London's best restaurants for kebabs

Discover where to eat the best kebabs in London
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We've tried and tested the very best kebabs that London has to offer. Whether you're looking for grilled meat across town meant for more than just soaking up booze or you're after a traditional taste of Anatolia in Green Lanes, Dalston and beyond, let this list guide you. Have we missed your favourite meaty treat? Tell us in the comment box below.

The best kebabs in London

Restaurants, Turkish

19 Numara Bos Cirrik

icon-location-pin Dalston

Recommended dish: Adana lamb kebab

Trendy Dalstonites now join the Turkish families that have been dining here for years, and prices have crept up, but 19 Numara remains good value. It’s particularly strong on kebabs, from a classic ‘sis’ (shish) to the ‘full mixed kebab’, a huge platter (including quail) to feed two or three.

Venue says A unique fusion of the traditional ocakbasi (charcoal grill) and rich, cold and hot plates with the warmth of Turkish & Kurdish hospitality

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Restaurants, Turkish

Antepliler

icon-location-pin Harringay

Recommended dish: Lamb shish kebab

Antepliler (which also has a younger, smarter sibling on Islington’s Upper Street) serves adventurous cooking from the Silk Route. The sogon kebab is a case in point: meatballs served with pomegranate sauce and grilled shallots, with a crisp salad and traditional Turkish pide bread.

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Restaurants, Street food

Kebab Kid

icon-location-pin Parsons Green

Recommended dish: The chicken shawarma

A cut above your typical kebab joint, this cash-only hole-in-the-wall uses prime meat from Smithfield market. Our warm chicken shawarma, was moist and with nicely charred edges, and the addition of tangy, chilli-spiked taramasalata (recommended as a side) improved the overall dish. Judging by the long weekday queues snaking out of the door, the locals think it’s worth it.

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Restaurants, Indian

Lahore Kebab House

icon-location-pin Whitechapel

Recommended dish: Single kebab skewer (chicken or lamb)

This consistently reliable Whitechapel canteen deals in full-flavoured Punjabi street food, from snacks and curries to the eponymous meat-on-a-stick. In spite of this joint’s moniker, there are only two kebabs on offer – one seekh (a ‘sausage’ of seasoned, finely minced lamb on a skewer), and a classic chicken kebab: both are excellent.

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Restaurants, Turkish

Mangal Ocakbasi

icon-location-pin Shacklewell

Recommended dish: Lamb köfte kebab

The original branch of this Turkish charcoal grill may have basic décor, but it still scores big for its generous portions of good quality meat, sold at low prices. The exceptional beyti (spicy minced lamb) and shish (marinated lamb chunks) are skewered, char-grilled, and served with an oversized salad and warm leavened bread.

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Restaurants, Iranian

Patogh

icon-location-pin Marylebone

Recommended dish: Lamb kebab

On a small side street off the Edgware Road, this tiny Persian hole-in-the-wall specialises in the char-grilled koobideh style of kebabs, where minced and seasoned lamb or chicken is moulded like a long sausage down the length of the skewer. Factor in the terrific just-cooked flatbreads and verdant salads packed with herbs, and you’ll forgive the cramped, basic surroundings.

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Restaurants, Iranian

Sufi

icon-location-pin Shepherd's Bush

Recommended dish: Lamb koobideh kebab

Though there are plenty of rich, homely stews at this Persian restaurant, the tender kebabs are no means poor cousins. Head for the likes of lamb koobideh kebabs (minced, seasoned meat, fashioned around a skewer) or the chello joojeh kebab – a small whole marinated chicken (the joojeh in the name), all with grilled tomatoes and fluffy rice.

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Restaurants, Indian

Tayyabs

icon-location-pin Whitechapel

Recommended dish: Starter lamb kebab

The cult following behind this iconic Pakistani canteen shows no sign of abating. The seekh kebabs (seasoned ground lamb, moulded onto skewers like sausages) are worth the visit alone.

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Restaurants, Turkish

E. Mono

icon-location-pin Kentish Town

Recommended dish: lamb shish kebab

Huge portions make this Kentish town kebab joint rather popular. We liked the tender chunks of char-grilled meat in the lamb shish kebabs best; salad fillings are varied and well-dressed. There’s an equally good range of sauces, including a fiery chilli.

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Restaurants, Turkish

Marmaris

icon-location-pin Balham

Recommended dish: The lamb shish kebab

A long way from the Turkish heartlands of Green Lanes and Dalston, Marmaris nonetheless delivers some top-quality Anatolian-style grills in south-west London. Although primarily a takeaway (with a choice of breads wraps), you can also eat in; there’s a small licensed restaurant inside.

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Restaurants, Turkish

Tad

icon-location-pin Hackney

Recommended dish: Chicken shish kebab

It may not have good looks or charming service, but no matter: it’s the high standards and reasonable prices here that keep the regulars happy. Chicken shish kebabs come perfectly chargrilled, but we’d also recommend the large iskender kebab: Tad’s take on this traditional dish is to use slices of lamb döner meat, which are topped with cold yoghurt and hot tomato sauce.

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