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“The butterfish was escolar”
Review of Archipelago

Archipelago
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Ranked #851 of 22,516 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$33 - US$59
Cuisines: International, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“The butterfish was escolar”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Warning: Don't order the Butterfish. It isn't Butterfish it is Escolar, a fish banned in several countries due to potential health problems. It can cause Keriorrhea (as it did with me after I ate at Archipelago).

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Absolutely brilliant!”
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!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Vicki T
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Portland, Oregon
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“fun, odd but still good food”
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.

Visited April 2014
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Thank Christopher B
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great experience”
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.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Carole2309
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Truly special place”
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.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank JagodaParry
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