By: Sarena Akhter
Hello Foodies, With how competitive the food market has become in London, restaurants are continuously working hard to see how they can stand out among the crowd. In light of the huge rise in demand for Mediterranean food, this week we wanted to highlight a few more of the restaurants we see are showing up way above the rest.
To start off with, we will be going with a favourite among our members—Chickpz restaurant! With their commitment to always serving fresh dishes, Chickpz has some great menu items we're so excited to share.
During the first day of Ramadan earlier this year (an Islamic tradition in which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk), a few of us were able to visit a Chickpz, a small restaurant in downtown London that serves great Mediterranean dishes. Aside from their flawless presentation, the food made a long-lasting impression.
Chicken Shawarma bowl (with Halloumi Cheese)
Do you see those orange-yellow rectangles? That's halloumi cheese—a semi-hard, unripened cheese. When you bite into it, you'll have it stringy and gooey from the center. Can you blame us for getting it with almost every dish? Chickpz has perfected the side so well that it was quickly a staple we give them five stars for, each time. With this delicious chicken shawarma and rice dish (with salad), we think this pairing elevated the whole item to another level!
Halloumi Steak Bowl
This "Instagram-famous" dish deserves all its fame and influence. This dish alone would probably steal any spotlight. From the perfectly cooked steak, the soft cheese that melts in your mouth, to the healthy salad—this dish here is perfection. No complaints here; only praise.
Cheese Steak Hoagie
This one's a favourite all-around. Not only is this massive sandwich enough for at least two meals, but you'll also find yourself more than happy to see how generous the restaurant is when serving you the meat and cheese! The entire sandwich was smokey and extremely tasty. Hands-down one you need to get.
With a sweet tooth that can't really eat too much sweetness at once, we were delighted to see traditional desserts like baklava, a Turkish pastry that really hits the spot after a large meal like ours.
Iced Strawberry Basil Lemonade
As a sucker for all these gorgeous meals, we had to try this wickedly refreshing drink combo. Who knew basil and strawberry could mix so well! This iced drink was perfect for the hot day and made a great addition to our pretty heavy protein meals.
Bookmark this Place ASAP!
Their halal, fresh, and remarkably memorable flavours make this restaurant one for the bookmarks. In fact, we'll be back to try out their coffee—did you know they're the first and only restaurant in Canada with the Nestlé Krea machine? We see a plan to be back happening as soon as you'll have us. Thank you so much for being our partner this year, Chickpz!
The location is open and their hours of operation are:
• Monday to Sunday: 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Once again, thank you for having us!
*Disclaimer: Hours of operation and dine-in are subject to change. While London transitions into Stage 3, please make sure to stay safe and healthy and support your local restaurants in the way you believe is most safe for you.*