Amsterdam, an alpha world city, is an urban jungle of controversy; hectic yet serene, diverse yet historical, modern yet simple with amazing canals, coffee shops, eateries, museums, and parks. With around 19 million visiting tourists in 2018, Amsterdam has something for everyone. Whether you are an art lover, nature lover, food lover, cyclist or just an explorer, the city is loaded with satisfying goodies for everyone. Yet, one thing everyone would be looking for at the end of a busy day is a good place to eat, and although the city has plenty of good recommendations, when it comes to halal food, good advice is always welcome. So, if you are looking for the best halal restaurants in Amsterdam, Netherlands, read on.
1. Restaurant Mesken
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As Turks are integral to Amsterdam’s community, Turkish food is available around every corner. Yet, one of the best halal Turkish restaurants in town is Restaurant Mesken. Operating for more than 25 years, Mesken is the restaurant of choice for Turkish cuisine lovers. It offers a full board menu of several Turkish and non-Turkish delights. Famous for their shawarma, doner, kofta, stuffed grapevine leaves, and baklava, Mesken also has an open buffet option for both breakfast and lunch. The unlimited breakfast is for 10 EUR (11 USD) while lunch costs around 16 EUR (18 USD). The place also has free rooms that you can rent for your special occasions.
Address: Sumatrastraat 35-39 1094 LN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Website: Restaurant Mesken
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 9am - 1am; Fri - Sat: 9am - 3am
2. Meram Restaurant
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In 1999, the first non-alcoholic restaurant opened its doors to the residents of Eastern Amsterdam. Meram Restaurant is a Turkish eatery famous for its very good hospitality and delicious plates. Owing to their savory dishes, the place now has branches all over Amsterdam. Grilled chicken, SacKavurma which is doner meat with rice and vegetables, lamb ribs, pides which is a famous Turkish thin crust pizza with meat, burgers, shawarma, konafa, and baklava are all must-try. The place also serves non-Turkish food to satisfy all preferences.
Address: Meer en vaart 175 1068 LA Amsterdam
Website: Meram Restaurant
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 9am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 9am - 2am
3. Star BBQ
The word barbecue makes our mouth water. The all-age favorite barbecue is deliciously served at Star BBQ, an Iraqi halal Kebab restaurant in Amsterdam. In addition to their juicy Iraqi kabab and homemade bread, lamb burger and charcoal-grilled meat, Star BBQ is friendly and affordable. The place has room for birthday parties and special events too.
Address: Tafelbergweg 4 b 1105 BN Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Website: Star BBQ
Opening hours: 12pm - 11pm (daily)
4. Halal Fried Chicken
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This restaurant offers the halal version of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Whether you wish for a classic roasted or spicy chicken burger, chicken wraps, nuggets, chicken buckets, or halal beef burgers, at Halal Fried Chicken, you find it all. In addition to their tasty chicken, they serve some good crispy fries, sweet corns, and shakes of your choice. Their chicken is crunchy, tender, and tasty. So, if you are a chicken fan and have been looking for a good halal chicken place for a while, then you have just found what you were looking for.
Halal Fried Chicken
Address: Keizersgracht 391 A, 1016 EJ Amsterdam
Website: Halal Fried Chicken
Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)
5. Restaurant MOZO
Ever tasted original Moroccan food? If you haven’t, then you should reward your taste buds with such an experience. And where is a better place to grab some good Morrocan bites than Restaurant Mozo. Famous for its broth, seasoning and authentic mix, Mozo is not only savory, but it is also healthy and very satisfying. Mozo is famous for its different tajines which are large bowls of stewed veal, chicken or prawns mixed with different choices of honey, dates, almonds, sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, sesame, vegetables, olives, or tomato sauce. The place also serves heartwarming Bastilla which is a puff pie filled with chicken, onions, and almonds served with ground sugar and cinnamon, a once-in-a-lifetime Moroccan dish. Their couscous is a must-try as well as their different mezzes, the tapas of the Arab world. Mozo offers a high tea time in which they serve special Morrocan tea served with savory snacks and sweets every Saturday and Sunday from 2:30pm to 5pm, but you need to reserve ahead.
