Long-running Middle Eastern restaurant celebrating Kurdish cooking in an atmospheric setting.
Hanam’s is the eldest of owner Jamal Ahmed’s offspring (with siblings Pomegranate and Laila’s Bistro). It sticks to what it does well: no-frills Middle Eastern cooking, Kurdish at heart, with dishes from Lebanese to Saudi. Traditional tapestries, luxe gilded curtains and multi-coloured pendant lights create a welcoming vibe over two floors, with a downstairs room ideal for big groups, while a nearly-free BYOB policy (just a 30p recycling charge) assists the atmosphere. Take a tour of the region with a set meal option, or try the mushakal starter selection with treats including arancini-like kubba and Kurdish breakfast staple kulicha – fried naan dough fritters. From the charcoal grill choose a kebab Kurdish style with naan and salad, or Iranian with a veggie shillah side, either bamya (okra) or tapsi (aubergine and pepper). Or try gormeh sabzi, a Persian dish of lamb in lime and spinach, or tashreeb, a rich casserole with a soaked naan base. Ease up with gentle rose ice-cream, then finish with a fortifying Arabic coffee, or hit the shisha terrace.
- High point: Substantial servings of Kurdish cooking
- Low point: Unlicensed, so don’t forget a bottle if you’re boozing
- Notable dish: Lamb tashreeb
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: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Contemporary Arabic dance music
- 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: 30p glass recycling charge corkage