launched in Paris and HongKong this month, and a network of volunteers and talented chefs, #CookForSYRIA has so far raised over £400k.

According to co-founder and award-winning food Instagrammer, Clerkenwell Boy, the charity is “on track to hit £500k soon”.

#CookForSYRIA first started as a simple supper club, where a group of foodie friends came together to celebrate Syrian cuisine and, with the support of some of the world’s top chefs and restaurants, began to raise money to help Unicef protect Syrian children.

And one restaurant that will again be taking part in the noble cause is the Anatolian eatery in Cockfosters Skewd Kitchen, which FtL reviewed and rated 3.5/5 earlier this year.

#CookForSYRIA is a great initiative which does this. We should make kebabs, not war.

Executive chef and owner of Skewd, Mazlum Demir, who was Chef of the Year at the British Kebab Awards 2017, told FtL: “We are extremely proud to be part of this great cause once again. It is a wonderful opportunity to bring the adversity of the Syrians to the attention of humanity. #CookForSYRIA is a great initiative which does this. We should make kebabs, not war.”

The restaurant’s Twitter page said that it would be “donating £2 from every sale” made from its head chef Tim dela Cruz’s Syrian-inspired specials in support of the campaign.

Clerkenwell Boy also encouraged his 167,000 Instagram followers to: “Head to @yosma_london for a taste of *THIS* clay oven baked lamb shank with baharat spiced freekeh, pomegranate & mint by chef @husvedat and visit for recipes + a list of participating chefs & restaurants.”

While Yosma London is a “Halal certified” Turkish eatery based in Marylebone, another restaurant supporting the initiative is Hoppers’ two branches in Soho and St. Christopher’s Place that serve Halal lamb and chicken, respectively.

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