The Best #CookForSyria Restaurant Dishes

#CookforSyria, the charity campaign founded in 2016 by social media influencer Clerkenwell Boy, PR company founder Gemma Bell, and SUITCASE Magazine CEO and founder Serena Guen, is back this November. Loads of London’s best restaurants have created special dishes for the event, and each time a dish is sold, £2 goes to Unicef UK’s Children of Syria Fund. The campaign has raised more than £350,000 so far.

These are the Syrian-inspired dishes you really need to try this November, with more to be announced in the coming week.

45 Jermyn Street Grilled aubergine, chickpeas, pomegranate

Arabica Bar & Kitchen Cumin dusted pan-fried hake, fragrant rice, caramelised onions, tahini sauce

Barbecoa Piccadilly & St. Paul’s – Butter-Roasted Cauliflower, Ras El Hanout, Beretta Pumpkin, Pistachio, Burnt Butter Dressing

Bleecker Burger Spitalfields A chocolate and tahini shake

Bubbledogs “Cook For Syria” dog with spiced lamb, muhammara and yoghurt

Caravan Lamb meatballs, flatbread, sesame labne, pickled cucumber, mint, sumac

Chiltern Firehouse Syrian beef tartare

Dock Kitchen Pistachio and nutmeg cake

Fifteen – Rose syrup infused pistachio & semolina cake, tonka bean yoghurt

Frenchie Elwy Valley lamb with home-made harissa, tahine smoked yoghurt, butternut squash and pomegranate

Galley Pan fried stone bass, herb gnocci, wild mushroom sauce with za’atar, coriander, cumin and cardamon

Good & Proper Tea Sourdough crumpet with homemade rose jam, pistachios & pomegranate

Hemsley + Hemsley at Selfridges Spiced Syrian lentil soup

Hoppers Beef brisket kari with smoked aubergine raita

Ikoyi Baharat Pork Suya

Jikoni Tahini parfait, honey quince and pistachio crisp

Koya Lamb cumin miso udon with fresh herbs

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Lyle’s Raw mutton, roast mutton skin, pomegranate, yoghurt, sumac, Aleppo chilli and freekeh.

Ottolenghi Islington Sweet potato and lamb kubbeh, sumac yoghurt and green salsa

Ottolenghi Isligton & Spitalfields – Beef kubbeh hamusta and rainbow chard

Palatino Pistachio and nutmeg cake

Petersham Nurseries Roast poussin stuffed with couscous, pistachio nuts, raisins, rose & preserved lemon

Pizza Pilgrims Traditional Syrian spiced beef pizza with yogurt & za’atar

Smokestak Za’atar crusted brisket with Syrian-style salad, pickled cucumber yoghurt, harissa chilli and flatbread

Spring Braised onions stuffed with freekeh mujadara, dates and almond purée

temper City Chopped marinated goat leg, garlic sauce, sour pickles, salad and French fries


The Quality Chop House BBQ brill with lamb Lyonnaise, mussels, freekeh & sea purslane

Yosma Clay oven baked Lamb shank, baharat spiced freekeh, preserved lemon, pomegranate

#CookforSyria will also be hosting its second #BakeForSyria event with Lily Vanilli, on 18th November at Old Spitalfields Market, from 11am to 4pm. There will be a raffle on the day in aid of Unicef’s appeal for the children of Syria and some of the country’s best bakers will be there, including Helen Goh and Yotam Ottolenghi, Fattie’s Bakery, Dominique Ansel and Justin Gellatly.