This tiny restaurant is an Aladdin's cave stuffed with Buddhas, trinkets and treasures from around the world. Set against dark walls and in low light the atmosphere is exciting but tranquil. Our waitress was friendly and attentive and very happy to recommend dishes including the Lovebug Salad (crickets and locust) which I can proudly say I eat and actually really enjoyed. We also had zebra, bison, alpaca and crocodile, all of which were beautifully served and had great flavor. The exotic nature of Archipelago is of course its major draw but it is not fallen into the trap of being just a gimmick, the food is good quality, interesting and really tasty. Things may have changed recently in terms of reservations, I booked in advance and was given a password to get into the restaurant but there was no need to give any card details before hand.
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Posted: Thu Mar 25 2010
Culinary explorers will find new adventures at this niche restaurant. Archipelago is home to the kind of wild creatures seldom seen on a plate. Sitting cheek by jowl with a kooky hodgepodge of golden Buddhas, fertility idols and giant peacock feathers from bazaars the world over, diners choose from such delicacies as marinated kangaroo, wok-seared frogs’ legs and seared zebra.
While most restaurants revamp their menus to add interest, dishes here are strangers to reinvention – but then again, the wow factor is omnipresent. Gastronomic gadabouts will delight in the juicy seared crocodile fillet (tastes like fish, has the texture of chicken) or savoury slivers of peanut-crusted wildebeest. Favoured as a daring destination by couples in the first bloom of dating, Archipelago is fun and intimate.
But despite numerous distractions such as menus tightly rolled into scrolls fit for Indiana Jones, you’re likely to notice that service is patchy. Note too that you have to divulge your credit card details at time of booking, as there’s a non-refundable deposit for late cancellation.
Archipelago 53 Cleveland Road
- Venue phone:
020 7383 3346
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- Opening hours:
Meals served 8am-10pm Mon-Sat; 10am-8pm Sun.
Goodge Street or Warren Street tube
Main courses £14.50-£24
- 53 Cleveland Road
- 020 7383 3346
- 53 Cleveland Road