[London] Syrian ice-cream and sweets at Diwan Damas, Edgware Road

Diwan Damas on Edgware Road is a must-stop if one is looking for Middle-eastern ice-cream and sweets. We were here a fortnight ago, and had some good sweet cheese kanafeh - sweet goat’s cheese, warmed up till meltingly soft, topped with crisp, vermicelli-like kadaif (finely-shredded filo pastry), topped with chopped pistachios.

I also had a beinnaren, a rich dessert made with kadayif, sandwiching cream (ashta)

Diwan Damas used to be called Damas Rose when I was first here in 2013, and reputedly served the best booza al-haleb (a stretchy, gummy pistachio ice-cream) outside of Damascus. And considering that many of us wouldn’t be planning to visit Syria anytime soon, this is as close as we can get to a taste of the real thing.

When it comes to syrup-laden filo-pastry-based desserts, Diwan Damas offers a good choice: from buttery-sweet, multi-layered baklava to burma (whole pistachios wrapped in vermicelli-like sugary strands), fat, glistening crescent-shaped kataif; creamy-sweet kenafeh topped with chopped pistachios, etc.

Diwan Damas is dollhouse-sized, but has a few seats outside.

Address details
Diwan Damas
121 Edgware Road, London W2 2HX
Tel: +44 20 3620 4754 / +44 20 7180 1972
Opening hours: 10am - 1am, daily.

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This gives me an opportunity to plug a local shop - Syria Sweets in Rusholme, Manchester.

Always a very good selection of pastries - either the ones that need to go in the fridge and be eaten within a couple of days, or the ones that will last for quite a while (not that they get the chance in this house.

https://syriasweets.co.uk/

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Looks amazing!

“Food is a pretty good prism through which to view humanity.”

― Jonathan Gold