Abu Zaad

29 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8LH
Food: 4
Service: 3.5
Price: £20 per person
Lying in the bustling Shepherd’s Bush, surrounded by the colours and smells of Uxbridge Road, Abu Zaad is a inexpensive but finger-licking Damascene restaurant. Its menu covers the most popular Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes making sure  flavours are as truthful as they can be in the heart of West London. 
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Besides its food, Abu Zaad preserves an authentic Mediterranean character thanks to its noise and complete lack of intimacy. Hence, not the right place for a romantic dinner, but definitely appropriate for a laid-back meal with friends. 
Starting from the basics, I did find their hummus absolutely fantastic. Not sure whether it’s a bit of Arabic magic or maybe an authentic combination of spices, but I can simply keep on eating their hummus all night long. 
Another pleasant surprise was the simplicity and exquisiteness of their Makloba. This is a very straight forward Damascene dish, composed by fried aubergine slices, lamb meat and topped with rice. Then served the other way round, its name actually meaning “upside-down”.

Makloba

In honour of Middle Eastern tradition, we also ordered a lamb tagine. The succulent, extra-tender meat was served with dried plums and onions. A very popular meal, slow cooked and faithful to Middle Eastern that won’t leave you disappointed. 

Lamb Tagine

I have to say this is the second time I go to Abu Zaad and the second time I get out with a full belly, a honest bill and mouth-watering memories. Well done.
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