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Where to Eat When Canvassing in Hendon

Sensational salt-beef sandwiches, Korean fried chicken, Schroedinger’s chaat, and more

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Hendon is one of those pesky constituencies that eggheads like to call ‘bellwethers’: an area that has flipped back and forth between parties depending on the government in power. Solidly Labour up until 2010, it has been held by the Conservatives since. This year three separate parties hope to win it, meaning it has some of the busiest canvassers in the city. As the most diverse area in an affluent borough, it also has one of the best dining scenes, from its Pakistani and Afghani restaurants in West Hendon, to Romanian cafes in Burnt Oak, a Chinese scene in Colindale and Jewish sandwich shops in Edgware and beyond. Here are the best places to fill up before, or after, a long day.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 33 Station Rd

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33 Station Rd
Edgware HA8 7HX, UK

Pretty much every area worth its salt — Camberwell, Golders Green, Shepherds Bush — needs a

place that does falafel, ideally with shawarma. At the simply named ‘Falafel’ it’s possible to

order any conceivable combination of Kermit-green falafel, halloumi, and shawarma, all of which

are perfectly portable for a weekend of walking the Edgware beat.

2. B & K Salt Beef Bar & Restaruant

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Lanson House, 11 Whitchurch Ln
Edgware HA8 6NL, UK

In the days before Monty’s Deli, a schlep up to Edgware was the way to great salt beef. Today, it’s still worth 45 minutes on the Northern line to visit John and Michael Georgiou’s Ashkenazi-Jewish deli, rewarded with arguably the best deli sandwiches in the city. If pastrami is the meat of choice of New York’s delis then London’s is surely salt-beef, austerely seasoned and thick sliced, perfectly rosy with flavoursome inlets of fat. Here, it’s the melt-on-the-tongue tongue that is the standout, the texture of meat fudge melded with mustard and caraway. 

Salt beef and chopped salad at B&K salt beef bar in west London B&K Salt Beef Bar/Facebook

3. Brasseria Timisoreana

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29 Burnt Oak Broadway
Edgware HA8 5LD, UK
020 8728 2828

Not many people know that Burnt Oak is home to London’s largest population of Romanians, and one of the few places where their restaurants exist in concentration. Brasseria Timisoreana is one of the best on the stretch and a great introduction those those unfamiliar with the cooking of one of the most significant European immigrant communities in the city: from hearty Romanian soups to mititei (spiced sausages).

4. Bang Bang Oriental Foodhall

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399 Edgware Rd
London NW9 0FH, UK

On the border of Hendon (and technically outside it by about 5m), Bang Bang is the food hall that sprung up phoenix-like from the ashes of the old Oriental City. With an outpost of Golden Dragon for dimsum on the ground floor and around 20 stalls spanning the food of east Asia from regional Chinese to Malaysian, Korean and Taiwanese bubble tea, this is one of the few places anywhere in London which could feed a big group of canvassers and have something for everyone.

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5. Kululu

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43 Brent St, Hendon
London NW4 2HJ, UK

Challah sandwich specialist Kululu has only been open for a month or so, propping up the counter of a kosher deli in Hendon called ... Hendon Kosher Deli but it’s already one of the best things in the area. Elad and Ella assemble Israeli-Moroccan sandwiches the size of new-borns that let the fillings speak for themselves: baloney thin salt beef, sticky steak and onions, or chicken schnitzels as thick as escalopes. One of London’s best sandwich shops.

6. K.Cook Korean Restaurant

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36 Watford Way, Hendon
London NW4 3AL, UK
020 8203 4298

Cosily hidden on Hendon Way, K Cook deserves to be more well known outside of the Hendon central. Come here to warm up with bubbling lava cauldrons of budae-jigae, shimmering with slices of tofu, or some of the best Korean fried chicken outside of New Malden.

7. 805 Restaurants Hendon

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60 Vivian Ave, Hendon
London NW4 3XH, UK

Hendon’s branch of 805 may not be quite as good as the iconic Old Kent Road original, but this is still one of the better Nigerian restaurants in the area and lively until well into the night. Pair neon orange jollof with any number of stews, or their signature Monika fish flash fried with stacked fingers of yam.

8. Aladin Kebabish

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147-149 W Hendon Broadway, Hendon
London NW9 7EA, UK

If London stopped sleeping on its Pakistani restaurants they would change: Schroedinger’s chaat. Aladin’s Kebabish in West Hendon is being slept on by many but it doesn’t matter to about one thousand Pakistan families: it is one of the few restaurants that come close to capturing the essence of Karachi and the must-order dishes make up the “holy trinity”: haleem, nihaari and Karachi qorma, the latter of which is one of London’s best curries

9. Baba Wali Restaurant

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141 W Hendon Broadway, Hendon
London NW9 7DY, UK

One of the best Afghani restaurants in London, Baba Wali has slowly become one of Hendon’s most indispensible restaurants, particularly to the local Afghani community. The range of kebabs is stellar but make sure to pair them with Qabuli Palow with each rice grain sheened with lamb fat, and excellent mantu dumplings.

