Nancy Lam's Enak Enak

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362 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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Indonesian
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
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You may recognise celebrity chef Nancy Lam from her Channel 5 show. What better way to try her unique Indonesian and Far Eastern cooking than in her own family-run restaurant. At Enak Enak (Indonesian for "yummy yummy") she serves honest, healthy meals in a smart, homely setting. Favourites include her famous satay, barbecued prawns and home-made sorbet. Everything is cooked fresh and its best to come with good company and a mind to relax. This isn't the place for a quick bite. The eccentric star occasionally comes out of the kitchen to chat with excited diners, the majority of whom are locals. Marco Pierre White regularly brings his family here. The lovely staff have a talent for remembering your name and helping you enjoy yourself. Please note we now accept Bitcoin.
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HB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You must come here! The food is terrific but Nancy, herself, makes the experience - what a character!
Service is excellent and the place is bright, cheery and clean.

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E
London
52 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This place is definitely worth a visit. Lovely food and charming service, and Nancy is quite a character. The prices are very reasonable as well.

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N
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife myself and a friend had been there ages ago and were happy to come back. We love the food and Mancy is a wonderful host. She is a woman of class and character and the food is excellent.
Highly recommended!
We will be back!

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Liverpool
8 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very tasty but the staff really made the experience - especially Nancy who was a fantastic host. We ended up speaking to her for 30 minutes before we left with sore sides from laughing!

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AG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was really top-notch. Utterly delicious.
Us two girlfriends shared chicken satay, beef rendang, nasi goreng, withak choi on the side and a selection of 4 coconut themed desserts.

All really delicious, warm spicy flavouring rather than fierce heat.

And Nancy was there! Think she cooked!

It felt a bit quiet which was a shame as her food is so much better than many other places of repute.

Will definitely go back!

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r
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Such a lovely place, the staff are the best part!

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

This place offers good Indonesian INSPIRED dishes. But if you are missing authentic Indonesian food, you'll be disappointed.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely food, it's not cheap but oh so tasty! Nancy's is definitely worth travelling across London for.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tasty food, loved the Indonesian decor, and the staff including Nancy Lam herself were very accommodating, friendly and polite. I hope more people visit this charming restaurant!

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MK
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All of us had a really great time. Nancy was a wonderful hostess and the food was great. Hope to rebook another visit.

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m
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

just saying it was NOT ENAK AT ALL like not even a lil

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food , lovely staff and even Nancy was there herself to say hello.

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RT
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I first went to Nancy Lams 15 years ago for our first wedding anniversary, it was brilliant then andI am so pleased it has not changed a bit. Food was/is amazing, very authentic. Service is friendly and professional, and great fun. It is well worth the trip for amazing food in a family environment...One of my favourites restaurants.

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r
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went for a Birthday meal and had a lovely time, Restaurant was quiet but still great fun. The owner was around and we had lots of lovely chats. It was the best night out we had in ages so well done. We will be returning again soon. the food was delicious

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RH
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been going to Nancy's for probably around 30 years.
Great food - always delivers excellent flavours and quality
Nancy as everyone knows is a 'genial' host!! Ben cooks the food wonderfully well and the girls look after you at the table (Nancy too on occasions)
Well worth a visit.

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TK
London
30 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very tricky to write a review about this place as it lives on Nancy's character and on some fairly authentic dishes. The place is self feels a bit rundown and service was slow too. The dinners on the evening seemed to be mainly regulars. Some dishes are good enough for London where (unlike other ethnic food) you dont find too many well executed authentic Indonesian/Malay dishes. Why she adds Thai dishes in the menu is beyond me. Nancy herself is a character which makes the visit quite entertaining. Would I travel across town for it? No.

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RK
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lavender Hill old stager still expertly managed by eponymous chef. Great food, excellent wine list. Ambience still firmly anchored in the late 1980's but that was perfect for this example of Gen X.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Indonesian food served well and tasted as it should. Good atmosphere and friendly service. We enjoyed our evening and shall return and will recommend to friends and family.

