PAPA L's KITCHEN

4.7
178 reviews
£41 and over
African
"No Turning Tables once you've booked, the table is yours for the night"

PAPA L’s KITCHEN is a pioneer of modern African cuisine. We are passionate about creating a unique, shared dining experience, combining the exotic ingredients and flavours of Africa with cuisine from around the world. Executive Chef Lawrence Gomez has put together an exciting winter menu with some of his signature dishes such as The grilled King Tiger Prawns, Tempura Okra, BBQ Lamb Cutlets and Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry. Lawrence career started at The Ivy in West Street and he has also worked in establishments such as Sexy Fish and Scott's in Mayfair. Lawrence has just recently returned from Annabel's pop-up restaurant in Saudi Arabia where he was Executive Chef. PAPA L's creates a relax vibe with a good playlist and a very organic ambience which is part of the PAPA L's Experience. Lawrence curates the music as he used to be a DJ in the West End and The city of London for many years.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 3:00PM 6:00PM - 10:00PM

What 178 People Are Saying
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John
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great staff and service, but the menu was overpriced. There's nothing wrong with the food at all, but for what they charge, you'd just expect something a little bit better.

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vipTiffs
Yorkshire
54 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem. Everything was just brilliant. Friendly welcome on arrival, service excellent and food was fantastic. No pressure to leave your table - it’s yours for the entire evening. Great flavours in the food. Will definitely be back

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CharlesC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food but FAR too expensive! My bill for 2 plus a child was £180

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Kris
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! I could have eaten 2 whole plates of the lamb cutlets! Ambience was great and service was prompt and attentive. Would definitely go back.

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NickyW
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked PapaL's on the back of all of the reviews and we were not disappointed. Yes there was a delay between the starters and the main, but it just meant we were even more ready to be delighted all over again when the mains arrived. The starters were divine, the prawns...don't miss out on those! The short ribs and the lamb were cooked perfectly and were delicious! The puds, well we had all of those and they were equally brilliant - the passion fruit creme brulee was the best I have had for a long time.

I would definitely go back , I just need to know where they are moving to next!

Thank you for a fabulous evening full of great food and impeccable, friendly service.

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Elegantlyaw
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the cocktails. Located in a beautiful area of London, the food was delicious and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Great food, let down by slow service and lack of communication from staff about when our mains were coming. Gap of 45 mins between starter and main

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elizabethg
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, from the warmth of welcome of Bridget and the whole team to their care and attentiveness, and the real friendliness of the atmosphere. Bridget was brilliant in suggesting combinations from the menu. Everything we ate - prawns, sausages, sea bass and salmon - was utterly delicious - a distinctive and subtle mixture of flavours. A chocolate steamed pudding and a passion fruit creme brûlée were a perfect conclusion. We can’t wait to return!

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DineLDN
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed it. Great flavours. The prawns were outstanding. The portions were healthy without being too large. Service was warm and food came relatively quickly.

Sitting upstairs meant we could see into the kitchen but also that it got smoky. It was quite noisy but it was a Saturday night and there were a few large groups.

The only real criticism is that £16 for a cocktail with no specifically listed ingredients and just a fluffy description felt a bit steep.

Overall I would recommend it.

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StarDinner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I was really looking forward to coming here being an avid Insta follower, however I was really disappointed! The starter of tempura okra was pretty bland, my partner had the prawns which were delicious but the main was unremarkable (monkfish) and I didnt finish the dessert as it really wasn't to my taste. Service started well but once we ordered went decidedly cold. There was also a very long wait (over 45 mins) between the starter and the main. We were a table of four and three of us felt very underwhelmed. I was also taken aback to learn that they don't do hot drinks which I think should be a staple of any good restaurant. I do wish the restaurant and Papa L all the best, but I won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had the pleasure of sharing a wonderful evening with our amazing friends dining on the best food we have had in a long while!

Lawrence (Papa L himself) tickled our tastebuds with perfect prawns, fine fish and a selection of vegetarian and vegan options like tempura Okra that were amazing, alongside the wild fruit crumble that left us wanting more!

The restaurant is a gem at the top of Jermyn St, London with Piccadilly Circus (closest), Green Park and Leicester Square tube stations all getting you within a short walking distance to the delicacies! Parking is easy with paid bays in St James Square or single yellows (Duke of York St was a sweet find outside the pub - thank me later!)

Service was impeccable, from the warm welcome to the brilliant help we had from T, our guide through the menu, who knew every detail of the menu perfectly and explained it so passionately!

Papa L has created an oasis of a restaurant which had an uplifting vibe with Michelin standards of food that left us sated but still wanting more.

Did I tell you about the music? No? Well just know the ambience music was as good as the food, and I might just go back to Shazam all the good songs I hadn’t heard in a while!

It was the great to support a world class restaurant and entrepreneur who opened in Covid times and has persevered against all odds. The eclectic mix of patrons filling the 70+ covers showed that quality attracts all kinds when the place is just so good and welcoming!

Thanks for having us Papa and love to your crew. We will be back again soon!

All I can say is book a table asap. Whether it’s pre theatre(they open 5pm Tues - Sat), a date or just to catch up with old friends, trust me, you won’t regret it! Enjoy!

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KatR
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another trip to Papa L’s and it’s just as great at the first time. Food is delicious and consistent. Can’t wait for my next visit.

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KarinS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and great service. Try the prawns with coco bread - heavenly!

