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 this London Soho halal food guide to save you the headaches!
Soho is an absolute food hub in London where you can find plenty of options from fine dining to casual eats and a wide variety of cuisines to choose from. Whatever you’re in the mood for, I’m sure you can find something to your liking in the area. In this article, we have put together our favourite halal food spots in the area and we hope it helps you out next time you’re out and about in the area!
*Please always double-check the halal status of the restaurants as suppliers could change.
Where to Find Halal Food Options in Soho
- Berenjak (Persian)
- Rasa Sayang Chinatown (Malaysian/Singaporean)
- Wingmans Soho (Gourmet Chicken Wings)
- Macellaio RC (Italian Steakhouse)
- Japes Soho (Chicago-style Deep Dish Pizza)
- Ramoramen Soho (Filipino-Japanese fusion)
- Mr White’s Leicester Square (Steakhouse)
- Hoppers Soho (Sri Lankan)
- Burger & Beyond (Burger)
- P.F. Chang’s (Chinese)
- Truffle Soho (Burger)
- Fatt Pundit (Indo-Chinese)
- Imad’s Syrian Kitchen (Syrian)
- Bunsik (Korean)
- Coqfighter Soho (Fried Chicken)
- Poppies Fish & Chips (British)
- Chotto Matte (Peruvian-Japanese fusion)
- Wing Wing Chinatown (Korean wings)
- Assa (Korean)
- Hankies Cafe (Indian)
- Patty & Bun (Burger)
- Darjeeling Express (Indian)
- Dirty Bones (American)
- Veeraswamy (Indian)
- Wingstop (American)
- Farzi Cafe (Indian)
- Park Row (DC-themed European)
- Pho Soho (Vietnamese)
- Monga Fried Chicken (Taiwanese)
- Good Friend Chicken (Taiwanese)
- Honest Burger (Burger)
- Stack & Still (Pancake)
- Arang (Korean)
- Robata (Japanese)
- Absurd Bird (American)
- Slim Chickens (American)
- Shake Shack (American)
- Dishoom Carnaby (Indian)
- Other Soho halal food spots
If you are looking for the best Persian food in London? Berenjak is the one to go. Their kebabs are some of the juiciest in town and the Lamb Barreh Kebab, especially, is a real treat to the palate. Both appetizers and side dishes are also great and worth trying. The restaurant gets extremely busy so it is highly recommended to make a booking in advance.
Rasa Sayang Chinatown
Easily one of the most popular halal Singaporean & Malaysian restaurants in town, Rasa Sayang is no doubt a super popular pick in the area. Our personal favourites include Chicken Curry, Chicken Satay, and Hainanese Chicken Rice. There is always a queue so head there early if you fancy some homely southeast Asian food!
The crowded tables say it all about the award-winning chicken restaurant, Wingmans. Its menu features a range of cracking flavours for its signature wings, as well as chicken burgers and side dishes. We recommend trying out the Bang Coq wings which is an exclusive flavour at the Soho branch. Read more about our experience at Wingmans here.
Macellaio RC is an Italian steakhouse that is known for its sophisticated yet warm trattoria ambience and high-quality dry-aged steaks. Halal steak cuts include ribeye & T-bone, and there is also a range of artisan bread, focaccia, pizzas etc, to enjoy from the menu. You can check out our full review of Macellaio RC Soho here.
Before I had Japes, I wasn’t a fan of deep-dish pizzas. But ever since I tried their signature Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas, I’ve been fully converted! A simple Deep Dish Margherita Pizza, and/or their other vegetarian options, are more than enough to satisfy your cravings. But if you really fancy a meat option, they offer halal chicken, which comes in a buttermilk ranch base. Although, personally, I stand by the Margherita is the best of the bunch. You can check out our full review here.
The Filipino-Japanese ramen joint, Ramoramen, has opened another branch in Soho and it comes with a new shiny & irresistible menu! New dishes in Soho include Octopus Kinilaw, Wagyu Bistek Donburi, Lobster & Crab Ginataan Ramen, Grilled Scallops, and many more. You can check out our full review of Ramoramen Soho here.
Mr White’s Leicester Square
Located at the very heart of Leicester Square is Mr White’s Steakhouse – one of Marco Pierre White’s restaurants and with a separate halal menu available where you can enjoy steaks & pizzas. The interiors are lovely there and its prime location makes it a great dining option in central London. You can check out our full review here.
The modern Sri Lankan restaurant, Hoppers, has been quite the hype of town since it first started out. Their signature giant hoppers dosa remains a popular hit over the years, using a coconut batter with a fried egg sitting prettily at the spongy bottom. It comes with a range of sambals and chutneys but, if you can, it makes a fantastic pairing with their curries too! The Soho branch has limited seating and it is recommended to make a booking in advance.
