£15.14 – £29.70

South East by East: Feasting with Damascus Chef @ Archibald's

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Choose your candlelit corner, or stretch out at a communal table, and pay homage to cuisine that was born and bred in rural Syria, taught in Damascus, and then let loose on the world. Expect hand-made delicacies using organic, locally sourced ingredients, and to have the boundaries of what they always told you was "traditional" Syrian cuisine, stretched.

If you'd like to reserve a table & pay on the night instead, just shoot us an email on chef@damascuschef.com. Have a browse of our menu and get thinking about which mains you like the look of now.


What's the vibe like?

What can we say about Archibald's? It's sparse, it's chic and detail-conscious, like without trying. And Damascus Chef injects a whole lot of lore into that. Expect a chammering, shammering affair. Punctuated by candle-light, pulsing with 1950s dancehall music from Cairo and Baghdad, and electronic vibes from villages across the region right now. There won't be much time for staring at wall posters.

As always, Damascus Chef popups also make great date spots - for those of the whimsical, dreamy, off-the-wall persuasion. But we don't just attract couples - expect foodies, young, old, quiet and raucous from across South London and beyond.

When you arrive, we'll ask you if you'd like to have a private table or sit with other guests supper-club style.

Do we select our dishes?

Come sit for our meze spread - this is a grand shared course that can last hours, and is refilled as many times as you are people. Or pick a main dish from the menu. If you'd like meze and mains, dessert comes in too. And everyone, what ever they're eating is welcome to fresh black tea with mint, cinnamon, cardomom and walnut (or whatever combination of those you prefer) throughout the night.

Can we bring kids?

Kids are welcome - they eat the same menus as adults for half price (with smaller portions).

And drink?

One of the joys of this popup is there's no more fiddling around with a wine list when you know what you're really after isn't there. Bring your own wines and beers, forget about corkage charges - we don't do those, and we'll keep the fresh loose leaf tea with mint, cinnamon, cardomon and walnut flowing all night. We'll also be selling soft drinks on behalf of Archibalds.

Do you do take away?

Yes we do! Booking is only for sit-down guests - so if you're up for takeaway, just turn up on the night, we'll keep you entertained with tea, stories, and books (think 1970s politics, Palestinian poetry translated into Scots and Gallic, to comics being written in the region right now..) to browse. Get in touch if you're more than six, or you want your order ready super quick, via social media, chef@damascuschef.com or on 07884 936 910.

Is it halal?

Yes, all our meat is both organic and halal! Hurray! Not very easy to find, we know.

What about allergies?

All our nut, dairy, sesame and wheat-based dishes are prepared separately. But please get in touch on 07884936910, or chef@damascuschef.com to discuss severe allergies before booking. Please also mention latex allergies, so we can make sure not to use latex gloves when serving. It's also great to know in advance if you're vegan or gluten free, so we can make sure we prepare everything for you accordingly.

Our meze is all gluten free and we serve it with carrot and cucumber sticks as well as the fresh bread you'd expect. Untraditionally, our wiked little pomegranate tabouleh is also gluten free, although we serve rice with vermicelli, which is wheat based, so if you'd prefer yours without rice, just let us know and we'll make sure we make it up in tabouleh. The Khumeya dessert is also gluten based, although Safi isn't.

Do I have to print my ticket?

Save the paper, we'll have a list of bookings to hand on the night.

I want to come, but don't feel like booking just yet...

If you don't fancy booking now, you can always try your luck turning up on the night for a table. Give us a shout/text on 07884 936 910 if you're unsure whether to venture out. We're generally too busy to check our emails from around 4.30pm.

When shall we turn up?

Turn up anytime between 6 and 8pm. Let us know if you'll be later. We're not ones for double sittings, as this is all about the long, relaxed and restful course upon course, freeing up the body to really experience the food, rather than rushing it. That said, if tables do free up before 9pm and you want one, you're very welcome to drop by and take! Unfortunately, we can't take bookings any later.

For general questions in the run up to the night call Abdullah on 07455172017 or drop us a line at chef@damascuschef.com.

I want to taste the meze, but don't know if I can manage a whole meal..

Yep yep! We serve à la carte now, so you're welcome to book for just meze or just mains for £15 a head and lull the night away with us.


Archibalds doesn't have a dedicated parking area, but parking is free in the area after 7pm.


The nearest stations are Catford and Catford Bridge (Thameslink and Southeastern Railways), followed by Hither Green (Southeastern Railways). Brockley, Dulwich, Peckham and Forest Hill are all short bike rides away.

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