Restaurants, Pan-South American Camden Town
3 out of 5 stars
(17user reviews)

There's certainly plenty of variety on offer at this colourful restaurant and bar on Kentish Town Road - its culinary output covers most of South America and all of the Caribbean. And if that's still not enough? Well there are burgers and steaks, too.

The dishes influenced by Latin America and the Antilles range from fajitas, empanadas, burritos and picante de pollo to ackee and snapper fish, fried plantain, cassava chips, jerk caesar salads and a classic curry goat. Those burgers don't escape the geographical input either, with a 'big Bajan' alongside a 'messy Mexican' and 'the jerk' - a beef pattie glazed in jerk sauce and served with hash brown, house mayo and mango preserve. 

Drinks wise, mojitos and frozen daiquiris do brisk business alongside milkshakes, fresh juices, root beers and healthy presses such as the 'green Grenada' - a mix of green kale, apple, cucumber, celery and lime. 



Venue name: Guanabana
Address: 85 Kentish Town Road
Opening hours: Dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Thur. Meals served noon-11pm Sat, Sun.
Transport: Tube: Camden Town tube
Price: Main courses £6.75-£14. Set meal (5.30-7pm, Mon-Fri) £9.75 2 courses. Unlicensed. Corkage £2/bottle.
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Average User Rating

2.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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This is such a great spot in Camden. Such a great atmosphere at the weekends and really friendly and funny staff. Mains are a little on the pricey side, but the quality is fantastic and plus it's BYOB which means you make up the money. Worth a visit with a group of friends before a night out in the area. 

Had an amazing time at the most busy time on a Saturday. Even though they had lots of groups they gave us plenty of attention and made our evening extremely pleasant. Service is 5 star. Felt like we were hosted by family. Food was tops too. Keep up the excellent service.


This place was once really good, having been just on the weekend, my opinion has changed now. The food is definitely overpriced for what you get.

Don't get me wrong the jerk chicken is a big portion, I felt like i got a whole baby chicken on my plate, but those plantains are so oily and nasty, all you can taste is the oil. Then theres the salad on the plate, its basically wilted greens. The jus on the chicken is good, but merely very little is seen on the plate. The chicken was tender, but did get rather dry.

I got the jerk crevettes for starters which are whole prawns and I have to be honest and say that was the best dish on their menu!!! Juicy, packed full of flavour and just darn great! That be perfect as a main! 

The parmesan and garlic fries were ok, you can't really go wrong with chips now can ya! 

Once you are in, they literally rush you out the door! 

Average food, rushing pushy cheeky waiters. (BTW, they are never the same)

Used to be good, not any more. Don't bother.

Just... spend some time reading the owner's replies to customers comments here... it speaks for itself.

Our dining experience at Guanabana was not quite as bad as at Bintang which is owned by the same people.   Extremely slow service along with tough goat meat in our curry ensures that we will not return. When I asked the waitress if she got the service charge which was added to our bill, she said that she was not allowed to discuss this with customers. Says it all!

Went to this restaurant as a last minute choice for a BYOB Monday night dinner. Was pleasantly surprised after reading mixed reviews, as the food was delicious. A real mixture of things on the menu and the service was slow-but it was a breath of fresh air to not feel rushed out of a restaurant in London. Would recommend for a tasty meal in a casual setting.

Food and hygiene standards are not nearly good enough in this place. My husbands curry had a hot but tasteless watery sauce, my chicken was undercooked and scorched.The female toilet was disgusting. when I spoke with the manager about this, he said the cleaner was off sick. This kind of place should be closed down

A+ service and food, would recommend to my friends and family, the food took a bit longer that i would have liked but it was pretty nice and the staff definitely made it worth the visit.

Went here for a friends birthday and our experience was quite poor. The goat curry was as tough as old boots and the jerk chicken was bloody and under cooked, a salad was very tasty but was on the small side. Staff friendly but service was very slow given they were not busy. The place is OK but I will not go back

We ate here as a group of 8 for a birthday dinner and left very disappointed. The starters arrive over a 15 minute period, same with the mains which were lukewarm and of poor quality. They refused to give us separate bills and proceeded ton give us one non itemised bill. We insisted on an itemised one that took a very long time for them to produce, when it finally arrived it showed they were overcharging us by £7.80
Stay away from this shoddy establishment.  

