Romantic Restaurants in London

by HGAT | 11/02/2017
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You’ll never guess what time of the year it is again? Nope, not Eid, and not my birthday either (although, this should be celebrated all year long), but Valentine’s day! Yay! Yes, I know we don’t do Valentine’s Day, and yes, I know everyday should be like valentines day *rolls eyes*, but I feel kind of left out when everyone else around me is being spoilt with heart-shaped cupcakes, flower bouquets the size of my thighs, and humongous fluffy teddy bears. Where are my presents, my flowers, my teddy bears????

Everyone deserves to be spoilt once in a while, and so I’ve come up with a few romantic date ideas for that someone special (hint hint BW!). And by popular request, I’ve also listed a few romantic restaurants in London that serve halal at the end of the post to help you when in need!

Something different

Persian
Mahdi’s Persian Feast

Connect to your inner geekiness a la Ross from Friends style, and catch a planetarium showing at the Royal Observatory. You can have lunch or an early dinner at Zeytin or Chai Ki. Alternatively, book tickets for the Magical Lantern Festival in Chiswick where you will be in awe at over 50 colourful and huge lantern displays across the park, plus they have a Serendipity-esque ice-skating rink! Finish the evening off with dinner at family-run Mahdi’s for a good Persian feast.

All meat is halal at Mahdi and Zeytin, and chicken and lamb at Chai Ki.

Something physical

Sunset Climb at the O2 Credit: The O2
Sunset Climb at the O2
Credit: The O2

Okay okay, let’s not get the wrong idea, I’m talking about actually doing something active to get those endorphins working (with clothes on). If your other half is a particular thrill-seeker, book the sunset climb with Up at the O2 which has an insane 360degree view across the capital and then dinner across the river at Hazev as an after-climb treat.

All meats are halal at Hazev.

Something for him

Steak at Zelman Meats Copyright: Manuel Alberty Guerra
Steak at Zelman Meats
Copyright: Manuel Alberty Guerra

As the saying goes, the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so why not spoil him to a three course candlelit dinner at home? Of course, not everyone is culinary talented (sorry BW), so treat him to a high-end good quality steak with all the uber-buttery, creamy trimmings at one of these classic steakhouses: Meat Co, Zelman Meats at Harvey Nichols, and CUT at 45 Park Lane?

The Meat Co have a halal menu for their foods with a separate halal kitchen and fridge. The Australian wagyu is always halal at CUT and chicken can be pre-ordered, and halal option always available in Zelman Meats at Harvey Nichols. 48h notice needed for Zelman Meats in Soho.

Something before the show

Talli Joe lamb Chop
Juicy Lamb Chop from Talli Joe

One of the easiest and most impressive dates to organise, a show in London’s West End theatre district is ideal. There are plenty of restaurants dotted around, but to really make it a special date, book the pre-theatre set menu at Christopher’s, a classic American eatery in a pretty setting. A more casual restaurant is Talli Joe, a fun Indian-tapas experience. Get dessert at Hatch Waffle after the show!

Halal must be pre-ordered 72h in advance for Christopher’s, and all the meats are halal in Talli Joe.

Something with a view

Afternoon Tea at Ting Credit: Ting website
Afternoon Tea at Ting
Credit: Ting website

Nothing seems more romantic than watching the sunset with a view over London so plan a trip to the London Eye, and if you’re feeling particularly loving, book the “Cupid’s Capsule” for two. For fabulous food with fantastic views, then head to Ting for their Afternoon Tea, Galvin at Windows on Park Lane or Darwin at Sky Garden.

Halal must be ordered a day in advance for Ting and a week in advance for Galvin and Darwin.

Something outside London

halal charcuterie
Cona’s Stunning Charcuterie

If you really want to pull out all the stops for that special lady in your life, drive up North to Cona, the UK’s best halal fine-dining restaurant, and one of my personal favourite dates of all time. It is the ultimate indulgent meal with the likes of Japanese wagyu steaks, creamy pomme puree, and deliciously sinful chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream – you can’t go wrong with a menu like this. Make a weekend out of it and stay in a cute B+B in the stunning Peak District, or try your hand at glamping (a.k.a luxury camping).

All meats served at Cona is halal.

Here are a few other romantic restaurants in London that serve halal:

Restaurant

Cuisine

Location

Price

Additional Info

Clos Maggiore

European

Covent Garden

£££

Halal chicken must be preordered well in advance.
Pork and alcohol present.

Momo

Moroccan

Mayfair

£££

Halal beef, lamb, and chicken.
No pork but alcohol present.

Galvin La Chapelle

French

Spitalfields

£££

Halal ordered 1week in advance
Alcohol and pork present.

Winter Garden at the Landmark

European

The Landmark Hotel

£££

Chicken always halal but B and L ordered 1week
Pork and alcohol present.

Kaspar’s at The Savoy

European

Strand

£££

Halal options available but order 3d in advance
Pork and alcohol present.

Amaya

Indian

Mayfair

££££

Halal lamb and chicken

No pork but alcohol present.

Trishna

Indian

Marylebone

£££

Halal lamb and chicken
No pork but alcohol present.

