Time was that the limits of Middle Eastern cuisine in London were found at a shawarma shop around the corner. Thankfully for everyone – but especially you and your team – this is no longer the case. Pioneering figures like Yottam Ottolenghi and Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer, and blisteringly popular restaurants like Berber & Q, The Palomar and Black Axe Mangal have proven that a rising tide lifts all boats, specifically those loaded with pomegranate, tahini and fresh herbs.
Sure, we've still got room for a classic falafel now and then – heavy on the garlic sauce, please – but we're offering up a real celebration of a richly diverse and recently underappreciated region. Chase your lunch with some rosewater-infused baklava and cast the doner back to where it belongs, that ungainly stumble home from the office party.