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PAPA L's KITCHEN, St James's, London

PAPA L's KITCHEN

4.6
4.6
283 Reviews
£41 and over
African

*BUY 1 GET 1 FREE ON OUR SELECTED SIGNATURE COCKTAILS EVERY WEDS-SAT BETWEEN 5-7PM FOR THE REST OF MAY*

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 Honey Glazed Salmon. Lawrence's 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.



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Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    African, International, West African

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 17:00–23:30

  • Phone number

    020 7434 3697

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Lawrence Gomez

  • Private party facilities

    Available upon request - please direct all enquiries to www.papalskitchen.com/bookings

  • Area

    St. James's

  • Parking Details

    Mon - Sat 8:30am - 6:30pm Pay By Phone Max Stay 4 Hours

  • Public Transit

    TRAINS - Piccadilly Circus (1min walk) Buses: 12, 88, 94, 453, 8, 9, 139 and 159

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Cocktails - Buy one get 2nd one half price

    Multiple dates available
    Cocktails - Buy one get 2nd one half price 5-7pm every Wednesday-Saturday.

Popular dishes

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 283 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. RR

    RebeccaR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was 10 out of 10. Especially our waiter.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely incredible experience. We were welcomed by friendly staff, had a very professional waiter who was very informative, the cocktails were addictive and the food heavenly. It's wasn't the cheapest meal out, but was worth every penny! PAPA L's KITCHEN IS A MUST

  3. A

    Adina

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenal food, attentive service and excellent playlist. Can’t wait to visit again!

  4. P

    Prawnhead

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Staff very polite and welcoming. Food good and served in timely manner.

  5. AD

    AndrewD

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding experience. 2nd time of going, just as good as the first!

  6. RM

    RochelleM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Such a beautiful meal to celebrate my Cousin’s birthday. She had been so looking forward to finally attending (for over a year!) and it was absolutely worth the anticipation. Every mouthful was divine. I still cannot get over my prawn starter - wow! In fact, all we mainly spoke about the entire meal was how amazing the food was! We will definitely be returning and recommending to others. ALL the staff were so friendly and professional! Thank you so much! Wonderful manager who remembered my name and came with a warm smile. Papa himself was also very professional and kind enough to take a picture with the Birthday Girl which absolutely made her day. A really wonderful evening. So happy for Papa to have his own establishment in such an affluent area. Well deserved! Thank you again to the entire team.

  7. PQ

    PriQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely splendid - Papa L have definitely gained a new customer! Thanks for making my friends birthday extra special with her dessert message Everything in terms of the quality of food, service, staff were all amazing!

  8. C

    Christie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I honestly can’t express enough how fantastic Papa L’s is. The food was superb. The quality of the ingredients, the amount of unique choices on the menu, the presentation. All surpassed our expectations - and our expectations were high! The highlight is the fusion of different cuisines together. You can clearly taste different worlds in your dish, but they marry them up seamlessly and each course is an experience. Papa L’s is the perfect choice for all occasions in London. It’s lively but not too loud, so it’s perfect for a pre or post theatre dinner, somewhere to celebrate a special occasion or a lovely meal before heading for a night out. We’ll definitely be revisiting!

  9. L

    Londondiner

    London

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Really interesting menu and the food was great. The prawn starter was a stand out dish for us both, super tasty. The service was efficient but our waiter seemed quite disinterested and when I asked if the wine by the glass was dry he said ‘I don’t know, I don’t drink wine’, which really wasn’t helpful. Despite that, the general atmosphere was good and the food really memorable so would recommend.

  10. LR

    LemayR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was a pleasant surprise. The food was amazing and the service impeccable.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    20 pct tip added to bill was a shock and inappropriate

  12. LW

    LukaszW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, great depth of taste. Staff very nice and helpful. One of the few places where food and atmosphere in the heart of London make you want to come back ... I recommend it to all those who appreciate culinary artistry and atmosphere.

  13. n

    nads100

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Loved the experience and the food was delicious. The cocktails were really nice too. Staff and team friendly and very helpful. The desert was the only disappointing course( the brownie). I missed the chocolate pudding with rum flavoured custard for last summer menu. That was amazing!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb food . Superb service . Fabulous few hours spent there with my partner . We loved it & will be back Myrtle & the rest of the team were just wonderful. Thank you for looking after us

  15. JL

    JulienL

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    We had a fantastic time as always! Excellent new dishes and cocktails. A must try!!

  16. P

    Private

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My Husband and I was walking past Papa L's Kitchen and we were intrigued by the menu. The Manager welcomed us in and we started to engage with the staff; where they went into detail on the history of the restaurant. The reception we received from the staff that day, enabled us to make the decision that we would celebrate our first Wedding Anniversary. We ate at Papa L's Kitchen on 2nd April and enjoyed everything from the staff, to the drinks, the food (especially the final touches to my desert!) and the ambience. We will definitely be going back to dine there!

  17. SN

    SusanN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service. Will definitely be back.

  18. LH

    LHS123

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went here for dinner before the theatre and had an amazing time. The service was brilliant, cocktails were delicious and the food was really faultless. A little on the pricey side but given the really tasty food, great service and the lovely setting it felt worth it. Can't wait to go back.

  19. SR

    SarahR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time at Papa L's! The staff were really friendly and welcoming and the food was absolutely delicious. They went above and beyond to ensure we had an enjoyable experience and I'm looking forward to going back!

  20. J

    Jsara

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really good food. It was my 1st time indulging in Gambian cuisine and i will definitely come back foe more! The staff was amazing!

