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Shaka Zulu

Stables Market , Camden, London, NW1 8AB +44 2077686836

((()* South African
Main course: £20
Food spend: £60
Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 17:00 - 02:00
Saturday to Sunday: 12:00 - 02:00

Absolutely brilliant place and lovely food, definitely be back.

Karen King 22 March 2016
from Chatham

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Brimming with vibrant African character, Shaka Zulu is an iconic restaurant, bar and club in Camden Town. Set over 2 magnificent floors, Shaka Zulu provides a glamorous tribal setting for authentic South African specialities.

Delicious offerings on the Shaka Zulu menu include homemade biltong and pickled fish, whilst there’s an adventurous range of game meats such as zebra and ostrich fillets, buffalo ribeye and springbok loin. Crocodile steak with harissa and lemongrass keeps company with traditional recipes like Cape Malay-spiced beef ‘bobotie' and tasty boerewors sausages with wilted spinach and sheba sauce.

The spectacular space of Shaka Zulu in London is decorated with ornately carved 60-foot murals, marble bars and a tranquil water garden. Its trendy Kings Club creates a lively post-meal buzz, serving innovative Zulu cocktails over an eye-catching zebra-print bar.

Live evenings at Shaka Zulu include exclusive performances from international artists like Mica Paris and Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Camden Town Tube Station is a 5-minute walk away.

Shaka Zulu

Stables Market , Camden, London, NW1 8AB

Contact +44 2033769911
Reservations +44 2077686836

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Customer reviews for Shaka Zulu

3.4 ((()* (based on 30 reviews)
63% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • dinner (18)
  • large parties (18)
  • trendy (12)
  • entertainment (11)
  • romantic (9)
  • luxury (8)
  • private dining (7)
  • lunch (5)
  • views (5)
  • business (4)
  • afternoon tea (3)
  • value (3)
  • breakfast (2)
  • child friendly (2)
  • ((((( by from London

    I had a lovely dining experience, the whole atmosphere was remarkable. They have beautiful art work all around to admire while you wait for your food with soft afrobeats music playing on the background. Amazing settings.

    Our waitress delivered a lovely service with a smile, who turned out to have the same name as me! Extraordinary!

    And the food and wine. . Delicious! Absolutely satisfying in every way and extremely filling. I give Shaka Zulu 10 out of 10! Definitely recommend ????

  • ((((( by from London

    Fantastic food, great atmosphere, superb service

  • (((** by from Wakefield

    We ate at 3pm as we could not get in for evening time ! Not many people were in so the atmosphere was nil food was nice but not happy when I saw they had added a tip of 20% to my bill without telling me find this reall cheeky

  • (**** by from London Borough of Camden

    The interiors are jaw dropping however we thought the food will be the same; we found the menu was expensive but thought the experience & the traditional African dishes/ingredients (after trying the food with, as advertised, unusual meats/dishes) would have been worth it & we would have walked away amazed.

    Unfortunately it was quite the opposite in all of the above aspects as apart from unusual steak meats(only three type), the only other "unusual" dish & meat was crocodile.

    I ordered the meat stew which came with beef (cheaper to make I believe) & it nothing more than a stew! It came with "yellow rice with cardamons & sultanas" which tasted & looked just like basmati.
    My friend had the veg option of this stew & again even worse as it was just an Italian minestrone - no African veg either in it!!

    Our starter call something amusing "Elephant" something was no more than other country breads (Italian (Grissini), Indian (Naan) & an other stogie roll bread) & a "hot dip", not hot at all & quite pointless as a starter.

    The music after a while became quite loud & trendy, definitely not African so the experience was totally gone by that point.

    Our girl serving us was,apart from the interiors, the only thing that was fab! Great service though when the bill arrived we had no choice to pay an additional £2 for African education; quite rude to not advice this cost before the bill arrived in my opinion.

    Summary: this is not a passionate rest in food but just a show off to the Rich & Famous! Never again as it is a total rip off!
    If I go to a rest the food & service is the main importance; do not promise what you cannot give!

  • (((** by from Saarbrücken

    Went here with the coupon 2 for 1 deal that seems to be constantly available somewhere. The interior is very impressive, but under closer inspection the upholstery is a little worn and shabby. The lighting on our table was very bright, whereas the other tables seemed to have darker lighting. I didn't mind that too much, but unfortunately the food wasn't all that we expected. Most underwhelming was the Ras-el-Hanout Spit-Roast, the portion was massive but the taste was bland and the sauce was Dr. Oetker. Not exactly what one would expect from a restaurant that rides on its exotic vibe. The Dukka-crusted Kingflip was better but also nothing to write home about. The welcome-cocktail tasted mostly of Grenadine. The starters and dessert were not terrible but also not a huge revelation. Service was okay but there was a definite feeling of "second class citizen" for using the voucher deal, for example we were not asked it we wanted to check out coats despite being led right past the checking counter. Having eaten with a similar deal at Gilgamesh a couple days earlier, that was totally a different league. So while Shaka Zulu is not the worst I've ever had, with so many awesome food opportunities in London and around Camden Lock, I wouldn't advise anybody to waste their money here.

  • ((((( by from Chatham

    Absolutely brilliant place and lovely food, definitely be back.

  • ((((* by from Luton

    Great food & atmosphere!

  • ((((* by from London Borough of Hackney

    Loved it there but food a bit bland , I had steak that was very well cooked but lacked something. The three of us had different meals but felt the same I would recommend it though. A lot more good than bad.

  • ((*** by from London

    Overprice, not impress at all! Am south african and I was extremely disappointed with the menu and the food. Dessert was to sweet and not from South Africa- just because you use South African ingredients doesn't make it South African. Only that was good- was the cocktails- but also overprice for the amount you get!

  • ((*** by from London Borough of Camden

    Very pricey and not the greatest service.

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