Chargrilled heaven awaits in this Edinburgh institution serving Kurdish cooking just off the Royal Mile.
From the deep-red walls and multi-coloured stained-glass chandeliers to the full-throated flavours of the food, nothing about Hanam’s is subtle. This is a restaurant for those in search of robust sustenance. You may not think yourself familiar with a Kurdish menu but most of the dishes will be recognisable, from flatbread, garlic-rich hummus, grilled lamb and chicken, to coffee thick as tar and richly spiced, served with honey-oozing baklava. Start by sharing the whipped feta with dates, a salty, sharp, lurid indulgence ideal for smearing on the impossibly light naan accompanying it. Then the qozy lamb: a braised on-the-bone dish that yields immediately. There’s no unctuous fattiness either – instead, meat so tender Elvis would serenade it if he could. Kebabs are rich, juicy and smoky – crisp on the outside, collapsing beautifully in the mouth. Portions are too substantial to require pudding but fragrant rosewater sorbet may prove an ideal aid to digestion.
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: Kurdish music
- Live entertainment: N/A
- Capacity: 120 (35 outdoors)
- Largest group: 120 seated
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £6.95 (de-alcoholised / non-alcoholic) per bottle
- BYOB: £1 beer, £1.50 per wine corkage