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US$18 - US$26
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African, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Tunisian
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Dinner, After-hours
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Hammersmith / Fulham
2.0 miles from Notting Hill
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Reviewed 18 June 2021

Over the years, they continue to serve consistent high quality and authentic Tunisian/Moroccan food using fresh and clean ingredients. To start with, they offer 3 free nibbles and appetizers: meatballs, superb pickled vegetables and harissa. They have the best merguez in London. The tagines are...a treat and are not to be missed. The kofta and grillades are very good. In all honesty, every item on the evening menu is worthy a try. To finish off there is a nice selection of desserts. The lemon and cassis sorbet is superb. In addition to the evening menu, the restaurant offers traditional English breakfast and a separate menu for lunch. The service is very good. The owners Frances and Abdel are warm and welcoming.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 15 December 2020

Adams Café was the setting for my first venture out to a restaurant post-Lockdown 2.0 and is the creation of husband and wife, Frances and Abdel Boukraa. Frances is the front of house and served as our waitress for the evening, while Abdel oversees things...in the kitchen. Time Out recommends the restaurant as one of the best places to eat in Shepherd’s Bush, although more accurately Adams Café sits on the border between Shepherd’s Bush and Acton. The place is completely unremarkable from the outside and looks like any other greasy spoon café you might see on the average high street. Greasy spoon, you ask? Yes, you read that correctly. It seems Adams Café lives something of a double life: during the day it is a modest greasy spoon café serving your classic full English breakfast, but in the evening it morphs into an elegant North African restaurant serving Moroccan and Tunisian cuisine. In its evening form, the drab exterior belies an attractively decorated interior consisting of a warm peach and terracotta colour scheme, walls dappled with soft light emanating from patterned fittings, framed watercolours of Maghrebi scenes, and a decorated kitchen door that looks like there could be a Marrakshi souk on the other side. My date and I each had a three-course meal and the food was excellent. After we placed our order, we were brought complimentary meatballs, bread and pickles, which was a nice touch, and I particularly enjoyed the meatballs. This whet my appetite for my starter of chilli prawns. The prawns are served shell-on with a spicy chilli and garlic dressing and were described by Frances as “messy but worth it”. She was right on both counts: even after making use of the finger bowl kindly provided to wash my dirty digits, by the time I’d finished shelling, I’d turned a white napkin completely orange, but the prawns were juicy and the dressing really had a kick to it. My main was the gargoulette Tunisienne tagine, a stew of tender chunks of lamb in a rich and spicy sauce with tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and fresh mint leaves. It tasted delicious and looked the part too, served in a traditional tagine with a conical lid. We ordered a dish of steamed cous cous as a side to share between us and, as you’d expect, this was cooked perfectly – light and fluffy – and was lovely heaped on top of my tagine so the grains could soak up the sauce. To drink we each had a glass of rose lemonade, which was very refreshing and tasted just like Turkish delight. Even though the restaurant offers Maghrebi cuisine, alcohol is served and there are a wide range of wines and beers available. We managed to order dessert minutes before last orders at 10pm, but because of the revised Tier 2 rules in London, we were able to stay in the restaurant until 11pm, which gave us enough time to enjoy dessert and a cup of mint tea. My dessert was the truffe au chocolat, a sort of cheesecake but with chocolate and praline mousse (instead of cheese) on top of a chocolate biscuit base, served with a scoop of cream and drizzled with strawberry coulis. It gave me the strong cocoa kick I was craving and there was a very pleasing contrast of textures between the soft mousse and the chunky biscuit base. Considering the drinking of tea is such an important tradition in Morocco, I was a bit disappointed there was no spectacle of a waiter pouring my mint tea out of a long-stemmed teapot from a great height; instead, we were served two small class cups with the tea already poured. The tea was good, although it had been sweetened before it arrived. I would have liked the option to choose whether to add sugar or not because I usually drink tea without. The cups were very small, too, and my date and I both felt the portion of tea was a bit stingy. The mint tea was a bit of an anti-climax to what had otherwise been an excellent meal and I recommend Frances and Abdel make the tea drinking experience a bit more special because this would be a satisfying way to round off a visit. Frances was friendly and accommodating throughout the evening and we received fast and polite service at all times. There is a 12.5% service charged added automatically, seemingly irrespective of party size, however the price of the food is very reasonable with set prices for one-, two-, or three-course meals, so I didn’t mind this. With the service charge, our three-course meal for two came to £75, which puts it in the mid-range. Readers of Time Out do not seem to have embraced Adams Café yet because it remains a hidden gem in west London. I urge readers of TripAdvisor to give it a try.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 16 July 2020

I've been coming to Adam's for years now. A quality cafe by day and a delightful restaurant serving food from Tunisia and Morocco by night. We always have the chicken and lemon tagine - I always want to try something else but every time I...can't resist - it's literally perfect. Add in a vegetarian couscous and life is good! The people that run this restaurant are both charming and professional. This place is the real deal - if you can't make it in, order a delivery - it even travels well and tonight when I did just this, it arrived as hot and delicious as if I was eating in. Wine is nice too and the wonderful bread and pickles served on the house if you dine in.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 25 February 2020 via mobile

We heard about Adams Cafe from trip advisor, despite being local - such good reports deserve a visit! The restaurant is a cafe by day & a North African Restaurant by night (I was going to make a Hong Kong Phooey joke then but realised...most readers wouldn’t know what I was talking about!). Excellent food - something a bit different - charming service & really good value. Even the drinks are very reasonably priced. We’ll definitely be going back.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 7 February 2020

The excellence continues. Home made food, a remembrance of local restaurants for locals in Paris, undisturbed by outsiders. Top marks.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 12 December 2019

I've been coming here for years with my partner for a classic old English breakfast. So good and cheap too! Feels like home inside, most diners are regulars I think so always seeing familiar faces.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 28 October 2019

Was taken here by a friend who lives locally and eats here a lot. The food was utterly delicious, the staff friendly and accommodating and the small restaurant cozy and relaxed. Can't wait to go back!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 17 October 2019 via mobile

Adams cafe, a Tunisian restaurant is something of an institution, although not full on a mid week there where plenty of customers. The service was very friendly and professional and were happy to talk us through the menu our party of four ordered a variety...of choices from the menu and all were excellent. We chose a Tunisian wine and were not disappointed. Can highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 5 August 2019

A friend brought me here for dinner and explained that, by day it's a workman's caff but in the evening it's transformed into a charming restaurant. The owner greeted us outside and showed us to a table - we had barely opened the menu before...a lovely selection of nibbles appeared. For starters I had Brik au Thon which I had never heard of - a gorgeous parcel of thin crispy pastry containing tuna and an egg with the yolk still runny - wonderful. My main course was a delicious fish tagine and I couldn't resist the lemon tart for pudding which was one of the best I've tasted. This is a place worth seeking out!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 22 July 2019

This is a place we go to with our kids every 3 months or so. The menu doesn't to vary much, but you can expect authentic Tunisian cuisine, couscous, tagines. Worth noting that they provide delicious vegetarian options (brique, tagine, etc...). The managers are so...welcoming and friendly - him in particular has a great sense of humour and is also up for a chat.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Adams Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5