You’d be forgiven for producing your passport upon entering Shaka Zulu, the lavish interior being a striking homage to the sumptuous décor of an African palace. Diners step into a world that seems many miles from its Camden market location, with looming statues of fearsome warriors and ornate carvings covering every surface. Legend has it that the restaurant was even given a royal blessing by Zulu King HRH Goodwill Zwelithini upon its opening in 2010; a real sign of regal opulence if ever there was one.
The venue is London’s largest South African restaurant, with 27,000 sq. ft. spread over two floors. The atmospheric lighting and carved wooden murals don’t just make for an immersive dining experience—Shaka Zulu also features a bar and club, and the mezzanine floor offers guests a Champagne bar and cocktail lounge. From this unrivalled vantage point they can admire the eye-popping restaurant below.
The theme of African authenticity also reaches the restaurant’s menus, with a sizable serving of exotic dishes to choose from. Intrepid culinary travellers can sample fillets of crocodile, zebra or buffalo, with carnivores having no shortage of fish and meat options available to them. Many of these dishes feature on the Braai menu—‘Braai’ being Afrikaans for ‘grill’. This meaty style of dining is popular in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The food and drink isn’t the only attraction on offer at Shaka Zulu. While the daytime sees family entertainment for the early crowd, the nights see the restaurant become a little wilder, with live music, dancing and performances keeping diners on their toes.
Reform Social & Grill takes inspiration from Victorian gentlemen’s clubs and transports traditional leather booths, copper walls and dark wood furniture to Marylebone’s 4* Mandeville Hotel.
The kitchen is run by chef Sergio Neale, previously of Mark Hix establishments. He serves up classic British plates such as a kedgeree starter and fish and chips alongside more opulent dishes such as pot-roasted partridge. Sunday lunches come as a one, two or three-course feast, with the option to add free-flowing Prosecco over the course of a two-hour lunch. They champion different versions of afternoon tea, with their vintage option being inspired by recipes sourced from 1940s and 50s cookery books, such as lemon pound cake and jam roly-polies, apple turnovers and, of course, classic scones with clotted cream and jam. A gentleman’s afternoon tea has a heartier twist, including honey mustard sausage rolls, fish finger sandwiches and real ale chocolate cake.
Cocktail master classes and wine clubs make up part of a busy social calendar, while occasional live entertainment can accompany a Sunday afternoon meal. Each day of the week, the bar hosts a special offer such as Marylebone Social on Tuesdays, where guest swap their business cards for 50% off cocktails and selected wines. On Fridays, Love Thy Neighbour is a social gathering for after-work drinks with offers on cocktails. On Sundays, guests can roll the dice with every round—two sixes ensure the next one is on the house. All of this facilitates an informal neighbourhood café atmosphere, while the carefully curated menus provide an air of sophistication and indulgence.
The Middle East may seem an unusual hotbed for fish and chip consumption, but the classic British seaside dish seems to be thriving there. The explanation behind this phenomenon lies in the remarkable success story of London Fish & Chips, a traditional British chippie passionate about exporting our delicious dish across the globe.
Founded in 2001, London Fish & Chips has been cooking up the nation’s most iconic meal ever since. Keen to test the waters abroad, the company soon opened its first outlet in the prestigious Al-Faisaliah shopping mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The overwhelmingly positive reaction to the food and service led to rapid growth, and the company soon found their product in high demand.
The franchise now serves up fish and chips not only in London’s Covent Garden but also throughout Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. After successfully opening numerous stores in Saudi cities such as Jeddah, Medina and Dammam, London Fish & Chips set its sights on Dubai, gambling on their hunch that the locals would be similarly receptive to British fare.
Their gamble paid off, and there are now six stores in Dubai, as well as one in Ras al-Khaimah and one in Abu Dhabi. Part of the chain’s success is undoubtedly down to the British theme of the restaurant’s food—dishes are named after London landmarks such as Big Ben, Trafalgar and Waterloo. Meanwhile, their ambition continues unabated as they strive to export their decidedly British dishes even further afield.
Chamisse is a Lebanese restaurant situated in Grays Inn Road. It is conveniently located near Kings Cross and Chancery Lane in central London. Chamisse provides a delicious authentic Lebanese experience, with food prepared by chefs with many years of experience. Chamisse also offers a home delivery and take away service allowing you to taste Lebanese cuisine in the comfort of your own home. The friendly, cheerful team in the restaurant will enhance your dining experience and provide an attentive pleasant service for lunch or dinner. Booking is recommended and tables can be reserved online using the website online booking form. The menu features favourites such as hoummos and baklawa as well as some more unusual and exotic dishes offering the authentic taste of Lebanon. Chamisse has an extensive menu featuring both hot and cold mezza, main courses, fish, soup, rice and side dishes as well as desserts and a comprehensive drinks selection. Main courses on offer include a wide range of marinated chicken and lamb dishes on skewers and in stews as well as delicious fish options such as dover sole, sea bass and king prawns. For lighter choices, there is a range of sandwiches on offer with a selection of tasty fillings, mixed platters, falafel and grilled halloumi cheese. For those with a sweet tooth there are plenty of dessert options from puddings and pastries to healthy fruit salads. To drink, there are extensive fresh juice options from orange to carrot and soft drinks such as sparkling water.
