Camden Market hides a plethora of rather nice restaurants and not just the fast food outlets so I had a look at Shaka Zulu's web site before we went to see if I could get an idea of the place. It didn't do justice to the actual restaurant. It it did look dark and interesting but the reality was far better.
As I often do I invited my friend Val to accompany me. We had just walked around the Knit and Stitch show at Olympia. It would have been a bit of a marathon getting from one to the other by underground but as it happened there was a bus stop outside of the Olympia. A quick look and we found that the number 27 bus went practically door to door and on such a beautiful sunny afternoon we enjoyed a tour of West London as well!
Once inside the restaurant we were delighted to see the authentic carving and statues (all brought from South Africa at a cost of millions of £s).
They had a very impressive and well stocked bar which was very busy with people just popping in for an evening of chat and a few drinks.
For starter Val had the crocadile cigarillos. I tasted a bit to add to my repatoire that I had eaten it.
I picked the smoked salmon which arrived in a mysterious cloud as it was placed over a block of dry ice - very impressive!
The waitress was very helpful and described all the dishes we were not familiar with. Wanting a typical main course I decided on the Beef Bobotjie, a sort of mince with a thin egg custard layer on top served with saffron rice and a chutney. Val liked the sound of it and ordered the same!
We each chose a side dish and shared them. We had roasted butternut squash with caramelised cinnamon and sauteed mange tout and red onion.
They have a nice pudding selection and we picked a trio of authentic South African puddings.
You can contact Shaka Zulu in all the usual ways. It is essential to book for Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunchtimes.
I was a guest of Shaka Zulu but was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.