RAMADAN 2018 – Eating out for iftar

As a revert in Birmigham, I had the most perfect muslamic community. Yes it did feel lonely at times eating iftar alone, but for the most part, I met up with other student and revert friends who didn’t have a family to spend Ramadan with. This meant that unlike the tradition muslim family, I was out breaking my fast at a restaurant almost every night before heading to taraweeh. It was somewhat an ‘unconventioanl’ routine, but I became accustomed to it and even grew to love it.

Things changed when I came to London after I got married. I finally had a muslim family to spend time with over Ramadan, and whilst I can’t get my head around consuming a million fried samosas at iftar time, one thing I have grown to appreciate is simply the company of a family to share this spiritual time of year with.

The way things are today, plenty of young muslims go out to break their fast. Whether it’s just to let mum off from cooking that day, or whether it’s to break fast with friends on the weekend. However, I have found London to not be as accommodating in providing a prayer space as the muslim-run restaurants in Birmingham. In fact, in Birmingham I never once struggled to find a space to pray, be it a small corner or a whole floor. It just came hand in hand: Iftar and maghrib.

I understand that plenty of restaurants simply don’t have the space to accommodate guests for prayer. Some even mention the nearby mosques are sufficient. Although, in all honesty, many of these masjids don’t accommodate women, which can put many in a predicament. I could rant here about how non-nonsensical it is for muslim-run restaurants to provide an ‘iftar menu’ and no prayer space..but I won’t… anyway you get the picture.

Anywho. Intros over. I have compiled a list of places for you to ‘treat yourself’ if you fancy and iftar evening out. I have only included places which have either an in-house prayer space or access to mosques nearby which accommodate men and women. Keep in mind that I haven’t visited all these places so can’t comment on food for all the places features. I also urge you to double check about prayer space availability, and also reserve a table before visiting. Enjoy!

Iftar

1. The Great Chase

If there was anywhere I was going to go out to dine for iftar, it would be here. One of the few if not only fully ethical tayyib restaurants in London have an exqusite looking 3 course iftar meal for Ramadan, and all for just £27! The best part is, they have a prayer space on-site. Make sure you pre-book first though!

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The Great Chase
Address: 316 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NT
Website: http://www.thegreatchase.co.uk/
Phone: 020 7998 0640

2. Mr. White’s English Chop House

If succulent joints of meat and English classics is what you’re after for a special iftar, Newly opened Mr. White’s English Chop House by Marco Pierre White may just be for you. This newly opened East-London based restaurant is situated in New Road Hotel, and has quite the elaborate iftar menu, and is situated just a few minutes walk away from East London Mosque.

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Mr. White’s English Chophouse
Address: 103-107 New Rd, Whitechapel, London E1 1HJ
Website: mpwrestaurants.co.uk
Phone: 020 3019 8722

3. InterContinental London Park Lane

The InterContinental London Park Lane is holding its annual iftar meals this Ramadan which includes an elegant yet traditional Iftar. The menu can be found below, and prayer space is offered on-site. Prices for a 3 course meal range between £29–£49pp.

The Intercontinental
Address: One Hamilton Place, Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1J 7QY
Website: http://parklane.intercontinental.com/en/iftar/ 
Phone: +44(0)20 7409 3131

4. AllStars Gourmet

If posh nosh isn’t what your body craves this Ramadan, AllStars Gourmet is a fantastic option. Offering some all-American burgers and fries in East London, AllStars have their own Iftar menu, and also offer a prayer space with the addition of a nearby mosque to accommodate those who wish to offer their maghrib salah.

AllStars Gourmet
Address: 89 Green St, London E7 8JF
Website: allstarsgourmet.co.uk
Phone: 020 8470 9999

5. Boondocks

Boondocks will also be hosting their annual all-American feast for an amazing £21.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased through EventBrite and a prayer space is available on-site. The Ramadan menu can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1699626220097745/

Boondocks
Address: 205 City Rd, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JN
Website: http://feedyoursoul.co.uk/boondocks/
Phone: 020 7253 0915

6. Two Buns

Although two buns won’t be serving up a special iftar menu, they do provide you with dates and a special date shake on the house to help you break your fast. Better still, they will be providing a prayer space in the car park out back.

Two Bunz
Address: 2 College Rd, Harrow HA1 1BE
Website: http://www.twobuns.co.uk/
Phone: 020 8424 8236

7. Chicago Steakhouse

Finally! South London aka Croydon aka My hometown is serving up a greattt feast this Ramadan. Not only do Chicago Steakhouse  have a set iftar menu this year, but are also provide a prayer space at maghrib…WooHoo! I have yet to sample their food but it’s definitely on my list of places to try!