GJ's combines a bar, kitchen and garden, offering a venue for clients to hold parties of various kinds, including birthdays and family occasions. It also acts as a place for customers to meet and have a good time - its pub grub and big screen TVs provide a setting for watching rugby and football matches with friends. GJ's main menu serves various posh burgers which range in price from £7 to £11. These include classic beef, Peking duck, red (hot) lentil, Thai chicken, and fish burger among others. It also serves various accompaniments, non-burgered mains, light bites, pudding, coffee and hot drinks, cocktails and wine. Enquiries and bookings are made by phone, fax or e-mail. Its opening hours are as follows:
Monday to Thursday - 12pm - 11pm Friday to Saturday - 12pm to 2am Sunday - 12pm to 10:30pm
GJ's specializes in spit roast, pig, lamb and braai. Depending on the customers' choice, these serve as the main attractions in the parties it hosts in its green area. The parties can also be held at the clients' chosen venues. These services are ideal for sunny summer afternoons or cold winter nights. In informal settings, pig roast is served with fresh baguettes, apple sauce and salad. In a 'sit down' format, it is served with pasta, savoury rice, salads and baked potatoes. This service caters for 30 or more people and a DJ plays music to add to the ambience. Charges are as follows:
easy pig or lamb - £400 full pig or lamb and buffet - £500
Podium is nestled within the Hilton on Park Lane in the heart of London’s fashionable district of Mayfair. The restaurant offers visitors casual and formal dining in a contemporary setting; the venue’s interior has a tastefully muted luxuriance that values modern, chic design. Black iron, ceiling spotlights and a citrus colour scheme lend the restaurant a fresh and fashionable atmosphere, with the theme of modernity carrying over to a pointedly international menu.
Podium offers fine dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with each menu featuring traditional British foods alongside a smattering of more far flung cuisines. The dinner menu features European classics such as Aberdeen Angus fillet steak with fondant potatoes, and roasted monkfish with asparagus, as well as dishes such as chicken korma and teriyaki salmon.
Decadence is certainly also a culinary theme at Podium, with the breakfast menu offering Champagne to accompany your full English or continental meal. However, the most guilt-inducing aspect of Podium’s foodstuffs is surely the confectionary. This is encapsulated in the ‘Confessions of a Chocoholic’ afternoon tea, which blends chocolate and art to create a visually impressive feat of cookery. Arty treats are based on Pop Art greats such as Warhol and Lichtenstein, and the afternoon tea also includes a selection of sandwiches, scones, pastries, fancies and teas.
And, of course, optional Champagne.
The days when all you could find in London were ham sandwiches and fish and chips have long gone. The UKs capital is now one of the worlds great places to dine out, boasting elite chefs from all of the worlds major cuisines. If you want to enjoy a classic Indian feast, Brick Lane is the place to visit, where every region of the subcontinent is represented. There are high quality Italian restaurants in Soho and Kensington, as well as Turkish delights to be had in Dalston and traditional English favourites at pubs in the West End. Whatever your culinary passion, London will have a restaurant to tingle your tastebuds. All of the best dining options are featured at Groupons voucher pages, where you can find bargain deals for restaurants in London.
Some Of The Best London Restaurants Offer Italian Delights
In the 1940s and 50s, London welcomed a wave of Italian immigrants, and the city has a huge amount of fine Italian restaurants to explore. For a fine dining experience, Luna Nuova in Fulham cannot be topped. Their chefs always use fresh, authentically Italian ingredients, to create masterpieces from across the peninsular. For a more down to earth meal, try Tonda in Ladbroke Grove, where the pizzas are enormous, or Sohos Spuntino, which fuses Italian traditions with American size portions. Then there is the new wave of pizza joints like Pizza al Taglio near Farringdon, which offers a dizzying array of different toppings, or Tortellini Cup - which serves paper cups filled with tortellini and your choice of sauces.
Indian Eateries In All Corners Of The Capital
If you love Indian food, dining in London is almost as good as visiting the real thing. If you wander along Brick Lane, you can head to local favourites like Aladin which brings together dishes from southern India and Sri Lanka. If you need a hefty portion of lamb and fresh veg, Sheba is the place to be, while any curry can be rounded off with a trip to Rajmahal Sweets. Elsewhere the Indian restaurants London has to offer include vegetarian Indian buffets like Chutneys in Drummond Street. For a classy night out, Chutney Mary in the West End wins the crown as the citys most prestigious Indian eatery, with signature dishes like tandoori lobster and a luxurious cocktail bar to enjoy before you are seated.
Try The Finest Turkish Restaurants In London
London has a huge Turkish and Middle Eastern community, which means one thing kebab and couscous restaurants as far the eye can see. Well, maybe in Dalston, where you can savour the intoxicating smell of barbecued lamb at Mangal Ocakbasi or tuck into huge bowls of Turkish stew at highly-rated Somine. If you are on the other side of town, head over to Ekin on Edgware Road and order up a table-full of meze treats like falafels and hummus, or take a seat at E. Mono in Kentish Town to experience a no-frills, delicious kebab.