The Exotic Fitzrovia Restaurant With Crocodile On The Menu

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Archipelago is certain to give your tastebuds a workout.

Well, here’s a few dishes you certainly won’t find on Deliveroo. Archipelago is a rather fancy restaurant which specialises in serving foods you won’t find anywhere else in the world, and some of them are a little…out there. You know you’re in for an experience when the starters include crispy zebra jerky and python carpaccio. And that’s just the beginning of your culinary journey.

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Python carpaccio. Photo: @andrilicous

At Archipelago, the mains range from the fairly normal (Massaman chicken) to the downright outlandish (marinated kangaroo skewers). Anyone hankering for a true taste of Peru can plump for the jerked alpaca, served with cornmeal slices and buttermilk jelly. For something with a little more snap, why not try the crocodile curry? Be warned though: it’s got a bit of a bite…

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Once upon a time, this was a kangaroo… Photo: @mlleprincess

Archipelago also has some suitably wacky side dishes to supplement your feasting. The love bug salad is a mix of mealworms and crickets, and it’s almost a meal itself. Gotta get that protein somehow!

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Photo: @ross_taylor21

Dessert at Archipelago looks pretty tame by comparison. Chocolate and cardamom souffle, frozen berries in chocolate sauce, it all sames rather normal. Oh wait, I’ve just seen the chocolate covered scorpions. Well played, Archipelago, well played.

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Photo: @hungryforker

As you may have noticed, Archipelago is a vegan’s worst nightmare, what with all the exotic meat. For those with a strong stomach, it’s a foodie expedition that will take you all over the world. Remember though: if things at Archipelago ever get too much, you can always go back to the midweek Nandos…

Location: 53 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4JJ. Nearest station is Goodge Street. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: It’s open for lunch on weekdays from 12-2:30pm. From Monday to Saturday, the evening sitting is from 6-10:30pm, and it’s closed on Sundays.
Price: A la carte starters begin at £8.50, mains start at £16, and desserts begin at £6.50.
More information: from their website.

Featured image: @roman_benda

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Alex Landon

Alex Landon

Although Alex spent most of his life in Somerset and Durham, London is (almost) in his name, so he relocated to Clapham and fell in love with it. However, this has put him dangerously close to Infernos... You'll find him eating all of London's street food, lost in a bookshop, or shouting at his beloved ice hockey team, the Minnesota Wild.

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