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Hanam's Middle East Restaurant

3 Johnston Terrace | Near Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, Scotland
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Ranked #65 of 1,787 restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $14 - $32
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Set in the heart of Edinburgh is Hanam's Kurdish and Middle Eastern Restaurant and if you think that's a mouthful, wait until you see what on offer! Voted one of Britain's Top 5 Middle Eastern Restaurants by the Telegraph, owner Ahmed ensures the personal touch, by being there seven days a week to offer advice and banter. The menu offers starters such as falafel and baba ghanoush, main courses that include Kurdish pizzas, vegetarian casseroles and halal meat dishes, such as Kurdish-style lamb biryani. There are also a selection of shish kebabs and desserts. Three courses from this banquet-like menu will cost an average of just £20 per person. And, if you're so inclined, you can even smoke a traditional hookah after your meal.
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Great food, great service and a friendly disposition made dinner last night most enjoyable! Some of the family enjoyed Middle Eastern food for the first time and will definitely be back for more. Great vegetarian options as well as wheelchair access.

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Castle Douglas, Scotland, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Having eaten at Hanams a number of times before and enjoying the experience this time did not match up. I normally order a Kurdish or Iranian dish but this time ordered their biryani. While my fellow companions picked had their kebab dishes I sat with a plate of rice and meat waiting for nan and sauce. Nan eventually arrived and... More

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Stranocum, null, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

It's a tradition now that we always have a meal here! The choice of food is excellent either Kurdish or Iranian , very like Turkish food! Portion size is massive and will do half portions for kids if needed, though I ate the kids and my 9 year old ate the adult portion which if you knew him is amazing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Its a very good, well priced restaurant. Very delicious food, i myself am Middle Eastern, and definitely those guys know how to cook these dishes properly. The place is well decorated, lively, beautiful and spiritual. Attention is made to every single detail tp deliver a true experience of the food.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Myself & a colleague ate here whilst in Edinburgh on business. We chose the shared meal for 2 as we wanted to try as much of the food as possible as it all sounded very nice. Starter was a mixed platter, all of which was delicious, main was some meat kebabs with a couple of vegetable side dishes, rice &... More

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Wallasey, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

If you love you food from the Middle East then this is a must visit while you are in Edinburgh. Serving a mixture of Kurdish and Iranian food, it fells just like you are sitting in a souk down a back street in Dubai or Marrakesh. My friend and I decided to go for the tasting menu at £35, and... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Where else could you eat such delicious, good-value food, served by friendly, efficient staff, in one of the most historic areas of any city. If you are visiting Edinburgh Castle don't leave without a visit to this restaurant. Thank you Ali for making our lunch yesterday so special.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

Well what can i say? The food was simply astonishingly good. Very different to anything ive had before, and cant wait to go back again! Thank you to Ali and Barzi for looking after us so well.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Yesterday, it was the second time at Hanam's with my friends and, as the previous one, everyone has been completely satisfied. The food was something amazing and memorable, whatever you choose you are never wrong. The service (this time from Renate) truly impeccable! We are looking forward to come back. It is such a shame that restaurants like Hanam's are... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

As well as good food my friends and I were looking for a fun night out. This was undoubtedly helped by Hanam's corkage free BYOB policy but was cemented by the efficiient and friendly service we received. Renate, from Norway!, made it a wonderful, lively experience for all of us. Thanks

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