Wow! What an amazing little place! My boyfriend took me here to celebrate our one year anniversary!
For anyone judging- yes, I like to celebrate 1 year dating anniversaries!! (If you couldn’t tell from this blog so far- I’ll find any excuse to go out lol!)
Apparently this restaurant was on a list I wrote of top 15 restaurants I want to visit- but for some reason I cant remember it! Clearly my list was well researched because this is one amazing hidden gem in London! There are a lot of photos in this post- but no photo can do it justice, you need to go and check this place out!
Closer to Oxford Circus/Tottenham Court Road this restaurant is hidden on one of the quieter roads- no loud bars and clubs competing in noise levels. Its a perfect little romantic place- ideal for anniversaries or even fancy first dates!
The restaurant is very small, and only run at the front by 2/3 people. The service is exemplary! The front of house manager is Alex from Portugal- who will make you feel very welcomed! He is very knowledgable about the menu and is happy to spend time talking to you about their interesting menu choices!
Every nook and cranny of this restaurant is filled with exotic trinkets.. The menu is served as a scroll in a ‘treasure chest’ box and the cocktail menu is a message in a bottle! AMAZING!
This place is a meat eaters heaven- and having just come back from a trip is Asia I felt transported back to the weird eateries when I saw the menu. Here you can eat chocolate dipped locusts or honey poached bees with your dessert!
The walls are adorned with pictures, paintings and ornaments. Theres a giant peacock, Buddha and other statues. I told my boyfriend this place makes for a great first date because there are so many conversation starter props.. ‘Aah this elephant reminds me of my trip to India..’ Etc etc
Or if the date is going really bad, you can spend your entire meal looking at the decor and not getting bored even once!!
As much as Im a fan of this restaurant, for a vegetarian there isn’t much choice. But this restaurant offers a few dishes and does them well. Also no goats cheese or risotto to be found here- woohoo!
For starters my partner had a blue cheese parfait. I hate blue cheese, but he loves it.. But he was a little underwhelmed with this dish. I opted for the Chiang Mai chow which is basically a deconstructed Tom Yum Soup.
Alex brings you the ingredients on a plate with a bowl, whisk and consommé and you add them together according to your liking. Genius I tell you! This was so much fun and I enjoyed adding in more ginger and coriander powder etc according to my taste!
There were ginger shards, dried tofu (fresh would’ve been better), spaghetti of mushrooms, chilli paste (with tamarind I think), and green leaf jelly. A jug of consommé, a small whisk and a bowl!
The soup was pretty nice actually- but fresh tofu would’ve been better!
Meat eaters can try zebra, pythons, kangaroo, and plenty other weird meat stuff… The diners seemed amused and delighted with their food- inspired from South Africa and other parts of the globe!
For mains there is only one veggie dish- thank god it didnt include goats cheese. But if you dont like lentils- you’re pretty stuck. We had a South African inspired Bunny Chow. I have to admit that the Bunny Chow tasted very different to the ones I have had before (just lentils- no chick peas/butter beans).
And considering the thought in presentation on other dishes, they did miss a trick… But it was still tasty and a very generous portion (we couldn’t even finish a full dish between 2 of us!) The side of coconut rice was delicious and the creamy mash was delicious as well!
I managed to try 3 cocktails:
1. Gold Digger (prosecco and frangelico.. Amazing! We asked for more frangelico and Alex kindly supplied a little bit more!)
2. Archipelago- I took a sip and was literally transported to the beach. Gorgeous drink
3. Elephant Mud bath- served in a glass tea cup. Amarula, kahlua, vodka… What’s not to like!
For me the cocktails and dessert were really the stars of the evening. We had the Pharoahs treasure which was a dark chocolate soufflé with Olive paste, curry & white chocolate ice-cream with hazelnut powder.
Eat those elements separately and you can really taste the olives and the curry in the ice cream- very weird!! Eat them all together and it was simply amazing!!!
What made me laugh is they also had a dessert called ‘An Englishman Abroad’ which was basically a boring trifle! Ha!!
This restaurant is rated 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor and quite rightly so. It is an amazing experience with beautiful surroundings, interesting food and gorgeous cocktails!
Thank you Alex and team for a wonderful evening!
And thank you to my darling boyfriend for a great surprise- Happy Anniversary xxx
What’s your favourite restaurant? Whats the weirdest dish you have eaten in London? Id love to hear your thoughts in the comment box below…