A list of the top halal-friendly restaurants serving the best laksas in London.
Whether you’re looking for a warming hug-in-a-bowl during winter or something piquant to open up your appetite in summer, a good Laksa always does the job. If you haven’t had a laksa before, laksa is a spicy noodle soup originated in Malaysia and Singapore. It is served with either egg noodles, rice vermicelli, or a mix of both! Typical laksa toppings include prawns and/or chicken. A laksa is usually spicy, tangy, and coconut-y, though flavours vary depending on the style and variation.
I have posted about Normah’s many times now and when it comes to looking for the best laksas in London, it’s firmly my favourite one and holds the top spot on the list.
Normah’s laksa wins all with its authentic homely touch. I order the curry laksa every single time plus a side of roti. It’s also one of the best value restaurants in London, if not the very best. A bowl of laksa and a side of roti cost only a tenner and it guarantees an exquisite journey to the palate.
Once again, I couldn’t recommend Normah’s enough!
Address: Normah’s, 23-25 inside Queensway Market, London W2 4QJ
Nearest station: Queensway
Halal status: Everything is halal at Normah’s
If you’re looking to sample through different regional styles of laksa in London, Laksamania offers a really good selection to choose from. Its menu offers a range of laksa styles such as Ipoh style, Singaporean style, Assam style, Nyonya style, etc.
My go-to is either the Singaporean curry laksa or the Signature Tiger Prawn one. Both of them have been consistently good at every visit so far and they come in great portions.
Address: 92 Newman St, London W1T 3EZ
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road
Halal status: Chicken is halal at Laksamania
From a humble street food stall beginnings to restaurant pop-ups to now a permanent site, Sambal Shiok has been a very popular spot for offering one of the top laksas in London.
If you’re looking for a good hit of spice, Sambal Shiok‘s laksa can deliver that (you can even ask for extra hot). Choose from their signature laksa, Assam laksa, or even a vegan laksa option. In addition, they also offer some terrific Malaysian-style fried chicken and gado-gado salad to satisfy your Malaysian cravings.
Address: 171 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LX
Nearest station: Holloway Road
Halal status: All meats are halal at Sambal Shiok but alcohol is present on the menu.
Longstanding a halal Malaysian & Singaporean restaurant in Chinatown, Rasa Sayang offers an excellent range of traditional hawker-style dishes, including the Raffles Singapore Laksa.
Their Macclesfield Street restaurant is currently closed for renovations and is temporarily open at Frith Street in the meantime.
Address: 15 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4RE
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road / Piccadilly Circus
Halal status: Everything is halal at Rasa Sayang
Chop Chop Noodle Bar
If you’re looking for something cheap but guaranteed to fill you up, Chop Chop Noodle Bar is the one to go for. They are a local pan-Asian restaurant/takeaway spot situated nearby Shepherd’s Bush station. A bowl of laksa costs less than a tenner and the portion was massive (you could totally split that into two meals).
Address: 56 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8LP
Nearest station: Shepherd’s Bush
Halal status: All meats except pork are halal at Chop Chop Noodle Bar.
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