Nam Long Le Shaker

4.2
40 reviews
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£41 and over
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Pan-Asian
Top tags:
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Cosy
Trends come a go, but one famous Chelsea establishment has remained resolute to the changes over the last thirty years.
Beyond Vietnamese cuisine, we now embrace all our favourite flavours and herbs from the Orient. Sample and share a variety of our dishes, then move onto the bar for a night cap or two.
Nam Long prides itself for being a favourite cocktail bar to the Chelsea locals. The fact that it was originally conceived as a Vietnamese colonial restaurant and cocktail bar adds to its unique character and charm amongst the glut of generic bars in the capital.
It is also the birthplace of the infamous “Flaming Ferrari” cocktail, a drink that is a favourite amongst city workers and royal families, and spawned countless imitations and flaming lamborginis around the world.


Nam Long also offers a private dining space for up to 20 people, or an event space for 45 people in their downstairs opium lounge
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pan-Asian, Asian, Vietnamese
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Hours of Operation
Monday — Saturday: 7pm – 2am
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Phone number
020 7373 1926
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Public Transit
Accessible by Gloucester Road, Earls Court and South Kensington tube stations.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Mon - Tue 7:00PM - 10:00PM

What 40 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.8
service
3.7
ambience
3.9
value
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M
5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Ive been coming here for nearly 10 years now, it has moved along side with its strong history smoothly. Always happy to bring friends from out of town here the food is delicious and the atmosphere is fun. Nice to get here a bit early for dinner and wait for the place to fill up over the evening. friendly service and nothing OTT!

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MN
5.0Dined on 29 May 2018

My friend and I had one of the best dinners at Nam Long. We were welcomed by friendly staff the moment we arrived and seated straight away. The food is one of the best I’ve had in London. Highly recommend the dim sum dishes, they were all great. Other highlights were the beef tataki, Saigon chicken curry and the ceviche. All were super flavourful and delicious. Service throughout the evening was also faultless. The bar started filling up later into the evening and the general atmosphere was vibrant and fun so we stayed for a few cocktails - which were also great! We’ll be back again for sure. Highly recommend Nam Long to everyone.

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JS
5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

A lovely place for dinner, surprisingly as the bar gets so much fame for its cocktails! A warm and friendly atmosphere a place to enjoy the entire evening.My favourite dish the sea bass! Didn’t expect the bar to get so busy and it does late into the night.

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3.0Dined on 22 May 2018

Our visit started off on an awkward moment when we arrived 10 minutes before our 19:00 reservation, and were brusquely told “we’re closed”, come back later. Once we came back, the service was good, food well prepared, outstanding cocktails. Great value, fresh, thoughtful food.

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J
3.0Dined on 4 December 2017

They are undergoing renovation but the food still definitely isn’t what it used to be. I’ve eaten here every time I visit London and I’m not sure what’s changed but I miss the old restaurant. Drinks are way overpriced too!

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SJ
1.0Dined on 27 October 2017

Unless you enjoy poor service and badly made cocktails, just don't go

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OT
1.0Dined on 28 August 2017

we booked a table and they confirm it. We went to the restaurant and it was closed.
open table did not seem to know anything about the restaurant closing day. Really dissapointed with the restaurant and also with opentable

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PR
5.0Dined on 30 June 2017

We had a lovely dinner and after that, we had some drinks at the bar. The food and cocktails are just great, specially the popular drink at the place "Flaming Ferrari". Everyone that pops there should try it. It's the whole Nam Long experience.

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JB
4.0Dined on 23 January 2017

It's a nice place and the food is good. Some authentic Vietnamese dishes with Chinese influence, great for a cosy evening.

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E
3.0Dined on 8 December 2016

Not a place to go for food after a certain time as it’s more a late night bar. Food is ok.

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J
4.0Dined on 19 November 2016

Great restaurant with fantastic and affordable food. The drinks were tasty and the staff was attentive! The restaurant was a bit empty, but I will try to go a bit later next time I visit the place!

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OT
2.0Dined on 27 October 2016

Has changed a lot in the past few years.

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OT
4.0Dined on 1 October 2016

Food was very nice and at a reasonable price considering the area. Cocktails were very nice too.
Restaurant was a bit quiet when we first arrived but seemed to pack out as the evening went on.

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CP
5.0Dined on 18 August 2016

We all enjoyed the really tasty food they make, one of us was vegetarian and she had good variety of choices on the menu. Spring rolls are highly recommended from everyone on our table! After dinner we had some cocktails, really good and balanced, atmosphere was great we had big fun while some of us enjoyed famous flaming ferraris accompanied by the typical Ferrari song! Great night,good price,we'll go back soon!