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AA
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really great and Nancy was amazing. There were 6 of us and we all had an amazing time.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I used to watch Nancy on TV with my family back in the day. Her personality was vibrant, and her food always looked delicious!
It's fair to say, that I was rather disappointed with my dining experience. We didn't feel very welcomed to begin with due to the long awkward silences when being served by Nancy herself! The food size was small and though the main was quite tasty, everything else was pretty average - like a standard takeaway from a random Thai place. I would have loved to make this place a regular as it's very near to our location, but we won't be returning.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and really good quality.
The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, almost homely.
We were not rushed and the service was good.

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K
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very nice food. The atmosphere was lacking as not many diners to appreciate it!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nancy and staff made our welcome appealing friendly and extremely appreciative.

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T
London
19 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very warm experience with Nancy adding a special touch to our experience.
Very funny and friendly!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, served by celebrity chef Nancy Lam herself. She spent a long time talking to us and telling us stories as well as providing a free birthday dessert with candles. Fantastic atmosphere and service with a great host.

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LR
London
50 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was a lovely evening in Enak Enak. The food was delicious. Nancy was fun and very friendly. I will definitely go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Team was warm, welcoming & very hospitable. I went for my mothers birthday, where a happy birthday chant & cake were supplied by the front of house team.

Food was Outstanding!!!!
Perfect Blend Of Herbs & Spices

Will definitely be returning soon,

Thank You Everyone At Enak Enak

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Nancy is full of character. One of the best restaurants in London, beef randang, pak choi, coconut rice, cashew chicken, so so delicious.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was slow and we got our food really late. We came in when threes only two customers in the restaurant. The waiter took our order then another couple turn up and they got their food first. Our grandchildren ere really hungry but when the food turn up; it's all blend and less than ordinary. Also; with the high bill; they really not value for money. We certainly not coming back there!

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MJ
Kent
44 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Been meaning to come for ages and have read some amazing reviews so perhaps was expecting a little more but it was just fine, nothing more. Food was ok. I enjoyed the tempura veg starter more than my main. It was a spicy chicken dish that just lacked a punch of flavour and the chicken was a little slimy. My friends seemed to enjoy their dishes a bit more.

White wine was decent and well priced and the service was friendly and prompt.

It was surprisingly quiet for a Friday evening and there was no sign of Nancy so perhaps on a busier evening the ambience would have been better. It's a simple, honest place so if you are looking for somewhere trendy or high end this is not the place for you.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a family of 5 persons and everybody was satisfied by the dishes and by Nancy and her daughter. Very nice people. Nancy was so friendly with us.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic food! And Mrs Nancy Lam is such a warm and funny lady!

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing food and lovely service, hugely recommend!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have had the pleasure of having Nancy every time I have visited. She brings a great warmth and pleasure to the dinning experience. It is by far one of the best places for Indonesian and South East Asian cuisine. Everything is fresh and delightful. Recommend it for vegetarian, groups, romantic or just causal evenings.

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PH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thus was our 2nd visit to Nancys restaurant as I was a HUGE fan of the shows she and Ben did on the tv years ago (This is now our "Go-to" restaurant whenever we're in London now)
The front of house are Nancys 2 daughters who greet u with the widest smiles as u arrive and are ALWAYS on hand to answer any questions u may have.
Whilst the menu is not the largest I've ever seen,it covers all the bases (there was 6 of us this visit,so we just got a selection of starters and 6 various dishes with coconut rice)
DELICIOUS
Some of our group hadn't been before and Nancy was more than happy to pose for photos with them
I think we were about the £200 mark for everything including drinks which I think is TREMENDOUS value for London.
I CANT recommend this restaurant highly enough and will be booking the next time we're back in London.
Thanks Nancy. YOURE THE BEST X

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DH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting and different tastes. Will come back

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PH
London
30 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Perfect neighbourhood local. The most delicious Sambal Prawns

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at Nancy Lams. Nancy was her usual charming self and made us feel welcome and valued.

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