29 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8LH
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.
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”.
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.
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.