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EN
5.0Dined on 15 July 2016

Great restaurant, good value and delicious food. Service was good as well. Never lets us down

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EN
5.0Dined on 24 June 2016

We regularly go to Nam Long for dinner, the food is constantly amazing and we can't get enough. The service is awesome and very friendly. Highly recommended

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OT
3.0Dined on 9 June 2016

We live nearby, and pass Nam Long at least once daily, usually with a comment like "we really should try it". So we finally did. We were there on a Friday at 7:30, and the dining room was nearly empty. This is a place that is in its full glory late in the evening, we were neither surprised nor disappointed. By the time we left, 9:30, tables were filling up and there was a livelier buzz.

Appetizers were good, and were surprisingly substantial and very good- chicken satay and shrimp/avocado rolls. We started with a couple of cocktails, which were quite tasty as well. Dinner included Saigon chicken curry, and a spicy beef dish, both very good also.

Food prices were reasonable, and the food part of our bill was only 41 pounds; the cocktails, at 11 pounds each, seemed a bit pricey.

While the food was good, and prices reasonable, there are other pan-asian restaurants in the neighborhood that are equally satisfying, with a somewhat more pedestrian (and no less interesting) drink menu.

All in all, worth a visit.

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EN
5.0Dined on 14 May 2016

Our experience was incredible the food was so good I could hardly walk once done and it was great value for money! We'll definitely be back

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OT
3.0Dined on 30 April 2016

First impression was poor? we rocked up just before 7pm for a 7.15pm reservation and were told they were closed and didnt open until 7pm which left me speechless as all the staff were ready. I wasn't even asked if we had a reservation just sent away...!!! We went to the pub next door for a drink to pass away 15 minutes and came back to find it now locked up..!!! We hung around outside like a couple of spare idiots until someone came and let us in. Still wasn't asked if we had a reservation just sat down and handed menus. I must say that it would have been more traditional if some of the staff were actually Vietnamese or even close? On the plus side the food was good, however not presented very well. I wouldnt go back again becasue party going other people were dancing round the tables while I was trying to eat..? If these are the sort of clients they want fair enough but I was just trying to have a nice meal with my wife.

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2.0Dined on 29 April 2016

It's obvious the place is passed its prime. It's a bit too dark to appreciate its decorative features and the furniture is (and felt) from the 90s. That's probably when the place peaked so they're probably just coasting now.

Surprisingly, the entire waiting staff and bar crew are from Mexico. All of them nice but the waiting staff in particular seemed quite disconnected.

Maybe it was the dinner time slot (8pm) but when we got there the restaurant was nearly empty. There was only a group of dudes on one side and then us (couple) on a small table by the stairs. Not the greatest impression.

The food was average. Not bad but nothing memorable either... I literally don't remember what I ordered so that's how much of an impression the food left on me.

Two starters, two mains and two drinks - £91. Yeah, the definition of poor value.

On the other hand, the bar was buzzing so go there for drinks on a Friday night. Flaming Ferrari? Not sure it's worth the trip unless you're a wannabe junior analyst at Barclays pretending to have money to spare.

Honestly, drinks there wouldn't be my first choice considering that there's a pretty good pub next door and a cocktail bar across the street (their Voodoo Punch is gnarly!). If you're already smashed, have poor self-control and you just happen to be walking past the Nam Long Le Shaker then sure, go for it.

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DT
2.0Dined on 8 February 2016

I went for the food, not the cocktails. The food was very average, and in fact the restaurant is at the back of the room, with the pub at the front. The food arrives hot, but it does not seem fresh or made by the establishment. The shrimp rolls (dim sum) remind me of a frozen product steamed, and the chicken satay were dry. The broth for the won ton soup had no flavour. I am sure it is a great pub, but they are advertising themselves as a Chinese restaurant. It does a poor job of that.

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2.0Dined on 27 January 2016

We were the only diners and yet the service did not reflect any sensitivity to that fact. Indeed they either hovered inappropriately or weren't available for even simple things like more water.The food was cold and mediocre. Other than the quiet which was helpful for conversation, there was little to recommend this meal.

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2016

A neighbourhood hotspot which oozes sophisticated Vietnamese cuisine. There are some regular dishes from which to choose, but also some unexpected twists and specials. Service is perfect, really old school perfect, with the additional advantage of having handsome faces behind the bar to help you choose from some of the best cocktails I have ever had the pleasure of sipping my nights away on. Personally I love the warmth and the atmosphere downstairs. Great for groups or just a romantic dinner with your better half. Of course, I live nearby, but anyone would love this Chelsea institution! Highly recommended.

