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Mon-Wed 12:00 - 22:30
Thu-Fri 12:00 - 23:30
Sat 18:00 - 23:30
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- Lunch, Dinner
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Recommended Reviews for Kenza
20 reviews in English
Review from Simon W.
- 17 friends
Is it Lebanese ? Is it Turkish ? It is Moroccan ? Who knows ? Does it matter ?The food is generic "Middle Eastern", but none the worse for that. A fun, buzzy place to eat and socialize- although I wouldn't come here on my own; the experience is definitely more fun in company. Besides, you'd look a bit of a perv sat on your own watching the belly dancers.
Review from Genevieve L.
Review from Jenn G.
Fun place with great food. What more can you ask for really? As soon as we walked in, we were greeted with loud music and belly dancers. Although some might think it's a bit over the top, I thought it added to the lively atmosphere and provided fun entertainment. The dancing doesn't last all night, so you can still just enjoy your meal and conversation with friends as you would at any other restaurant.
The food was delicious! We were a table of 5 and decided to just split a bunch of mezzes and a mixed grill main. Everything was so good. I particularly liked the haloumi and the lamb pastry mezzes. We also had a few dips - can't have Lebanese without hummous! - and the falafel, mmm. It is a bit pricey for what it is, but then again you are in the City so it's to be expected.
My only small gripe would be the slow service (but then again, this is London). Our waiter was very nice, but I think he was a bit stretched as it took him ages to check on our table. So I think they might need 1 or 2 more waiters covering the floor on a busy weekend evening.
Review from Stefano P.
After reading the past reviews I have to agree with some, and agree to disagree with others... So this review is possibly a little biased, because I think it's been unfairly judged.
This place feels actually like some kind of genuine oriental place from far away. My wife being Moroccan, I am used to eating out in places like that, and believe me, some places in North Africa and the Middle east ARE very tacky in essence, it's part of the style !
That being said, though it's true that the middle-east and north Africa are very distinct locations, Kenza's menu offers dishes from both, in a very nice manner.
We went for water and fruit juices, which went very nicely with the meal.
The mezze platters are very good value for money, and I'd say, all of the other dishes are. My wife would complain that Tagine are served with Couscous, but on the other hand, so it is in many countries, and they are pretty tasty.
The meat was very tender, in my chicken dish and the shish kebab plate of my colleague, and the sides were delicious !
The only slight disappointment was with the dessert, which were too "western" to my taste, although the mango cheesecake was the best my colleague had ever tasted, and the pancake "packets" were very sweet and tasty, yet not too heavy.
Finally, for a lunch in the middle of the City of London, the price was extremely reasonable.
I have not yet been there when belly dancers are performing, but it's something I'm looking forward to. And honestly, I'd say that if you're not ready for the belly dancing, then it's best to stay away from such restaurants. Otherwise just embrace the vibe :)
Review from Mital P.
I'm torn between positive and negative in this place, so I'll just list them and let you decide! Positive: Belly dancers! And they are gorgeous!
The atmosphere (sometimes)
Very nice cocktails Negative: When the belly dancers are out the music is way too loud. So loud you can't have a conversation
It's deep underground so can get stuffy
The atmosphere (sometimes)
It's expensive I don't think I'd go there again. They've put in a good effort but it's in a weird location. It might be better on weeknights but I was there on a Saturday and it felt dead as a dodo for most of the evening!
Review from Neil P.
Review from Halle T.
- 194 friends
New York, USA
Overly cheesy and tackily extravagant. As soon as you think it can't get worse, here come the belly-dancers to dance at your table.
The host told us it was Lebanese and our waiter told us it was North African. Those are two very different places. Regardless, there is far more seating than people who actually eat here.
The food is mediocre at best, and horribly overpriced. I would certainly recommend avoiding this establishment at all costs.
Review from Liz E.
- 22 friends
Yes this place is expensive but its definitely an experience. If you want a nice quite meal out...maybe go somewhere else.
I really liked the decor...there was a lot of little detail that gave you the "atmosphere" of being in Morroco or somewhere like that. I thought the belly dancers were fun. but i guess it depends on what you are looking for in your dining experience. on the bad side..it is located downstairs so a lot of people couldn't get cellphone service.
