Peruvian, South American·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Zuaya

Silver Award

Savvy diners may have reached peak Peruvian, but this classy newcomer shows a broader view of Latin American cooking courtesy of Spanish chef, Francisco Lafee. His back story includes world-famous Basque restaurants such as El Celler de Can Roca and Michelin-starred Barrafina, but this Kensington outfit features creative tapas and sharing plates. Expect clever riffs on ceviches and tacos, along with prime fish and meat dishes and a whole host of exciting vegetarian and vegan options such as raspberry gazpacho with feta, and patatas bravas.

The cooking is ambitious, but also skilful and modern: try tuna tartare with crisp seaweed, avocado and a Chinese-influenced dressing involving hoisin, lime, garlic and ginger oil. Sea bream ceviche with Peruvian corn is served warm to contrast with sweet-potato ice cream, while Zuaya’s version of crispy duck salad involves slices of Ibérico duck in a super-light tempura with watermelon, raspberry and a sauce of cloves, fennel, cinnamon and Szechuan pepper.

Elsewhere, a mighty piece of sizzling grilled octopus arrives with smooth potato cream and vibrant chimichurri sauce, followed by lamb tacos flavoured with ras-el-hanout and smoked pineapple. For pudding, we suggest ‘quindim’, a medley of coconut textures presented in the shell. Weekend brunch is also available, with classics such as organic granola and eggs many ways sitting alongside more adventurous dishes including carrot pancakes, and pumpkin toast.

Service is as slick as the interiors, on which no expense has been spared. Jungle foliage and a handsome cocktail bar of brass and marble give the ground floor an instant wow factor that’s ideal for special-occasion dining, while the larger downstairs is full of romantic details and cosy corners that are perfect for post-work cocktails and tapas with friends, date nights or celebrations. Be sure to check out the peaceful outdoor terrace on warm days too.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Peruvian, South American
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Quirky, Unique
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions


Exotic Zuaya is the perfect restaurant for those in search of food with a little wow factor. Tucked away just off High Street Kensington, this vibrant Latin American bar and restaurant couldn't ask for a better location; whether you're just stopping in for a cocktail or you're planning a fun dinner with friends, Zuaya has something for everyone.

The restaurant's immersive, verdant interiors help to whisk you away from London and into a different world. Plants hang from the ceilings and grow on the walls, and though Zuaya has a wild, untamed side to it, it's also smart and elegant thanks to a striking marble bar, parquet flooring and chic lounge seating. There's also an al fresco terrace that proves very popular in the summer months.

Zuaya's menu takes in a wide spectrum of influences, from Mexico all the way down to Peru, Brazil and the furthest reaches of South America. Guests ordering from the all-day menu can take their pick from a selection of tapas-style sharing plates, including padron peppers, a daily-changing croqueta, calamari, spinach and ricotta empanadas, Iberian pork with squash, seabass ceviche and lots more. Although the theme is largely South and Central American, there are some popular favourites sneaking in from other parts of the world too, such as the Wagyu beef short rib bao bun. Desserts are more straight forward, but no less delicious, including cheesecake, passion fruit creme brulee, and dulce de leche and coconut flan.

There are other menus available too - Zuaya serves an Argentinian steak lunch from Monday to Friday, and also offers a set menu with a more traditional choice of starter, main and dessert. 

On top of all that, Zuaya has some serious cocktail game too. Alongside a deep wine list, the restaurant offers a range of classic and signature cocktails, including the London to Lime (pisco, falernum, lime, agave syrup and egg white) and the Balance of the Jungle (vodka, elderflower liquor, Amaro di angostura, honey and lime). 

Meet the team

Arian Zandi


Arian Zandi is the co-founder of the Emerald Hospitality Group which he runs alongside his twin brother. Having spent his childhood in Spain, he moved to the UK at the age of 19. The pair maintained an interest in the hospitality industry, but it was their background in digital transformation programmes that proved instrumental in creating the fully automated business model that they have today - something that is not commonly seen in this industry. Their first restaurant, Zuaya, opened during the summer of 2018, boasting a menu that puts a focus on Peru in an exploration of Latin American flavours. 



Alberto Zandi


Hailing from Spain, Alberto Zandi founded the Emerald Hospitality Group alongside his twin brother. He took the leap and moved to the UK when he was 19 to continue his education. The pair didn’t start off in the industry but had a keen interest that allowed them to spot a gap in the market. Their career model came about after spotting a gap in the market and created the fully automated business model that they have today, putting the focus on a data-driven approach that is often lacking in the industry. Zuaya, is the first restaurant from the group and opened during the summer of 2018. Its menu explores Latin American flavours with an aim to transport diners to Peru in this culinary adventure. 

This venue also offers

Private Group Dining


Christmas Parties



35B Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5BA

020 7938 3533 020 7938 3533


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-00:30
Tue 12:00-00:30
Wed 12:00-00:30
Thu 12:00-00:30
Fri 12:00-00:30
Sat 12:00-00:30
Sun 12:00-23:30


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3 Reviews 


29 May 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3

Dawn P

20 June 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 2
Atmosphere 3
Value 2

Nice Food but overpriced. Service leaves a lot to be desired. Had to keep trying to get staff attention to order extra drinks, tapas etc. Will not return

mahsa R

28 December 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3

The food was nice. 

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