  21. NK

    NikK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic experience, would really recommend this restaurant to anyone! We had a fun Saturday night. Service was attentive and joyful. The Prawns were delicious and I have thought about them daily since having them.

  22. TA

    TemidayoAjayi

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was wonderful. I love supporting my people. Bringing my boyfriend here for his birthday 🎂

  23. TM

    TraceyM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely attentive staff, beautiful food. Our waiter was the best and made our group feel very special ❤️

  24. A

    Aaliyah

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent evening and not a single complaint or suggestion. Food and drinks were fantastic. Staff were lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will be returning

  25. MM

    MwilaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Food and drinks were tasty, good vegan options too. I was a bit shocked by how high the bill was, over £500 for a table of 6 with some of us only have 1 course and drinking mocktails.

  26. LC

    LindaC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    A lovely evening out with great food, good service in a relaxing environment. We did not feel rushed at anytime and the staff could not do enough for us. Excellent fusion of African and French cuisine. Cannot wait to try the new menu that comes out later this week. Shout out to the young waiters who served us

  27. SD

    SofyaD

    London

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1

    We had high hopes for the only High end African restaurant in central london but by the end we were feeling rather ripped off… their starts were good, we had prawns in galic sauce and honestly it was great (hence 2 stars not 1) but then it went downhill drastically: we waited over an hour for our main course (we both ordered fish) and when it arrived it looked so underwhelming - but also it had Nothing to do with African cuisine - my white fish was in some sort of broth, my friends salmon in glazing - no spices no African twist to it - very very bland! The service itself needs work as well: the young boys were not properly trained. The lady manager was almost passive aggressive about our late food. By the end we didn’t really understand what we were eating (my friend is Congolese and my husband is Nigerian so we know a thing or two about African food) and the prices!!!!!! I honestly don’t mind paying for authentic , good food - £100,£200 for a meal is ok! But here with 2 GTs we had to pay almost £200 and we were both shocked - not the place itself, nor the food or service warrants this kind of pricing. A total miss and I will stick to my east london and authentic African restaurants. This one is total rubbish

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, lovely staff, good vibes and music.. Highly recommend

  29. NR

    NotRudeHonest

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The service was excellent! The staff were very attentive and knew the menu very well, so they were able to make informed recommendations. The food was also very good so it was a great experience all around.

  30. j

    johnw

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2

    It was fun to try something different, but I'm not sure why this place has been reviewed so highly. The "Coco Bread" (£3.75) looked - and tasted - like a slightly dry, misshapen bap. The soup was great - probably the highlight of the meal. The "Tempura Kanja (okra) with lemon and homemade chilli salt" was decent - but nothing to write home about. The mains were underwhelming. It was pretty loud - and we were downstairs: upstairs was worse! Service was friendly, if a little erratic and slow.

  31. h

    haganemmin

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Online menu very misleading; they don’t have the majority of the items in-house. Furthermore, a number of items were sold out at 8pm on Saturday! Overall, high-end price without high end-service isn’t a winning combination.

  32. TA

    TemidayoAjayi

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Coming here again. Attentive staff that made dinners' experience personable. Mouth watering flavours in every dish and drink.First experience of fine dining and will definitely come again. The head chef and his team are making a name for themselves. 10/10

  33. A

    Ajei

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing and the service exceptional. Booked it for a friend’s birthday - we were a bit late due to confusion but staff were very accommodating.

  34. FG

    FoodGuy

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2

    Food is top quality, however staff and feel of the restaurant are lacking what you would expect from a restaurant this expensive.

  35. MA

    MaxA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Unique is the way to describe this restaurant, the food is outstanding, we were 4 settings and took a different starter and main course each, I genuinely enjoyed everything that was served up, the wine list is very limited, but that makes choosing a wine a simple affair, although the delivery of the wine was amusing to observe, as the waiting staff seemed confused by everything ..which was not in the slightest irritating, more like entertainment. the setting is fairly basic considering the address in London, and the very high prices, however because there is no linen tablecloths and only paper napkins there is consequently no dress code to consider. Highly Recommended

  36. GG

    GGKG

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Went for a birthday lunch on Friday. Restaurant was fairly busy. Great music. Nice food. I had scallops to start, monk fish for main (small portion) guest had plantain chips and prawns. We had 3 cocktails and a glass of prosecco. Bill came to £150!!!!. Way too expensive.

  37. PB

    PatrickB

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Do yourself a favour and try all the starters (apart from the soup unless very friendly with your dining companions!) as a sharing experience, and do try the prawns. I had the BBQ lamb chops that were absolutely lovely. Would absolutely recommend to one and all.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another wonderful meal at Papa L's Kitchen. Food was delicious especially the grilled king prawns, a must have dish. Had the beef short ribs, absolutely divine. The service is exceptional, staff are warm, professional and engaging. Altogether a perfect evening

  39. R

    Rati

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Really lovely food, staff and atmosphere. Not cheap. But excellent food and a great investment in something a bit different.

  40. C

    Coco

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent! Every dish was really tasty.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

PAPA L's KITCHEN is rated 4.6 stars by 283 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for PAPA L's KITCHEN

16-17 Jermyn Street St James's, London SW1Y 6LT

Additional information

  • Area

    St. James's

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 17:00–23:30

  • Cuisines

    African, International, West African

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Mon - Sat 8:30am - 6:30pm Pay By Phone Max Stay 4 Hours

  • Public Transit

    TRAINS - Piccadilly Circus (1min walk) Buses: 12, 88, 94, 453, 8, 9, 139 and 159

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Lawrence Gomez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7434 3697

  • Private party facilities

    Available upon request - please direct all enquiries to www.papalskitchen.com/bookings

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