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OT
5.0Dined on 20 January 2016

This was my first visit to the restaurant, although the 'Flaming Ferrari' cocktail is renowned for it's potency among my friends and the place had been highly recommended to me for food and fun!
It didn't disappoint.
Despite being a relatively quiet Wednesday evening at the beginning of January, the atmosphere was relaxed and jovial.
The staff were quietly efficient and attentive; the food and drinks came quickly, the water was replenished without asking and empty plates cleared when everyone had finished (a pet peeve of mine if removed when someone is still eating...)
The food was fantastic, great for sharing and I particularly enjoyed the crispy duck and Sea bass.
Whilst I didn't brave the Flaming Ferrari, the cocktails list is plentiful, exotic and unique.
This place lures you in and keeps you there all night...

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OT
5.0Dined on 20 January 2016

The cocktails at Nam long are great. The Spring rolls are a must try!

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OT
5.0Dined on 4 January 2016

Nam Long Le Shaker is a classy bar and a neighborhood gem that has been around for 20+ years!
If it's your first time here try the: pork buns, crispy spring rolls, Siu Mai and my all time favorite the Duck salad. Everything here is very impressive, tasty and good value for money.
The cocktail list is extensive, but the Flaming Ferrari Cocktail is the one not to miss.

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OT
4.0Dined on 22 December 2015

Quiet on a weekday evening

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r
3.0Dined on 16 December 2015

i returned after a long absence, having been a regular in the 80s.
food was tasty especially the dim sum and chilli prawns, duck a bit dry. cocktails fun but weak. decor unchanged which is part of the charm. staff charming and overall it deserves to be busier!

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J
2.0Dined on 5 December 2015

Went on Saturday night. Had good reviews so thought we would give it a go. Food was generally speaking bland and over priced. Partner had a cocktail which was undrinkable and service was very poor. Waiters unattentive, disorganized, unprofessional. Needless to say we didn't pay the service charge and we won't be back.

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S
4.0Dined on 15 August 2015

Excellent value South East Asian cuisine. Good service, food and drink arrived promptly (but not hurried). Favourites in our group included spring rolls, salt and pepper squid, chicken curry and duck with pomelo.

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R
3.0Dined on 4 August 2015

Nice little spot with good, speedy service & tasty food. Great value considering location, ambience & quality of food.

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E
5.0Dined on 30 July 2015

The restaurant is now run by the daughter of the previous owner. I could not believe that the quality of food and service is even better than before. Well done!

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2015

After visiting Nam Long on a number of occasions, it definitely tops the list of my favourite spots in London. The food is utterly delicious and I would certainly recommend their pink panthers/espresso martinis for a post-dinner cocktail! Whether you're looking for relaxed fine dining in beautiful surroundings or a place to catch up with friends over a cocktail or two, you're bound to have an enjoyable night.

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M
4.0Dined on 12 May 2015

Ive heard about this place through word of mouth many times, we had a lovely meal, we got here early and it was quiet but it certainly filled up quickly. Recommending duck salad with pomelo and beef cubes oooohhh and the espresso martinis love love love :)

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J
5.0Dined on 30 April 2015

Food was great, cocktails and general atmosphere are second to none. Will definitely be returning, ideal place for a group of people.
Staff were very helpful and accomodating.
The space downstairs is ideal for parties/ large groups.

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l
4.0Dined on 16 April 2015

My boyfriend and I had dinner here on a Thursday night and the food was absolutely delicious! I would personally recommend the spring rolls, ceviche and beef stir fry! The restaurant itself has a great vibe with friendly staff. They also have a cosy bar that serves yummy cocktails, my favourite drink was the passion fruit martini!

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2015

Characterful independent venue that combines good Vietnamese / Asian food in a relaxed atmosphere and a uniquely decorated cocktail bar. Dinner was very good and the service was excellent. We stayed on for some cocktails afterwards as the bar got very lively from 10pm. We'll definitely be visiting again in the near future

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5.0Dined on 2 April 2015

Came here with a date because we wanted somewhere that had a nice bar area to hang out at after our meal. Nam Long certainly delivered! Great fun and a really friendly Chelsea crowd. We stumbled out at 2am. Thank god it was Good Friday the next day!
Recommend the cocktails and the pork buns!

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l
5.0Dined on 2 April 2015

If you want dinner in a lively and buzzing environment, Nam Long is perfect. Love the homey ambience to this place- it did become very busy throughout the night, would say quiet meal it will not be on a weekend but this is a fun place with great food.

My girlfriend and I enjoyed the Duck Pomelo salad and Roast belly pork buns. We had a brilliant time and will definitely be back for more.

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MR
1.0Dined on 21 March 2015

Noisy and noisy. Lots of noise from the bar, lots of drunk people speaking too loudly and poor food.
Service is at best fair. Overall a bad experience with over priced wine.
Avoid at all cost.

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