The Best Iftar Specials During Ramadan In London
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Ramadan is as much about eating as it is not eating, and these restaurants have set menus and feasts that’ll have you counting down the minutes to sunset. From iftar buffets to mezze spreads, here are the specials that you should get involved in.
We love this Pakistani spot in Tooting. Not just for the OTT samosa chaat that arrives atop a cauldron filled with smoke, or the mocktails that are presented in a top hat, but for the top-tier Pakistani classics. During Ramadan, you can get a set menu including a selection of their excellent dishes, as well as a buffet if you head to their Southall branch.
We’re very into the jerked beef Sunday roast at this Caribbean-inspired spot in Camden—which is still running during Ramadan FYI. But from Monday to Saturday you can find Guanabana's special iftar platter which includes jerk chicken, rice and peas, pulled beef, and more.
One of our favourite halal smashburger spots in the city, BUK is offering 50% off the entire menu on Fridays and Saturdays from iftar onwards at their Hawley Wharf market stall. And every day at their Ferdinand Street spot in Camden.
Steakhouse and butcher Macellaio has six restaurants dotted around London, and you’ll find a halal menu at the Kensington and Soho branches. During Ramadan they’re offering 25% off at both these locations—just call ahead to ensure.
This east London mini chain is all about naan stuffed with everything from aaloo masala and chicken karahi, to Nutella and Lotus Biscoff. You can now get complimentary dates, pakoras, and a glass of Rooh Afza to break your fast at any of their spots.
From the same team behind Honey & Co, this Middle Eastern deli on Warren Street has an iftar set menu running from 5.30pm throughout Ramadan. You’ll find medjool dates, a mezze spread, and assorted meat and vegetable shish for the table. You should know that 10% of your bill will be donated to Choose Love charity.
Khaao is a Pakistani food stall with vendors at Camden Market and Hawley Wharf (Camden’s indoor/outdoor food market) and sells excellent cheesy naan melts filled with things like chicken tikka and lamb seek. It's offering 50% off the entire menu on Fridays and Saturdays during Ramadan.
Michelin-starred Indian-British fusion restaurant Benares is serving a special iftar menu from 22nd March to 20th April. It will include complimentary dates to break your fast, spicy samosas, and rich curries.
During Ramadan, Balkh, an Afghan restaurant in Kenton, is serving a buffet including lentil soup, chicken shish, kofta korma curry, and Qabuli rice for under £20 per person.
Ever since they opened, Beit El Zaytoun, a Lebanese restaurant and shisha cafe in Harlesden, has been a hub for Muslims to gather during Ramadan for a hummus-filled iftar, or a shawarma-packed suhoor. This year you can expect a daily changing buffet with things like lamb kabseh, chicken taouk, and plenty of mezze to snack on.
A spacious Syrian restaurant on Uxbridge Road, with a name that translates to ‘the old days’ and a rustic, exposed brick dining room to match, Ayam Zaman is an excellent spot for Middle Eastern classics. Their Ramadan buffet changes daily, with things like kebbeh labanieh and maklouba. It’s the perfect spot for a big group get-together.
The Great Chase, a fully halal restaurant in Islington, made a name for itself thanks to its excellent weekend roast dinners and European-leaning dishes. During Ramadan, you can expect a three-course menu including stuffed panko chicken, braised brisket, and lemon and pistachio pie—all for £39.
This neighbourhood Indian spot in St. John’s Wood has a £30 iftar menu. Ritu will serve dishes like chukander chicken tikka and Nawabi-style lamb chapli kebabs.