Chicago Steakhouse
Address: 16- 18 South End Croydon, Croydon CR0 1DP
Website: http://www.twobuns.co.uk/
Phone: 020 8760 0278

9. Elvet Steakhouse

Elvet Steakhouse are serving up some succulent mouth-watering Argentinian & Australian steaks this Ramadan, with a special iftar menu to be released soon, and also have a prayer space for you convenience. Check out their Ramadan menu below.

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Elvet Steakhouse
Address: 392 Romford Road, Forest Gate, London E7 8DF
Website: 0203 601 9692
Phone: https://elvetsteakhouse.co.uk/contact/

10. HS&Co.

If Irish Steak cooked on a famous Josper Grill is what you fancy, then HS&Co. have something to offer this Ramadan. They provide dates and milk at iftar time, have their own unique iftar menu, and also provide a prayer space in the downstairs portion of their restaurant.

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HS&Co.
Address: 405 High St, London E15 4QZ
Website: hsandco.co.uk
Phone: 020 8555 3322

11. Beirut Nights

Of authentic Lebanese food is what you’re craving then Beirut nights not only have a 5 course iftar meal (including dessert!) for £22.99 pp. Although they do not advertise a prayer space, if someone would like to pray a small office space is offered.

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Beirut Nights
Address: 19 ABBEY ROAD, NW10 7RB, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Website: http://beirutnights.co/contact-us/
Phone: 07999 990 699 / 07999 990 699

12. Aziziye Restaurant

Aziziye restaurant in Stoke Newington is probably one of my favourite Turkish restaurants. Not only is their food amazing, but they also offer booths for a small charger, where you can dine on a cushioned floor! Furthermore, Aziziye restaurant is located right beneath a masjid, which means easy access when you want to nip somewhere to pray whilst you food is being prepared. You definitely need to book this in advance if you want the chance to get a table!

Aziziye Restaurant
Address: 117-119 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8BU
Website: aziziyerestaurant.co.uk
Phone: 020 7254 7475

13. Le Madison Steakhouse

Le Madison are still in the process of finalizing their Ramadan menu so keep your eyes peeled for more info on their social media pages! As for prayer space, Le Madison hope to accommodate customers who want to pray in house. Alternatively, East London mosque is just a stone’s throw away from the restaurant.

Le Madison Steakhouse
Address: 51 Raven Row, Whitechapel, London E1 2EG
Website:  lemadison.uk
Phone: 020 7247 0679

14. Sahara Grill Leyton

Sahara Grill branches will be provided dates and water at iftar time. As far as I am aware there is no special iftar menu in the pipeline, although I know that the Leyton branch has an on-site prayer facility which can be utilised during Ramadan.

Sahara Grill Leyton
Address: 427-437 High Rd Leyton, Leyton, London E10 5EL
Website: saharagrill.co.uk
Phone: 020 8558 6444 

15. Woks Cooking

Woks is one of my go to places when I’m in South London and have a Chinese food craving! They will be serving dates and rose milk at Iftar time, and have a small on-site prayer room. I would definitely recommend booking in advance if you wish to visit.

Woks Cooking Halal Restaurant
Address: 1453 London Rd, London SW16 4AQ
Website: http://www.newwoks.com/index.php?a=frontpages&m=contact
Phone: 020 8679 9405

16. Red Iron Burgers Uxbridge

Although the Ramadan menu is still being put together, Red Iron Burgers will be provided a special iftar feast and have informed us that they will be providing customers with a prayer space! Stay tuned for updates on the menu.

Address: 280 High St, Uxbridge UB8 1LQ
Website: http://www.redironburgers.co.uk/
Phone: 01895 274624

17. Band of Burgers (Brick Lane)

The chefs at BoB are working for exclusive Ramadan menu at Brick lane branch which will hopefully be ready by Wednesday. There is a mosque around the corner for prayer but a small space can also be provided in the restaurant. More will be confirmed soon!

Band of Burgers
Address: 22 Osborn St, London E1 6TD
Website: http://band-of-burgers-brick-lane.business.site/
Phone: 020 7059 0224

18. Brioche Burger

Brioche will be offering a slimmed down menu and will be offering brunch during Sehri Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, they cannot guarantee a prayer area when it’s too busy, but there are 2 local mosques either side of the restaurant, and each are around a 5 minutes walk.

