Halal Restaurant Openings for 2017

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When it comes to new restaurants and eateries that cater for Halal, 2017 really has been quite a year!

Having been at the forefront of New Opening annoucements this year, FtL has published news of 69 launches all vying for success in one of the most demanding industries.

London alone has welcomed 53 such restaurants with the East and Central leading the way with 16 a piece.

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Global brand P.F. Chang’s launched its first UK branch this year.

There was also 16 openings outside the Capital that included three each in Leicester, Manchester and Birmingham, respectively.

More impressively however are the number of quality eateries, whose ambition, innovation and pursuit, have already earned them praise and accolades.

A few notable mentions are Darjeeling Express in Carnaby, which has won a number of awards already this year with glowing reviews all round; and global chain P.F. Chang’s, which launched its first branch in the UK.

While there’s an argument that the Halal burger market is saturated, that has not stopped an additional 13 being introduced, with one joint in particular standing out from the rest.

Only three months following its launch and with a massive 42% majority, Boo Burgers triumphed against big boys GBK, Five Guys, Byron and Handmade Burger Co., by being voted the city’s best burger restaurant in the Leicester Mercury news.

Of the restaurants reviewed by FtL this year, London’s Drunch in Regent’s Park (4/5 ROARS), Mesa Kitchen & Lounge in Southgate (4/5 ROARS; after only a week since opening) have triumphed in this year’s FtLion Awards, while Chai Naasto in Hammersmith (3.5/5 ROARS) and Rickshaw Rick’s in Leicester (3.5/5 ROARS) were shortlisted nominees.

Here’s a complete list of 2017’s new openings:

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Baba G’s  – Moorgate (Indian)

Bombay Bustle – Mayfair (Indian) – Halal beef, lamb, kid goat and chicken

Drunch – Regents Park (International)

Élan Cafe – Chelsea (Cafe)

Hoppers – Marylebone (Indian) – Lamb and chicken are Halal

Indian Accent – Mayfair (Indian) –  Lamb, Chicken & Beef Halal

Darjeeling Express – Carnaby (Indian)

Leicester Square Kitchen – Leicester Square (South America) – 24 hours notice required for Halal meat

Lokhandwala – Fitzrovia (Indian)

Maple & King’s – Kings Cross – Halal chicken; alcohol- & pork-free menu

Nanerj  – Edgware Road (Syrian)

P.F. Chang’s – Soho (Asian)

Tamarind Kitchen – Mayfair (Indian)

The Game Bird – St James (British) – 24 hours notice required. Some dishes contain alcohol

Tibits – Southwark (Veggie-Vegan)

Waka – Monument (Peruvian & Japanese) – No Halal meat available

Crosstown – Camden (Doughnuts)

mesa kitchen turkish burgers steaks southgate enfield north londonFamous Flames – Camden (Chicken)

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele – Stoke Newington (Pizza) – Although not Halal, the ingredients seem to be non-meat based

Mesa Kitchen & Lounge – Southgate (Turkish)

Prawn on the Lawn – Highbury (Seafood) –  Dishes containing alcohol clearly marked

The Great Chase – Islington

Trawler Trash – Highbury (Seafood) – Alcohol in some dishes can be substituted

AllStars Gourmet – Forest Gate (Burgers)

Amigos – Gants Hill (Burgers)

Beef & Birds – Whitechapel (Burgers)

Burgo – Ilford (Burgers)

Elvet Steakhouse – Forest Gate (Meat house)

Gourmet Hut – Ilford (Burgers)

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant TurkishGul & Sepoy – Spitalfields (Indian) – Chicken is Halal

Jafrin’s Indian Takeaway – Chelsea

Kilikya’s – Mile End (Turkish)

Inito – Shoreditch (Indian Fusion)

Laz Camden – Camden (Turkish)

Pacana Grill & Noodle – Gants Hill (Pan Asian)

Teaze – Mile End (Burgers)

The 2Four4 Lounge – Docklands (International)

The Fish And Chick Shop – Spitafields – Online delivery company and stall

Wok & Grill – Leyton (Asian Fusion)

Burger Bros – Streatham (Burger)

Bunk Burgers – Streatham (Burger)

Chicago Steakhouse – Croydon

Calcutta Street – Brixton (Indian)

Zabardast – Croydon (Indian)

Chai Naasto Indian Street food Halal HammersmithAjeenat Al Basha – Greenford (Iraqi)

Burgista Bros – Ealing Broadway (American)

Chai Naasto – Hammersmith (Indian)

Damaskino – Greenford (Syrian)

Dhaba@49 –  Maida Vale (Indian)

Dishoom – Kensington (Indian)

Fatburger – Wembley (American)

Smoky Boys – Hounslow (American)

Stagolee’s – Fulham (South American) – Halal chicken cooked separately

Chaiiwala – Birmingham (Indian)

Anchos Grill & Steaks – Birmingham

Rusty’s Smokehouse – Birmingham

Dessert Lab – Birmingham

Marco & Carl – Bradford (American Italian)

German Doner Kebab – Dundee, Scotland

Rickshaw Ricks Halal Leicester Indian Food RestaurantMeat & Eat Steakhouse – Wolverhampton

Chargos/ Mr. Cod – Milton Keynes

Eat Meat – Manchester (American)

Relish’d – Manchester (American)

Rickshaw Rick’s – Leicester (Indian)

Rump ‘N Ribs Steakhouse – Manchester

Safire Restaurant & Grill – Manchester

Boo Burgers – Leicester (Burgers)

Lale Cafe & Bistro – Leicester

Wow Burger – Leicester

Benny’s Gourmet – Reading (American)

Fernando’s – Reading (Peri peri chicken)

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