One should always write food blogs when one is hungry. Or not.

I am going to be reviewing this amazing, life-saver, LARGE, delicious shawerma that Saad treated me to while we were out doing touristy stuff in London. If you live in a country that does not serve halal food everywhere, it can be quite a treat to find good halal food. So, as far as halal food and genuine middle-eastern food goes, ‘Lebanese Garden’ is WOW!

In £ 3.50, you can get a 9 inch (approx.) shawerma FILLED with grilled shredded chicken and veggies! You can choose from a variety of crisp, fresh veggies (lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cucumber, beetroot etc). You can have a lamb shawerma, a chicken shawerma or a little bit of both too if you want. I, personally liked the chicken one better and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone going there.


This shawerma is one of the BEST i have ever had because:

1) The chicken is marinated perfectly

2) Parsley! They don’t put parsley in Pakistan and that is the real thing guys. That is how you make genuine middle-eastern food. It adds this amazing herby, tangy flavor to the whole sandwich and makes it truly Lebanese.

3) the SIZE. Needless to say, of course. This beats all the ‘waqayi bara shawermas’ in Lahore 😉 because people THIS is the waqayi bara shawerma 😀 Ok I agree about the price bit, Lahori shawermas range from 25 rupees to 500 (at CTC, ridiculous!). But for London, this is an amazing price, because I got it packed and had it for dinner too :D.


One thing that I did miss in this shawerma was the chilli sauces and the white sauce that our desi shawerma walas put. Hmm, and well its not a fancy restaurant, it’s more like a take-away with five or six tables and chairs.

That said, I will definitely be going back to this place again and trying out the rest of the stuff on their menu. If you are in London and looking for good halal shawerma or Lebanese food, this is THE place to go to.

Oh, and the owner is really friendly!! He made us feel at home, chatting up with us and ALSO served us with a really delicious complimentary Lebanese Mint Tea with Cinammon Stick in it (if you want to have Moroccan Mint Tea in Lahore, go here). Relaxing after a long day and warm too because you always need something warm in London!


Lebanese Garden

243 Kentish Town Road, Kentish Town

London, NW5 2JT

One fine Thrusday morning I wake up to see pictures of Coffee Tea & Company burned and toasted…and for some reason it made me so so so sad 😦 I know they’re going to rebuild it before we can say ‘coffee’ 😛 BUT for one whole hour it made me so sad just thinking that it has all burnt down.

It is definitely one of the MOST favorite places for all Lahoris. I have so many memories with that place, because I’ve been going there from when it was a tiny coffee shop with 3 table and a few chairs but the most amazing cookies.

Hello, London.

Well, im in london for a looong vacation 🙂 and will be updating the world on the amazing food I have here. Its a beautiful city! And im in love with it! Will also update on how I have managed to become a good, if not great, cook 😉


The weather is weiiiird though! It snowed in the middle of MARCH! And its always raining -_-
BUT, im not complaining 🙂 alhamdulilah, its a wonderful place and LIFE IS GOOOD people!
Having a great time with Saad, who ive met after six months 🙂

Mangoes & Cream

My favorite summer dessert :) Fresh mangeoes and fresh cream...delicious!

My favorite summer dessert 🙂 Fresh mangeoes and fresh cream…delicious!

Cherry Tarts!

Hot out of the oven

Hot out of the oven

Cherry Tarts!

I made these for Eid ul Fitr 2012


I haven’t tried this yet. But I know I will! It looks great and Cafe Upstairs is always, always SO good and cheaper than the rest, with a great ambiance and great view, not to mention AMAZING music!

I’ll write a review on it soon inshAllah!

SO, I’m not much of a coffee critique because my coffee taste-buds are definitely desi. I can not stand black coffee, or coffee with no sugar. I don’t like strong coffee and I wont be offended if you hate me for it. I’m a Lahori, grown up drinking doodh-patti, what do you expect?

So back to Gloria Jeans! I remember doing an article on it back in 2009, when it had JUST opened up and we, at ValueMag had also JUST started publishing. In fact, if I remember correctly it was published in the first edition of valuemag. You can read the article here if you wish to 🙂

You know, I like Gloria Jeans just as much as I dislike it. Love-Hate relationship.

I love it because it is loveable! The coffee is just perfect, at least for the Lahori taste-buds which means it is Creamy, frothy and has at least a thousand calories in one cup 😉 I also love the cozy environment and if you don’t feel like staying indoors, you can sit outside or on the rooftop. That’s the kind of options I want every coffee place to be like-indoors, outdoors and a rooftop 😀

I like the Very Vanilla Latte -it’s light, creamy and has just the right amount of vanilla. I only have it when I’m in the mood to have something with a sweet and light coffee flavor.

I stole this picture from Gloria Jean's website :D and it does look like this, they are not cheating :)

I stole this picture from Gloria Jean’s website 😀 and it does look like this, they are not cheating 🙂

Next on my list is : Caramalette

Caramaley, carmallay, caramella

Ok, this coffee again is really good as far as flavored coffees go. It’s not as light as the Very Vanilla, but obviously sweet with the caramel syrup added to it. Like all of Gloria’s lattes, it is smooth and frothy and delicious. I’d give it 3 stars out of 5, i’ve had it so many times that’s it bored me. Maybe?

Sufi & Coffee ;)

Sufi & Coffee 

    This is ShahZaman Baloch 

A friend, who after spending a lot of time in Italy and also making coffee there knows a lot about coffee and it’s chemistry. So, obviously what better place to treat him than Gloria and obviously get some education on coffee 😀 It was from him that I learnt what ‘Picolo Latte’ means. It means ‘Small Latte’…lol easy! Should have guessed it myself! Here, he is contemplating on life and mysticism with a Cappucino -which according to the expert himself is really good!! Do try it those who like slightly stronger versions of coffee. I don’t. I like latte with whipped cream on top…sorry guys!

My FAVORITE however (these days) is the Iced Cappucino! It is SO good! Heavenly! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! And…here comes the reason why I dislike Gloria: 435 Rs for a regular cup of iced coffee. WHAT!?! Didn’t even get it topped with whipped cream. =( I asked the guy to blend the ice in the coffee , because I don’t like ice cubes floating in my iced coffee.

How they like to serve it with ice cubes

How they like to serve it with ice cubes

how i like it. With crushed ice. Sorry about the bad picture!

how i like it. With crushed ice. Sorry about the bad picture!

My beautiful friend Seemal who treated me to this, THANK YOU :))!

I have also heard that ‘Voltage’ is an AMAZING cold coffee/beverage here. Never tried it. But if you have, comment and enlighten me 🙂

Do NOT have the Cookies n Cream, it’s always horrible.

Serious tip: Always, Always get your beverages (coffee & choclate ones, not chai) topped with whipped cream.

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