Hanging out in central London and struggling to find halal food options nearby? We’ve been there, plenty of times. That’s why we have put together a list of London halal food guides to save you the headaches! Covent Garden is probably one of our favourite areas in London. There is this special charm to it – lively, vibrant & charismatic, and there are some fantastic halal food options too! Check out our foodie guide on Halal Restaurants in Covent Garden where we listed all the best halal food options available in the area. From fried chicken burgers to rotisserie chicken, Singaporean curry puffs to Burmese noodles, brunch places to date night dinners, Covent Garden has plenty to offer.
Where to find halal food in Covent Garden
Old Chang Kee
Ditch that Gregg’s (I was never a fan of them anyway!) and head down to Covent Garden to try out Old Chang Kee’s signature Singaporean curry puffs instead. The chicken curry puffs (with or without egg) are a must-try and there are plenty of other flavours to try as well including Sardines, Beef Rendang, Chilli Prawn, etc. Other classic Singaporean hot dishes are also available in-store such as Laksa, Nasi Lemak, and Curries.
Buns & Buns
Originally from Miami, Buns & Buns has been consistently receiving high praises ever since they moved across the pond and opened at the very heart of Covent Garden. The restaurant focuses on bread, whether it be fresh bread loaves, pizzas or Asian bao buns. Their Rotisserie Chicken has been an especially popular hit and they make a lovely Steak Sandwich too. The quality of ingredients truly speaks for itself and the buzzing atmosphere is a bonus. A brunch menu is also available daily with plenty of classic breakfast dishes to choose from.
Following its success at Victoria, Chestnut Bakery has opened up its second location in the heart of Covent Garden. They offer some of the best pastries in London, with a particular focus on artisanal bread-making. Showstopping sweet pastries such as Lemon Meringue Croissant, Eclairs, Mille Feuille etc. are bound to impress and they also make some great savoury options like their signature Za’atar & Gruyère cheese croissant, flatbread, and pastrami sandwiches which are halal.
Apple Butter Cafe
Looking for a charming cafe for a brunch date? Then you must check out Apple Butter Cafe near the Seven Dials circus! Apple Butter Cafe is easily one of the top halal brunch spots in London, featuring an alluring Middle Eastern-inspired fusion menu, and some amazing desserts. The Croissant Butter Pudding, especially, was a popular hit and Sticky Date & Tahini Pudding is also a big winner. As for savouries, try out their Truffle Scrambled Eggs and/or the Croissant Eggs Florentine!
Popular in Dubai, and also popular in London is P.F Chang’s. Their signature Dynamic Shrimps continue to be a big hit, along with other popular dishes such as the Mongolian Beef, Wok-charred Ribeye, desserts etc. Additionally, they are also known for gorgeous seasonal decorations at the restaurant, especially during the cherry blossom season, Christmas, etc. The restaurant remains super busy at all times so reservations are highly recommended.
Chick N’ Sours
Chick N’ Sours is one of our recent new favourites in Covent Garden. The K-Pop Burger has certainly lived up to its hype and those beef dripping fries were such an addictive munch. Wings were a delicious bite too and there are some pretty unique side dishes such as pickled watermelon on the menu as well. Not only was the food great, but the vibe and cheerful staff are bound to make it an enjoyable experience.
They were at Carnaby but have now relocated to Covent Garden. Darjeeling Express has always come highly rated, especially with Asma Khan’s appearance on Netflix and also the restaurant’s headline of running an all-women kitchen. The restaurant specialises in home-style Indian food, with homage to the vibrant culture and cuisine of Calcutta. It started out as a supper club, and till today continues to run supper clubs on Sundays where her famous biryani will make a grand entrance for the feast. We visited their Carnaby branch a couple of years ago and generally enjoyed it, especially the Chilli Prawns & Bhapa Doi.
Seven Dials Market
Seven Dials Market is definitely a new hot spot in Covent Garden and features a great food line-up for the indoor covered market. Halal food options include Latino-style fried chicken, Uzbek dumplings, Indian street food, and a number of desserts to choose from too. Our personal favourites include OshPaz, Boolay Crepe, Deekenek, Chai Guys and more.
