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
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.