Great Restaurant in Camden. being from London and pretty lazy in the kitchen i can honestly say how this restaurant in Camden has become my own kitchen table. I make excuses to go all the time to Camden to dine in this amazing Caribbean Jamaican restaurant. With BYO i feel less guilty every time i hand over my card to pay. As far as restaurants in London go and ive been to alot of restaurants in London, they're up there with the big boys. btw they do great steaks

Absolutely terrible service, slow, grumpy, unapologetic staff, we had to wait an hour before we were able to order. The starter arrived 30 minutes before drinks were offered. We had to ask repeatedly for water. Food bland. Overall 0 out of 5 stars.

I do like this place but it's a bit of an odd one. The menu wanders all over the world and is quite hit and miss. I love being able to get plantain here, and burritos, and jerk chicken. The best thing is it's BYOB and they do a big jug of mocktail, which you can pour your own rum into. And you can sit outside and get shisha. Slightly high pricing, but I like the atmosphere and the casualness of it.

This restaurant was so disappointing in so many ways. The menu online makes the restaurant seem so exciting and unique in terms of the pictures published on the site and the menu. However i was quite shocked it was nothing but a hut with odd looking furniture not quite like picture. I attempted not to be put off by its interior, I sat outside in the back and was greeted by the polite waitress who made quite clear to me before I checked the menu that there was no chicken or steak. I went on the Sunday 9th september around 7pm, she told me that chicken had only just arrived and hadnt been marinated so this was an instant put off. I was offered any sort off suggestions so I chose to have a jerk burger, onion rings, chips, 2 drinks and mojito. Nothing really jerk about the burger to be honest it was average. Taking in mind I wanted a jerk chicken with rice and peas maybe my taste buds were reluctant. My boyfriend and I didn't finish our food and left most of it on the plate. I found the cocktail to be abit too minty and seemed to be serves without much care. The bill came upto 40 pound I was livid compared spending 40 quid in nandos and feeling pretty full. The prices was ridiculous when you compare to the quality of food. Shisha was 20 which I refused to pay for either. I dont recommend this place at all and I have learnt don't trust pretty web pages!

Just don't know what to make of this one. The menu seems so promising but comes up just average in taste. The tables are way too small and crammed together, and the candle light is not sufficient to light up the restaurant - and it's cold!!! Toilet needs a major clean up (my wife had a pretty bad stomach upset after our visit). It used to be good but prices have gone up and quality seems to have declined. The pina colada mocktail is an unmitigated disaster. Just lumps of ice with coconut cream. The fajitas were ok, burgers were tasty. Staff have always been helpful. The place has promise but just doesn't live up to it. Disappointing.

Decided to try something new so decided to do a google search and found this place, went with 2 of my old uni friends. When we arrived the place was heaving and there wasnt even anywhere to stand, definately advise making a booking if going on the weekend. We were greeted by the weekend manager who asked if we could wait approx 10 mins for a table to be cleared for us, we waited in the shisha garden in the back which had a very loud and lively atmosphere. The manager there took care of us all evening and provided us with complimentary mocktails to make up for the delay in getting a table. The food arrived after 20 mins but was worth the wait, probably the most succulent jerk chicken Ive had! My friends were definately impressed with this secret gem in Camden. I have read some very negative reviews about the lack of service and attention which I can understand from how busy this place gets, however, would definately recommend and go again!

Don't bother! We were seated out the back in a cold garden with smokers from inside the restaurant popping out every 2 mins to infuse our food with tobacco. Yum. Can't say much for the food either, bland (weird since it's supposed to be caribbean) and not especially well-executed. Waiters are friendly but have a lackadaisical approach to service with pretty much all the table around us being given stuff free because they'd forgotten something. Yes, it's not very expensive but you can get much better food nearby, shame as they could be much better.

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