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Hanam's Middle East Restaurant

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3 Johnston Terrace | Near Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, Scotland
01312251329
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups

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  • 559
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    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 29
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, excellent restaurant

Visited for the first time last night and enjoyed a wonderful meal. The lamb and chicken kebabs were delicious, the meat so succulent, oozing with taste and with no fat whatsoever. The accompanying naan breads were so light and bubbly, perfect to have with the meat and dips. Will be back - soon!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
MikeStevens
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Visited for the first time last night and enjoyed a wonderful meal. The lamb and chicken kebabs were delicious, the meat so succulent, oozing with taste and with no fat whatsoever. The accompanying naan breads were so light and bubbly, perfect to have with the meat and dips. Will be back - soon!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I have eaten here a few times and enjoy the food. This time however we felt that that we were rushed with our food. Staff very keen to get you in and out as quickly as possible. Food is still good though.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Visited Hanam's for the first time and will do so again as the food was great and plentiful. The starters were amazing and we over indulged so much that by the time the mains arrived we were full. The restaurant is BYOB so make sure you take a few bottles if you want an alcoholic drink, and no charge for... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I had a delicious meal in a relaxing restaurant with excellent service. It is usually difficult to find vegetarian meals that we both enjoy because my daughter does not like anything too pungent. We had never tried some of the food that we ordered before and we were both pleasantly surprised. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented.... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Having read the positive reviews on TripAdvisor we were looking forward to an excellent meal at Hanam's, but it turned out to be terrible with a vast gap between the food described in the menu and what arrived on the table. I ordered "Gormeh Sabzi, Persian dish of lamb cooked in fresh spinach, kidney beans, coriander and herbs and flavoured... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I love Hanam's restaurant and have been there many times. I have visited on my own, with friends, with my family - and always really enjoy it. The food is great, always lots of it and lovely mix of flavours. I prefer the shish kebab meals and would recommend these. It is a friendly and relaxed restaurant, I love the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We were walking past Hanam's on a weekend visit to Edinburgh and took a look at the menu and though that Kurdish food would make a pleasant change and sounded very tasty from the menu. In reality the experience didn't live up to the sound of the menu. Don't get me wrong, some of the food is tasty but is... More 

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Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We went to Hanams for the first time had a fantastic experience))) We were a bit lost with the menu so we ordered the meal for four ( I think the Kings plater) it was awesome !!!!! Lots of breads, dips and pulses. The main came with lots of different kebabs and chicken dishes but all with fab flavours !!!!... More 

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Had a lovely meal with great service, sat outside looking over Candlemaker Row for lunch and ate as well as any good restaurant I have eaten in in the Middle East. Service excellent. I am gluten intolerant and didn't phone ahead so was embarrassed to spring it on the chef, but the waiter said that if I had let me... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went here on 15th April and it was just perfect..!! We booked a table but there was no need really for a Wednesday evening. The food was gorgeous, the portions were huge. The naan bread and hummus was the best I've ever had!! There is plenty of choice on the menu so something for everyone even the not so... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3 Johnston Terrace | Near Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 01312251329

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 32
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old Town

Neighborhood Profile
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.