You may have already visited the hugely popular Abu Dhabi outpost at Beach Rotana, but head to the flagship restaurant in London’s Piccadilly for an iftar menu with a twist as chefs “perform” the meal in front of you. The Japanese teppanyaki restaurant Benihana offers halal menus, and during the Holy Month of Ramadan, all of their restaurants have altered their opening hours to accommodate fasting guests and provide special offerings, such as free Arabic coffee and dates. There are also mocktails and dishes include Hibachi steak, daintily rolled sushi, succulent sashimi plus other Japanese classics.
37 Sackville St, Mayfair, W1S 3EH; +44 20 7494 2525
You’d be hard-pressed to find a glitzier restaurant in London, a night out at Buddha Bar is one to remember. With the flagship restaurant in Paris, (and one in Abu Dhabi that you might be familiar with) Buddha Bar fuses Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisine. There’s a special Ramadan menu too, including a Emirati mixed seafood grill – the star of the show – with a fennel and orange salad. Don’t miss the date and banana pudding for dessert.
145 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PA; +4420 3667 5222
This chic restaurant with venues in well-heeled Knightsbridge and Mayfair serves arguably the best Lebanese and Moroccan food in the capital. It really comes into its own during Ramadan, with a five-course set meal that includes crispy birouat filo pastry parcels and moutabel – smoked aubergine puree sprinkled with pomegranate seeds – and for main course, fish tagine with vegetables in a rich chermoula sauce and saffron rice.
136 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, SW3 1HY; +4420 7581 7777
The biggest steakhouse in London’s east end is also one of the coolest new places to eat in London and also halal. It’s the new project from Hamza Harrak (you’ve probably heard of him from instagtam @greatbritishhalalchef). Drop by HS&Co in Stratford, an area that’s one of the most up-and-coming areas of London, where you can see drop into his three restaurants Dar Marrakesh, and MexiCasa too, each inspired by his travels in Morroco and Mexico, and both halal too, so ideal for Ramadan.
405 High St, E15 4QZ; +4420 8555 3322
One of London’s best Levantine restaurants, Ceru has two locations in the city and is a modern diner serving dishes with updated Arabic flavours like honey and rose-scented lamb kebab and chargrilled king prawns with a chermoula coconut dressing. Plates are colourful, simple and bursting with flavour and the bold dining room with statement patterned fabrics is, like the dishes, a fresh and young take on modern Middle Eastern cuisine. The whole menu (except the Greek pita bread) is gluten free as well as their craft beers.
11 D’Arblay St, Soho W1F 8DT; +4420 3195 3002
7-9 Bute Street, SW7 3EY; +4420 3195 3001
On the banks of Lake Geneva at the Président Wilson Hotel, Arabesque restaurant is widely regarded as one of the best Arabic restaurants in Switzerland. The menu takes its cues from Lebanese cuisine, with dishes such as chiche taouk – chicken skewers marinated in olive oil and garlic, and hot and cold mezzes. It’s Arabic fine-dining at its most innovative.
Quai Wilson 47, 1211; +41 22 906 67 63