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3 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW
  • Telephone 0131 225 1329
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.hanams.com
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Chargrilled Kurdish cuisine feeding locals and tourists alike.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Hanam's is a deceptively large restaurant, spanning two floors with outdoor seating for dining or smoking shisha pipes. Serving a selection of hot, cold and chargrilled mezze, Kurdish specialities and wraps, you can choose to go the sharing route or take the starter and main course option. Muhamara is great for dipping and is a delightful alternative to classic baba ganoush and hummus. If you're having trouble deciding, try a trio of dips or mixed dolma stuffed with fragrant rice. Meat dishes arrive beautifully caramelised on the outside, delivering a rich umami flavour and a hint of spice in the case of the soujuk sausage. Lamb features heavily in kebabs, stews and mezze. Leave room for the exotic-flavoured sorbets, with the rosewater option providing a satisfying palate cleanser. Arabic coffee is not to be overlooked – or confused with Turkish coffee – and provides a perfect ending. The restaurant is BYOB, but has a selection of non-alcoholic beer and cider.

The List's rating






Nicola Pym visited Hanam's on 28 January 2019
  • High point: Discovering new flavours
  • Low point: Scarves for sale on the wall feels incongruous
  • Notable dish: Arabic coffee
  • Average price: £20 (lunch); £20 (dinner)

Set in the heart of Edinburgh is Hanam's Kurdish and Middle Eastern Restaurant and if you think that's a mouthful, wait until you see what on offer! Voted one of Britain's Top 5 Middle Eastern Restaurants by the Telegraph, owner Ahmed ensures the personal touch, by being there seven days a week to offer advice and banter. The menu offers starters such as falafel and baba ghanoush, main courses that include Kurdish pizzas, vegetarian casseroles and halal meat dishes, such as Kurdish-style lamb biryani. There are also a selection of shish kebabs and desserts. Three courses from this banquet-like menu will cost an average of just £20 per person. And, if you're so inclined, you can even smoke a traditional hookah after your meal.

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  • Delivery: Deliveroo
  • Private dining: 25-40
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Traditional/instrumental Arab music
  • Live entertainment: Belly dancing on Friday evenings
  • Capacity: 100 (20 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 120 seated
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: n/a
  • House wine: n/a per bottle
  • BYOB: £2 beer, £3.95 per wine corkage (no spirits or soft drinks)