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“Where is the Island experience ?”
Review of Ayanna's London

Ayanna's London
Ranked #8,531 of 25,413 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$20 - US$30
Cuisines: Caribbean, Jamaican
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Chef Collin Brown Caribbean Restaurant in London's eastern Poplar neighbourhood is a fine dining Caribbean restaurant with and AA rosette, the only Caribbean restaurant in the world to be so honoured. Its award-winning chef, Collin Brown, has three times been voted Caribbean Chef of the Year and has created a sophisticated, upmarket restaurant with a laid-back vibe and funky, fashionable d��cor. Luxuriant wallpapers, touch-me furnishings and immaculate tableware lend a sensuous air while the buzz of happy clientele keeps things upbeat. With a passion for intensely-flavoured Caribbean cookery, Collin Brown brings together the contemporary and the traditional for a unique experience of his one time home. From jerk chicken to curried goat to simple steamed sea bass, Chef Collin Brown���s menu is a celebration of tropical flavours both classic and new, in a fine Docklands location.
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

This was my second visit to this restaurant and I’m disappointed to say that the second experience was even worse than the first! Came here for a family members birthday and we had all pre booked and pre paid for our meals.

You either had the option of paying £40 for a two course meal or £45 for a three course meal. So imagine going with a partner, excluding your drinks, you’ve very easily found yourself racking up a £90 bill. By the time drinks are added you’ve very easily gone into the ££ Hundreds! With the meal being more on the pricey end, and for a restaurant to claim they are “fine dining” without a doubt I am expecting the experience to be worth the money.

However, the restaurant was heavily short staffed to the point that the bartender was in between two roles of bartending and waitressing. The entire time spent at the restaurant there were only 4 different members of staff visible in the restaurant,who had to shift between roles. Of course, this had a dramatic effect in the quality of customer service which was consequently offered. Despite having already pre ordered our meals, we were left waiting 90 minutes before starters began coming out of the kitchen.

I ordered the “cheesy lobster” which was dressed up nicely on a fancy plate but as a Bon vivant, it was simply cheddar cheese melted over lobster dressed up to be more than it was.

After starters were eaten, it took almost another 40 mins for our “pre ordered” meals to come out. The rice which accompanied the main meals did not bring back the familiar and warm flavours you would typically get with a Jamaican curry/ jerk chicken. It was bland, had very little flavour to the point where the taste was almost gentrified. It lacked the authenticity and rich taste of Jamaican flavours. The jerk chicken was overly glazed in a sweet sauce and was not “jerked” enough. It had more of a zesty after taste.

Contributing to the whole experience was the lack of air conditioning, in a restaurant which supposedly offers a fine dining experience, to have guests sweat whilst attempting to enjoy a nice meal is quite a disgrace. Amidst the grandness of the decoration, a modern air conditioning would have easily fitted onto the roof, making he experience just that more bearable.

I think the concept of pre ordering meals was lost to Ayanna’s. Even after guests chose their meals in advance, to have to wait over an hour to eat is shambolic. If only the same urgency was applied as it was when requesting that each guest pay first.

If I was to bring my own friends for an authentic and rich experience trying out Jamaican food, Ayanna’s would unfortunately not be a contender.

2  Thank Temi O
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Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Been from Jamaica I have always avoided, jamaican restaurants "why buy something that I or mum can probably cook better"
Convinced by friend to try this restaurant, and was pleasantly surprised. Food was on point and plenty. Trust me you do not need a starter (but you can take away what you don't eat)
The cocktails was excellent as was the service.
Will definitely be going back, and back well at least until I have tried all their main.
You need to try you will not be disappointed.

Thank eabdullie
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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

This is my first visit under Ayannas Resturant. I am happy to say it won’t be the last. Staff are most welcoming, My Seabass was fab and portions were great I was super stuffed. One critic would be the coleslaw it needed to be more flavoursome with a Caribbean twist, something was missing for me.
Cocktail maker, shaker went down a treat. Staff made sure they accommodated the celebrants. Pianist & Singer was added bonus to the setting.
Resturant Highly recommended and price is just what you expect to pay for fine dining. I will post to my what’s app business group . Keep up the good work ..

Thank CJay J
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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

I have been to Ayanna around 5 times now and was very much looking forward to visiting again. As usual the food was amazing, great drinks and great dessert.

The menu prices have had a sharp increase, either the owners are ripping off customers or rent has dramatically increased? A two course which was reasonably priced at £25 is now £40! Ayannas food is great however they are no Mayfair luxury restaurant and have no right charging such price for carribean food. The restuarant had no customers at the time which maybe linked to the absurd price increase coupled with the fact its in the middle of nowhere!

Again i was also dissapointed with the amount of service charge they include in the bill. Our bill came up to £140 which included £15 service charge! You can go to Novikov or The Shard and pay cheaper service charge and cheaper overall bill.

Word of advice for Ayanna owners:

You will suffer to keep repeat customers with the new menu, all businesses need money however your pricing strategy is not realtistic at all and sees very amateurish. It is hard enough to get to the restaurant as you have zero parking yet alone the silly prices for food that isnt that hard to cook.

Great food however i will not go back, you can go to many carribean restuarants across London and pay 80% less than what Ayanna currently charge.

4  Thank danny F
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Wow, wow and wow.

Visited Ayanna's with 7 members of my family for birthday and mother's day celebrations.

Booking was made online and straightforward. They accommodated my changing booking times....blame the family!

Pros
Warm and welcoming arrival
Glass of Procesco on arrival for all Mothers
Nice children's meal
Ordered duck noodles for starter. Lovely presentation. Dishes were lovely that the starters were served in. At first I thought the portion sizes were small, but need not have worried as the mains were plentiful
Main was curry goat with rice and peas...and a side of Mac and cheese. The main was delicious. Others in the party had jerk chicken, lamb and were equally impressed.
Presentation of food was wonderful... meat is served in a filo pastry bowl

We didn't have dessert as had birthday cake instead.

Singer with saxophonist and pianist were and added touch
Decor and ambience were lovely. It's a small restaurant with a cosy feel.
I found out it is a family restaurant, always good to support independent businesses. Waitress I think was eldest daughter and she was a great host.

Cons
Parking....took 20 minutes to find a space which ended up being the Ibis hotel for £5 an hour. Would book an uber in the future.

Set menu was £45/£55 for mother's day instead of the usual £25/35 which is fine for a special occasion

This was my first visit and I will definitely be back.

Thank HomeisLDN
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