Burger & Beyond Soho
Their signature dry-aged beef patties have won the population’s hearts and it’s an even more exciting time ahead as Burger & Beyond Soho is now also serving halal options! Other than good quality burgers, the Tater Tots are the highlight in our opinion and we love their milkshakes too! Find more details in our full review of Burger & Beyond Soho here.
P.F. Chang has been a hit in Dubai and certainly a hit in London with their halal Chinese food offerings. The Dynamite Shrimps are the signature must-try dish and other popular dishes include Mongolian Beef and Wok-charred Ribeye. As you can imagine, the restaurant gets super busy so reservations are highly recommended.
If you love truffle flavours, then you might want to hit up Truffle Burger as everything on their menu features truffle one way or another! Both chicken & beef are halal and cooked on a separate grill from any non-halal products. We recommend the Truffle Butter Burger and the Truffle Honey Chicken Burger. Read our full review of Truffle Soho here.
The marriage of Hakka Chinese and Indian cuisines had brought Fatt Pundit into the spotlight. Their first branch is in Soho but we recommend visiting the Covent Garden branch instead as the seating would be more comfortable. Read more about our experience at Fatt Pundit here.
Imad’s Syrian Kitchen
Imad was a successful restauranteur in Damascus before his restaurants got destroyed in the war and had to flee the country for the safety of his family. As he made his way through Europe, he would cook for refugees and use food to bring people together. After settling in London, he ran a series of successful popups & supper clubs, which led to the birth of Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, his first permanent restaurant at Kingly Court.
The queues don’t lie. Bunsik brought the sensational Korean K-dog frenzy to London and continues to live up to the hype. Whether it’s the original coating or potato corn dog, you are guaranteed to be in for a cheesy treat.
Looking for some really good fried chicken? Then you need to have Coqfighter on the list. Apart from a range of fried chicken burgers, there is also a bao option, as well as fried wings of various flavours, boneless chicken bites, and side dishes. It’s safe to say that the Green Chilli Cheese Chicken Burger is a firm favourite of ours and we love it with a side of their fries that’s deliciously spiked with paprika and dashi. There are a few exclusive dishes for the Soho branch as well, including the Laksa Wings and the Cheesy Corn!
Poppies Fish & Chips
Poppies is a long-standing English fish & chips restaurant with multiple branches across London. Our preference is the Spitalfields branch for both taste and interior, but if you’re looking for halal fish & chips in West End, the Soho branch is an option. A non-alcoholic batter is used across all branches and cooked separately from any non-halal items (do make the staff aware just to be safe).
Specialising in Nikkei, i.e Japanese-Peruvian fusion gastronomy, Chotto Matte has been taking London offers a sophisticated but fun fine-dining experience. The Black Cod Aji Miso is a must-order and the likes of lamb chops and sashimi dishes are very popular too. Some sauces may contain alcohol but you can let the staff be aware and they will happily cater to non-alcoholic options/alternatives.
Wing Wing Chinatown
Fancy chicken wings with a Korean twist? Wing Wing has opened its biggest branch yet in Chinatown which spans three floors. Enjoy their signature crispy chicken with soy garlic, hot, liquorice, or mixed glaze and pair them with a side of their lip-smacking seaweed fries!
This humble Korean restaurant is known for its Korean hot pots and other traditional comfort food dishes. We recommend going for the Rabboki (i.e. Tteokbokki + Ramyeon ramen) which is perfectly cheesy & saucy to satisfy your K-food cravings.
Halal status: Chicken & beef are halal.
Conveniently located on Shaftesbury Avenue, Hankies Cafe is a great pick for some casual Indian street food. They specialise in Roomali Roti (i.e the ‘hankies’) and offer some decent grills on the menu as well. There is also a more upscale version of Hankies Cafe located in Marble Arch.
Patty & Bun
You can always rely on Patty & Bun to provide good quality burgers. Chicken & lamb are halal across all branches and selective branches also serve halal beef as well – including the Kingly Court branch.
Asma Khan’s popular Darjeeling Express returns to Carnaby after a short stint in Covent Garden. The restaurant remains run by an all-women team of housewives and delivers homely flavours of Calcutta, India.
The NYC-inspired comfort food restaurant Dirty Bones has started to cater to the halal market. This means you can get your hands on that iconic Mac Daddy Burger, featuring a double dry-aged steak burger topped with pulled beef short rib, mac & cheese and espresso-spiked BBQ sauce on seeded brioche buns.
If you’re looking for a place to impress, Veeraswamy is an option. Located on the iconic Regent’s Street, the upscale Indian restaurant features an opulent colonial interior and boasts itself as one of the UK’s oldest Indian restaurants.
Just want a quick fast food stop? Then pop by Wingstop and enjoy some lip-smackingly delicious chicken! Coming from LA to London, you can enjoy a range of flavours, from milder ones like Garlic Parmesan to fierily spicy ones like the Atomic Bomb. Regardless of what flavours you pick, the chicken is 100% addictively delicious and the boneless chicken tenders are my go-to order.
