Top Choice Middle Eastern in Arambol (Harmal)


Just back from the beach, and understandably popular with Israeli backpackers, Shimon is the place to fill up on exceptional falafel or sabich (crisp slices of eggplant stuffed into pita bread along with boiled egg,…
Top Choice Turkish in Ashgabat


This charming red-painted cellar in the backstreets between the train station and the Hotel Paýtagt attracts a thoroughly local crowd, but you'll be made to feel very welcome. It's all about the sublime kebabs here …
Turkish in Chinatown & the CBD

Fat Prince

Slip into this dimly lit shophouse and be seduced by the golden glinting opulence of this newly minted hotspot. Book ahead and smugly sink into your velvet seat, and start your meal with inspired cocktails or homema…
Middle Eastern in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North


Located at the boutique Orchid hotel is this stylish restaurant with a quality menu of Middle Eastern/North African/Indian–influenced cuisine. Dishes are shared plates and range from homemade bread and dips to poach…
Israeli in Northern Higashiyama

Falafel Garden

If you're in need of a break from Japanese food, head to this casual spot near Demachiyanagi Station for excellent and filling falafel pita sandwiches or plates with generous dollops of homemade hummus, or a side of…
Turkish in French Concession


The ancestral homeland of much of China's northwestern Uighur cuisine, Turkish food gets a swish French Concession revamp at smart Garli. The hunkar begendi ('Sultan's Favorite' tandoori lamb with charcoal-grilled a…
Iranian in Mumbai

Kyaani & Co

Over 110 years young, Kyaani is one of just a few Parsi cafes left in Mumbai. With its rattling, sky-high ceiling fans, black bentwood chairs and chipped mosaic tiling, it exudes an old-school Zoroastrian charm. Spe…
Turkish in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Desert Rose

Down an eating precinct that specialises in Central Asian restaurants is this Turkish–Azerbaijan-run place with a huge range of superb kebabs (from ¥50), as well as different varieties of pilaf.
Iranian in Mumbai


A quirky, hipster re-imagination of a traditional Parsi cafe, this Bandra Kurla hot spot dishes out ambience (mismatched lanterns, a moving toy train hanging from the ceiling), food (Iranian mac and cheese with baco…
Turkish in Dhaka


Head to Istanbul restaurant for a big plate of Turkish kebabs. It's a popular lunchtime spot, and if you're not keen on meat there are plenty of great salads and meze to tuck into. At night, direct yourself towards …