We are sad to say that our incredibly influential and fun to read blog series about halal food, as in, the one you’re reading right now, is coming to an end. We are now on instalment nine, which is fixing to be the penultimate Halal Food Instagram Heroes. After the big ten, we’ll be done.
To honour this not-quite-but-almost-momentous ending, we’re dedicating number nine to some serious big dogs of halal food blogging. Or maybe big cats is more appropriate, seeing as they’re called Feed the Lion.
If you’re at all familiar with the online world of halal food reviews, you’ve probably heard of Feed the Lion. The website is a veritable blogging monster, posting a tonne of in-depth reviews that factor in everything from food and price, to atmosphere and service. Better still, all of the reviews on FTL have been conducted by no less than three people, meaning they keep it fair.
Their Instagram is equally thorough, posting all sorts of stuff like short reviews (linking to bigger reviews), competitions, and a bunch of discount codes and offers. In fact, we reckon the best thing about Feed the Lion is the sheer volume of cash-saving deals they offer on their IG. We swear, hit follow on these guys and you’ll be claiming a few major reductions on some quality eateries.
But for now, check out some of the delicious halal meals they’ve sampled.
Rasa Sayang (Malaysian) –Chinatown, London Full review in bio: http://feedthelion.co.uk/rasa-sayang-malaysian-chinatown/ Rasa Sayang is as unpretentious as you’re ever going to get in the busy and vibrant area of Chinatown. Having been around for a while now, eight years in fact, what makes this place so unique, in spite of its unassuming shopfront, is the following: “Set in the heart of Chinatown, Rasa Sayang is the only halal restaurant in Chinatown”. Additionally, it presents a wall sign that guarantees the meat to be 100% Halal and certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC). Rasa Sayang claims to follow what’s known as the Peranakan style of cooking, which “combines Chinese ingredients and wok techniques with rich Malaysian spices”. . . #rasasayang #halal #halalrestaurant #halalfood #halalfoodie #londonrestaurants #londonrestaurant #chinatown #FtLion #malaysian #malaysiancusine
@TarshishLondon has a whopping capacity of 500, comfortably spread across two spacious and lavishly decorated floors of 250 seats each, this Turkish and Mediterranean eatery, which only opened last year, was recently awarded the 2017’s British Kebab Awards for Best Newcomer Restaurant/ Takeaway in London. Tarshish represents east meeting west in a marriage of modern aesthetics with traditional sentiments. Full review: http://feedthelion.co.uk/tarshish-turkish-wood-green/
Kerb Does Alchemy 2017 #festival has a variety of #southasian #halal #streetfood at the #southbankcentre SE1, #london, currently going for 2 weeks until 29th May. #kerbdoesalchemy #food #foodporn #events #curry #spice #pakistan #indian #afghanistan #nepal #srilankan #foodvendor #takeaway #asianfood #spicy #yummy
@misterlasagna (Italian) – Soho “The demand for Italian food in London,” says Mister Lasagna’s website, “is huge and lasagna is one of the most popular dishes”. To this end, it offers an impressive 21 varieties of lasagna based on “traditional Italian cooking”. And with three branches in London – Soho, Piccadilly and Belgravia – its founder, Alessandro Limonean, is quoted as saying that he “hope[s] to change London’s perception on this classic dish”. HALAL STATUS Parmigiano Reggiano, which contains non-Halal animal rennet, is used as a topping in some dishes. Full review: http://feedthelion.co.uk/mister-lasagna-london
@absurdbirduk in Spitafields http://feedthelion.co.uk/absurd-bird-spitalfields/ HALAL STATUS 24-hours pre-notice; but 48- for the Smoked Chicken Wings (inc. quantity). – Inspired by the American “Deep South and all its culinary traditions”, Absurd Bird is a restaurant that offers “deliciously tender” chicken that’s been “brined for a minimum of 12 hours” before being “marinated in our secret recipe sauces, teamed with irresistible sides, and topped off with insanely good desserts”. – #absurdbird #spitafields #londonrestaurants #halal #halalfood #halalfoodie #FtLion #chicken #friedchicken #deepsouth
Also check out this burger. We mean, come on.
@Clockjackuk (Rotisserie Chicken) – Woolwich Pull the Chicken Trigger – Fried Chicken, fresh vegetables, sliced gherkins, BBQ Buffalo sauce, served on a brioche bun, £8.95 —- Clockjack Club Burger – Chicken breast, bacon avocado, wild rocket, curry mayo sauce, £9.95 —- Chocolate, Strawberry, Sea Salt, Mango, Raspberry Ice Cream & Sourbet —- Clockjack Strawberry Cheesecake £4.25 —- These chicken burgers didn’t pale in comparison either to the rotisserie chicken, for they were imaginatively conceived and just as good in their own right. #chickenburger #clockjack #clockjackoven #clockjackchicken #Chicken #rotisserie #rotisseriechicken #woolwich #halal #Londonrestaurant #halalfood #halalfoodie #FtLion
While we’d usually dedicate this blog to the little guy, the scrappy underdog chewing through their money + spare time to deliver halal food reviews to a small, but down for life, fan base, we decided to give an established website a nod this time.
Why? To give the scrappy underdogs something to aim for, yo. Feed the Lion prove that halal food blogging can become big business if you’re willing to put in the time. Their success has boosted the platform of a number of independent eateries and made the halal scene even more visible, which is well worth a shout out.
With Feed the Lion raising the halal blogging bar, we’re sure the guys we hyped up in Halal Food Heroes of Instagram instalments one to eight will be holding on to it soon.
Check out the Feed the Lion website here.