Long-running Middle Eastern restaurant celebrating Kurdish cooking in an atmospheric setting.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Slap bang in tourist central, with no tartan or shortbread in sight, the walls here are adorned with bright, coloured tapestries and a large menu filled with Middle Eastern food for sharing. Hanam’s is a popular place to chow down for locals and visitors to the city. To start, dip oversized flat bread into hummus and smoky baba ganoush, or nibble a cigar-shaped hot cheese borek pastry, flavoured with parsley, feta and mozzarella. The overwhelming mains selection caters for vegetarians, fish and meat eaters alike. Kurdish and Iranian-style kebabs are a key feature, the vegetables marinated in tomato and lemon juice and the lamb tasty and tender. Portions are generous, so try to leave room for dessert. Pieces of Turkish delight-style cubes arrive with ice-cream, or finish off with a palate-cleansing rose water sorbet. The restaurant is BYOB with no corkage charge, but offers a selection of non-alcoholic beers and wines. Should it take your fancy, partake in a puff of the shisha to round off, with a range of flavours to try.
- High point: Newly renovated and friendly
- Low point: Pace yourself, portions are large
- Notable dish: Baba ganoush
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