The Middle Eastern restaurants you must try in London

Middle Eastern inspired food has become increasingly popular over recent years. Where hummus was once considered an exotic dish, it is now an everyday food enjoyed by foodies both when eating out and at home.

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While the kebab is still enjoyed and loved by many, restaurants are becoming more and more aware of the delightful dishes and flavours to also come from the region.

The Palomar

This restaurant in the heart of Soho opened in 2014 and has been popular ever since. Serving a selection of dishes from Southern Spain, North Africa and the Levant region of Asia, diners are invited to sit at a long counter facing an open kitchen. Reservations are essential and need to be made in advance. The atmosphere is relaxed and buzzy every night of the week and the sauces and side dishes are as delicious as the mains.

The Barbary

In the heart of Covent Garden, this intimate dining experience offers food inspired by Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. It seats 24 guests at any one time and specialises in cooking on the grill. If you are unfamiliar with the dishes, ask your waiter to make suggestions and recommendations so you can experience the amazing dishes this eatery has to offer.

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Situated in the East End of London, Morito offers a wide selection of dishes from North Africa to the Eastern Mediterranean as well as Greece and Spain. Specialising in meat and fish, each dish comes cooked in fragrant spices to get your senses dancing!

London is saturated with restaurants and closure is at an all-time high Restaurants wanting to buck the trend need to work hard at producing exceptional food at competitive prices, as well as meeting strict hygiene and environmental standards by using equipment such as stainless steel grease traps

Le Bab

For diners who still relish a kebab, these are like none you’ve ever tasted before. Served with accompaniments such as squash hummus, parsnip puree and double cooked fries with a cheese fondue, you will be planning your next visit before too long.


Traditional Turkish food based in Baker Street, W1, Yosma represents the variety and taste of the country’s cuisine. Be sure to leave room for dessert, as ingredients such as mulberry molasses and sesame, honeycomb and kaymak clotted cream are all on the menu.

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