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Where to sample the best #CookforSyria dishes this November

By Time Out London Food & Drink
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Here's something for all you zeitgeist-chasers: a chance to immerse yourself in the bright, bold, megs-trendy flavours of the Middle East, while at the same time doing something for a very worthy cause. Step forward, #CookforSyria. A celebration of Syrian food in aid of Unicef UK’s Children of Syria fund, this campaign comes from Instagram maestro Clerkenwell Boy and Suitcase Magazine’s Serena Guen.

My favourite event is what I like to think of as a ‘Syrian specials board’. Throughout November, over fifty London restaurants will put a Syrian-inspired dish on their menus, with £2 from every sale going to the fund.
But quick! November will be over in a flash, so here are 27 of the most exciting spots to get you started, complete with a map (because who doesn’t love a map?)

Each recipe (and more, from the likes of the Hemsley sisters and Symmetry Breakfast) will be in a stunning cookbook, too (£25, on pre-order from www.amazon.co.uk). Xmas pressies: sorted.

1. Berber & Q

Haggerston E8
Aleppo kofte kebab with blackened chilli sauce (£14).

2. Chick ‘n’ Sours

Haggerston E8
Crispy chicken, Syrian hamud, rose and pomegranate (£tbc).

3-4. Barrafina

Adelaide St 3 and Drury Lane 4
Grilled quail, green harissa, pomegranate and date sauce (£tbc).

5-6. Caravan

King’s Cross N1 5 and Exmouth Market EC1 6
House sesame labneh, rye sourdough flatbread, charred green chilli, zhoug (£7.50).



7-11. Salt Yard Group

Dehesa W1 7, Ember Yard W1 8, Opera Tavern WC2 9, Salt Yard W1 10, Veneta SW1 11
Slow-cooked Syrian spiced lamb shoulder with flatbread (£10).

12. Chiltern Firehouse

Marylebone W1
Syrian beef tartare (£19).

13. Dock Kitchen

Kensal Rise W10
Pistachio and nutmeg cake (£7).

14. Foley’s

Fitzrovia W1
Date-baked labneh, beetroot cardamom purée, spiced meringue, hazelnut coriander crisp.

15. Gunpowder

11 White’s Row E1
Grilled aubergine with beef keema and pine nuts kachumber (£12).

16. Honey & Co

Fitzrovia W1
Msabacha – warm chickpeas (£5).

17. Hoppers

Soho W1
Beef brisket curry, Ceylonese stretched roti, walnut chickpea and pistachio sambol, smoked aubergine and pomegranate raita, oxtail pickle (£16).

18. Kricket

Brixton SW9
Sabudana vada – muhammara, sesame raita, coriander (£5).

19. Lyle’s

London E1
Pheasant kebab (exact price tbc, but approximately £4.50).

20. The Marksman

Hackney E2
Pickled aubergine, salt lemon and chilli (exact price tbc, but approximately £4.50).

21. Morito

Hackney Road, Hackney E2
Syrian fattoush salad (£7).

22. Oklava

Shoreditch EC2
Winter fattoush with tamarind sticky beef, roasted pears, cavalo nero, bitter leaves and crispy baharat bread (£12).

23-26. Ottolenghi

Islington 23, Belgravia 24, Spitalfields 25, Notting Hill 26
Winter fattoush with tamarind sticky beef, roasted pears, cavalo nero, bitter leaves and crispy baharat bread (exact price tbc).

27. Paradise Garage

Bethnal Green E2
Spiced quail, maqluba, fennel, pomegranate and mint salad (£36 for two).

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