I thought the food was very good, but you could get something similar on edgware road for cheaper. But one thing that did stick in my mind was the mint tea they served after the meal. its the best mint tea i've had in a long time.
So in conclusion..it was a fun experience, but going once was probably enough for me.
I think this is worth it if you have the Top Table 50% off thing...
Review from Qype User (bb…)
- 43 friends
- Qype User bb…
A veritable oasis of unexpected Middle Eastern opulence in the City. The ambience and atmosphere is great and the place takes you far far away from the humdrum world of finance just outside.
Food is only slightly above average though, and my Moroccan friend says it's tolerable but not quite as authentic as it could have been. Judging from the taste alone, I have to agree, but it is not at all bad - just that it could have been better.
The service is quite good, even though there are a lot of discreet cabins, and I heartily recommend a visit just for the experience.
Review from Qype User (axisof…)
- 14 friends
- Qype User axisof…
I went to Kenza recently on the Toptable offer that's doing the rounds for a "Feast" style menu for £42 for two. We also splashed out on some of the drinks which are pretty expensive (Cocktails around £10 each).
The place is really nice inside, the decoration, the vibe and so on. On the night we were there, they had a fortune teller set aside in one area as well as the usual belly dancing that seems to happen every hour or so (you'll most likely see it if you dine there).
So, a really good atmosphere and good service, but I wasn't impressed with the Food. Small plates of various treats to start with, which were good but often in my view underseasoned. A single main dish was brought which was again small and this was a selection of different meats, well seasoned but very similiar to each other, it was served on I think a bed of rice, well done, but I wouldn't pay for it as a main on its own. The desserts were good, fruit, small puddings and some great turkish delight.
I would have liked better tastes, while it might be defined a 'feast', if they cut down on a few small dishes at the start and really concentrated on flavour that would be good for the remaining dishes.
Overall, it's not going to be a regular, not affordable on a regular basis and you can get as lovely cocktails (they were very good) elsewhere for £6 or £7, instead of £10, a sizeable saving :)
Review from Qype User (Liam…)
- 7 friends
- Qype User Liam…
This little place is well tucked away, but worth looking for if your in the area and fancy a visit to Ali Baba's cavewell, it can feel like that: underground, dark, middle-eastern vibe, belly dancers, gold, etc.
Food and cocktails are good, but pricey (we are in the city after all).
Had a work function here once, which worked pretty well. Decent crowd food with the mezzes
Review from Lee H.
- 3 friends
Pricey for what it is, nice belly dancers, vibrant and lively atmosphere. Good for large parties and drunken suits.
Really strong garlic/onion taste that stayed with me for a few days. We have been there twice and the first time was a top table thing so was significantly cheaper than the second time.
Worth a visit, but won't go out my way to go again.
Review from Qype User (wyliec…)
- 1 friend
- Qype User wyliec…
Fantastic food and stunning surroundings. We went here for lunch and the service was excellent and food was prompt (always good if you have to get back to work)
We went while there was construction work being undertaken in devonshire square so were concerned that there may be a lot of noise, however being underground it was welll insulated from any disturbance and it was a quiet haven.
As mentioned by other reviewers it was a little on the pricey side, however it was very tasty and would return.
Review from Qype User (SifaKa…)
- 1 friend
- Qype User SifaKa…
Beautiful restaurant, attentive staff and excellent food. I really enjoyed myself and the portions were ridiculously huge when we ordered a meal from the Feast menu. If you're a twosome, don't do it! We ended up taking huge pots of food home.
Pretty belly dancers and good food, quite pricey but works out okay with a Tastecard. Will definitely visit again.
Review from Lauren V.
A stroll through Devonshire Square from Liverpool St Station, past the covered plaza area where a post-work crowd noisily smokes and tries to look important with their drinks, and down an alley reveals a hidden doorway to a plush and sultry underground oasis.
To gain entry to the "New Moroccan" restaurant, one must first descend a spiral staircase that just keeps going, leading my mother-in-law to joke "we're going on the Tube now!" But eventually what was revealed was not the grimy, fluorescent glow of a smelly tunnel, but a beautifully tiled interior, with brass and gold accents, candle-lit sconces, fresh cut roses and daffodils, trickling water features and prints of rich and warm colors. The opulent decor was reigned in by a DJ spinning upbeat tracks you'd expect at an after-hours art show, bringing an edge and overall trendy young vibe that did not distract or detract from the luxurious space.