Address: Van Woustraat 89 in Amsterdam
Website: Restaurant MOZO
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 5pm - 10pm (closed on Mon)
6. Sefa Restaurant BBQ & Grill-Room
At the heart of Amsterdam sits Sefa Restaurant, a halal barbecue and grill restaurant. Serving fresh meat with high-quality ingredients, Sefa Restaurant offers a nice mix of doners, shawarma, kabab, and grilled chicken as sandwiches, wraps, burgers or platters. They also have some vegetarian options, and good soups and salads. Sefa Restuarant is a Turkish eatery that is known for its hospitality, 40 years of cooking experience, and very good taste.
Sefa Restaurant BBQ & Grill-Room
Address: Westermarkt 25, 1016 DJ Amsterdam
Website: Sefa Restaurant
Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)
7. Istanbul Grill Restaurant
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A culinary fusion between the Dutch and the Turkish cuisines is found at Istanbul Grill Restaurant. It serves some of the best hummus, onion rings, spring rolls, eggplants, stuffed vein leaves, stew, meatballs, doner, lamb kabab, shawarma, falafel, salmon, prawns, and sea bass. Each plate is served with the place’s own specialty, mix, and taste. Don’t forget to try their unique Manti which is a dough filled with onion, minced meat, yogurt, garlic, and sauce, their konafa, baklava, and famous rice pudding.
Istanbul Grill Restaurant
Address: Nieuwendijk 51, 1012 MB Amsterdam
Website: Istanbul Grill Restaurant
Opening hours: 10am - 11pm (daily)
8. Ashoka Indian & Nepalese Restaurant
Asian halal is a real ecstasy. Known for its rich flavors and spices, halal Asian food is the choice of many. Ashoka Restaurant is an Indian and Nepalese eatery located in the heart of Amsterdam within a five- to seven-minute walk from the central station. Ashoka has gained the trust of Amsterdam for its high quality and fresh ingredients. The food is homemade, healthy and of premium quality. You can choose from their Indian or Nepalese menu of chicken tandoori, tikka masala, lamb curry, Nepali noodle soup, dal soup, paneer pakora (which is tender pieces of Indian cheese coated in a crispy seasoned batter and deep-fried), momo, and seekh kabab. The place has a shared dining option in which you share a course with two or more people.
Ashoka Indian & Nepalese Restaurant
Address: Spuistraat 3G 1012SP Amsterdam
Website: Ashoka Indian & Nepalese Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 4pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 11pm
9. Pind Punjabi Indian Restaurant
Pind Punjabi is not only a tasty Indian eatery offering innovative halal dishes but is also an ambient space with light background music and very friendly staff. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the place is famous for its paneer tikka masala, vegetable samosas, and onion bhaji for starters, lamb biryani, chicken biryani, butter chicken, chicken jalfrezi, lamb madras curry, chicken vindaloo for spicy lovers, chicken Kashmiri, and basmati rice for your main course. For dessert, you can opt for kulfi flavored with cardamom and nuts, as well as gulab jamun which are sweet dumplings for dessert. Balanced flavors, multi-lingual waiters, good advice and unique traditional Indian experience all are served under the roof of Pind Punjabi.
Pind Punjabi Indian Restaurant
Address: Van Woustraat 240, 1073 NC Amsterdam
Website: Pind Punjabi Indian Restaurant
Opening hours: Tue - Mon: 5pm - 11pm
10. Porto Marina
Looking for a seafood eatery along with halal meat option? Porto Marina is what you might be looking for. The restaurant has two branches one with a capacity of 40 people and the other with a capacity of 60 people. Porto Marina is famous for its mouth-watering fresh seafood that is cooked with the place’s special varieties and served with love. Whether its shrimp with garlic and chili pepper, fried calamari, poached oysters, shrimps with salmon-basil sauce, mussels in a garlic sauce, fish croquettes or chicken wings, the place promises a nice dining experience.
Address: Kinkerstraat 369, 1053 EX Amsterdam
Website: Porto Marina
Opening hours: 4pm - 11pm (daily)
Amsterdam: home to amazing eateries with halal options
When it comes to food Amsterdam, the city of diversity, is packed with plenty of appealing options. Although halal food could be a challenge, but not in Amsterdam. In this alpha city, there is something for everyone, from delicious Asian to savory seafood, delightful Turkish food, indulging Morrocan plates and halal fried chicken.
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