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
- Rasa Sayang
- Wingmans Soho
- Ramoramen Soho
- Mr White’s Leicester Square
- Coqfighter Soho
- Poppies Fish & Chips
- Hoppers Soho
- Chotto Matte
- P.F. Chang’s
- Truffle Soho
- Fatt Pundit
- Wing Wing Chinatown
- Pho Soho
- Hankies Cafe
- Turpan Uyghur
- Monga Fried Chicken
- Good Friend Chicken
- Farzi Cafe
- Absurd Bird
- Pizza Pilgrims
- Dishoom Caraby
- Slim Chickens
- Shake Shack
- Other Soho halal food spots
Berenjak easily serves one of the best Persian food in London. You can expect some really juicy kebabs, and the Lamb Barreh Kebab, especially, is a real treat to the palate. Both appetizers and side dishes are also great and worth trying. As for desserts, they offer Baklava Ice Cream Sandwich from the ever-popular Darlish! Though I’d say Darlish’s summer pop-up tasted better. Anyhow, the restaurant gets extremely busy so it is highly recommended to make a booking in advance.
Easily one of the most popular halal Singaporean & Malaysian restaurants in town, Rasa Sayang is no doubt a super popular pick in the area. Dishes such as their Chicken Satay, Hainanese Chicken Rice, and Chicken Curry are absolute ace and my personal favourite. We’ve also enjoyed some of their other popular dishes like Beef Rendang, Singapore Chilli Crab, and many more. They have recently reopened at their original site in Chinatown with a refurbished venue and an expanded menu. It is a must-visit when you’re out and about in London Chinatown!
The crowded tables say it all about the award-winning chicken restaurant, Wingmans. Halal options are clearly marked on the menu, similarly with gluten-free and vegetarian options. The menu features a range of cracking flavours for their 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.
Before I tried out Japes, I wasn’t quite a fan of deep-dish pizzas. Their signature Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas have completely changed my mind and I can proudly say I am now a big fan of it! A simple Margherita Pizza, and/or their other vegetarian options, are more than enough to satisfy your pizza 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 that their Margherita is the best out of the bunch. Anyhow, you can expect all their pizzas to be really saucy and cheesy, and a mandatory cheese-pull shot has to be done! Read more about our experience at Japes here.
The Filipino-Japanese ramen joint, Ramoramen, has recently opened another branch in Soho and it comes with a new shiny & irresistible menu! Ramoramen has been winning hearts & bellies in Camden/Kentish Town and they’re now stepping foot into a more central location to bring their unique flavours to a bigger audience. New dishes on the menu include the Octopus Kinilaw, Wagyu Bistek Donburi, Lobster & Crab Ginataan Ramen, Grilled Scallops, and many more. Read more about our experience at Ramoramen Soho here.
Mr White’s Leicester Square
Newly opened bang on at the heart of Leicester Square is Mr White’s steakhouse. The Marco Pierre White restaurant has multiple branches across the nation but it’s the first time in a decade that it returns to the capital’s west end. A separate halal menu is available, featuring steaks and Italian pizzas. The interior and decor are lovely and its prime location makes it a great dining option in central London. Read more about our experience at Mr White’s Leicester Square here.
Halal status: A separate halal menu is available. Alcohol is served at the restaurant.
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 Fish & Chips is a long-standing traditional English fish & chips shop. They started out in Spitalfields but now have branches in Soho and Camden as well. Our preference remains the Spitalfields branch in terms of both taste and interior, but if you’re looking for some halal fish & chips in West End, the Soho branch is certainly 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). We like it with an extra side of curry sauce and their mushy peas!
The modern Sri Lankan restaurant, Hoppers, has been quite the hype of town since they 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.
