Iraq Food and Drink

Specialities

Dolma (vine leaves, cabbage, lettuce, onions, aubergine, marrow or cucumbers stuffed with rice, meat and spices).
Tikka (small chunks of mutton on skewers grilled on a charcoal fire).
• Quozi (small lamb boiled whole and grilled, stuffed with rice, minced meat and spices and served on rice) and masgouf (fish from the Tigris, cooked on the river bank).

Things to know

There is strict adherence to Islamic laws on the consumption of alcohol, which is available within the limits of religious laws. A permit for alcohol may be necessary, although this may only be valid at international hotels. Certain hotels prohibit the consumption of alcohol by visitors. During the lunar month of Ramadan, smoking and drinking in public is not permitted. Waiter service is usual in restaurants. In Iraqi Kurdistan in the north, alcohol is available in more expensive restaurants and in many shops which sell imported beer, wine and spirits. No permit is necessary to purchase or consumer alcohol.

Tipping

Normal limit is 10 to 15%.

Regional drinks

Arak (a clear, colourless, unsweetened aniseed-flavoured distilled alcoholic drink).

Drinking age

21.

Edited by Jane Duru
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