Syrian Cuisine Returns to Edgware Road with Nanerj
London’s Edgware Road has once again been blessed with a Syrian restaurant following the closure of Abu Zaad.
Nanerj Damascene Cuisine opened its doors this month with dishes that range from the traditional to the rare.
- Kebab Hindi – stuffed with a variety of ingredients including tomato, onions, nuts, etc. But, be prepared to wait half an hour since that’s how long it to cook so be prepared to wait.
- Kabsa – slow-cooked rice with minced meat on top of tender lamb and served with yoghurt.
And, of course, you also have the option of a selection of kebabs from the region, including your convenient take away doner kebab.
The restaurant has a capacity of around 50, and is a brightly lit, modern-looking eatery with an open-kitchen.
The name, Nanerj (also spelled Naranj), is taken from a Middle Eastern fruit, originally from Iran, that looks much like an orange.
Known as the “King of the Citrus” for its distinct sour taste, a Nanerj is often used as a substitute for limes and lemons in fish and other dishes.
However, what separates this place from much of the competition is that Nanerj is entirely alcohol-free.
The restaurant offers fresh complementary bread for starters, along with an assortment of dishes ranging from soups, hot and cold starters, sandwiches and wraps, charcoal grilled mains, as well as a few traditional desserts that include Damascene Rice Pudding, Baklawa and Halaya.
In addition, Nanerj also offers all-day breakfast, has a bakery that offers fresh bread throughout the day, a selection of sea food dishes, and daily specials, such as, Maklouba, and a rarity known as Soujkat – an extremely popular House Special (in fact, the owner’s grandmother’s recipe) that comprises the stomach of a lamb, stuffed with meat, that’s slow cooked for 2 days!
Stay tuned for a FtL review of this unique restaurant very soon.
Nanerj Damascene Cuisine
60 Edgware Road, London, W2 2EH.
T: +44 (0)20 3601 8077
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30-00:00