Did you know that sharing a meal with friends or family is an ancient tradition in the Arab world or one that you can celebrate at Arabic restaurants in central London? The greeting "Tafathalo" can be translated loosely as "Do me the honour" and it's an invitation to sit down at the table. Why not extend the invitation to your friends or family and book a table for lunch or dinner at one of the excellent Arabic restaurants in London featured on Quandoo? We've selected some of the capital's best, allowing you to explore menus and book in just a few clicks.
Arab is a fairly loose term so you could find food from countries in the Maghreb region such as Tunisia, Morocco and Libya or dishes from Mashriq countries like The Lebanon in London's Arabic restaurants. Persian dishes like jewelled rice and Mediterranean-style dishes are also waiting to be discovered. Try Edgeware Road for Lebanese and Turkish restaurants or explore upscale London Arabic restaurants in Soho and Knightsbridge.
Arab food is diverse and varied and influenced by the flavours of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and even India. Warm spices like turmeric, cinnamon and saffron are widely used so you can expect dishes that are delicately fragrant and beautifully coloured. Many are served with bulgur or couscous and these versatile ingredients are also the basis of other dishes. Order Levantine tabbouleh in Arabic restaurants in London and you'll be served an aromatic blend of bulgur wheat, chopped parsley, mint, onions and tomato dressed with black pepper, lemon and olive oil.
Kebabs and falafel are among the most widely ordered dishes and they appeal to all age groups. Whether you prefer the street food version common in Turkish or Middle Eastern establishments or whether you like them served on a bed of jewelled or plain rice, you're certain of a tasty and satisfying meal. Dishes like baby lamb stuffed with vegetables and herbs are ideal for special occasions, while buffet style food always goes down well. Make your selection from staple items like hummus and grilled halloumi or try manakeesh, the Arab version of pizza. Whatever you choose, avoid disappointment and reserve tables at your favourite Arabic restaurants in London with Quandoo.