New bar spy - Zuaya

This restaurant is serving elevated Latin American dishes in slinky surroundings


Last updated . By Anisah Audu.


Now Open

If you thought that Kensington had enough foodie spots, think again. Zuaya has officially opened its doors and it's bringing you creative dishes in beautiful settings. The luxurious interior boasts a marble bar, velvet seating and lush greenery, plus at the weekend, you can listen to live jazz and DJs. The restaurant was founded by Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi, who have brought head chef Francisco Lafee on board, and he has an impressive background working at some of the best restaurants in Spain and Peru; like the world-famous El Celler de Can Roca which is currently ranked number 2 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, as well as London's Barrafina and Ember Yard.

Lafee has created an enticing menu of innovative Latin American sharing plates, combining flavours from places like Mexico and Peru. The beautifully presented dishes include the signature octopus which is grilled on a Japanese robata and served with potato cream, aji amarilo, chimchurri, mint and garlic, as well as, Zuaya ceviche which features wild turbot infused with tropical fruit. You'll want to leave room for the moreish dulce de leche with guava milk ice cream, creamy ricotta and yoghurt. Cocktails are just as inventive; there's an Azteca Garden which is a spirited mix of Bourbon, fig jam and Limoncello.