Have you heard of the gastronomy concept of Nikkei, i.e a Japanese-Peruvian fusion culinary sensation? As the concept hits Europe, Chotto Matte is where you can experience this unique fusion in London. The restaurant offers a sophisticated but fun fine-dining experience. Its menu showcases a unique range of Japanese-Peruvian dishes, with vibrant and electric flavours that make it such a popular restaurant to visit worldwide. The black cod with aji miso is a must-order and the likes of lamb chops and sashimi dishes are very popular too. Some sauces may contain small traces of alcohol but you can let the staff be aware and they will happily cater to non-alcoholic options/alternatives.
P.F. Chang has been a hit in Dubai and has definitely set a bit of a frenzy to the halal dining scene when they arrived in London. Their Dynamite Shrimps are no doubt the signature dish of the restaurant which you can see all over social media. Other popular dishes include the Mongolian Beef, Wok-charred Ribeye, as well as some of their stunning-looking desserts. Reservations are highly recommended as the restaurant continues to be super busy.
If you love truffle flavours, then you might want to consider hitting up Truffle Burger as everything on their menu features truffle one way or another. They started as a street food stall and soon expanded into their first permanent site in Soho. Both chicken & beef are halal and cooked on a separate grill from any non-halal products. Even though one of the burgers, the Truffle Burger, has bacon on the menu, you can ask to omit it and the staff will handle and cook it separately. We enjoyed most the Truffle Butter Burger – read more about our experience and full restaurant review here.
Fatt Pundit is a sister restaurant to the long-standing Bombay Chow in Hammersmith and specialises in Indo-Chinese cuisine. The marriage between Hakka Chinese and Indian cuisines should be enough of a draw to visit. Their beef and/or chicken momos are a must-order, and the likes of lamb chops and chicken lollipops also come highly rated. What you don’t want to miss out on, is the Sizzling Brownie for dessert – it is just impossible to not love! Apart from the Soho branch, they have also recently opened another branch in Covent Garden in 2021. Read more about our experience at Fatt Pundit here.
Just want a quick fast food stop? You can stop by Wingstop and enjoy some lip-smackingly delicious chicken. 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 from the American sensation. Regardless of what flavours you pick, the chicken is 100% addictively delicious and the boneless chicken tenders are my go-to order.
Wing Wing Chinatown
Fancy more wings but perhaps with a Korean twist this time? Wing Wing has opened its biggest branch yet in Chinatown that spans three floors. The menu remains the same as their original two branches – i.e soy garlic, hot, liquorice, or mixed glaze options over their signature crispy chicken, and you can pair them with a side of some lip-smacking seaweed fries!
There is a real shortage of halal-friendly Vietnamese restaurants in London. It’s still far from the real deal but Pho Soho is one of the very few options that offer some halal options to choose from. All their chicken is halal but, for noodle soup/pho options, only the broth for Hot & Spicy Chicken Pho is halal. Alternatively, you can ask for a vegetarian broth. Other options include Vietnamese Curry, Vermicelli Noodles (served at room temperature with mixing sauce), etc. For all coffee lovers, you’d definitely want to finish the meal with Vietnamese Coffee!
Halal status: Chicken is halal. But for noodle soups, only the Hot & Spicy Chicken Pho and Curry Noodle Soups are halal, or ask for vegetarian broth. Pork and alcohol are served at the restaurant.
If you’re looking for a place to impress, Veeraswamy could be an option in the area. Located on the iconic Regent’s Street, the upscale Indian restaurant features an opulent colonial interior. Boasting itself as one of the UK’s oldest Indian restaurants, it has had its fair share of history of royalties and celebrities alike frequenting the restaurant back in the day. Many would say there are better fine-dining Indian options in town, but hey, it’s an option.
Here is another Indian restaurant on the list but with a much more casual vibe. Hankies Cafe serves Indian street food dishes in tapas style and specialises in Roomali Roti (i.e the ‘hankies’). It is conveniently located on Shaftesbury Avenue, adjacent to The Piccadilly London West End Hotel. The grills were pretty decent and they offer both lunch and dinner deals (£10/£15) as well. There is also a more upscale version of Hankies located in Marble Arch. Read more about our experience at Hankies Cafe here.