Brioche Burger
Address: 154 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH
Website: briocheburger.com
Phone: 020 3674 6106

19. Al Majles

Al Majles is a family run Halal Lebanese restaurant in Tooting. They serve authentic, healthy, Lebanese food, even during Ramadan! They have a menu for just £9.99, and although they don’t have an in-house prayer space, the mosque is around a 3 minute walk away.

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Al Majles
Address: 35 Upper Tooting Rd, London SW17 7TR
Website: https://www.almajles.co.uk/
Phone: 020 8767 6666

20. Burgo Bar

We visited Burgo Bar last year and really enjoyed their Ramadan menu. Although they don’t have a special Ramadan menu this year, they will be serving dates and rose water at iftar, all their burgers, mains from the chargrill and hot dogs come with our skin on fries and they do not need to be purchased separately. The best part is, they also have a space to pray at the back of the restaurant!

Burgo Bar
Address: 231 Ilford Ln, Ilford IG1 2RZ
Phone: 020 3887 738

21. Madina Grill London

Madina Grill have just released a Ramadan menu, and will have a prayer space in-house for sisters. Brothers will have to use the masjid which is just a few minutes walk from the restaurant.

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Madina Grill London
Address: 135 Cannon St Rd, Whitechapel, London E1 2LX
Website: madinagrill.london
Phone: 
020 3645 3232

22. RockIt Steakhouse

RockIt is probably up there as one of the best steakhouses in London in my opinion. They will be serving up a Ramadan menu, and although no prayer space is provided within the restaurant, the mosque (East London Mosque) is an 8 minute walk away.

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RockIt Steakhouse
Address: 17 Commercial St, London E1 7NX
Website: rockit.menu
Phone: 020 3551 6320

23. Pie Factory – Ilford

Pie factory is probably one of my favourite places to visit when I feel like a warm, hearty meal. Alhamdullilah. They have a very extensive Ramadan menu, including a platter which is great value for money (only £8.50!). They have also informed us that they have a prayer space in the downstairs part of the restaurant.

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23. Maison du Mezze

Packed with Middle Eastern Flavours, there’s a different set menu each day of the week served at Maison duMezze, featuring mouthwatering dishes like Chicken molokhia, Lamb okra, Kibbeh labanieh and traditional iftar dessert Katayef, which is a sweet dumpling filled with cream or nuts. There are separate prayer areas for men and women in the upper section.

Maison du Mezze
Address: 14 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7NG
Website: maisondumezze.com
Phone: 020 3011 1114

24. Guanabana

Guanabana are doing special iftar menus including their ‘roast for ramadan’ for £20 and iftar platters for £10. Plus…they have a small prayer space in house!

Address: 85 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 8NY
Website: guanabanarestaurant.com
Phone: 020 7485 1166

25. Fredo’s

Fredo’s is open from 6.30 to 10.30pm during Ramadan and has a prayer facility for brothers and sisters. They also offer complimentary harira Moroccan soup, dates, and fruit at iftar time.
Address: 821 – 823 Romford Rd, London E12 6EA
Website: fredosldn.co.uk

Suhoor

1. Meaty Buns

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Meaty Buns
Address: 261 High Road, Kilburn, NW6 2BY, London, United Kingdom
Website: www.meatybuns.co.uk
Phone: 0203 6012 999

2. Chai Nashta

Chai Nashta will be open every day during ramadan from 10pm to 2.45am.

Chai Nashta 
Address: 90A Upton Ln, London E7 9LW
Phone:  07400 730132

3. Brioche Burger

Brioche will have a special suhoor menu and will be open until 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays

Brioche Burger
Address: 154 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH
Website: briocheburger.com
Phone: 020 3674 6106

4. Karak and Cream

Karak and Cream will be serving suhoor until 2am, where you can eat fresh aloo/plain paratha, omlette and chai.

Address: 530 High Rd, Ilford IG3 8EG
Phone: 020 8590 6979

 

 

3 thoughts on “RAMADAN 2018 – Eating out for iftar

  1. Masha Allah. This is such a comprehensive list! Jazaakallahu khairan.
    As an international student in Melbourne, I can definitely relate to not being able to break fast with family. Alhamdulillah, our Uni Islamic society provides us with iftar and it such a nice thing to be able to meet other muslims!
    Ramadan Kareem!

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    1. Jazakhallakhair for your feedback! We will be adding to the list tonight iA! I agree that islamic societies help university students a lot! I pray that your ramadan is a fruitful one InshaaAllah Ameen 🙂

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