Conflict Cafe

Conflict Café celebrates the power of food to break down barriers and get people talking.

Diners join communal tables, where they are treated to a feast of traditional dishes from countries that have experienced conflict around the world. Great food is at the heart of Conflict Café, but it is also an informative and interactive dining experience.

This year, we are taking diners on a culinary journey through Syria. Guests will find out more about the issues facing the country, hearing from the chef and our experts at brief intervals throughout the three-course meal.

Location: House of Vans, Arches 228-232 Station Approach Road, London SE1 8SW
Dates: Thursday 21– Saturday 23 September
Time: Doors open 7pm
Tickets: £40 (3 course banquet meal - with no less than 9 dishes for you try).
UPDATE: All nights currently sold out. Add your name to the waitlist (click on the buy tickets button) in case of last minute cancellations.



"There is something very significant about the act of bringing people together around a table to eat, whatever their differences: the very act of cooking and sharing food is a unifying one. It's true that this is not the only tool for peace, but it is a step in the right direction and a great reason to support Conflict Café." 
- Leading restaurateur and food writer, Yotam Ottolenghi.

Meet the chefs

Ayam Zaman is partner restaurant for Conflict Café Syria. Established in 2013, they specialise in Damascene cuisine in the heart of Shepherd’s Bush in London. Ayam Zaman is a long-time partner of Conflict Café, and we are delighted to welcome the team back. Make sure to follow them on Facebook for news and updates.


Abdul Akak

It was Abdul’s love of food that inspired him to start cooking at the young age of 15. Originally from Hama in Syria, a city famous for its water wheels, Abdul is passionate about sharing traditional Syrian cuisine with people across London.

Alongside two business partners, Abdul established Ayam Zaman in Shepherd’s Bush in 2013, bringing Syrian hospitality to west London. 



Haitham Yassin

Originally from Damascus, Haitham comes from a family of restaurateurs, spending many school holidays working in the family restaurant, where he fell in love with cooking. A keen historian, Haitham is particularly passionate about the historical origins and stories behind dishes, as well as sharing the flavours of authentic Syrian cuisine with Londoners.

His career in food in the capital spans 30 years, in various venues across the city, including his current role at Ayam Zaman.


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Conflict Café is running in partnership with Grub ClubHouse of Vans London and Cult Events.