3 Middle Eastern street food spots - you have to try in Peckham!
Photography by SouthEast15 contributor Kele Okere
Article updated Sept 18
Looking for the best Middle Eastern food in Peckham?
Steamed buns, tacos, jollof rice, stone baked pizza, tapas, lamb balti, us locals are spoilt for choice when it comes to Peckham's culturally diverse foodie landscape. With Rye Lane now a wonderful jumble of fruit stalls, street food shacks, pop-ups and shiny new restaurants, you could be forgiven for walking past a hidden gem. Like a few tasty Middle Eastern food spots tucked away down Rye Lanes side streets - perfect if you are looking for tasty but cheap food in Peckham. Read our round-up of 3 of the best Middle Eastern food shacks you have to try in Peckham!
Salas Food Truck
Salas, a food truck down Rye Lane opened around 3 years ago, the owner used to run a fruit and veg stall in Peckham before starting up a tasty food truck (loved by locals!). Salas serves Turkish inspired wraps. You can choose from a toasted flatbread wrap of either falafel, chicken shawarma, lamb merguez/shawarma or spiced halloumi, all served with a choice of daily prepared dips (£5/£6). Support local traders by switching your boring M&S sandwich for a freshly prepared wrap!
Opening hours: Most days until about 5pm
Tucked away off Rye Lane is the humble Kurdish restaurant Yada's. A charming and colourful space serving delicious authentic Kurdish delicacies such as chicken shawarma served with garlic lemon, kubba (rice patties stuffed with lamb and nuts) and giant flatbread, called Kalana, a type of Kurdish bread traditionally cooked on a huge, round hot plates. We love the authentic and unpretentious vibe of Yada. Expect real homemade Kurdish food inspired by the owners roots and heritage - he is originally from Southern Kurdistan, in Northern Iraq.
Opening hours: Midday-11pm Tues - Sunday
115A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST Past Ali’s fresh fruit and veg on Rye Lane, under a railway arch.
Sharing the alley with the likes of The Cane Press and Ali Baba fruit stall you will find the no-nonsense Asian Takeaway (yup that is what it is called). This small shack contains a tandoor (big clay like oven) where they cook fresh naan, kebabs, and a have a vast array of curries - a mix of meat and veggie, think chicken, mutton, spinach, chickpeas and lentils. There is no proper seating outside other than a couple of chairs, so very much a takeaway service. The food is fresh, tasty, inexpensive and most importantly prepared by a local - def worth trying!
Rye Ln, Peckham, SE15 4ST
The beautiful photography for this blog post was taken by Kele Okere. Kele is a freelance photographer living in Nunhead, check out here work here: