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Hanam's Middle East Restaurant

#101 of 1,824 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Old Town
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3 Johnston Terrace | Near Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, Scotland
+44 131 225 1329
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The place is special.. we travel from wales and always make it a point to eat there.. the location is ideal and food is probably best you can ever eat in middle eastern cuisine. I simply love this place... I don't believe the price is expensive for what you get.

Thank basharat7
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I treated ourselves to dinner here a few nights ago. Coming in out of the cold into a warm, cosy, well-lit room was wonderful. We shared a fried potato starter (a huge portion, it was lucky we were hungry!), which came with a delicious salad. For mains, we had Moroccan meatballs and a lamb dish, both of... More 

Thank Dave C
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been here loads of times with friends. The food is great, the staff friendly and the price is really reasonable. And the fact it's BYOB with no corkage charge makes it all the more appealing, especially if you don't want to spend too much.

Thank Mark B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant last night. The place had beautiful traditional decorations. We ordered Joojeh And Gosht kebab. The quality of foods were fantastic and each dishes was enough for one person. The waitress were very kind and respectful. We will try it again for sure.

Thank Pezhman A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thank you for a lovely lunch of chicken shawirma and falafel very tasty Very family friendly . Thank you

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst staying a few nights in Edinburgh with my son I came across this gem . Friendly attentive service. Amazing freshly cooked food at a reasonable price. Would highly recommend the hummus shawarma for starters. My son said the chicken shawarma platter was the best he had ever had. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will be back.

Thank Jude C
Ahmedabad, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After having a look around the castle, we decided to have some middle eastern food at this restaurant. We had the three-course meal for 2 and it was really good. The course included a variety of their dishes with good quantity. I really enjoyed it.

Thank Royden_F1983
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant, but not brilliant. Great authentic bread. But many of the dishes tasted "touristy", a problem for so many restaurants too close to the castle. Beirut is more authentic.

Thank ScotFish555
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit after hearing mixed reviews. However, I wasn't disappointed. The food was delicious! The lemon chicken wings were incredible. Everybody said that their food was great, which for a large group is rare! The service was quick and the atmosphere was nice. It's BYOB which everyone seemed to like, just means you have to remember to... More 

Thank WalkinWonderland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Honestly the food here was delicious, if I'm ever in Edinburgh again I'll definitely be coming back here. Great ambience. Waiter was lovely but just a little over eager (no need to wander back and forth and constantly hover over customers - sorry!)

Thank Nymeria G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Johnston Terrace | Near Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2PW, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 1329
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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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-flavoured 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.
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