1. 33 Station Rd

33 Station Rd, Edgware HA8 7HX, UK

Pretty much every area worth its salt — Camberwell, Golders Green, Shepherds Bush — needs a

place that does falafel, ideally with shawarma. At the simply named ‘Falafel’ it’s possible to

order any conceivable combination of Kermit-green falafel, halloumi, and shawarma, all of which

are perfectly portable for a weekend of walking the Edgware beat.

33 Station Rd
Edgware HA8 7HX, UK

2. B & K Salt Beef Bar & Restaruant

Lanson House, 11 Whitchurch Ln, Edgware HA8 6NL, UK
Salt beef and chopped salad at B&K salt beef bar in west London B&K Salt Beef Bar/Facebook

In the days before Monty’s Deli, a schlep up to Edgware was the way to great salt beef. Today, it’s still worth 45 minutes on the Northern line to visit John and Michael Georgiou’s Ashkenazi-Jewish deli, rewarded with arguably the best deli sandwiches in the city. If pastrami is the meat of choice of New York’s delis then London’s is surely salt-beef, austerely seasoned and thick sliced, perfectly rosy with flavoursome inlets of fat. Here, it’s the melt-on-the-tongue tongue that is the standout, the texture of meat fudge melded with mustard and caraway. 

Lanson House, 11 Whitchurch Ln
Edgware HA8 6NL, UK

3. Brasseria Timisoreana

29 Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware HA8 5LD, UK

Not many people know that Burnt Oak is home to London’s largest population of Romanians, and one of the few places where their restaurants exist in concentration. Brasseria Timisoreana is one of the best on the stretch and a great introduction those those unfamiliar with the cooking of one of the most significant European immigrant communities in the city: from hearty Romanian soups to mititei (spiced sausages).

29 Burnt Oak Broadway
Edgware HA8 5LD, UK

4. Bang Bang Oriental Foodhall

399 Edgware Rd, London NW9 0FH, UK
Instagram/@bangbangoriental

On the border of Hendon (and technically outside it by about 5m), Bang Bang is the food hall that sprung up phoenix-like from the ashes of the old Oriental City. With an outpost of Golden Dragon for dimsum on the ground floor and around 20 stalls spanning the food of east Asia from regional Chinese to Malaysian, Korean and Taiwanese bubble tea, this is one of the few places anywhere in London which could feed a big group of canvassers and have something for everyone.

399 Edgware Rd
London NW9 0FH, UK

5. Kululu

43 Brent St, Hendon, London NW4 2HJ, UK

Challah sandwich specialist Kululu has only been open for a month or so, propping up the counter of a kosher deli in Hendon called ... Hendon Kosher Deli but it’s already one of the best things in the area. Elad and Ella assemble Israeli-Moroccan sandwiches the size of new-borns that let the fillings speak for themselves: baloney thin salt beef, sticky steak and onions, or chicken schnitzels as thick as escalopes. One of London’s best sandwich shops.

43 Brent St, Hendon
London NW4 2HJ, UK

6. K.Cook Korean Restaurant

36 Watford Way, Hendon, London NW4 3AL, UK

Cosily hidden on Hendon Way, K Cook deserves to be more well known outside of the Hendon central. Come here to warm up with bubbling lava cauldrons of budae-jigae, shimmering with slices of tofu, or some of the best Korean fried chicken outside of New Malden.

36 Watford Way, Hendon
London NW4 3AL, UK

7. 805 Restaurants Hendon

60 Vivian Ave, Hendon, London NW4 3XH, UK

Hendon’s branch of 805 may not be quite as good as the iconic Old Kent Road original, but this is still one of the better Nigerian restaurants in the area and lively until well into the night. Pair neon orange jollof with any number of stews, or their signature Monika fish flash fried with stacked fingers of yam.

60 Vivian Ave, Hendon
London NW4 3XH, UK

8. Aladin Kebabish

147-149 W Hendon Broadway, Hendon, London NW9 7EA, UK

If London stopped sleeping on its Pakistani restaurants they would change: Schroedinger’s chaat. Aladin’s Kebabish in West Hendon is being slept on by many but it doesn’t matter to about one thousand Pakistan families: it is one of the few restaurants that come close to capturing the essence of Karachi and the must-order dishes make up the “holy trinity”: haleem, nihaari and Karachi qorma, the latter of which is one of London’s best curries

147-149 W Hendon Broadway, Hendon
London NW9 7EA, UK

9. Baba Wali Restaurant

141 W Hendon Broadway, Hendon, London NW9 7DY, UK

One of the best Afghani restaurants in London, Baba Wali has slowly become one of Hendon’s most indispensible restaurants, particularly to the local Afghani community. The range of kebabs is stellar but make sure to pair them with Qabuli Palow with each rice grain sheened with lamb fat, and excellent mantu dumplings.

141 W Hendon Broadway, Hendon
London NW9 7DY, UK

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