Address: 19 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, London, W2 4UA
Telephone: 020 7221 2200
Nearest Station: Royal Oak (Hammersmith & City Line)
Halal Status: Meat here is all halal
Earlier this week, I was invited to a newly discovered halal restaurant called ‘Grilandia’. This is located in Bayswater, where I reviewed a Middle Eastern cuisine Lebanese restaurant. After finding them on social media, the thing that really caught my eye was their interiors and look of the food. It has been open for over 5 months and it looks to be on the rise from being an Instagrammable spot to hang out.
The interiors are done by Accanto Interiors. It wasn’t your ordinary flower walls you tend to see in most cafes or restaurants these days, but a tropical rainforest look. As you walk in you see the tropical green rainforest decor on your left and straight ahead.
When I arrived, I was greeted by their lovely staff member. They sat me down near towards the window as that’s when you get the best light for a food shot right?
As I sat down I noticed they put out some amazing dishes next to me for people to see. Looking at that gave me some good inspiration to decide what to eat from their menu. As well as doing some research beforehand as well, making me waste no time ordering.
What I ordered was:
- Baba Ganoj
- Lamb Shank
- Halloumi and Chicken Salad
- Orange Juice
After 5-10 minutes I placed my starters and mains orders, which the starters came pretty quick within 5 mins. This was the Kibbe and Baba Ganoj, so the Kibbe was a small dish, which was an oval shaped lamb and burgul paste filled with minced lamb onions & pine nuts served with tahini & yogurt sauce. To me this tasted like the Indian version ‘Keema’ but different since it was soft on the inside.
Baba Ganoj’s is a picturesque looking dish as it’s made of baked aubergine paste, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and olive oil topped with pomegranate seeds. The colours of this dish were amazing, hence I chose this one, served with naan bread which you can dip into the paste.
Whilst waiting for my main meals to arrive which were Halloumi and Chicken Salad. I explored around and took many photos around the restaurant. By then my appetite for the mains was high as I couldn’t wait to start eating. When my Lamb Shank arrived, I went straight for it, not expecting it to be that filling, but god it filled me right up as I only had room for halloumi and chicken salad. Leaving Baba Ganoj on the side as I wasn’t able to eat any more.
The lamb shank is not only served alone, but with minced lamb, rice, pine nuts & gravy sauce on the same plate. I have to say this alone will make you fall off your chair, seriously, it was that good, but the portion size was huge, enough to make you feel full.
Halloumi and Chicken Salad
The Halloumi and Chicken salad served with caesar dressing. I thought this dish was delicious and a good option to choose as the halloumi cheese was amazing to have along with salads and chicken pieces. It’s definitely a good choice if you’re looking for a healthy option.
Once I was complete with my food. I had a little break from my meal, so I walked around the restaurant. Before they eventually gave me a plate filled with desserts and fruit. As they say one cannot leave without having dessert! That is well and truly me.
What was on my dessert and fruit plate?
The plate was filled with oranges and pineapple, since the other plate was filled with dates and Baklava. I thought both were just as scrumptious and the perfect treat to end a wonderful meal.
I loved my experience here at Grilandia and would definitely come back. I highly recommend trying their food out and checking their beautiful interiors inside, which really captures your eyes. Located in West London, this place is a long journey to make from where I live in the East. However, if you’re nearby or work locally definitely worth trying. As I work at Wembley on weekdays it makes sense for me to make a trip here after work.
I felt the service and staff were so nice as they greeted people from outside and made them comfortable. The atmosphere, to be honest, was pretty empty, but its personal preference as some people prefer it busy and some don’t. Price here I would say it’s slightly on a high, but you are getting your money’s worth, since you get big portions with lovely interiors to admire and capture. Overall, it’s a great spot to dine with friends, family or just as a couple.