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. The staff were incredibly friendly and there was no pressure in terms of timing. Will definitely be back!!

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CAROLINEO
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Tasty Food, Great Service and Great Ambience.

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EstherA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flavours of the meals were so lovely

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VanessaN
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had such an amazing experience at Papa L’s Kitchen, the food was seasoned and cooked to perfection. I love the fusion between traditional African cuisine with a touch of western sophistication.
Everything was delicious from the starter to Desserts.
The Scallops and king prawns were to die for and the Monk fish was absolutely beautiful! The cherry on top was the banana cake and vegan caramel sauce, the mix flavours were just right! I will definitely be coming back!

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Karen
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, lamb cutlets are you die for. Everything we had was amazing and would definitely go back.

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GabrielI
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Way too expensive for what it is. Nice food but everything should cost 30-40% less

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BitcoinOla
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought 6 of my business associates and friends to dine at Papa L’s recommended by an exclusive concierge service I use. It was an amazing experience.

The food, the drinks (nice cocktails), the ambience, the staff were excellent. The quality of the food was really something to remember.

The chef came to say hello to us at our table too towards the end of the night.

We will frequent this restaurant for sure.

Try it!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was on par with the Michelin one star restaurant I visited few weeks ago (Benares Set menu). The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming. We asked how filling the mains were and got really honest answers. We also asked for specific dish recommendations. Please do go to this place and support them!! The dishes are perfectly balanced savoury, spicy, salt and sweetness. But in a unique way that you won’t get elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an absolutely delightful find this resto was. From the moment you step in you feel comfortable and are showered with attention without it being over bearing. Greetings and questions asked seem genuine rather than pre-programmed in most other places. The place is small and simple but makes up for it in many other ways. Food was delicious, very well prepared with flavours not to be found easily elsewhere. Thumbs up. Will happily recommend this place to anyone.

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DeborahO
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treated my mum and aunty to a spectacular meal, well cooked with love and Chef L came out to greet customers. Cant wait to visit myself

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SWhite
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very friendly staff and a good and different menu. We will definitely go again.

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NatsayiS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food - absolutely outstanding. Lovely staff, and the head chef is fantastic.

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Steph
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I've had in Central London in a very long time. Been here twice and will be back again soon.

Messed up my booking and arrived a week early, the staff still accommodated us.

Can't fault this place.

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vipIbadanboy
London
48 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service by Samira. She was friendly, helpful, attentive, professional and knowledgeable.

The food was outstanding. All our dishes came on time and were delightfully presented.

Tasty, healthy, well proportioned and nicely presented, we enjoyed our meals immensely.

We will definitely be back.

Thank you 🙏🏽

DC
DougieandCo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had birthday meal with friends - food was absolutely amazing, think we tried most of the menu and everyone at the table raved about their dishes. Cocktails also very tasty! Service was super friendly and welcoming - very relaxed atmosphere with a superb playlist. Would recommend without hesitation and looking forward to a return trip!

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KemKem
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Papa L never disappoints , amazing food and drinks . Everything was perfect , great portion sizes and the flavours of each dish erupted in my mouth . I will be back very soon !

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vipjuwo
London
61 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Above all else, the food at "Papa L's Kitchen" is exceptionally delicious. The flavour-combinations are ingenious and work very well, while remaining identifiable, delivering a refined take on West African cuisine. From the relatively limited wine list, the rose Pinot Grigio is both superb value and pairs supremely well with all dishes. I'll most definitely be returning soon!

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CassA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my team and daughter here for dinner, had a really lovely time. Lovely waiting staff, great music and cocktails. The food was amazing - especially the prawns and short rib. Can’t wait to come back and try more dishes. Thank you to the Chef.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot! Great food, superb ambiance and wonderful service!

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FayH
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was absolutely amazing. I will definitely be going again. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Gutted I missed the summer menu.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I thought the food was lovely however, not worth the price of what your getting....a little bit disappointed! Waited ages for drinks (1 guy making them behind the bar) £30 for 3 tiny lamb chops and then you pay extra for your sides..which I think should have more options. Given that we waited ages for our mains..it was then given to people next to us, had to wait ages again to get our meal, we got an apology and a drink on the house which was nice but it just took ages.. Quite more so disappointed despite mentioning it was a special occasion (friends 30th birthday) NOTHING was done to celebrate that, not even a little dessert with a candle! Sorry having read great reviews.. I was not very amazed with the restaurant and service..

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CollP
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant! We had such a lovely lunch! The food and cocktails were gorgeous and the chef is a genius with flavour. Everything complemented each other beautifully (a guy at the next table asked for salt at the beginning of the meal and shamefacedly admitted he'd had no need for it at the end!). Also the staff were awesome- so warm and friendly. This is a gem and we WILL be back. Thank you.

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anonymous
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food as one of my chefs said - a hidden gem

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Dolores
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Ordered the short rib- delicious! The starters were also well executed and presented superbly.

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vipnubian77
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing - particularly recommend the lamb chops and the beef ribs ! The service was great as well, the waitress was so friendly, welcoming and attentive to our every request. Definitely coming back !

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AwaB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From starter to dessert, everything was tasty. Try the King Prawn, they are delicious !!

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Cliff
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a Hidden Gem.
Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Food was excellent and full of flavours.
This was a lovely experience.
We will visit again.

FAQs

PAPA L's KITCHEN is rated 4.7 stars by 178 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.