Feng Shang Princess

Chinese

Regent’s Park

£££

Halal lamb and chicken
Pork and alcohol present.

Foyer at Claridges

European

Mayfair

££££

Halal must be ordered 1d in advance
Pork and alcohol present.

Yumn Brasserie

European

Croydon

£££

All meat is halal

No pork but alcohol present.

Roux at the Landau

Modern European

Oxford Circus

££££

Request halal 2d in advance

Pork and alcohol present.

Dorchester Grill at The Dorchester

British

Park Lane

££££

Halal available but order 2d in advance anyways
Pork and alcohol present.

Darbaar

Indian

The City

£££

All meat is halal

No pork but alcohol present.

Jamavar

Indian

Mayfair

££££

Beef, lamb, chicken and goat halal

No pork but alcohol present.

Ting at the Shard

European

The City

£££

Halal ordered 1d in advance

Pork and alcohol present.

Meat Company at Westfield

Steakhouse

Shepherds Bush

£££

Beef, lamb, and chicken halal when ordered from halal menu

No pork and alcohol present in halal seating area.

Zelman Meats at Harvey Nichols

Steakhouse

Knightsbridge

£££

Halal options available.

Pork and alcohol present.

CUT at 45 Park Lane

Steakhouse

Park Lane

££££

Australian wagyu always halal and chicken can be preordered

Pork and alcohol present.

Talli Joe

Indian

Soho

££

Beef, lamb, and chicken is halal

No pork but alcohol present.

Christophers

American

Covent Garden

£££

Halal beef, chicken and lamb ordered 3d in advance

Pork and alcohol present.

Darwin Brasserie at Sky Garden

European

The City

£££

Halal must be ordered 3d in advance.

Pork and alcohol present.

Galvin at Windows at The Intercontinental

French

Park Lane

££££

Halal ordered 1week in advance

Pork and alcohol present

JW Steakhouse at The Marriot

Steakhouse

Park Lane

£££

Halal must be ordered 3d in advance
Pork and alcohol present.

Gymkhana

Indian

Mayfair

££££

Lamb, chicken, and goat halal

Pork and alcohol present.

Nobu

Japanese

Park Lane

££££

Halal ordered 3d in advance

Pork and alcohol present.

Asian room at Novikov

Asian

Mayfair

£££

Halal options stated on menu

Pork and alcohol present

Italian room at Novikov

Italian

Mayfair

£££

Halal options available
Pork and alcohol present.

Kish

Persian

Maida Vale

££

All meat is halal
No pork but alcohol present.

Rivea at Bulgari Hotel

Italian

Knightsbridge

£££

Halal must be ordered 1d in advance

Pork and alcohol present.

Levant

Lebanese

Marylebone

£££

All meat is halal
No pork but alcohol present.

Gilgamesh

Pan Asian

Camden

£££

Chicken is halal

Pork and alcohol present.

Kazan

Turkish

Pimlico

££

All meat is halal

No pork but alcohol present.

Do you have any special date places that I haven’t already suggested? Do let me know in the comments!

As always, please double check the halal status on all restaurants that I have listed above!

Disclaimer: this post has NOT been sponsored, these are just personal recommendations from all of my extensive research for you guys 🙂

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    • Anonymous
    • 11/02/2017
    Reply

    You have totally forgot about the most romantic restaurant in London which serves halal chicken. Clos Maggiore. Eating inthe conservatory is wow. Make sure you book in advance

    1. Reply

      Ah! Thanks for letting me know – will update the list !:)

    • Yes
    • 13/02/2017
    Reply

    Hah, not been sponsored. What a plum!

    • Anonymous
    • 17/02/2017
    Reply

    Ritz also does halal on request.

    • Lan
    • 18/02/2017
    Reply

    Hi. I’ve been visiting your page on and off for the last couple of years. I find it incredibly useful. so glad you put together a list of some fancy halal places in London. When I first came to the U.K. a few years ago my husband told me ‘there are no fancy places that serve halal’ And your blog proves him wrong over and over again 😀
    Do keep up the great work.

    • Amir
    • 17/09/2017
    Reply

    Hi – love your website. Not sure if you’ve been to all of the ‘romantic’ places listed. I’ve been to a few of them now (on date nights with the missus) and definitely did not find my pheromone levels rising – rather the opposite.

    Talli Joe – too loud and filled with after-work city crowd.

    Benares – afterwork city crowd once again. Apathetic and slow service as the waiters are more interested in prioritising these guys drinks orders. Food was not on par with what you get in Tooting. Not sure how it earned a michelin star.

    Bintang – good food- can be a little hit and miss. Quirky. Too gentrified now.

    Guanabana – not sure what qualifies this place as romantic (?).

    Meat & Co (Westfield) – romantic???! Are you kidding me?

    Looking forward to your next posts.
    Thanks.

    • Amir
    • 17/09/2017
    Reply

    By the way, I noticed you made it down to South end of Croydon for persian food.

    Next time you’re in the area, check out KARNAVAR (right opposite to YUMN) if you haven’t already. Menu looks interesting and think most things on the menu are halal.

    Take care. Salaam.

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