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Review: Shaka Zulu


London NW1, England, United Kingdom

Africa in London

  • By SilverTraveller SilverTravelUser_201

    8 reviews

  • May 2013
  • Camden Market
  • Casual
  • International

53 people found this review helpful

I'm so glad I bought a Virgin Experience for my other half last Christmas – especially as it was in the pre-Christmas sale. I chose a gourmet two-course meal for two with champagne cocktails at Shaka Zulu African restaurant in Camden Market. We didn't get round to using the voucher until May, but what a treat. Camden Market itself is so fascinating that just to arrive in the vicinity of the restaurant is exciting, but then to descend on an escalator into the bowels of the earth, flanked by fifteen foot wooden African warriors, is reminiscent of childhood fairground attractions – we stood with grins of delight on our faces, and emerged in a truly amazing interior. Shaka Zulu is vast, and on two floors, each stunningly and richly decorated like an African stage set; walls coated with cowries, tables with leaping animals, and everywhere the gleam of brass and dark wood. First time visitors can download a voucher from the website for a free cocktail, and mine was a Raspberry Collins, while my partner had a Bad Bobby – a delicious mix of cognac and blackberries with a champagne sidekick. These, classed as 'shooting amusements' are half the price of the other cocktails, which come in at a hefty £11 or so each, so the vouchers were the only reason we partook, but you need a cocktail to help you through the menu, which is intriguing, fascinating and expensive – though with judicious planning it is possible to have a good meal without traumatising the bank card. And 'good' is the word. The food we were served was superb, the beef melting, the fish crisp without and creamy within, the vegetables exactly right, hot, fresh and attractively presented. Not all the food is African by any means, though you can get anything from the authetic stuff (wildebeest steaks) through an African twist to pretty much English. Puddings included a lovely array of tasting ice-creams, eight different sorts served in little separate dishes. Music throbbed but not so loud that it was off-putting; for us it added to the atmosphere. It was full, vibrant, we were the oldest people there and we loved it – especially when the young waitress asked if we were staying for the nightclub later. We'll probably not go again because of the cost (a measure of Laphroig whisky is £10.50) but I'm so glad we did and I would urge anybody with a 'seize the day' attitude to go and experience this unique place (even the loos are quirky) at least once.

53 people found this review helpful

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  • Vicky11
    about 6 years ago
    Sounds great. Love to pay a visit.
  • Kenbob
    over 7 years ago
    I love to experience different things. An African restaurant experience is something that I must try. I will definaely try it one day.