Fatt Pundit is a sister restaurant of Bombay Chow‘s and specialises in Indo-Chinese cuisine. It is essentially a marriage between Chinese Hakka cooking techniques and Indian spices & flavours and is a speciality in Kolkatta of India. Following its popularity in Soho, they have now opened up a second and bigger branch in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden. The momos (steamed dumplings served with spicy chutney) are a must-order to kick start your meal at Fatt Pundit and they are also known for their thick chargrilled lamb chops. Make sure you save space for desserts as you don’t want to miss out on their signature sizzling brownie!
Lahpet Covent Garden
Burmese cuisine is one that often slides under the radar and its lack of halal options means many never had the chance to try it. However, this is about to change as Lahpet is here to shine some light on it! I first tried Lahpet in Shoreditch when it first opened a couple of years ago and really enjoyed its vegetarian & pescatarian offerings. They’ve now opened a second site in Covent Garden and also offer halal chicken for the branch! Some must-try dishes include Burmese Tea Leaf Salad, Mohinga (Burmese Fish Noodle Soup), Coconut Noodles with Chicken, etc.
Pitaya is a successful casual Thai restaurant from France and they have opened its first UK site at the Strand near Covent Garden. It’s a place for a quick grab-and-go lunch and you can enjoy a range of Thai street food classic dishes from their menu, including Pad Thai, Thai Curries, Salads, Sie Yai, etc. Desserts-wise, they have some pretty unique macaroon flavours such as lemongrass, Thai tea, mango sticky rice, calamansi, pandan, and even satay!
Shake Shack Covent Garden
Shake Shack Covent Garden is the very first branch of the American burger joint when they first arrived across the pond. Very soon after, Shake Shack expanded with multiple locations across London and offer halal chicken for all branches. However, options are still rather limited and there are definitely better halal-friendly fried chicken burgers around the area. But do keep an eye out for any seasonal specials which are sometimes worth a try!
Honest Burger Covent Garden
Speaking of alternative chicken burgers in Covent Garden, apart from Chick & Sours mentioned above, Honest Burger has now joined the halal chicken gang too and serves halal chicken across all branches! You can enjoy both grilled and fried chicken burgers, chicken wings, as well as buffalo chicken burgers at selective branches. All burgers come with their addictively delicious homemade rosemary salted chips which would leave you craving for more! Let’s just say, Honest Burger honestly knows its stuff and is worth a visit.
Cinnamon Bazaar is one of the many Cinnamon restaurants across the UK. At Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden, they specialise in modern Indian dishes that are inspired by the cultural vibrancy of bazaar market cuisine. The menu features a range of chaat, various Indo-Chinese small plates, as well as some classic Indian street dishes including their signature Lamb Roganjosh Shepherd’s Pie. Amongst all the Indian restaurants by chef Vivek Singh, this may not be the most outstanding but it’s a relatively affordable option compared to his other restaurants.
Dishoom seems to be quite a popular pick, especially in Covent Garden, as there is always a queue. The Covent Garden branch, specifically, has also just been renovated with a new snazzy interior, so that could be a reason to go check them out. They were pretty good a good couple of years ago but mixed reviews nowadays are not enough of a draw for us to revisit. It’s an option in the area nonetheless.
Everyone loves Christopher’s famous Chocolate Brioche French Toast and it is regarded as one of the best French toasts in London. Desserts aside, Christopher’s also offers both halal Wagyu Burger and halal Australian Wagyu Rump Steak. They usually stock halal chicken, but just in case, you can pre-order beforehand for your visit. Also available for pre-order is halal lamb (48 hours in advance required).
Steak & Company
Looking for an affordable steak night in central London with a little bit of theatrics? Steak & Company has a separate halal menu and could make a great pick in the area. Choose between a fillet steak or sirloin, then your own butter, salt, and sauce. Your steak will then come on a sizzling plate for you to further cook and play around with the doness you prefer for your steak. The steak would be already seared and you just further cook it with the butter and salt. It may not be the best steak ever but a decent pick if you’re in the mood for a cheap steak dinner.
Pizza Pilgrims now offer halal pepperoni across all their branches, with strict kitchen policies in place to handle the ingredients separately and cook the pizza in a separate oven. Simply make the staff aware and all will be taken care of for you. The Covent Garden branch is small and compact but a very cosy one. If ordering from their menu, the pepperoni option comes with honey as well which we’re not too particularly impressed with. Instead, we like to order a classic Margherita and order pepperoni as an extra topping!
Halal status: Halal pepperoni is available across all branches.
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