It was a seriously nice first impression, that was then hampered by spotty and forgetful service. Twice we had to remind the server about a forgotten order (a bottle of wine and a cup of coffee). And call me picky but I hate when waiters arrive and announce "who ordered this? and who ordered this?", interrupting conversation and awkwardly placing plates.
The price ranged from £13-£15 for vegetarian mains and up from there to £23-£36 for lamb and seafood dishes. We ended up with the chicken tan jin (£15), the baked aubergine stuffed with veggies and cheese and served with couscous (£13) another veggie dish (there are only two, so the other one) and an item from the Grilled section: minced chicken, packed back together and speared and grilled, served with wild rice. The aubergine was fantastic, with loads (but not too much) of gooey cheese and fluffy, perfect couscous with a touch of lemon. The chicken tan jin was also incredible, perfectly cooked chicken swimming in a delicious sauce with slow cooked veggies (perfect for the less adventurous to exotic cuisine/"meat and potatoes" fans). The other veggie dish looked unappetizing and I don't think the orderer cared for it, but I thought it was great, a mystery veg encased in a thin doughy wrap and sprinkled with pine nuts and drizzled with an earthy sauce. The skewered chicken looked pretty plain and unexciting next to the other orders, and the orderer of that dish seemed as unimpressed by its taste as by its looks.
I was in the bathroom so am unsure how the forgotten items came to the manager's attention at the end of the meal, but he came by with a heartfelt apology and an offer to make it right the next time we came in. I am so used to fair-to-poor service in London (even from expensive restaurants) that our experience simply registered as standard, so this gesture was much appreciated.
I realize the belly dancers are obligatory, but their interactive show was too long and accompanied by too-loud music that made conversation impossible for about 20 minutes (in fact, even without the loud show, it's pretty noisy in the place). As well, the dancers should be a little better at reading their audience, as some groups were clearly delighted and joined in the dance, while other tables (couples on dates, mostly) at first awkwardly smiled at then eventually tried to ignore the writhing and scantily clad women who were jiggling all up in their nice romantic meal.
This space is a good mix of modern, traditional and luxe.
Review from Sinan O.
- 14 friends
I recently had the pleasure of dining at Kenze, where belly-dancers distracted me from eating food, a welcomed distraction, a distraction I would be happy to be distracted with at any time, anyways.
It is a middle eastern restaurant which has meals throughout the region, but I believe is Moroccan owned.
It is amazing inside too, a great décor and a dark atmospheric lighting arrangement, it is simply a great vibe to have good night out, not the simple, dine pay and dash.
I had the signature dish, which was a whole shoulder of lamb roasted with figs, which was brilliant, I have had the same meal before elsewhere and this was far superior.
After eating, we moved to a lounge area and had a few cocktails, it was a real good night out, though after paying the bill, and on the tube home, we thought that they over charged us, whether they took advantage of us being tipsy or an honest mistake, we don't know, either way, it was great!
Review from Sarah V.
- 3 friends
I agree that this place is an experience but I also agree with some reviews that it is over-priced. We went on a toptable deal and that was fine, the food was tasty and well presented, we liked the dessert tower thing that brings fruit, tasty bits, turkish delight etc, ok its a bit gimmicky but so what. The a la carte menu looked very expensive and I wasn't sure how much better it would be considering the other diners and what they were having near us. I would go again with girlfriends for a few laughs in a different atmosphere - its not very romantic, its quite noisy.
Review from Qype User (Johnso…)
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- Qype User Johnso…
It was a slightly pricey place, ordered the lamb, but I have to say i'm not a particular fan of Middle Eastern food, not to my pallet, but this hit the spot. Will definately go again, but order something lighter! The ambience and atmosphere was good, definately highly recommended.
Review from Qype User (orpheu…)
- 3 friends
- Qype User orpheu…
Lovely mezze/lebanese food here in comfy surroundings. Small touches are nice, like complimentary pitta, and if you order mint tea, turkish delight and yummy baklava. It's for special occasions tho, as it's city prices ie not cheap AND there is a 15% service charge as well as a cover charge. Mind you, there was belly dancing when we went which was fantastic!
Review from Qype User (boom…)