The Jazz Cafe: "Enjoy a meal with your music" Top 5 Page for this destination London Nightlife Tip by toonsarah

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The Jazz Café in Camden is a music venue with a bit of a difference, as if you want to you can combine attending a concert with a meal. The ground floor of this small club is kept clear for those who want to stand but up on the first floor balconies overlook the stage and tables can be reserved. If you opt to do this, your ticket price includes £16.50 towards the cost of your meal, which is in fact the cost of any main course ? so you will pay extra on the night for any starters or desserts, or any drinks consumed. This means it isn?t exactly a budget night out, but it is a great experience if your budget will stretch to it. And if not, downstairs is pretty atmospheric too, and they have some great acts.

On our recent visit we were excited to find that we had a famous in the restaurant area ? Brian Eno was seated at the next table. He was clearly a friend of the band playing that night, and spent a fair part of the evening taking pictures of them (while I sneaked a few of him ? see photos 2 and 3).

The menu varies seasonally but can best be described as international with an American edge. As examples, starters on the current list include ?Crisp Creole spiced baby squid with homemade roasted garlic mayo? and ?New Orleans style potted crab & crayfish with sweet corn & coriander relish, toasted sour dough?, while for a main course you might choose ?Bourbon glazed 16oz beef short ribs, homemade sweet potato fries & red cabbage coleslaw? or ?Crisp Cajun spiced cod fillet with Louisiana style jambalaya of chicken, spicy sausage & prawns?. Sounds delicious!

Dress Code: There's no obvious dress code but most people in the restaurant area had made a bit of an effort the night we were there.

Address: 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG
Directions: The nearest tube station is Camden Town (Northern line) ? you can see the Jazz Café from the station exit
Theme: Concert

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 12, 2011
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