Shaka Zulu

Stables Market, Camden, London, NW1 8AB

(4)
South African
Average
Main Course £20
Food Spend £60
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 17:00 - 02:00
Saturday to Sunday: 12:00 - 02:00

Amazing decor and ambience.
Great food and fab cocktails
Love the happy hours :-)

Tina Cruickshank 18 August 2014
From Grays

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More about Shaka Zulu

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.

Customer Reviews for Shaka Zulu

4

(based on 12 reviews)

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(5)
18 August 2014 by Tina Cruickshank from Grays
Amazing decor and ambience.
Great food and fab cocktails
Love the happy hours :-)
(3)
4 May 2014 by Ingrida Volkaite from London
The atmosphere was amazing, one from the best. The service was brilliant as well. But I can't say same about food. The food was good, but not as good as we were expected, especially stakes. Three of us ordered steaks, but none of us like it.
(3)
12 November 2013 by David Hackett from Moulsoe
I have been to Shaka Zulu before for business dining. Since my son loves to feast on meat I thought I would use it for a 'family' dinner.
In that respect it fulfilled both the promise and expectation - sadly on other fronts it disappointed.
Yes its impressively decorated in African theme; the menu is full of interesting options [ like the Carnivore restaurants in Africa but a little more sophisticated and considerate of those who don't want to eat game or steaks] ; and the food quality was good.
BUT....
We arrived at 7.10pm and accepted that as early diners the place wouldn't be buzzing. So we sat as directed assuming it would fill with other diners. Instead we found we had been seated in an area that was adjacent to a speed dating set up. There was therefore no dinner ambiance.
Being early , before they got busy, we might have expected good service. Instead there was a complete lack of attention. Getting served required waving at the waiter when he occasionally passed nearby. And although he brought an ice bucket for the wine [ placed at a discreet distance from the table] we had to get up and serve ourselves.
Pate starters arrived with inadequate toast [ two tiny slices with the fish pate; none with the meat ] so we ordered a bread selection . It took 7 minutes to arrive.
Mains sound as though they have accompanying vegetables but they proved to be purely decorative . So the waiter sold us up. Unfortunately neither side veg [ a rocket salad and a snap peas with onions] was of the same quality as the mains. The chips were OK.
There is an extensive list of cocktails and a good wine list; but there were just two beers and a cider. Inadequate and disappointing choice.
So when the bill arrived at £208 for three [ two starters, two mains, and modest drinks ] with 12.5% for service that frankly fell well short of expectation, it seemed like a poor value.
Its more theme park than restaurant . I couldn't recommend it as dining experience.
(5)
22 October 2013 by Katie Tasker from London
Amazing place, great food
(3)
22 October 2013 by Jon Gardner from London
Pretty dead at lunchtime (when we went); probably better for all if it did not open. Food and wine on the other hand was outstanding.
(4)
13 October 2013 by Amy Lange from London
Great service, lovely food, pretty pricey but worth it!
(5)
11 October 2013 by Holly Schario from London
I took my husband and visitors to Shaka Zulu after I had dined there with my son this summer. The restaurant itself is so completely unique from the tables to the chairs to the walls. The menu features South African game meats (springbok, zebra) which are very delicious. My husband and I opted for the prix fixe menu where I had the sea bass and my husband had the rib eye. They were both perfectly done with unusual but delicious spices.
(3)
9 October 2013 by CB from London
We visited Shaka Zulu for the 2 course menu offered through the London Restaurant Festival (LRF) - American Express holders who would like to get the LRF redemption deal should know that this restaurant does not accept Amex, despite being a participating restaurant in LRF.

The restaurant interior itself is impressive, if a bit dark; though it was empty on Sunday afternoon, I can imagine it would be a good evening spot. The two course for £12.50 menu was disappointing in that it hardly seemed South African at all and didn't offer a good selection compared to the al a carte menu. The food itself was well presented but quite bland - we had the vegetable potjie and the malay roast chicken. £12.50 for two courses seemed like good value but isn't really when you consider that you will need to order sides with your food (unless you want to be hungry), the drinks were expensive, and that there's a 12.5% service charge automatially added to your bill. We paid £45 for 2x£12.50 menu, 1 side and 2 pints of coke. Service was only ok.

Not a great experience, but not a total disaster either. However there are enough good restaurants in London for me to not have to come back here again and I wouldn't be in a rush to recommend it.
(3)
6 October 2013 by Gina from London
Went there for the food festival preset menu. The place was tons of fun.
(4)
24 September 2013 by Natalie Mills-richardson from Luton
Amazing food amazing atmosphere.

Shaka Zulu

Stables Market, Camden, London, NW1 8AB

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