With a name like Adams Cafe and a daytime menu of full English and other greasy spoon favourites, you might not expect the nightly transformation into a cosy North African bistro. Head here after 7pm, though, and mottled lampshades scatter pretty patterns of light across a candlelit room that’s decorated in muted blues and greens, with ornate ceramic tiling. In-the-know locals often fill the place.
The menu is helpfully split into prices for one, two or three courses; you can mix and match as you like and it’s great value. Briks, doigts de fatma and cigares – all crisp little pastries, surprisingly light and delicately spiced, with meat, seafood or vegetarian fillings – are highlights among the starters. Main courses include tagines and couscous, as well as a variety of grilled meats and fish.
The chefs hail from Morocco and Tunisia, and the subtlety of the aromatic dishes shows their homelands’ cuisines in their best light. Complimentary appetisers, a leisurely atmosphere and optional BYO add to diners’ sense of well-being.
Established in 1989, Adams Cafe on Askew Road in Shepherd's Bush goes from strength to strength. Winners of three national awards in 2015, we are especially proud of our Time Out Love London award for best neighbourhood restaurant - a big thank you to all who voted for us.
Dinner at Adams Cafe is an easy-going, friendly, romantic experience - tablecloths, candles, sparkly lighting and images from the island of Djerba, Tunisia adorning the walls.
You will start your meal with complimentary appetisers, freshly baked bread and harissa. Try our unique brik à l'oeuf or spicy 'ojja' ratatouille with homemade merguez sausages for starters. Our fragrant Moroccan tajines are especially popular, and chicken with pickled lemons, or tender lamb with prunes are also among the favourites. Couscous royal is legendary as is our whole grilled sea bass - crispy on the outside, soft white flesh inside.
Other signature dishes to try are marmite du pêcheur and our stuffed baby calamari with couscous. For meat lovers, go for a grilled sirloin steak, mixed grill or lamb skewer. Delicious desserts include the wonderfully fragrant salade d'oranges à la cannelle, Moroccan honey pancakes, bakhlawa pastries or truffle au chocolat. Finish your meal with a refreshing mint tea or sweet Arabic coffee.
We look forward to welcoming you!