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Ranked #982 of 23,211 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$34 - US$61
Cuisines: International, Fusion
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Fitzrovia
Description: If Archipelago were a film it would definitely be one of the Indiana Jones series. First, the menu features all manner of exotic beasties - locusts, zebra, crocodile and second the decor is an exotic mix of golden buddhas, dwarf palms and giant peacock feathers. The staff will talk you through each dish, but there's also chicken, fish, lamb and extensive vegetarian options. It's a great night out for the more adventurous - or if you happen to be having Ray Mears to stay.
Reviewed 11 April 2014

Been there on Saturday; the minute we walked in I was stunned by its ambiance- dim lights, Latino music and quirky bits and bobs all over the place!
The A la carte menu is pretty unusual- zebra, crocodile, bison, alpaca.. ants, bugs, locust..
My husband ordered a python carpaccio, followed by kangaroo skewers with candy beetroots and a side of bugs salad. I was a little wuss and went for veggie 'deconstructed soup', yum!, followed by chicken main.
We finished off with two glasses of Ruby port and Pharaoh's Treasure, a dessert with real gold leaf!
Oh, my.. That was the best meal we had since ages.. The flavor balance and ingredient combinations are just unbelievably good. Definitely will be back!

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Thank Vicki T
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

I went to do something new and unusual. Eat ants, locusts, crickets, mealworms, zebra, python carpaccio, alpaca, kangaroo. And I did all that. What was surprising was how good the food really was... not contrived for the ingredients but really inspired by their qualities. The atmosphere feels like dining in an old English study redecorated by world traveled gypsies. Very worthwhile.

Thank Christopher B
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Very interesting food and great service with waiter very helpful in selecting appropriate dishes as some are very spicy or salty. Had python and crocodile which were really nice. Would highly recommend as decors also very nice and is perfext venue for romantic and adventurous evening.

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Thank Carole2309
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

My husband and I were looking for somewhere different to eat in London, where they also accept Tastecard, as we love a good deal. Archipelago had great reviews and an exciting menu so we have decided to give it a go.

As soon as we walked through the doors we were welcomed by a lovely waitress, who, throughout the night, made sure we were both happy. All the staff were equally friendly as well as knowledgeable about the food and its origin as well as the restaurant's truly enchanting and fascinating décor.

Food was absolutely out of this world. We had zebra and crocodile for starters - they were both absolutely lovely and presented in such a beautiful way. For main courses we had kangaroo and bison - both absolutely exquisite. Fantastic flavour, beautifully cooked. We also had a love bug salad on the side for a bit of fun - and crunchy fun it was. For desserts we had a gold leaf soufflé and honey dessert, which were both absolutely delicious.

Lots of absolutely positive remarks here, but, seriously, food is to die for, décor a talking point and staff a pleasure to be around, and we cant recommend it enough. Cant wait to return and discover more dishes, which I am sure will be fantastic.

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Thank JagodaParry
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Two adults and two 12 years olds, early Saturday evening, booking recommended. Walls and tables stuffed with exotic Far Eastern and African decor - real horns (springbok?), a turtle, an impressive peacock, ceramic, pottery elephants, colourful cloths like Indian saris for the chairs. The boys loved the mini face towels at the start which grew and grew when placed in a small bowl of water.

For starters, fussy son chose zebra, unfussy son crocodile in vine leaves, my other half had prawns, I had 'python carpaccio'. All were hits except the python which I found too chewy and tasteless. The Zebra in particular is recommended - though it was deep fried.

For mains, Bison, chicken and kangaroo kebab. again all hits tho the bison was a little tough. We had sticky Thai coconut rice (delicious) and love bug salad - I 'chickened' out by not eating the crickets, locusts or mealy worms tho.

Desserts very good too.

What is particularly impressive is that the chef works at bringing more to each dish than just the exotic centre piece - an avocado mouse, a ginger and orange sauce, or a thinly sliced marinated beet. Exquisitely presented and designed to give the taste buds a range of experiences with each dish.

Most of the exotic meats are imported frozen, and most are farmed, so not sure how wild they really are: the kangaroo and the crocodile are caught in the wild.

Altogether a very interesting and unusual meal, with a chef that is clearly interested beyond the quirkiness of the fare. Recommended. Expensive - £50 per person not including wine.

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Thank GusinLondon
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