The Best Iftar Specials During Ramadan In London
The best restaurants for iftar buffets, set menus, and specials during Ramadan in London.
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.
Honey & Smoke
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.
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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.
Beit El Zaytoun
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
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.