With a ‘vision of bringing Indian Cuisine back “in-Vogue”’, Farzi Cafe offers a uniquely modern interpretation of Indian food – for instance, ground beef scotch egg, veal “osso bucco” ishtu, shawarma biryani, etc. From our visit a few years ago, some dishes were hit-and-miss, but there are some good ones too. You can check out our full review here.
If you are a DC fan, you’d love the theatrics of Park Row. Most reviews have claimed that dinner was overpriced but the Afternoon Tea had been reasonably well from our experience. You can check out our full review here.
There is a real shortage of halal-friendly Vietnamese restaurants in London. It’s still far from the real deal but Pho is one of the very few options that offer some halal options to choose from. Their chicken is halal but, for noodle soup/pho options, only the broth for Hot & Spicy Chicken Pho & the Curry Noodle Soup is halal. Alternatively, you can try asking for a vegetarian broth.
Monga Fried Chicken Chinatown
Have you tried fried chicken that’s bigger than your head? Yep, that’s what it’s like at Monga Fried Chicken. Monga prides itself in offering the juiciest Taiwanese fried chicken by marinating their chicken with honey & frying them in a batter coating. Apart from the traditional seasonings, they have this Chee Z Special on the menu where you get chilli sauce and melted cheese over that piece of giant fried chicken cutlet. You’d want to look away from the calories for this one!
Good Friend Chicken
Another halal Taiwanese fried chicken spot in Chinatown is Good Friend Chicken, which always has a queue! You can choose from a variety of seasonings (I personally enjoy the seaweed one) and the popcorn chicken is no doubt their bestseller!
Halal status: Chicken is halal.
Another national chain that opened up to the halal market is Honest Burger. All chicken is now halal across all branches nationwide and we recommend going for the Buffalo chicken burger. All burgers come with some addictively delicious homemade rosemary salted chips, which would leave you wanting more!
Stack & Still
We first discovered Stack & Still in Edinburgh and are thrilled to find them opening in London at the heart of Leicester Square. Whether you’re in the mood for sweet or savoury pancakes, its extensive menu got you covered for whatever tickles your fancy. Though I must say I’m rather dubious about the likes of Doner Kebab or Piri Piri Pancake Stacks! I think I’ll stick with the sweet options for now.
Korean food is definitely taking over town these days and there are more and more halal options to choose from! If you happen to be in Soho and fancy some Korean barbecue, Arang could be a good pick. With halal chicken and beef available, you can enjoy a Korean BBQ set or order a range of classic Korean dishes including traditional side dishes, casseroles, and some of their special set dishes.
Robata, meaning Japanese grilled charcoal cooking, is a pretty cool Japanese restaurant to visit. The highlight is no doubt the Hay Flamed Beef Fillet, which comes served over a hot robata grill and is a showstopper on the table. The Beef Tataki is also a notable dish and you can read more about our full review of Robata Soho here.
Those monstrous fried wings are no doubt a staple at Absurd Bird. But my personal favourite there is their Fried Chicken & Waffle, which comes in a delicious gravy and maple syrup.
Another quick and no-fuss halal fast food stop in Soho is Slim Chickens. You can’t go wrong with their chicken (wings/tenders) combo, which comes with fries, Texas toast, and a sauce of your choice. Or their chicken sandwiches can be a good pick too and is a cheap and cheerful spot in town.
The American burger sensation, Shake Shack, offers halal chicken options across all branches in the UK. Options are limited as there are only Chicken Shack & Chicken Bites available on their regular chicken menu. However, they do release limited chicken options from time to time, such as the hot honey chicken burger, etc. Alternatively, I personally enjoyed their vegetarian Mushroom Burger too which is a cheesy one.
When in doubt, there’s always a Dishoom around central London. Dishoom has established its name well over the past decade and continues to attract queues outside every single branch. Though whether they’re still one of the best Indian restaurants in the game, that’s up for debate.
Other Soho halal food spots
- Pizza Pilgrims – Sourdough pizza joint with halal pepperoni available which is handled & cooked separately
- Masala Zone – Indian restaurant. All meats served are halal.
- Chicken Shop (formerly Chikn) – Fried chicken burger joint. Chicken is halal.
- Yalla Yalla – Lebanese. All meats served are halal.
- Burgeri – A burger joint from Doha. All meats served are halal.
- Stax Diner – American burger and chicken spot in Kingly Court, Carnaby. All meats served are halal.
- Bosphorus – Touristy Turkish restaurant in Leicester Square. All meats served are halal.
- Nusa Dua – Indonesian/pan-Asian food and halal Chinese hot pot available. Poor service and mediocre food though.
- Angus Steakhouse – Separate halal menu available. Though the quality of meat is rather poor.
- Eat Tokyo – Affordable Japanese restaurant serving sushi and rice/noodles dishes. All chicken is halal but deep-fried chicken dishes may be cooked in the same fryer with non-halal meats.