To celebrate Chris and I getting engaged, my cousin Dafydd and his wife Mars treated us to a meal out at Shaka Zulu in Camden. This was a huge treat for us... I'd heard about this huge South African restaurant and bar when it opened and have been dying to go. You are greeted by an enormous Shaka Zulu statue at the entrance when you arrive and then head downstairs. This place is huge with staff at the front door, front of house staff inside and then again at your table, who all communicate via walkie talkies. I was surprised to find out it is also a club so there were a lot of girls there seriously dolled up!
When you get downstairs it is low-lit and there are these incredible statues and African art everywhere. It really is impressive. For the meal we went all out! We all shared a big cocktail served in an elephants head to start and then had starters, mains and desserts and a lot of Dom pedros! For my starter I had crocodile cigars - a sort of crocodile spring roll. For mains I had bunny chow and for desert we all had milk tart. We all tried each others food too... the others had prawns, venison short rib, ostrich and bobotie. The starters and mains were good... they were all well cooked and tasty. The milk tart was not a milk tart at all. It was incredibly rubbery which is a shame for all the non-South Africans who try it for the first time... we all had to send ours back, which I would hardly ever do. Overall I think the positives were the decoration is amazing. Other than the milk tart, the food is really good, not home-cooked South African food (I am sure there wasn't a South African in the kitchen) but good. It was really great to have a lot of South African options on the menu. You don't see that a lot in the UK. The life drumming was brilliant and certainly added to the atmosphere. The negatives were the staff... they really weren't that friendly and were horrified and brought us our bill without us asking for it when we sent our milk tarts back. And lastly the price. The menu was very pricey (like top-end London restaurant prices), which I am not sure are justified.
We haven't dressed up and gone out that much recently so it was so much fun to go out, have a few drinks, some good food, time with my cuzzie and try somewhere a bit different. And it was our engagement present, so we didn't pay for it either :-). Please excuse the iPhone pics!
If you want to check it out: Shaka Zulu