Middle Eastern cuisine in London is fairly ubiquitous, but one can often find the same basic menu at every outlet. Masgouf Restaurant – though restaurants might be better, as there a few of them to be found around the capital – bring the very best in Iraqi cuisine to the capital, with a menu that includes all the standard Middle Eastern and Arab favourites, with a fair few local delicacies thrown in for good measure. Head to their location on Connaught Street in the heart of swanky West London to try out what they have to offer. They’re perfectly located for travelers at Paddington station, for visitors to Marble Arch and Speakers Corner, for those staying at hotels around Grosvenor Square and Lancaster Gate, so book a table and head in for a proper Iraqi restaurant in London.
Middle Eastern food is well known, and if you ask a native of the Arab world, they’ll tell you that some of the best exponents of the cuisine are to be found in the kitchens of Iraq. Iraqi food has been around for some 10,000 years – well pre-dating Iraq, of course – and takes in historical influences from the ancient Mesopotamians, the Babylonians and the Assyrians, as well as contemporary trends that pass over from Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. If you’re looking for Iraqi restaurants in London, then the name of the game is Masgouf Restaurant, and their location on Connaught Street in Paddington is perfect for a night out tasting the best that the region has to offer.
Masgouf itself is the national dish of Iraq, and it is from this speciality that the restaurant derives its name. Masgouf is fish, split, seasoned and grilled over charcoal, and if you take the journey to Marble Arch tube and Masgouf Restaurant, then you’ll be able to try some of the best in London. The grill is also used for kebabs – lamb tikka, minced chicken – and they can be accompanied by a huge range of hot and cold mezzes, stews and salads. We’d go on all day, but instead you’d be much better served by wandering over to Masgouf Restaurant yourself. Make sure that you bring your biggest appetite – and that you book a table too, lest they get too crowded and you end up disappointed.
Magouf is a traditional Iraqi restaurant with exceptional food and great service. A favorite of local Iraqis, their welcoming staff and informative menu made the restaurant very welcoming to non-middle eastern Americans, as well.