A melting pot of cultures… Halaal Restaurants
A selection of best Halaal Restaurants proposed by our reporter Umayya Theba
The spice route…
TARA RISTORANTE - An opulent ambience fuses with fine Indian food just a stone’s throw from L’Arco Delle Pace at the beginning of Corso Sempione. Against a backdrop of eastern art and glowing lanterns, feast on butter chicken and request a specially prepared Peshwari naan bread made with slivered pistachio or coconut. Sip on creamy chai tea and finish with a bowl of burfee ice cream.
Via Cirillo, 16
M2 (green line) Moscova or M5 (purple line) Domodossola
T: +39 02 3451635
www.ristorantetara.it (only in Italian)
KASHMIR RESTAURANT - Tried and tested, you will look for every reason to return to this informal halaal restaurant close to Centrale railway station, for sweet chai tea and the most delicious potato and pea samoosas served with a yoghurt sauce. Still hungry? Order prawn malai, lamb jalfrezi and fish tikka with a garlic naan bread. There are ample simply-set tables and chairs with a more private family room off to the side.
Via Scarlatti, 11
M2 (green line) – M3 (yellow line) Centrale F.S.
T: +39 329 4165826
www.kashmirristorante.com (only in Italian)
DAWAT - Small but tastefully styled and coupled with great service, this new Indian restaurant is great for lunch all week and even a relaxed Saturday evening out with the family. Authentic North Indian cuisine is influenced with oriental flavours to serve truly different dishes like sweet & sour fish curry and tandoori prawns with crispy papadum and naan breads.
Corso Sempione, 88
T: +39 02 34537953
Tram: 1, 19 or M5 (purple line) Domodossola
www.dawat.it (only in Italian)
A magic carpet ride of fine cuisine…
RESTAURANT LYR – Experience a culinary voyage with traditional Lebanese tastes in this richly furnished setting situated in a vibrant district of Milan. They select quality food products to carefully prepare and present dishes in captivating style. Enjoy an aperitif “mesa” in the lounge-style entrance before dining on mint tabula salad, eggplant moussaka, veal and fish.
Piazza San Marco, 6
M2 (green line) Lanza, M3 (yellow line) Turati
T: +39 02 33612490
ALADINO - This Syrian Lebanese restaurant is where ‘genie’ chefs escape from magic lamps to conjure up a spread that delights you, the master. You’ll have more than 3 wishes to delight in anything from chille muhamara to creamy elraheb and as a main meal, indulge in shish kebab, Moroccan cous cous and mixed Syrian pastries.
Via Achille Malocchi, 30
M1 (red line) Lima, M2 (green line) Piola
T: +39 02 29521608/ +39 02 20402734
MIDO Ristorante Arabo - The Nasser family take pride in creating a regal atmosphere in their restaurant, only a few feet from the city’s Navigli area, with ethnic Arab cuisine and music. Feast on cous cous with meat and vegetables, cofta (meatballs), or rice with seafood and stuffed vegetables. Enjoy honey buns, delicious gataif and rice pudding with aromatic Arabic coffee.
Via Pietro Custodi, 4
M2 (green line) Porta Genova F.S
T: +39 02 8375249 or +39 02 45493399
RIAD YACOUT - Journey to exotic Morocco when you immerse yourself in exotic North African culture in a palatial setting of gold balconies and stained glass chandeliers. Feast on a fusion of starters, Mediterranean tajine with fish and olives followed by ricotta and chocolate cake with Moroccan coffee, while being charmed by professional dancers and a live band every night of the week. Book the VIP Imperial Room for an exclusive, private experience on the top floor.
Via Cadore, 23/25
M3 (yellow line) Porta Romana
T: +39 02 5462230
EL JADIDA - Named after a Portuguese fortress near Casablanca, El Jadida has an Arab essence which enchants sheiks, businessmen and international stars. It provides a sensational club atmosphere in which to savour typical dishes; cous cous, harira and stuffed zucchini kefta amidst patterned mosque carpets, Bedouin tent pillows, veiling white curtains and mesmerising belly dancers.
Via Carlo Bazzi, 47
Bus 65 or 79 (Via Bazzi – Via Fontanili stop)
T: +39 02 89546860
Need a quick bite? Get into the fast lane…
CENTRALE TURKISH KEBAB - Exit Centrale Stazione and turn left to reach this Turkish-run establishment that’s open 24/7. There’s something for everyone with pizza, grilled meats, falafel, mixed salads and even syrupy baklava on the menu. Sit at a table inside or watch passing traffic while you eat on the veranda.
Piazza Duca D’Aosta, 12
M2 (green line) – M3 (yellow line) Centrale
T: +39 02 66989365
ISTANBUL DONER KEBAB - Strictly halaal without any trace of alcohol or ham on the menu, eat these Doner kebabs with a clear conscience. A balanced meal with shaves of lamb or beef cooked on a vertical spit and salad wrapped inside a flatbread, you can have your meal packed to go or secure limited seating place if you prefer to enjoy it warm.
Via Vitruvio, 30
M2 (green line) – M3 (yellow line) Centrale F.S.
T: +39 02 2043763
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