Review on Hanam's
Jamal Ahmed and his family are proud cultural ambassadors who have brought a taste of authentic Kurdish cuisine to the streets of Edinburgh. The man himself is normally to be found overseeing the dining room, dressed in traditional garb and may even be persuaded to do a bit of authentic dancing if the mood allows.
Top billing on the menu goes to qozy a massive casserole-for-one of braised lamb, onions and gravy served with bread, rice and a side dish of bamya (okra with tomatoes and garlic) but there's much more to explore. Starters such as homemade falafel, kulicha (crispy balls of syrupy bread dough with yoghurt dip) and bayengaan (slow-roast baby aubergines stuffed with rice) get things moving, before Kurdish and Iranian-style kebabs, tashreeb (vegetable stews) and sweets including shariah (spiral nests of honey-soaked filo pastry with crushed pistachios) or lokum (a variation on Turkish delight).
You are welcome to bring your own booze (no corkage), although Hanam's does stock non-alcoholic beers, wine and even Champagne.
Note: payment by cash or cheque only.
Kurdish / Middle Eastern
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 until
Dinner: 11.00pm Mon-Sun