Hi guys! I promised you a post about my favorite halal restaurants in Gothenburg and so here it is! Are you taking a trip to Gothenburg or already live there? TRY THESE! I’ve personally never been a foodie but Hammad really changed my perspective on that. I’m a very fussy person when it comes to my food, but not in a sense that trying out new restaurants and dishes is a hobby or something. I just really opened my eyes to something new with Hammad and I’m loving it so far! I personally found these restaurants whilst researching on the internet and stuff like that is always a bit tricky. You have a lot of different reviews to take in and you never really know if this one customer just had a bad experience or a bad day. An example is the restaurant Divan which had a really good review percentage but 1-2 people stated that they got an upset stomach because of the food. Now, I’m already a very sensitive person when it comes to my stomach, random food can upset it and y’all see me planted on the toilet for the next few days lol! So I was a bit nervous to try it out but I have to say it was DELICIOUS and as far as it goes; if I got through it, you can too lol! I hope you will find this useful, even though I know not many of you have been to this city, but I still want to include this in my blog for future reference! Enjoy!
A Turkish restaurant placed in Rosenlund – Gothenburg. We actually researched this place back around New Years Eve but since we had no car at that time, and it was a bit far away from the central station, we never tried it out. I’m deff regretting it now haha! The restaurant has a tiny seating area, which explains why you need to book a table before dropping in. It has a bar as well so the people in there are mixed (as in you will not only see people of a turkish descent lol). I read reviews online about the staff being amazing but Hammad and I went on a weekday and compared to a weekend, it was a calm evening with only one person out on the floor – which was most probably the owner. We booked a table the same day, 1-2 hours before visiting the restaurant and got 20% off on our order which was a pleasant surprise! As for the food we ordered Pasha Grill Mix plate, a garlic bread, and hummus – and we LOVED IT! The garlic bread was as crispy and soft as ever, the Pasha Grill mix I cannot even begin to explain. You really need to taste it in order to get what I mean. I really liked how we got our drink. It’s usually already poured in a glass, but here we got the actually Coca Cola bottle along with two glasses + ice. So you could sit there and pour it yourself, lol. I don’t know but these tiny things really matters to me! As for the dessert we ordered an apple pie and it was worth every little penny. The only “negative” thing to say here must be the time it took to get our food, mainly the dessert, but since all of it was fresh you can give them that. So I’m 100% coming back here again inshallah!
We have had our dinner here twice and I am not disappointed. Compared to Zaffran and Pasha Grill, this place is faaar bigger and has more serving tables. I also like how spacious it looks, even with the jet black interior. We ordered a mix grill here as well and really liked the dish! It’s a biiiit expensive for my taste, but the food is delicious! The staff is amazing, my phone died last time I was there and they lend me their own charger so I could have it on my table whilst eating. The toilet is superclean as well (need to mention this LOL) and they’re a non-alcohol restaurant which means it’s more of a family-restaurant than Pasha Grill. Love it! I’ve tried their bakhlawa as well, a bit too sweet for me but very tasty.
ZAFFRAN – A taste of Persia
The place where we had our New Years eve dinner! The whole booking thing was still new for us at that time so we got this table last time (after screaming on the phone that we were hungry and really really needed a table PLEASE). On top of that it was New Years eve and the tiny restaurant was fully packed with people. So grateful that we got a table that late cause I saw a lot of people coming in and then going back out again cause lack of tables. This was almost four months ago so I do not remember our literal order but it was something with seekh-kabab and we loved it! The restaurant gives such a nice family-vibe to it and I love the dark interior. Any cons? We waited 40 minutes for our food. I fully understand the New Years stress but I saw people getting in after us and getting the food before us. That was not a nice feeling cause we were really hungry when we got there in the first place and then the 40 minutes wait really annoyed us even more. I understand that the people coming after us can be familiar faces, but when you’re running such a high-end restaurant, you should have the decency to show some professionalism. I asked twice for our food and I got no real answers so all we could do was wait. The food was worth it when it came but that customer-being-served-before-us thing really made the whole experience blah. The staff was ok. Again, might’ve been the stress but no smiles and a frown when we arrived. You can do better! I’ve been in the customer service for almost a decade now and know the weight of the first impression really plays a huge role. The restaurant is five minutes from the central station and I have to be honest; I want to go back here to see the difference between a full packed evening and now. Apart from that the food is worth coming back for as well!