Feasting At Shaka Zulu

3 Oct

Food is my thing. I’m not a painter, I don’t particularly care about festivals or live music, but I love food.

Everyone loves food.

Not like me. I dream in cheeseboards and rostis and I love to go to new places, try new foods and immerse myself in dips, sauces and spices. i get excited about a new restaurant and when a friend talks about somewhere amazing I stick it on my hit list.

I’m a secret not so secret eater.

So I don’t waste your time boring you about every place I have eaten, given that it wouldn’t be very exciting for you, but every now and then I find one that I just have to shout about.

And Shaka Zulu is one of those examples.

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A tiny door is nestled in the heart of Camden Market, and an escalator descents into what can only be described as an African Odyssey. The walls are adorned with carvings of scenes from the plains and the fabrics that cover the chairs are a blend of exotic colours and tribal prints.

Often these places are gimmicky; all style and no substance and I was worried that this might be the case with Shaka Zulu, but I was pleasantly surprised. We ordered to share; one Ostrich with roasted beetroot and plaintain puree and one Springbok with a rocket salad. The menu also offers Zebra and Alligator as well as potjie and bobotie.

We loved it. for a birthday treat it was something a little more exciting than Nando’s, and had all the glamour of a special occasion. If you are ever in London I would strongly recommend a visit.

What’s your favourite place to eat?

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7 Responses to “Feasting At Shaka Zulu”

  1. TheGreatPlainsPoet October 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    They way you described the dish made me want to jump on a plane and try a bite. Good post today!

  2. philosophermouseofthehedge October 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    This place sounds like an undiscovered jewel. Nice review

  3. 1stpeaksteve October 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    I know what you mean about the kind of places you described. The food can be good at those places but not excellent. It seems they sink more thought into the decor compared to the food prep. Glad you found one that could rise above it all!

    Springbok and Ostrich…interesting!

  4. Sam October 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Both Shaka Zulu & Nandos – started here in SA. One thing we do right is food :) Nom nom.

  5. prenin October 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Mmmm… (drool!! :) )

    My favourite place to eat was called the Burger grill and was run by a sweet guy called Ali and his wife who had a good home and two fantastic kids who I used to share computer games with.

    They had to give up the place because of family troubles and moved on, but the food since then has been dreadful and the place renamed, so I stopped going! :(

    Nice to dream of four filling omelette with side salad though! :P

    Love the food idea though – Ostrich sounds interesting!!! :P

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

  6. Holly October 4, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Oh god, I dream and think in food too… I have working lists of places to go, things to try, things to make. My working life is now food; that’s how much I knew one day I’d have to do it. Will definitely take a look into this place – I’m hoping to have a day out to London over Christmas break.
    Thanks!

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