Tucked away on a quiet street from the busy Oxford Street is Laksamania, a popular Malaysian restaurant that serves you all the different styles of laksa noodles. Whether you prefer Ipoh style or Singaporean, Melaka, Penang etc., Laksamania’s menu has got you covered. You can also ask for extra hot for those who fancy a good kick of heat!
If you are looking for a no-fuss cheap and cheerful restaurant near Tottenham Court Road, Turpan Uyghur is an option to consider. Its menu offers a lovely selection of traditional Uyghur dishes, from Uyghur lamb skewers, dumplings, samsa puffs, pulao, chopped noodles – you name it, they have it. Read more about our experience at Turpan Uyghur here.
Monga Fried Chicken
Have you tried Taiwanese fried chicken that’s bigger than your head? Yep, that’s how it’s like at Monga Fried Chicken in Chinatown. They pride themselves in offering the juiciest of Taiwanese fried chicken by marinating their chicken with honey and dipping in batter instead of dry flours to fry to golden perfection. 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 fillet – just like a pizza, you can say!
Good Friend Chicken
Another Taiwanese fried chicken spot in Chinatown is Good Friend Chicken, which offers halal chicken options as well. The little fast food takeaway shop always attracts quite a queue for a taste of Taiwanese night market street food staple. You can choose from a variety of seasonings and the popcorn chicken is no doubt their bestseller!
Halal status: Chicken is halal.
Farzi Cafe comes with “a vision of bringing Indian Cuisine back “in-Vogue”. It offers a uniquely modern interpretation of Indian cuisine – for instance, ground beef scotch egg, veal “osso bucco” ishtu, shawarma biryani, etc. The interior is fairly snazzy too, making it an ideal restaurant for a special occasion. From our visit a few years ago, some dishes were hit-and-miss, but the good ones were great.
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. It’s a small casual restaurant but offers high-quality dishes with some halal chicken and beef options on the menu. Served over a hot robata grill, the Hay Flamed Beef Fillet is quite a showstopper to have. During our visit, we also enjoyed the chicken karaage and beef tataki. Read more about our experience at Robata Soho here.
Those monstrous fried wings are no doubt a staple at Absurd Bird. But my personal favourite is their Fried Chicken & Waffle, which comes in a delicious gravy and maple syrup. Absurd Bird offers all things chicken – from fried wings, chicken burgers, waffles to vegan options to comforting side dishes such as mac & cheese! They also run Wings Wednesday every week where you can get bottomless wings for £16.95 (only available via booking).
Pizza Pilgrims started out as a pizza truck and now has numerous branches all over London and a branch in Oxford as well. They offer delicious sourdough pizzas and have some great vegetarian-friendly options. But you can now order more than just vegetarian options as they now also offer halal pepperoni across all branches! Simply let the staff know it’s the halal pepperoni, not the regular pepperoni, you are ordering and they have a separate station and oven to cook your pizza.
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 of people outside every single branch in London. Though whether they’re still one of the best Indian restaurants in the game, that’s up for debate.
Another quick and no-fuss fast food stop here – Slim Chickens serve the quintessential American classic of chicken (wings/tenders) with fries and Texas toast. While we felt the chicken itself was not particularly outstanding, it was the dips & sauces that stood out more to us. You can also get chicken sandwiches, wraps, and/or salad as well and it is an easy stop for a quick bite if you’re looking for halal food options in Soho.
The American burger sensation, Shake Shack, offers halal chicken options across all branches in the UK. Options are slightly limited as there are only Chicken Shack and 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. Last but not least, do not forget to grab a shake from them too!
Other Soho halal food spots
- Bubba Gump – Forest Gump-themed restaurant. All meats served (apart from pork) are halal.
- Masala Zone – Indian restaurant. All meats served are halal.
- Chikn – Fried chicken burger joint. Chicken is 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.
- Siirgista Bros – We used to like them but their burgers have been rather bad over the last 2 years. All meats served are halal.