SHAFAQNA – If you are fasting, then you already know that one of your favourite parts of the day is Iftar. After spending daylight hours abstaining from food and drink the time has now come to break fast, relax and basically eat as much as you can.
But sometimes eating out during the month of Ramadan can be difficult because Iftar is late in the evening.
Fear not because we’ve got a roundup of the best and yummiest places in London that have late openings, and offer special menus for you to get stuck into.
If you’re craving an all-American spectacular feast then Boondocks should be on your list.
Take your pick from delights such as date cookies, the famous Big Stax burger, chicken and waffles and red velvet cake. Or you can go all out and get involved with their secret menu.
From 26 May to 4 June they are running a special Iftar event, with a set menu taking place at sundown every evening, make sure you book tickets in advance, as it will be popular.
Foodie favourite Dishoom will be serving complimentary dates and nimbu pani (lemon water) to everyone waiting for a table at Iftar.
So take your pick from the closest thing you will get to a Bombay cafe in the UK with offerings such as their famous chicken tikka, spicy lamb chops or their calamari.
3. Intercontinental Park Lane
If you’re after something more on the swanky side, then look no further because The Intercontinental on Park Lane has you covered with its special Middle Eastern menu.
The menu will be constantly changing and will feature items such as fresh and dried fruits, cheese sambousik, shish tahouk, halal mixed meat and seafood grill, and of course a homemade dessert selection.
Make sure you book to avoid disappointment.
If you fancy Turkish cuisine then head down to Tarshish for your feast on mezze, fancy kebabs and their famous steaks.
Just remember to save space for the warm baklava.
5. HS & Co
Steak, steak and more steak. Also a few options such as the falafel and halloumi burger. This is what is on offer here in Stratford, where you can tuck into an Irish steak cooked in their Josper Grill.
And in case you were wondering what a Josper Grill is, it is one of those super fancy cooking machine contraptions aimed to make steaks as delicious as possible.
There is also a special Ramadan menu with items such as slow cooked BBQ beef ribs and their famous breakfast burger.
6. Brioche Burger
Ever fancied a burger so messy and big that you need several sturdy forks and you wished you had an extra pair of hands to handle it?
Yes, this is where you will meet your match.
Get stuck into a range of burgers, and definitely order a portion of the chilli fries.
7. Mamounia Lounge
This place is all about food, drinks and of course shisha.
There is a special Iftar menu and you can choose from mezze, grilled seabass, shish taouk and more.
Also the Moroccan mint tea is pretty amazing as well.
8. The Meat Co
This place offers complimentary dates, yoghurt AND soup.
There is a separate halal menu full of steak, salt and pepper calamari and peri-peri prawns.
9. Chor Bizarre
This place in Mayfair is inspired by the Thieves Market, and if you are after a unique place where no two tables are the same then this is the place.
Definitely go for the Maharaja Thali.
10. Open Iftar
For a true community experience then this definitely should be on your list of places to break fast.
You sit with others on the ground, and enjoy dates, fruit, food and desserts donated by the community, and you can also take part in a communal prayer.
This menu is definitely vibrant. There are nearly 100 ingredients, over 20 spices and 6 varieties of nuts and the humble lemon is one of the most used ingredients on the entire menu.
So take your pick from the merguez chicken with lentil and mint salad, or the market platter complete with grilled halloumi, falafel and freshly baked pita bread.
12. Salt ‘n’ Pepper
This London branch is one of 26 locations worldwide where you can get your fill of this famous Indian and Pakistani food.
Menu isn’t too pricey, and you can take your pick from a variety of chicken, lamb and vegetarian dishes.
13. Babaji Pide
If you’re after pizza but want something different then this is the place to go. Because why have pizza when you can have pide instead?
There are ten different types served, so get stuck in.