Wednesday, 17 September 2014

September's Restaurant: Shaka Zulu

Name: Shaka Zulu
Where: Camden, www.shaka-zulu.com
Average meal cost: £26-£40
The Gossip: Step into Africa and take your taste buds on a journey, with the likes of Crocodile and Zebra.


Walking in to Shaka Zulu was like walking into another world a bit like Disney but darker. African themes run throughout with gold leaf and Zebra hide coating the seats and walls. 

After getting over the ambience we had a lovely warm welcome and were guided to our table.










First on the list to try was the Biltong Selection this was a first for me and I was not sure if I would like the taste but I was pleasantly surprised. On the plate there was Droewords, Sliced Beef Biltong and Chili Snap Sticks which come with a lovely cooling dip. I think my favourite was definitely the original Sliced Beef Biltong as it was something you could keep snacking on throughout the meal. But I did have a soft spot for the Chili Snap Sticks, although tough to get though the kick you get is quite intense - and for those that know me, I love a bit of spice.

For starters you will want to share with your friends to experience the different tastes offered. We went a bit wild and got Crocodile Cigars as the name suggests YES it was Crocodile! The 'Cigars' had crocodile fillet with onion & coriander wrapped to look like a spring rolls with harissa mayonnaise - NOM NOM. This starter was so beautifully presented I felt bad scoffing it down but in my eyes this was a brilliant starter and perfect to share.

The next appetizer (yes we were greedy) was Ham Hock & Wildebeest - after being poached for four hours the pork knuckle and fillet of wildebeest was served alongside a sweet papaya salad.



After the lovely array of starters we had a lovely break in between not being rushed and not too long so we could have a chat and let our food go down!

Now for the main meal I stuck with traditional Fillet,  which was served with Bearnaise sauce, straw potatoes and confit cherry tomatoes. I also had Peppercorn Jus to complement!



My partner stuck with the theme of trying something new and went with Ostrich Fillet, which comes with red wine jus, straw potatoes and confit cherry tomatoes - it actually looked pretty similar to duck but beautifully tender.




Again Adam was a bit more adventurous than me and went for traditional trio of South African Creations with Merktert, Koeksisters and Dom Pedro (which is a shot of Whiskey and Kahlua very sweet).



By dessert, I was about to pop so I went for the selection of Home Made Ice Creams which came with a variety of flavours:
  • Banana & Thyme
  • Caramel & Honeycomb
  • Cardamon
  • Mango & Passionfruit
  • Vanilla
  • Dark Chocolate & Chili

Each one served in a mini cone - cant get much cuter!




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