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by Karys McEwen (subscribe)
Freelance writer and wanderer always on the lookout for quirky activities that take you off the beaten track.
Published May 24th 2011


Damas Gate marks itself proudly on Uxbridge Road as a leading independent supermarket with a focus on Middle Eastern fare. It really is an Aladdin's cave of goodies, either imported directly from Syria and surrounding areas or cooked fresh each day on the premise. Great value fruit and veg, along with breads, cheeses, halal meat, spices and herbs and all grocery basics are the mainstays of this delightful little store which features a great big shiny gate above the entrance. It makes it hard to miss and merely adds to the nonchalant charm of the place.

If you are after specific Arabic foods that are otherwise unavailable at usual convenient and grocery stores, then you've found just the place. It is hard to avoid the numbered queue and is reasonably priced with supportive and helpful staff; in other words, everything that's missing at the big chain supermarkets.

The falafel is the best I've ever had in London and maybe even anywhere and their cheese rolls are particularly indulgent. Also try the fresh pita bread and fresh mint. I've also been told the frozen mulukhia is a speciality. Overall, the incredible array of Middle Eastern oils, olives, buts, dried fruits, sweets and savouries will certainly blow your mind. And of course there are most of the western brands that you would expect in any grocery store.



Established by an uncle and nephew team over ten years ago the shop still flourishes from its small beginnings into an ever expanding supermarket with a warehouse that wholesales to more than three hundred other venues. The clientele pilgrimage here from near and far boast such high-calibre customers, like Nigella Lawson.

Pop into Damas Gate for a routine grocery shop and you might just find that along with your regular pint of milk and loaf of bread, that you leave with some home-made aubergine salad and a few tins of baba ghannouge. It's always fun to spice up the pantry a little.

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Why? Because you could never possibly tire of 27 different platters of olives.
When: Monday to Sunday 9am to 10pm
Where: 81 Uxbridge Road, London W12 8NR (nearest tube: Shepherd's Bush Market)
Cost: Free
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