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|Address:||The Stables, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH|
|Tel:||020 3376 9911|
|Price: £45.00||Wine: £24.50||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 6pm-12M Sat-Sun 12N-4pm|
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Having dined on a couple of occasions at nearby Gilgamesh i had hoped that Shaka-Zulu with its similarly large capacity venue and post code would be of the same standard. How wrong could i have been? The only similarity between the two venues are the fact that both have stunning interiors filled with carved woods themed furniture.
I knew that the experience wouldn’t fare well from the moment we arrived. The table had been booked for 8pm, but due to a taxi mix up we were a few moments late. I had called to let the restaurant know that we were on our way and would be a few minutes late but when we arrived it was as if it was a total surprise that we would be dining that evening. ‘Would you like to take a seat whilst we prepare your table’. Fine we did so, but ten minutes later when we weren’t seated (having to wait in the otherwise deserted upstairs lounge) i went to suss out what was taking so long. ‘Our manager is just sorting your table out, it wont be a moment’. 5 moments later we were finally shown to our table.
Entrance to the dining area is down some escalators past a traditional South African band beating drums and happily playing along. This was a nice touch but it did feel very novelty value. Once sat to our table we noticed that the table was wobbly, catching a waiters eye we informed him of this. But again, ten mins later nothing was done and no-one had returned to our table since. ‘Have you been served?’ asked who what was perhaps a manager as he was not wearing the black tabard uniform of the other staff. ‘No we haven’t’ i responded looking down at untouched cutlery and empty glasses. Eventually we were shown to another table (after i pointed out there was another unused table of two) and sat down.
We were eating from the tasting menu (having pre-purchased an online offer) so our food choices were in Shaka’s hands. The menu included Shraak Bread (similar to chapatti’s) with some traditional dips and olives, Biltong (which was in fact very good), Cape Malay Pickled Fish (which arrived lukewarm), 7 hour spit roast Dorper Lamb (which was served as 3 wafer thin slices that you could barely taste it, and on a bed of a strange cabbage type vegetable) and crème brulee which was all in all ok, as far as desserts go. If we’d have paid full price for the tasting menu (i think at around the £50 mark) i would not have classed it as value for money at all.
One plus point was that we did order our cocktails off the standard menu and the bar staff were able to create what we wanted and at a decent standard. I would say that there is not much else positive about this new London venue. Other negatives i have to add are the female toilets are the Bermuda triangle of toilets. I found myself (with around 6 other females) wondering through a graffiti stairwell looking for the loo’s. Eventually after turning back and giving up they were discovered, when the bill arrived they had charged for an extra bottle of still water and not taken off our pre-paid food.
I will not be recommending this restaurant to anyone, if you find yourself in Camden and want some light hearted fun and at least decent food, go a few metres up to Gilgamesh.