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Del' Aziz (Bar, Restaurant)

Picture of Del' Aziz in Clapham, London

55-57, The Pavement, Clapham Old Town, Clapham, London, SW4 0JQ
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Tel: 0207 4989128 | Email to Del' Aziz | Transport: Clapham Common | Write review

Del' Aziz Review

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Best for: Posh kebabs; mood lighting; a crazy mixture of cuisines.

Great: Polish cake.

Ah, London town. As any local will brag, it’s crammed with places where you can stuff your face with whichever international dish suits your mood. Fancy a boozy curry? Pop along to Brick Lane, or Drummond Street if you crave crumbly Indian sweets and fewer crowds. Gonna keep it real in a Turkish cafe? Grab a hoodie and take your man dem to Green Lanes. What about pricey organic fare? Borough Market, of course.

And for a truly global smorgasbord you may just want to head to…Clapham.

Clapham is not somewhere that, compared with the rest of London, screams “foreignness”, unless you count the local branch of Jojo Maman Bébé. Without being churlish about the home of London’s largest bandstand, it does seem to attract a disproportionate number of trainee accountants not long out of the shires. It isn’t the sort of place you expect to find a Polish-bakery-cum-Arabic-restaurant-cum-shisha-cocktail bar-cum-Italian-deli. But then, where is?

On the evening of my visit, locals are swarming past Del Aziz, looking straight ahead without even glancing through the window; although this is possibly down to the lack of any signage. In more than one sense, Del Aziz is hard to pin down.

Once cocooned inside the restaurant’s pleasant shadowy, if rather empty, interior, with its dark wood, oriental swirls and sequinned curtains, I almost feet like I’m in a Kasbah, somewhere exotic and sweaty. But then the besuited man on the table to my right utters nasally to his partner: “I won’t be getting that one, it’ll be full of garlic”.

Despite the slightly provincial clientele, our surrounds are dolled up as if a member of the Clapham: Global Foodie Destination delegation has been in for a recent spot-check. We opt to eat in the main restaurant area, but are also given the choice of sitting in the deli to our left; stacked to the brim with bottles of balsamic vinegar, tubs of Turkish delight, olive oil, jars of pickles and Polish pastries. In the other corner is a decadently seedy lounge bar area, all flickering candles and mosaic effect tiles for that Arabian Nights feel.

As a concept, it’s ideal for those occasions when you wander into a restaurant looking for a couscous salad, end your meal with a few rounds of pina coladas, then, staggering out, make an impulse gherkin purchase. No? Me neither. Alternatively, it’d be handy if you’re ever planning an evening out with an awkward group of friends who can’t agree on a suitable rendezvous. It even holds comedy nights downstairs, and belly dancing evenings if you’re into that sort of thing.

But being an everyman’s gastronomic destination has its drawbacks. After flicking through the frankly enormous menu for 10 minutes, my companion flops back in his chair and declares himself “exhausted”. The choice varies from Turkish style grilled meats to Scottish beef burgers, soup, salads, pocket pitas; oh, and shisha, “with two sprits of your choice”. Eh? Call us conventional, but we go for the meze, shish kebab and lamb shank tagine, which are well spiced and sized, and reasonably priced. Considering our surroundings, our menu choices feel a little ethnically monotonous, so we wash everything down with a bottle of French plonk.

The mains are fine but the real showstoppers are the gigantic, squidgy desserts from the adjoining Polish bakery; the banana and pear cake deserves a special mention.

Would I return to Del Aziz? If it were a style of dance music, experienced aurally by a synaesthete and/or introduced by DJ Plonker on late night radio, it might be described as a “multicultural mash-up”. And in this sprit, I’d happily return to sample the deli food, maybe followed by a slab of Polish cake and a shisha, before moving to the bar for a sleazy French digestif.

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Customer Reviews for Del' Aziz

Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Food was fine, service was appalling. Went with a big work group, paid alot of money to be treated like trash by both our waiters. Definitely won't be returning!”
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New to London, Brisbane (2 years 10 months 24 days ago)

“What a lovely, relaxing restaurant to eat, drink and work in during the day. A beautiful little alfresco square outside, some chilled out tunes, some authentic north African mint tea, and some filling tagines. And, free wifi! Love it.”
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The Restaurant Hunter, London (6 years 1 months 1 days ago)

“Really enjoyed the food (a lovely cheese burger) although I did feel like a bit of a fraud in the somewhat opulent (and obviously arabic themed) surrounds of the restaurant! The restaurant is pretty big but tables are nicely spaced out and despite being near to a couple of groups of friends it wasn't too noisy. Fully agree with the reviewer on the puddings - they were huge and really good!”
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Tom Hellier, London (6 years 2 months 28 days ago)

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Del' Aziz Opening Hours

Monday: 7:00am - 12:00am Friday: 7:00am - 12:00am
Tuesday: 7:00am - 12:00am Saturday: 7:00am - 12:00am
Wednesday: 7:00am - 12:00am Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 12:00am    

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  • Cuisine Type: Mediterranean
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