|Abu Zaad, Uxbridge Road|
The only downside is you can't get a proper drink, but fresh juices and smoothies (try the mint lemonade) help to make up for the absence of alcohol.
|Umayyad Mosque, Aleppo, 2009.|
The 11th century minaret has since been destroyed.
Old friends include the usual mezze suspects - hummus, tabbouleh, grilled meat and plenty of aubergine.
I can confirm its authenticity - I went to Syria back in 2009, well before the present troubles began, and food was one of the great pleasures of the trip.
|Losing at backgammon to our guide. Damascus, 2009|
If you go for lunch, they offer lamb and falafel wraps for absurdly reasonable prices and the place is rarely busy.
The service is generally brisk and efficient, though on busy days they can get a bit overwhelmed. Don't go after sunset on Ramadan and expect anything to happen quickly.
If you don't believe me, take it from my father, who spent years in the Middle East, and now lives in Bristol. One of the only ways I can tempt him up to London is to promise him dinner at Abu Zaad.
|Roman Colonnade at Palmyra. Going....gone?|
Looking back through the photographs of my trip, many of the places I visited are gone, or in ruins. ISIL have taken and occupied beautiful Palmyra and will, presumably, now destroy it.
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