Shaka Zulu took us by surprise, having all but forgotten about this epic venue (open since 2010) while we have been caught up in the ever -changing pop ups, supper-clubs and explosion of new openings in the veritable foodie whirlwind that is London at present. We took a little time out and took ourselves off to Camden for a South African inspired dinner at Shaka.
As soon as we entered Shaka Zulu, we were reminded of just what a cavernous and versatile space it offers; with 2 levels, mulitple bars, areas for events, an open kitchen window feature and live entertainment – all offered alongside conversation creating dishes, served up in this unexpected 27,000 sqft subterranean, other worldly environment. We took a trip to Shaka Zulu land.
The menu definitely has a wow factor, there are original and unique dishes from South African culture and for the adventurous diners who are looking for a unique edible experience of South Africa; Shaka Zulu offers exotic game meats such as; Crocodile Cigars served with Harrisa Mayonnaise, Zebra with Celeriac Mash and Shallot Marmalade and Springbok with Wilted Baby Greens and Red Wine Jus. (However, there are also more traditional dishes available if one doesn’t feel in the mood for a culinary safari, perhaps enjoy Sea bass with Buttered Leeks, South African Chicken Skewers or Grilled Tiger Pawns). The menu is complimented by a large cocktail list and a wine list purely showcasing some divine, unusual varieties of South African wines. We very much enjoyed the rich minerally characteristics of the Springfield Estate – Life from Stone, Sauvignon.
During dinner, looking up and around our environment, we did feel like we might have been transported magically to a set from a movie – there is much to look at and absorb: The place is literally packed full of props, walls are adorned, there are giant warrior statues and even the ceiling is covered in tiling.b
We ate: Springbok Carpaccio, Crocodile Spring Rolls (tasted like a cross between chicken and tiger prawn), Zebra Fillet and Wildebeest Steak.
We enjoyed this exciting opportunity to try meats and dishes that normally we would never come across in our day-to-day grazings. Do be warned – Zebra is a little on the chewy side – might be potentially a little awkward when trying to have a conversation with someone important!
Entertaining: There are lots of options for hosting events here and if you are looking for a venue that already has the styling or theming in place, then Shaka Zulu offers this. Wow guests with the interior, unusual dishes and entertainment.
For an event we’d like to see the service style stripped back a bit, learn a bit more about the culture and have a truly authentic edible experience – which of course they can do for your event.
A South African culinary safari in Camden….
WINNER OF BEST INTERIOR DESIGN AND BEST CLUB PROMOTER AT THE LONDON CLUB & BAR AWARDS 2012 & RUNNER-UP OF BEST CLUB AT THE LONDON LIFESTYLE AWARDS
We were guests at Shaka Zulu and would like to thank them for their hospitality.
Shaka Zulu Restaurant, Lounge and Bar/ Stables Market/ Chalk Farm Road/ Camden/ NW1 8AB/ 0203 376 9911