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Watan Ilford


Date of visit: March 2022

I’ve lived around Ilford Lane for a while now, it’s home to loads of halal restaurants but I’ve never managed to visit Watan, I’ve been to the one in Southall around 5 years ago and wasn’t impressed. Every time I go past the one in Ilford Lane there are queues going out the door.

The weather was nice yesterday and we just fed and changed our baby so I said to my wife let’s go for a walk and check it out for lunch.

The menu has a lot of options but I decided to stay on the safe side and try an Afgan Mix grill for £32. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from here.. But I was pleasantly surprised!

The kebabs tasted really good, the first bite of each different item was full of flavour and juicy, they have been marinated in well-balanced spices, seasoned well and more importantly not overcooked, something that used to be typical in places like this. Finally, chefs are realising that cooking meat to medium makes it tender, soft and tastes better overall. Also, they don’t remove the fat off the lamb chops, which means you get that flavour hit from your first bite. Lamb chops, lamb tikka, chicken tikka, seekh kebab and reshami kebabs, every item was good

It’s served on a giant naan and comes with 2 types of light and delicate rice. Portions are good, we had plenty of food left over for takeaway.

Overall, for a first-time visit and quick lunch, I was impressed and enjoyed the meal. Lunchtime was good to visit as it wasn’t busy, I see why it’s busy in the evening as there are not many tables, maybe 45 people max. The decor isn’t fancy, modern and clean and the service is basic.

And yes, I know I should have tried the Chapli Kebab. Next Time I will.

All food is halal. No alcohol. No service charge was added. I paid for my meal, not an invite.

Watan Ilford
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