Hanam's Kurdish & Middle East Restaurant

Middle Eastern, Persian·

SquareMeal Review of Hanam's Kurdish & Middle East Restaurant

Jamal Ahmed’s personable restaurant in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle evokes the area of northern Iraq that he left as a teenager, and stakes its claim as the city’s only Kurdish eatery. With its shisha pipes on the covered terrace and literature relating to traditional culture, it provides an evocative backdrop for food with a broad gastronomic heritage. Starters include staples such as labneh, hummus, baba gannouj, falafel, kofte and dolma, while mains home in on regional specialities such as Persian gormeh sabzi (lamb with spinach, kidney beans and dried lime), Saudi chicken kabseh (a fruity rice dish) and Lebanon’s famously soujouk sausages. The super-sweet baklava, is a must for pudding. Remember that Hanam’s is ‘dry’ (ie unlicensed) – although they sell alcohol-free wines and beers. You can also BYO booze (no corkage).

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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Middle Eastern, Persian
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3 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 2PW

0131 225 1329 0131 225 1329


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-10pm


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1 Review 

Henry B

29 September 2014  
Food & Drink 1
Service 4
Atmosphere 3
Value 1
Huge disapointment
We had the unfortunate idea of having dinner at this place. From the outside and the menu it looked like a pretty good place plus the thought of genuine middle eastern food was really appealing. What happened next was a joke. My girlfriends vegetarian meal consisted on a microwaved green yuk that tasted of microwaved lemon and dill (no sign of the spinach that was supposed to be on the dish). The (very nice) waitress offered an alternative - an aubergine dish. This was again a microwaved piece... aubergines on what tasted like a tomato can poured on a cup and microwaved...(by the way, these were charged at an average £9). We complained again. I had also ordered a chicken dish - afghan style - and what I got was a huge portion (thanks) of chargrilled chicken (nothing wrong here) with a gigantic plate of rice and again a microwaved okra in a tomato can kind of stew... Not impressed. The waitress was really nice and offered a bit of ice cream and did not charge for the horrible veggie experiences. But it did ruin our night. Should have walked out at the first blotched dish... Don't go. Save yourself the pain and go somewhere else.
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