Camden town is famous for its shopping market, its edgy bars, and its live music and club scene. However, Camden is also home to lots of interesting, delicious restaurants, boasting a variety in cuisine types. So if you're mooching around the markets for a second-hand bargain or comedy bong, and you suddenly have the urge to chow down on some tasty sushi, some grilled meats, some spicy Indian, some bourbon-soaked burgers, some retro style fish and chips, or some pan-Asian cuisine, then this guide to the Top 10 best restaurants in Camden, North London, should satisfy your needs.
Camden / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: African
Situated in the atmospheric Camden Stables, Shaka Zulu was opened with royal blessing from a Zulu king, don'tcha know. And as if you needed any more reasons to go there after that, it's also won a whole host of official awards for its food, cocktails and sheer coolness. This South African themed venue, spread over two floors, is a restaurant, bar and club oozing originality out of every corner. With wooden murals covering the walls and 20ft tall warrior looming over you as you sup on cocktails, there are just as many talking points as there are tasty tipples to tantalise you and keep you coming back to discover more.
Gordon Ramsay York & Albany
Camden / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mediterranean
Situated at the top of Parkway is the epitome of fine dining in Camden. Gordon Ramsay's restaurant brings Michelin-starred luxury to a venue that overlooks leafy Regent's Park, a walk there is a great way to work up an appetite. And an appetite you'll certainly need when choosing from the marvellous set lunch menu or indeed the dinner a la carte. The York & Albany also houses a modern, light bar and a deli which allows you to take home a piece of the delicious experience.
The Blues Kitchen
Camden / Bar / Cuisine: American
Soak in Camden's live music scene as you dine at the Deep South American-style restaurant and live music bar The Blues Kitchen. Tuck into large portions of 8-hour smoked ribs, succulent burgers, chilli beef brisket and more Texan BBQ and Cajun cuisine-inspired dishes. Then, head over to the bar for bourbon cocktails accompanied by live blues, soul and jazz music every night of the week. There?s also vintage rock 'n' roll DJ clubnights on weekends to help you dance off that filling meal.
The Spread Eagle
Camden / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
This Camden pub on Parkway is one of the most inexpensive top quality gastropubs in the whole of London. Seasonal produce is used to create an exciting menu that takes standard pub favourites such as burgers, steaks and fish and chips and gives them an extra level of intrigue. The famous Camden Burger is a feat to be attempted only by the most ravenous. The wine list is extensive and is mostly below £30 per bottle. There are board games and doggy treats available (Regent's Park nearby) plus an upstairs area that works well for private dining. Craft beers abound too.
Poppies Fish and Chips
Camden / Restaurant / Cuisine: Fish
The 110-seater Poppies Fish and Chip restaurant on Hawley Crescent in the heart of Camden is strikingly reminiscent of London in the 40s and 50s, only with the added weekend twist of Fish and Gigs, which serves up weekly portions of live music from the lounge space on the first floor. Every Friday and Saturday from 8pm, diners can enjoy the smooth sounds of live jazz, swing and straight up party music. Tap your feet while you tuck into a fish supper, or get up and dance with a glass of wine from the list specially paired to compliment the menu.
Camden / Restaurant / Cuisine: Fish
Hook can be found across London and has joined the restaurant scene of Camden. It all began with a simple market stall in Dublin back in 2011, where the owners of Hook made a name for themselves with their unique take on fish and chips. Everything is made on-site, all the way across to their own special seaweed salt. To this day Hook only work with 100% sustainable small fisheries, day-boats, and MSC-certified suppliers, ensuring sustainability and responsibility in everything they do.
Chai Thali Indian Street Food Bar & Restaurant
Camden / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
As much cocktail bar as street food restaurant, Chai Thali brings to Camden an all-day dining menu blending India?s old and new street food traditions in a flamboyant and fun setting. Think Bombay Roadside Scrambled Egg Masala served with buttered brioche bun; A Dhaaba Murg chicken curry from the G.T.Road side dhaabas of Punjab or Lamb chops marinated in spices and served with kachumber.
Camden / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pan Asian
A refined dining establishment that has been designed to reflect the opulent 1940s opium dens in top capitals around the world like New York and Paris. Their Pan-Asian menu takes inspiration from the great cuisines of the Orient including Chinese, Thai and Malaysian. Their cocktails have a distinct Asian touch with ingredients like passion fruit and lychee. They have many private dining spaces available including your own bar and they also have a secret VIP booth behind the bar.
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