Welcome To The Jungle: Rainforest Chic Hits Kensington

By Phil Clarke |
4th July 2018

After a dicey football moment with Colombia that nearly saw England knocked out of the world cup last night, South America is back on our Christmas card list. Which is good because it’s just in time for Zuaya, a Latin American opening on Kensington High Street. And what’s more, the Amazonian restaurant are offering 50% off, so it’s win, win and win! (unlike England, who will undoubtedly crash out at some point soon).

Founded by Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi, the restaurant will bring Latin American dishes to West London thanks to their not-so-secret weapon, Head Chef Francisco Lafee. Lafee has experience working at in Michelin star level restaurants in South America and London, including Barrafina, El Celler de Can Roca and Martin Berasategui, and has put together a menu of sharing dishes combining Argentinian, Mexican and Peruvian cuisine to create a Latin American feast.

From a colourful plate of Zuaya Ceviche (wild turbot infused with raspberry, orange, pink grapefruit, physalis and leche de tigre) a Purple Taco (18-hour slow cooked lamb neck with ras el hanout spices, smoked cinnamon pineapple and coriander) the menu reads like a Mouth Watering For Dummies how-to book. The Robata Octopus, the veggie Quinoa Caprese and Nikkei Purple Noodles are all stand-out, as too are puddings including the Dulce De Leche with guava milk ice cream, ricotta and yoghurt and Quindim, an egg yolk flan with coconut ice cream and coco biscuit and a range of homemade ice creams.

Set over two floors Zuaya aims to transport guests to the Amazon, but without all the snakes and piranahs. Look forward to lush greenery, hanging plants and pictures of more plants. But most of all, look forward to some banging South American food and, equally importantly, 50% off your bill while Zuaya’s in soft-launch mode!

Zuaya are offering 50% off during their soft opening period between Friday 6th and Wednesday 18th July


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