Recently visited with three friends on a Friday evening.
The atmosphere and service was very good, but the food was just excellent: We ordered dishes to share and were overwhelmed by the quality of the food and the portion sizes! The grilled meats and sides were exceptional.
If I had to recommend anywhere to try some authentic damascene cuisine then please look no further!
Looking back on the purchase of our west London house, I can’t help suspecting that the vendor’s estate agent had a touch of amnesia at the time. He remembered the stuff about the shops and proximity of bus and Tube services. No problem there at all. Among the excellent local amenities to evade him, however, were the pair of bail hostels opposite the front door and the drive-by shootings that occasionally mingle with birdsong to form such a richly harmonic nightfall serenade.
When this branch of the well-established Shepherd’s Bush original opened in 2009, the number of good Syrian restaurants in London doubled. In many ways the newer Abu Zaad is a generic Edgware Road Middle Eastern restaurant – no alcohol , tiled interior, big ornate lanterns, Arabic satellite TV, nutty music – but the menu lists many brilliantly executed Damascene dishes seldom seen in London.
Big helpings, low prices and a rollickingly relaxed setting are the draws at this capacious Syrian venue near Shepherd’s Bush Market.
Groups of teenagers, young families and couples after a quick, fuss-free meal seem to find this vast Syrian restaurant a convenient destination. The boisterous clientele, together with Abu Zaad’s relaxed café-style seating, TV screens and what seems like an army of zippy waiters lend the place a pleasantly chaotic air.