Yes, I concede, he beat me on this one.
But just for him, here is a wider shot of Damasco Bite that I took a while ago. The Syrian takeaway in east London, which deserves a full post, but I’m still reeling from the fact that he got there first!
London has just a handful of Syrians. Most Arabs in the capital are Palestinian, Iraqi, Lebanese and Egyptian. I know of just two Syrian restaurants here: Abu Zaad in west London, and Damasco Bite in the east. Except that Abu Zaad doesn’t really count because although it claims to be Syrian, it is actually run by a motley collection of Lebanese, Moroccans and Egyptians.
Damasco Bite is different.
But while London might be lacking Syrians, Manchester is very different. The UK’s second city has a large population of Aleppines. Mostly merchants, they moved to the city after the revolution, taking their money with them in fear their businesses would be confiscated. That’s why Syrian Air and BA (until recently) have direct flights from Manchester to Syria – and why BA flew straight into Aleppo.