One of my main concerns before coming to Southampton was will I be able to find “Halal” food here or not? will I have to be a vegetarian? (a nightmare) but luckily we can have at least seafood! (Yay)
You can imagine how hard it is for me to stay away from Iraqi food as you can see in this picture!
First of all, “Halal” word in Arabic literally translates to “permissible” to Muslims according to our religion instructions, that includes not having pork and alcohol, of the way that we should cut the animals.
When I first got here I checked all famous chain restaurants (KFC, Pizzahut, Dominoes, Nando’s, etc.) for Halal chicken, lamb, or beef but unfortunately they don’t serve it so I had to go with veggie meals or fish and chips.
Now, after five months, I can list my top Halal serving restaurants in Southampton (will be updated accordingly):
– Texas Grill (Grill and more)
Location (Google maps): Texas Grill
Photo Gallery (Facebook page): Texas Grill
– Uni Kebab (Turkish)
Location (Google maps): Uni Kebab
Photo Gallery (Facebook page): Uni Kebab
– New World (Chinese)
Location (Google maps): New World
– Roosters Piri Piri (Grill and Falafel)
Location: (Google maps): Roosters
Menu: (Website): Rosters
– Tortilla (Mexican)
Location (Google maps): Tortilla
Photo Gallery (Facebook page): Tortilla
(Sorry, my camera didn’t eat first there!)
– Mumbai Indian Kitchen (Indian)
Location (Takeawya & Delivery only): Mumbai
Delivery (Website): Mumbai
– Diego’s (Grill)
Location (Google maps): Diego’s
Photo Gallery (Facebook page): Diego’s
– Star Fried Chicken (Fried Chicken and more)
Location (Google maps): SFC
– Piazza food court (University of Southampton Campus)
Some of the snacks in the student union shop clearly written on them “Halal” sometimes I grab one of those while moving between lectures, while the piazza in the redbrick area near the student union building serve halal chicken and beef as well.
I hope I made you hungry enough.
Husham Muhi Aldain
International Student Digital Ambassador