The Oscars was nothing: Monday night celebrates the sixth annual Kebab Awards. Last year the event was compared by Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Chris Stark, Jeremy Corbyn’s handed out prizes and everyone from Theresa May and Sadiq Khan through to C-list celebrities wants to be involved. And so it’s no surprise that the kebbalicious entries this year are pretty strong. The prize we’ll be watching closely is the fine dining category where a number of strong London restaurants are serious contenders. Here they are…
High on Barnet's finest kebabs
Located in a low-key parade of shops in Barnet, you might be forgiven for overlooking Skewd. Thankfully The Kebab Awards judges didn’t, and the restaurant is vying for top spot, and well they might. Chef Mazlum Denir won Chef of the Year last year and his breads, lamb and charcoal cooking prove why.
Where: 12 Cockfosters Parade, Barnet, EN4 0BX
Great on biblical proportions
Tarshish was a great Mediterranean port in biblical times, but even King Solomon would be impressed by the quality of food at Wood Green’s Tarshish restaurant. The food is, of course, excellent, but the modern aesthetic is also impressive (there’s a retractable roof upstairs, perfect for summer dining).
Where: 16-20 High Road, Wood Green, N22 6BX
Fit for a prince of Persia
Apadana sets out to redefine Persian cooking. The Iranian entry for best fine dining kebab is set on High Street Kensington and may be small, but the dishes that come out of the tandor sat in the centre of the restaurant pack a big punch.
Where: 351 Kensington High Street, Kensingon, W8 6 NW
Beautifully marinated in Marylebone
To upmarket central London and Marylebone with Kibele, a place where fine dining comes naturally, but authentic flavours and methods mean that the beauty runs more than skin deep.
Where: 175-177 Great Portland Street, Marylebone, W1W 5PJ
Fantastic in Fitzrovia
Owned by the same people that have made such a success of Kibele, Ishtar is located nearby and is clearly hewn from the same stone. Named after the Mesopotamian goddess, the food is divine.
Where: 10/12 Crawford Street, Fitzrovia, W1U 6AZ
The Isle of Dog's b*llocks
A sumptuous taste of Anatolia in The Docklands. This Isle of Dogs eatery is a Turkish gem and serves up an array of authentic cuisine crafted by a team of Turkish chefs in a unique collaboration between the Tas and Haz Restaurant Groups.
Where: 2 South Quay Square, Isle of Dogs, E14 9RT
The Kebab Awards will take place at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel and The Handbook will, of course, be attending and keeping you up to date with live data (when we’re not stuffing our faces with some of Britain’s best kebabs!).