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North Pole Shsha Lounge

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  • 4.0 star rating
    12/5/2013

    Advertised as Greenwich's 'night out under one roof', this place has a bar/club on the bottom floor to fulfil your cocktail desires, and a charming rustic restaurant on the top. Now, I will a little worried by this, having seem the ice blue lighting of the downstairs 'South Pole' upon coming in. However, my worries were quelled by the well thought-out (though not extensive) modern European menu and the country-home feel. There are also goldfish in the bottom compartment of the chandeliers. Interesting.

    My main course, which was the honey-glazed Barbary duck breast, was hands-down the best duck I have ever had. I was worried that it would be too sweet with the cherry sauce but it worked beautifully with the sweet potato puree and the greens. My culinary companion that evening said that the pan friend sea bass was just as awe-inspiringly good. I still can't get the tenderness out of my mind and the perfect flavoring of the potato.  

    The service is almost impeccable, with an attentive staff to take our coats and ensure we had the choice of tables.The apple pie was lovely, but also not the typical pie which you would have bargained for. It was more dense and the apples were minced and baked in, making it more of an apple torte with vanilla ice cream.

    Problem areas? There was only one other occupied table when we came in but it still took a long time to get our bill and to have our water filled.  Also, my tiramisu dessert had an overpoweringly caramel based taste. We both agreed that it was not anywhere near the creamy, light, and chocolatey dessert we had hoped for.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/4/2013
    Seated via OpenTable

    At first, the ambiance was a bit cold. But shortly after we arrived, music had gone one, the place filled up and the drinks started flowing.

    The menu wasn't massive, but had a lot of really appealing choices. Stuck between two choices, we ordered both and split. I had the Sirloin, which was delicious. The chorizo mashed potatoes were possibly the best thing I've ever eaten.

    Despite two starters, two mains and a bottle of wine, the bill was just under £100, which was amazing for the quality and service. Even better, they surprised my wife with a dessert for her birthday, including a massive flaming firework in it! Will definitely be back here again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/8/2012

    Stumbled across this place and had such a hilarious night there. It's quite (very) essexy glammed up girls and gangster guys. However, everyone is there to have a good time and everyone was very relaxed. No fights just people enjoying themselves! Drinks fairly cheap, and the music was phenomenal- old school garage and plenty of return of the mack style numbers.
    We loved it. Slightly grubby and the bouncers are a bit over the top with their rules and regs. Oh, and it's the sweatiest place on earth. For these points I remove a star. 4 stars of true awesomeness though.
    Will return.
    Enjoy :)

    • Qype User france…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    1.0 star rating
    26/8/2013

    My family recently held a surpise 80th birthday party at this venue. I have to honestly say I was very disappointed. The staff were rude, lacked either the basic customer service. The party started at 7pm, as parties go, guests do not pile through the door at the same time. We were later informed by family that they were charged entrance fee. We booked the venue 7pm-11pm. At 10.30pm bouncers interrupted the party, saying we are to change the music, and to clear the decorations. At 10.45pm we were marched out of the venue. Although the party was enjoyable, a well attended event, it was almost spoilt. We paid a decent amount of money for this venue, the service we received was awful. I would never recommend this venue.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/12/2010
    First to Review

    Excellent value on the £25 three course set menu. Service polite and efficient, very pleasant dining experience.

    • Qype User dgouls…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 52 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    we get to this pub usually around 8pm for a few drinks and end up staying to the early hours in the club downstairs.

    the drinks are slightly expensive, but its worth it for such a nice location and bar.

    they have leather couches up stairs which are really comfortable but u will not get one if its busy.

    the downstairs is a nice small club with ok music. to dance the night away. it seems a lot of people come here before going to the Venue in new cross

    Not the easiest place to get to but then again if your not too lazy then its is a short walk from Greenwich.

    • Qype User debcot…
    • Tonbridge, Kent
    • 6 friends
    • 101 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    My sister had her hen night here. There was also a stag night going on too so you can imagine it was quite lively. It has a fantastic atmosphere and was really buzzing. The bar upstairs is called the North Pole and then there is a bar downstairs called the South Pole. The South Pole bar that looks like it is made out of ice; the whole disco area is supposed to replicate an ice bar and does quite a good job of it. There were big burly bouncers at the door who you wouldn't want to mess with. All in all we had a fantastic evening. The music was good and not too loud and there were no scuffles or fights. The drinks weren't too expensive either.

    • Qype User anna41…
    • Redhill, Surrey
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    13/1/2010

    Great place to socialise there's a bar, a club in the basement and a restaurant upstairs. Having been before to the bar and club we decided to try the restaurant. Unfortunately the food and service in the restaurant did not live up to the hype or the prices charged. When we received our main meal the potatoes tasted stale as if they'd been microwaved and I couldn't cut through my roast beef...when the waitier asked if everything was ok we explained and he said yes it had been cooked in the morning and yes it had been reheated and what did I expect at 7pm on a Sunday? I was in complete shock...If the restaurant is open for a dinner service then they should have a chef to cook fresh food not plate up reheated food from the morning!!!! being in shock we decided to pay the bill and leave. Will definately not be going back here for a meal, which is a shame because its got great potential.

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