The weather is certainly getting colder by the day but the team at HGAT are loving it – winter means hot chocolate, cosy jumpers, and lots and lots of comfort food! Speaking of comfort food, we’ve got a list of dishes you need to eat this week that are certain to keep you all warm and fuzzy.
There are also a couple of new restaurants on the list that are a must visit, plus award winning fried chicken too. Yes, you heard us, award-winning fried chicken. Here are six comforting halal dishes to keep you warm this November.
SIX HALAL DISHES TO EAT THIS WEEK IN LONDON – NOVEMBER
1. HOT POT, HOT MAY, KNIGHTSBRIDGE
One of the most popular questions asked on HGAT is “Where can we get a halal hotpot?” and well, we finally have an answer for you – Hot May! Your table will be adorned with plates of thinly sliced wagyu beef, sauces, rainbow noodles, vegetables, and seafood, all ready to be dunked into your own little pot of hot flavoured broth. Just be careful when ordering as the bill can rack up!
Halal status: Wagyu beef is halal and all the broths are halal too. No pork but alcohol served.
Address: 30 Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, SW3
2. NACOS, CUE POINT, WHITE CITY
You’re probably familiar with Taco Tuesday, perhaps the best part about any Tuesday, but we’re introducing you to NACO Tuesday. What exactly is a Naco? It is a naan taco topped with an assortment of slow cooked meat and condiments, all devised by the team behind Cue Point LDN. The 24-hour smoked beef brisket is served with a dollop of pickled chilli relish and instantly melts in your mouth, whilst the fat melts into the soft naco below. You can also opt for smoked lamb, fried chicken, and a vegan option too!
Halal status: All meats are halal. No pork but alcohol is present.
Address: W12 Studios, 195 Wood Ln, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7TA
LARGE PLATE CHICKEN, KARVON, FINCHLEY ROAD ** THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED**
Karvon, a Uyghur restaurant on Finchley road, serve up traditional dishes in their homely, family-run restaurant. Their hand-pulled noodles are out of this world good; freshly made with the perfect amount of bite to them. The big plate chicken is what you want to come here for though – large belt noodles that are sitting in an aromatic, spiced chicken broth, filled with chopped chicken pieces, chillies, and peppers. A great option if you’re in a group!
Halal Status: All meat served here are halal. No pork or alcohol served.
Address: 424 Finchley Road NW2 2HY
4. BEEF SUYA RICE BOWL, MOI MOI ISLAND, KENTISH TOWN
Moi Moi Island is a Caribbean and West African takeaway joint that has recently opened in Kentish Town, by the team behind Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream, Guanabana, Ramo Ramen, and Bintang. If you’re looking for something hot, the beef suya is what you need to order; beef seasoned in a combination of peanut powder, ginger, and PLENTY of Nigerian chillies, served with rice or in a wrap. Just a warning, this can be quite hot so keep the tissues handy and opt for extra white sauce. Other notable dishes here are the tacos and jerk chicken with rice and beans.
Halal status: All meat served here is halal. No pork or alcohol.
Address: 81 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 8NY
5. MASA FRIED CHICKEN BURGER, HONEST BURGERS, VARIOUS
Honest Burgers have been doing some tasty collaborations over the last few months and their latest one with Petare might just be the best one! Petare, who serves award-winning fried chicken, and Honest Burgers have joined forces to create the Masa Fried Chicken burger, which consists of a buttermilk fried chicken thigh with guava glaze, charred corn slaw, hot habanero mayonnaise, lettuce, and pickles – crikey. This is served with the Honest Burgers’ famous rosemary salted chips, all for £12.50. Just be sure to order this without the bacon!
Halal Status: All the chicken at the Ealing, Baker Street, Tooting, and St Christopher’s place sites is halal. Pork and alcohol present.
6. ASSAM PEDAS, NORMAH’S, QUEENSWAY
We’ve raved on about Normah’s from every street corner since the minute we stepped foot into the cute family-run restaurant, but by golly, the food just gets better and better. If you’re looking for the ultimate comfort dish, tangy, sour, sweet, and hot, then the Assam Pedas is a must, must-order. You can expect a whole seabass stewed in a tamarind-heavy soup filled with okra and pineapple, where the heat (the good-kind) instantly hits you at the back of the the throat. They only have 20 portions available a day so make sure you pre-order or head there early! The curry laksa is a good alternative if you don’t fancy the fish.
Halal Status: All meats served here are halal. No pork or alcohol served.
Address: Normah’s 23-25 Queensway Market, London W2 4QJ