We all know London is known for its world-class restaurants, a metropolis of flavour, but does it cater to all dietary requirements? If you’re Halal, can you really eat your heart out in London? Well, we’ve done the digging for you and we’re pleased to report that you absolutely can. Take a look at our list of the best Halal restaurants in London.
What is Halal?
Before we tuck in, let’s take a moment to understand what we’re looking for. The phrase “Halal” appears on many a menu, but what does it actually mean? Essentially for something to be considered Halal it needs to be prepared based on Muslim Law. A common misconception is that Halal dishes are vegetarian or vegan. The phrase actually refers to the preparation of meat, poultry, and seafood. If restaurants want to cater to Halal patrons, they’ll be sure to use suppliers who have the correct certifications.
Now that we’ve cleared that up let’s sink our teeth into London’s best Halal restaurants.
Sage & Chilli, Bloomsbury
Known for its prime meats, particularly its 21-day aged beef, Sage & Chilli offers modern European cuisine with a quintessential Italian flair. Located at St Giles London Hotel in the heart of the West End, the restaurant combines family-style authentic dishes and creative, modern finesse. Popular with guests and locals alike, it’s become known for its genuine, friendly service and unforgettable flavour.
All-time favourites include the Smoked Duck and Roast Beetroot served with horseradish, mascarpone, and hazelnuts. And let’s not forget about the Gourmet Cheeseburger made with Aberdeen Angus beef, Emmental cheese and the crispiest chips you ever did see.
Known for its modern twist on the exotic flavours and textures of India, Tamarind is an absolute joy for the senses. It was the first Indian restaurant in London to receive a Michelin star and there’s no question as to why. It’s the perfect combination of delicate and bold, of light whites and vibrant colour. Every dish aims to reimagine traditional Indian cuisine, enticing you with each mouthful.
Must-try dishes include Dungar chicken tikka cooked in the tandoor, Kathiyawadi lamb curry with freshly ground spices and Tandoori quail with gooseberry marinade. Don’t hold back on the naan bread; it’s nothing but life-changing.
House of Ho, Fitzrovia
Reflecting London’s rich cultural diversity, House of Ho offers a little something for everyone with its unique brand of Pan Asian fusion cooking. Exuding Vietnamese and Thai character, the vibrant menu offers a delicate harmony of taste, texture, colour, and surprise. While some fusion food completely misses the boat, House of Ho manages to delight with every mouthful. Located on the frantic streets of Fitzrovia, it serves as a peaceful hideaway offering diners a moment of comfort.
While the only Halal meat they serve is chicken, their pescatarian and vegetarian options are equally delicious. Recommended dishes include Glazed Spicy Chicken Wings, Popcorn Shrimp and a hearty bowl of Chicken Pho.
Mamounia Lounge, Mayfair
Another gem located in trendy Mayfair, Mamounia Lounge offers authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, exciting cocktails, and vibrant decor. The vast menu boasts everything from slow-cooked tagines and mezze platters to extensive grill delights. The delicate scents and flavours of Lebanon and Morrocco float through the air, sending your taste buds on the ultimate magic carpet ride.
Favourites include classic mezze delights like hummus, moutabel, mamoinia arayes, and falafel. Another top pick is the mixed grill featuring lamb fatayel, lamb kafta, chicken kafta, and their famous chicken tagine.
Recently awarded its first Michelin Star, Benares brings a sense of sophisticated vibrancy to delectable Indian cuisine. Located in bustling Mayfair, it’s beautifully elegant, boasting bold spices and elevated flavour profiles. With a focus on combining British ingredients with Indian innovation, it’s a truly modern experience.
All lamb and chicken found on the menu are Halal. Top dishes to order include ‘Hiran Ki Boti’ made of New Forest Venison, Biryani and Garam Masala Jus complimented by Braised Cabbage Purée and Tender Stem Broccoli. For a tantalizing appetizer, try the ‘Haran Chana Pattice,’ made with Green Chickpea Cake, Aubergine Chilli Chokha, and topped off with some Tomato Chutney.
Yalla Yalla, Soho
With the tagline “straight from the heart of our grandmothers”, Yalla Yalla screams homestyle cooking and hospitality. A family-run business, it prides itself on authentic, delicious recipes delivering Middle Eastern generosity and warmth with every mouthful. From little plates of tempting mezze to dishes delicately cooked over coals, it’s rich in character as well as flavour.
Must-try dishes include charcoal grilled marinated chicken taouk with garlic sauce and of course, juicy lamb shish kebab served with traditional Lebanese sumac salad.
The Great Chase, Islington
One of London’s only dry bar-restaurants, The Great Chase focuses on delectable dining for everyone, no matter their dietary needs. They offer expertly mixed alcohol-free cocktails, complimenting the innovative and sophisticated menu in a delightfully relaxed environment. Dishes aim to cater for all tastes, appetites and choices; a refreshing approach with outstanding flavour.
With an emphasis on Halal, the world is your oyster with this menu. Top picks include slow-cooked lamb shank with rose harissa glaze, beans, cassoulet and preserved lemon, and their 35-day dry-aged Angus sirloin with pickled shiitake.
Stax Diner, Soho
Looking for the ultimate American feast? Stax Diner delivers in spades with home-style cooking inspired by the Deep South. With a reputation for the “messiest burgers in town”, it may not be our first option for date night but it promises to be an experience you’ll never forget. The menu offers an array of tasty classics packed with flavour, from burgers and popcorn shrimp to waffles, wings, and shakes.
Top dishes include the Stax Insanity burger including two grilled beef patties and crispy chicken breast enveloped by American cheese, house slaw, and hot sauce. Then there are the deliciously messy dozen sticky buffalo wings served with house blue cheese sauce, celery, and slaw. Yee haw!
Chai Wu, Knightsbridge
Located in Harrods, Chai Wu specialises in Modern Asian cuisine. Their menu boasts a diverse range of speciality dishes with only the finest ingredients. From Chilean sea bass dumplings with gold leaf to Beijing duck with Alaskan king crab, they’re nothing but luxurious. Take in the stylish open kitchen as you watch the chefs create their magic, a beautifully elegant experience.
Favourites include slow-cooked Wagyu short ribs seasoned to perfection and Cantonese-style veal steak accompanied by scallions and mixed vegetables.
The Banc, West Green
Known as North London’s best burger bar and steak house, The Banc has been Halal certified for over 6 years. Their focus on local, fresh product and delicately matured meat mean that their menu packs a memorable punch. Offering a sense of warmth and airy sophistication, The Banc is one of London’s top-rated restaurants, an institution of quality.
Recommended dishes include the lamb burger served with mint mayonnaise, the rib eye steak burger topped with honey glaze mustard and the 21-day aged t-bone steak served with red wine jus. Sides are optional here but you can’t go wrong with some cheesy hand-cut chips.
This list only scratches the surface of the best Halal restaurants in London. From Michelin starred dining to burger joints and steak houses, London has plenty to offer for those seeking Halal-certified, unforgettable cuisine.
Written by Emma Dittmer