The Great Chase is a unique halal fine dining experience in London that opened last year. I went to check it out recently, carry on reading to see what I thought…
The Great Chase pride themselves on providing a fine dining experience no matter what an individual’s dietary requirements are. They have a rich and varied menu that uses the finest ingredients and caters for all tastes. The dishes on their menu are traditional yet innovative. They use products and ingredients that are seasonal, ethically and locally sourced and of high quality. They are also home to a completely non- alcoholic bar. I would really recommend checking out their website where they go into detail about how and why they choose their ingredients and sources including why they use free range, corn-fed chicken and healthy, grass-fed lamb and beef.
Getting There: The Great Chase is located on St. John Street, Islington. It is a 5 minute walk from Angel Station on the Northern Line. A number of main bus routes pass near The Great Chase including the 38, 56 and 205 bus route.
The Great Chase is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Their opening hours are Wednesday (5:30pm to 10:30pm), Thursday to Saturday (11am – 3:00pm and 5:30pm to 10:30pm) and then on Sunday 11am to 5pm.
The decor inside is modern and smart, it has a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere. They also have a small conservatory space where you can sit and where there is also space to pray Alhamdullilah 😀
I would recommend booking before visiting as it can get really busy. We did not realise that we should have booked before visiting but managed to get a table quickly as there was a cancellation.
Menu and Pricing: The Great Chase is quite pricey with our meal costing £30 per person which included the shared starter, main dish, drink and dessert. In my opinion the price you pay is totally worth it. You really can taste the great quality of the ingredients being used. As I mentioned earlier the ingredients used are of very high quality and so the pricing makes sense.
The chicken and meat are from HMC certified suppliers and no alcohol is on the premises. I would recommended checking out the ‘why halal’ section on their website it goes into detail about halal food including clearing up misconceptions about halal food http://www.thegreatchase.co.uk/why-halal/
They have different menus depending on when you are visiting including a dinner menu and brunch menu. They also have a drinks menu and rare teas menu. The menus are constantly being developed depending on the seasonal changes.
What I ordered: I visited with a friend and ordered a few dishes. We ordered the Sourdough bread (£4.00) and the smoked duck breast with rhubarb and beetroot (£7.00) for starters.
Sourdough bread & Smoked duck breast (starters)
For main dishes we ordered the 32 day dry aged Angus Sirloin steak (with a side of your choice) (£29.00) and the Sea Trout with mussels and broccoli (£18.00).
We also ordered a couple of non-alcoholic drinks from the dry bar. I would highly recommend checking out the bar the drinks are really delicious with a range of interesting flavours. The drinks cost around £5 each.
Final Thoughts: I have to say I am a big fan of The Great Chase and would highly recommend it. It is so unique and there is definitely a need for somewhere like this within the Halal community. It is so refreshing to visit a Halal dining place that is focused on the quality of the food and allows diners reflect on what they are eating. It is expensive but totally worth paying for the high quality, seasonal, halal food offered. The staff are friendly and clearly passionate about the food and their customers dining experience. I definitely plan to visit again to try the brunch or Sunday roast.