Listed below are some tried-and-tested venues which offer a range of cuisines and fry-ups for those with a taste for the cheap, quick and easy (and let’s face it, as students, we’re not gonna be fine dining for the next few years…)
Wrap it Up: Located on Goodge Street opposite Tesco, is this new burito place! All the food is Halal, and it is HMC Certified!
Simply Chicken: Now, this is what you were waiting for right…there’s something about deep-fried chicken that hits the right bone (chicken, bone, get it?) and if you’re feeling peckish, then look no further. Located close by on Drummond Street, Simply Chicken is simply the best (until you get your cholesterol results back).
The Bay Leaf Cafe: Serving a deliciously wholesome range of food from toasted sandwiches and paninis to home-made lasagne and pies, and what’s more, it’s all Halal! This quaint little place located on Tottenham Street, is the perfect venue for that weekly lunch with friends, or even by oneself. Their sandwiches are around £3.60 and their meals are priced at around £5. For more on this side-street wonder, read our review.
Goodge Street Mosque: The food in the canteen is highly recommended and (yay!) it’s a bargain, even for the penny-pinchers at £2.50 for a large plate of rice, curry and a drink (make sure you tell them you’re a student). So pop down if you’re starting to miss your mum’s cooking! The canteen is open from 1-4pm.
Anwar’s: If you live in Ramsey Halls, you probably know about this place already. Offering a tasty selection of Pakistani food, this is the place to be if you’re feeling homesick, and for those not yet acquainted with the spicier side of life, Anwar’s will be sure to deliver that extra kick! They are located close by on Maple Street and very close to Goodge Street tube station. (If you’re feeling like you could eat a horse, their buffet is between 1 – 4pm at a going rate of £6 per head, all you can eat).
Subway (Halal): For a grease-free lunch, this option may be of better value. Located on Goodge street, this joint offers halal sandwiches made right in front of you. If your not after meat, then standard (non-halal) Subway stores are also located at both ends of Oxford Street Tottenham Court Road and in Euston station. At the non-halal stores you are slightly limited in choice (Vege or Tuna), and do remember to ask them to change their gloves before making your sandwich, but the factor we all love here is that it’s NUS-friendly, so get munching…
Ravi Kebab’s: A small and dare I say, cosy establishment. Located on Drummond Street, hosting a range of Pakistani dishes to make your mouth water. Ok, it’s not your Mum’s best dahl and roti…but this is a good alternative.
ICCO’s: This is the place to come for halal italian style pizza and reasonably priced too! Located next door to Goodge street mosque. However not all their meat is halal so please check with them before you order!
The Refectory: This is where you get all the food you never thought you’d miss from your school days, like chips, beans, baked potatoes and salads. Do take note that the cheese is not VEGE friendly and the ‘halal’ burgers are cooked in the same oil as the haraam beef burgers. The Refectory is located behind the Bloomsbury building, and beneath the JBR. The easiest way to get there is to go to the South Cloisters and follow the signs from there.
UCL Union: Halal sandwiches are available from the ground floor and second floor of the UCL Union on Gordon St, for those opting for a healthier dose of Uni life.
Bloomsbury Cafe: Located at the entrance of the Bloombsbury Theatre. They have a small selection of halal noodles and curries on offer.
Chicken Cottage- Thats what UCL needs, two fried chicken joints! Located on 55 Goodge Street, so if you are nearby we highly recommend it.
Although as yet unlisted, many more places DO exist, (let us know if you make any world-famous discoveries…). A final word of caution…please remember not to spend all your time eating !!