Bab Tooma Syrian Bradford Middle Eastern Restaurant

Syrian restaurant Bab Tooma in Bradford warrants a return

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Bab Tooma Syrian Bradford Middle Eastern Restaurant

Bab Tooma Syrian Bradford Middle Eastern RestaurantAfter coming across this wonderful Syrian restaurant, I knew I had to visit Bab Tooma in Bradford.

A beautiful old- vs. new-style place, with an interior of unique cultural touches and vibes throughout that truly makes you feel at that moment that you’re in the country.

With a variety of dishes to choose from, we thought we’d mix and match a little.

We ordered one dish from the grills and one rice dish, alongside the traditional Arab starters, because who can go without them?

Bab Tooma Syrian Bradford Middle Eastern Restaurant

Baba Ghanouj (right) – Grilled aubergine finely chopped with tahini, tomatoes, green peppers, garlic & olive oil dressing, £3.75

Starting off with Baba Ghanouj and Fatoush, you can’t go wrong! The Baba Ganoush was good, but didn’t have much of an aubergine flavour, which wasn’t quite what we were expecting.

With it being the main key ingredient to this starter, it tasted rather like a vegetable style dip instead, which was a little disappointing.

Bab Tooma Syrian Bradford Middle Eastern Restaurant

Fattoush Salad – Tomato, cucumber, mint, olives & onion, topped with fried bread, olive oil & pomegranate dressing, £3.25

However the Fattoush Salad was much better! Fresh juicy salad, with crispy fried pieces of bread and pomegranates. An all time fave!

Bab Tooma Syrian Bradford Middle Eastern Restaurant

Shish Taouk – One chargrilled skewer of marinated chicken cubes, £9.50

For the mains we went for Shish Taouk; tender succulent pieces of chicken grilled with tomatoes and onions, served with rice or chips. A great grilled option.

We also opted for one of the Chef’s Special mains, the Karn-Yarek – a traditional Syrian dish, made from aubergines, mince meat, tomatoes and a handful of Arabian goodness.

Bab Tooma Syrian Bradford Middle Eastern Restaurant

Karn-Yarek – Deep fried whole small aubergines stuffed with minced lamb, onions & green peppers served in tomato sauce with parsley, £8.50

We’ve got to say, this dish was definitely a winner. We loved the touch of almonds in it.

For those that love aubergines, this dish is perfection, being neither heavy nor overpowering, but full of flavour and a lovely alternative to your standard Mediterranean dishes. We’d definitely order this again!

Drinks Beverage Bab Tooma Syrian Bradford Middle Eastern Restaurant

Handmade Lemon & Mint Juice, £3.70

Bab Tooma Syrian Bradford Middle Eastern RestaurantThe lemon and mint drink had to be the best and most refreshing drink we’ve ever had! It’s a must try if you haven’t before.

An overall amazing dine at Bab Tooma with a lovely atmosphere and cultural vibes.

We’re sure to be back soon and explore more of their mouthwatering menu.

Oh and because I won their giveaway – an even better reason for another visit!


Bab Tooma
18 Wilton St, Bradford BD5 0AX.

T: +44 (0)1274 921 616 | W: www.babtooma.co.uk | E: bab.tooma.ltd@gmail.com

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00 | Sun 12:00-22:00

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