As Autumn swoops in, you’ll be craving something warm, comforting, and of course, utmost delicious! From traditional Northern indian to crunchy fried chicken, this list should keep you busy eating the whole weekend. Here are five new halal restaurants/restaurants that serve halal that have opened up in the last month.
PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK THE HALAL STATUS OF ANY RESTAURANT ON THIS LIST BEFORE YOU VISIT AS THE SUPPLIERS AND COOKING METHODS MAY HAVE CHANGED SINCE THIS POST WAS PUBLISHED.
6 NEW HALAL RESTAURANTS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEK
1. MOI MOI ISLAND, KENTISH TOWN
Moi Moi is the new Caribbean kid in town from the inventive team behind Guanabana, Bintang, and Mamasons. They’ll be serving up platters of hot jerk chicken or tender beef suya over rice, fully loaded chickpea roti wraps, plus crunchy chicken wings too. Don’t forget to add the dynamite hot sauce to really make it a Moi Moi experience! Although Moi Moi isn’t strictly a sit-down restaurant, they have a couple of tables where you can have a quick meal – the perfect pick up after hanging out at Camden Market.
Halal Status: All meats are halal. No pork or alcohol served.
Address: 81 Kentish Town Road, Camden, London, NW1 8NY
2. COPPER CHIMNEY, WESTFIELD LONDON
Copper Chimney has been serving delicious North Indian delicacies to their lucky patrons in India since 1972. Now, we’re in for a treat as they have just opened up their first UK branch in Westfield London last week! Pack mum and dad in the car, and head on over there to indulge in classics like butter chicken, Amritsari shrimp, and crunchy Delhi-style fried chicken. The bonus is that they are working with Action against Hunger and have already helped 51 villages in India fight malnutrition.
Halal Status: All meats are halal. No pork but alcohol served.
Address: Copper Chimney, Unit 1028 – Southern Terrace, Westfield London, Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush, London – W12 7GA
2. BAO KITCHEN, HARRODS
Feeling particularly boujee this weekend? Head on down to Bao Kitchen in Harrods for a quick Asian street food experience, where you can tuck into wagyu beef bao buns and prawn and truffle dumplings after a bout of luxury shopping. Just be sure to head there early as their last order is 8:30pm Monday to Saturdays and 5:30pm on a Sunday!
Halal Status: All meats are halal. Pork and alcohol served.
Address: Fourth Floor, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
3. ARMA, SOHO
Move over Cafe Helen, there is a new shawarma joint on the scene. Arma are serving up good quality, free range shawarmas to the masses on Dean Street. What makes them stand out? Think rib-eye beef shawarmas, freshly made falafels, salad bowls, and everything is made fresh on site every morning, meaning no frozen goods!
Halal Status: All meat served here are halal. No pork or alcohol served.
Address: 33 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4PW
4. SWEETCHICK, FITZROVIA
If you are familiar with Nas’s song “Fried Chicken”, then you’ll know he’s a big fan of fried chicken and has even endorsed a chain of fried chicken shops called Sweet Chick. After it’s roaring popularity in the states, they’ve brought Sweet Chick to London and found a cosy home for it in Fitzrovia. The waffles here are lovely and fluffy, with a nice crisp, and are probably the best halal chicken and waffles you will find in London. Opt for the Nashville style chicken and waffles or even the buffalo, and you’re good to go.
Halal status: Chicken is halal. Pork and alcohol served.
Address: 8 Market Place, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8AG
5. ARABICA KX, KINGS CROSS
Last month, Arabica Bar and Kitchen opened up their new sister restaurant, Arabic KX, in, well, King’s Cross. The beef shish is shockingly good – every bit as juicy as it looks – crunchy falafel salad, the creamy truffle and mushroom manousheh, and the beef and bone marrow arayes are worth ordering to share too! They will also be serving brunch every weekend featuring buckwheat pancakes and an Arabica fry up using their own house-cured lamb bacon. Please note, just the Arabica in King’s Cross serves halal meat on their lunch and dinner menus, and the brunch is halal in both branches.
Halal Status: Beef and lamb is halal. No pork but alcohol served.
Address: Arabica KX, 7 Lewis Cubitt Walk, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AD