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Oli Baba’s

Restaurants, Street food Camden Market
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Venue says Find us 364 days a year at our halloumi shack in Camden.

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Deep-fried cheese, though obviously not a diet food, must be one of life’s great pleasures. Oli Baba is officially everybody’s best friend, since he’s devoted his life (well, his Camden stall at least) to frying fingers of halloumi cheese until they’re crispy on the outside and squidgy in the middle. They’re not one of your five-a-day, they’re not  going to blow your tastebuds apart, but they are deep-fried cheese.

Oli Baba’s says
The Original Creators of Halloumi Fries. Est 2014.

Details

Address: Kerb Camden
Camden Market, West Yard
Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8AF
Transport: Tube: Camden Town
Contact:
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

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tastemaker

Am I biased for halloumi? Perhaps. But I would never share my portion of Oli Baba's with anyone else. Coated in a crispy, spicy batter and topped with harissa yoghurt, pomegranate seeds and molasses, mint and who knows what else, this, for me, was heaven in a box.


I don't know if you'd have it as a main meal for lunch or a mid-morning snack (who says you can't?) - I personally had it on my birthday, so had no shame in devouring the entire thing before moving on to a different stall for more food. It's my birthday, get off my back.


Go on, give in to the hype and just do it. If you love halloumi half as much as I do, you won't regret this.

tastemaker

In theory, the idea of putting a deep fat fryer and cheese together always seems like a master stroke. You can't really go wrong and Oli Baba's is no different. However, my advice to any deep-fried halloumi virgins is this: get them to share with someone else and get something else to eat. 


What starts off as a delicious indulgence with fragrant spice, creamy yoghurt and fresh pomegranate seeds soon becomes a chore, with endless mouthfuls of bland, squeaky cheese to work your way through. The other flaw is that halloumi doesn't melt, so even thought you expect gooey, crispy coated cheese, the reality is a whole lot more rubbery. Oli Baba's is certainly unusual  and definitely something to try, just don't assume it will make a satisfying lunch.