Many visitors to the United Kingdom will set their sights on London as the focus of their trip. However, as many Brits and other lucky travelers know, the city of York is one you should certainly add to your itinerary! York is a historic spot which retains many of its elements from the middle ages, like its stone walls, windy cobblestone streets, and landmarks like the York Minster cathedral and York Castle. Visitors come to York for the historic atmosphere, but stay because the city has a contemporary flair. One of the areas in which York excels is its cuisine. It has a thriving food scene with every kind of cuisine imaginable. If you wish to take part in the culinary experience but are committed to a halal diet, fear not! Here are 10 of the best halal restaurants in York, UK.
1. Kapadokya 50
For traditional halal Turkish food, head to Kapadokya 50. Start off with hummus, lamb meatballs, or fried calamari. Main courses include grilled chicken wings, moussaka, and chicken skewers with rice. Add on sides like feta salad or fries, and end the meal with a sweet treat like cheesecake or rice pudding. The food is prepared by a Turkish chef on a traditional grill, so you know that it is authentic. The kitchen is visible from the dining room, making your meal a little more exciting as you watch it being prepared.
Address: 24 George Hudson St, York YO1 6LP, UK
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 12pm - 11:30pm, Sun: 12pm - 10:30pm
2. Lal Quila
Lal Quila is a sit-down Indian restaurant which also provides takeaway and delivery for convenience. The extensive menu has halal offerings and many dishes to choose from. Appetizers include both meat, like lamb chops and tandoori chicken, as well as vegetarian dishes like vegetable samosas and onion bhaji. Main dishes are grouped into categories like tandoori, curry dishes, biryani dishes, and more. There are so many great picks on the menu, you and your group should consider sharing several to get a taste of everything!
Address: 17 Bishopthorpe Rd, York YO23 1NA, UK
Website: Lal Quila
Opening hours: 5pm - 11:30pm (daily)
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Akbar’s is a popular chain of restaurants serving up delicious South Asian food. Curries are their specialty and the menu includes halal options. Curries are served in the traditional styles, like korma and vindaloo, or Desi-Apna dishes cooked in the traditional Punjabi style. Another menu favorite are baltis, meats, spices, and vegetables cooked in the traditional style from Baltistan and served with naan bread. If you have a large or adventurous appetite, be sure to participate in one of Akbar’s two chef’s challenges: the first is to finish a huge plate of meat, naan, and rice for the reward of a certificate and free dessert of your choice. The second challenge will test your taste buds as you eat the hottest meal Akbar can produce, with a cool sundae if you finish!
Address: 6-8 George Hudson St, York YO1 6LP, UK
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 5pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 11:30pm
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4. Mumbai Lounge
An award-winning South Asian restaurant in York is Mumbai Lounge. In 2017 this restaurant was named the ‘Best Spice Restaurant in the North East’ by the British Curry Awards. From house specials like spiced crust monkfish and jeera lamb tikka to classic dishes like butter chicken and tandoori mix grill, there is something on the menu for everyone, including customers eating halal dishes. Mumbai Lounge has a classy, upscale feel. However, the food is still reasonably priced and they even have lunch specials every day except Friday.
Address: 47 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF
Website: Mumbai Lounge
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12pm - 11:30pm; Fri: 5pm - 12am; Sat 12pm - 12am
5. The Raj
The Raj has amazing reviews from multiple outlets like Trip Advisor, Open Table, and the Visit York Tourism Awards. The restaurant serves Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine and has halal options. The Raj is located in the city center of Bootham, York, making it a great spot to end your day after sightseeing. The menu is extensive and its specialties range from traditional curries to balti dishes from southeastern India. The Raj has a full liquor license and can recommend the best drink pairing to go along with any dish. If the 70-seat restaurant happens to be full, or you’re just too tired to eat out, they offer a large takeaway menu too.
Address: 21-22 Bootham, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 7BW
Website: The Raj
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 5:30pm - 11:30pm; Fri - Sat: 5:30pm - 12am
6. Jaipur Spice
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If you’re looking for delicious Indian takeout for a bargain price, check out Jaipur Spice! This delicious eatery has a full online menu where you can choose from any of the restaurant’s options. For online and takeout orders, they offer special offers and discounts, making it a great pick for travelers on a budget. You can even get your food delivered if you spend a certain amount. Jaipur Spice also welcomes guests in for relaxing sit-down meals. All of their food is prepared with fresh ingredients in traditional Indian styles, including halal options. No wonder Jaipur Spice has been a favorite in York for 25 years!
Jaipur Spice - York
Address: 103 Haxby Road, York YO31 8JS
Website: Jaipur Spice
Opening hours: 5pm - 12am (daily)
7. Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Many of the picks on this list have been Indian and South Asian cuisine, but if you’re looking for a halal burger option, head on over to Gourmet Burger Kitchen. This popular chain restaurant has more than 70 restaurants across the UK, and looking at their menu it’s easy to see why. Order your burger in a classic style, or add on inventive toppings like blue cheese slaw, chili fried egg, grilled pineapple, and more! The menu also has chicken, lamb, and vegetarian options, making it a definite crowd pleaser. Treat yourself to a beer, cider, or cocktail to drink or go all out and have a milkshake!
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (York)
Address: 7 Lendal, York YO1 8AQ, UK
Website: Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm; Sun: 11:30am - 9pm
8. The Shahi Tandoori
The Shahi Tandoori is one of the most inexpensive halal options on this list as you can get an entire meal for the price of a cocktail at some of the other options! If you’re looking for halal food on a budget, this takeaway restaurant is the pick for you. They offer an extensive menu of Indian dishes like tandoori, biryani, curries, and more. The website is really easy to navigate so you can easily place your order from your computer or phone. They offer takeout as well as delivery for a convenient and delicious experience.
The Shahi Tandoori
Address: 41 Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1AB
Website: The Shahi Tandoori
Opening hours: 5:30pm - 12:30am (daily)
9. Jinnah Restaurant
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Jinnah Restaurant offers up tantalizing cuisine in six different locations around Yorkshire. Their menu is inspired by Kashmiri Indian cuisine and is rich with flavor and variety. Jinnah was instrumental in bringing new kinds of cuisine to the area, and their store has remained in operation for three generations. They offer sit-down service as well as takeaway, so you can sample their menu, which includes halal offerings, whichever way you desire. If you’re a frequent visitor to Jinnah, be sure to sign up for the Diners Club Card to receive a percentage off your meals.
Address: 105-107 Micklegate, York, YO1 6LB
Website: Jinnah Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5:30pm - 11pm; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 11:30pm
Alishaan is a great halal pick for travelers looking for convenient, inexpensive, and high-quality meals. The menu features Indian cuisine with classic dishes like chicken tikka masala, lamb bhuna, and chana masala. If you want to try everything, but don’t want to break your budget, check out their specialty meal deals. Meals come sized for two or four people and have several different dishes you can sample, along with sides of naan, rice, and vegetable bhaji. They even have vegetarian options for the meal deals, too.
Address: 200 Melrosegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO10 3SW
Opening hours: 5:30pm - 10pm (daily)
A diverse city with many varieties of halal cuisines
It can be challenging to travel when adhering to dietary restrictions like eating halal. Fortunately for visitors to York, the city has a diverse population and many restaurants that attend to visitors’ halal needs! With this list, you can spend less time worrying about finding halal meals and more time exploring the charming and beautiful city of York.
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