REVIEW – Hanam’s, Castle Terrace


Kurdish and Middle Eastern food


Hanam’s is the only Kurdish restaurant in Edinburgh and represents Middle Eastern food well.  I also love their dry bar and the balcony area where you can smoke some shisha and dream of far away places or re-live Middle Eastern experiences. 

Hanam's Interior


The interior is as you would expect, with the large open dining room buzzing in the evenings with atmospheric music and dimmed lighting.  Jamal the owner welcomes diners in the evening and the service is friendly and efficient. 

I have eaten here twice in the evenings, once as part of a family meal and once in a larger group.  This review covers a lunch time visit, where the service was adequate, but not particularly friendly as we tried to repeat the experiences of a recent Middle Eastern holiday.  The waiter barely spoke to us and it was at the start of a lunch service, so not particularly busy. 

It’s BYOB policy with no corkage fee at Hanams, but this didn’t concern us this visit as I opted for my favourite peach beer (non alcoholic).  The falafel sandwich and salad was part of the lunch time deal that is offered, but is good representation of the quality of food served at Hanam’s.  I managed to do without hummus (after eating it every day, 3 times a day for my whole holiday) but have tasted Hanam’s version on previous visits and it is fantastic, as is the Baba Ghanoush. 

Falafel and salad


I love all the dips and bread that feature in Middle Eastern cuisine and tucked into the above as well as trying out my dining partners’ chicken kebab with flat bread and sauces. 

Chicken Kebab


The evening portions are larger that those pictured and there is something on the menu catering for every taste as well as a good vegetarian selection of dishes.  Time on this visit did not allow for dessert  (or a smoke of the shisha) but there is a good selection of sweets on offer and Rosewater cupcakes supplied by Cupcakes and Ribbons.  You can finish off your meal with Kurdish Cha or Arabian coffee and after feasting like an Arabian King from Hanam’s menu, you may just want to do that.  You can also follow Hanam’s on twitter

Verdict?  Excellent food and service in wonderful surroundings, it must just have been an ‘off day’ when we visited for lunch and we all have them! 

Suitable for disabled?   Yes, with accessible bathrooms as well.

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