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10 Devonshire Square
020 7929 5533
An oasis in the heart of the City
Evoking the energy and passion of the Maghreb, Kenza, a stunning new restaurant and late night lounge bar on Devonshire Square, is a welcome contrast to the formal surroundings of the City.
Meaning ‘treasure’ in Arabic, this richly decorated den of decadence offers a sumptuous escape to the exotic through a profusion of colour and lavish design. Serving opulent Middle Eastern cuisine and the finest infused cocktails, diners will savour the very essence of Lebanese and Moroccan hospitality.
With private dining rooms, alcoves and a capacious bar, Kenza is both versatile and sophisticated making it suitable for a host of dining and drinking occasions from delicious business lunches and Moroccan-style afternoon tea to evening drinks, mezza and fabulous feasts.
Entered via a dramatic arched doorway, Kenza’s elaborate interiors are the inspiration of owner and restaurateur Tony Kitous. Having extensively traveled through Morocco and Lebanon, every element has been carefully chosen with commissioned pieces creating one of the City’s most unique venues. Beautiful lamps, hand painted tiles, intricate carving and dark woods are brought to life by vivid embroidered fabrics, sweetly perfumed incense, rose petals and candlelight. As guests descend the spiral staircase to the restaurant and lounge, the attention to detail and painstaking planning is immediately apparent.
In the expansive bar, low crimson seating divides the space under a breathtaking chandelier of brass and coloured beads. A haven for a cool and chic crowd, the bar is an ideal retreat for those looking for somewhere different to go throughout day. From lunchtime drinks to afternoon pauses, post work mingling and evening celebrations, Kenza has everything to offer the more discerning.
For more intimate moments, cosy alcoves of cushioned seating provide stylish hideaways for couples and small groups. As the night draws in, belly dancers hypnotise the hedonistic and get the party going. Ambient music expertly mixed by resident DJs creates an irresistible atmosphere enticing guests to stay into the early hours.
With a range of delicious cocktails, must-try contemporary concoctions include the deluxe Malika – Perriet Jouet grand brut NV with Henessy Fine de Cognac VS, chambord liqueur and fresh plum and strawberry purée; Rihana – Zubrowka bison grass vodka with basil, Manzana apple liqueur, apple juice, caster sugar and fresh lime; and Zayna – Corralejo tequila, Tuaca liqueur, elderflower cordial and caster sugar.
Separated by an ornate screen, festooned with the hand of Fatima to ward off the evil eye, Kenza’s restaurant embodies the ethos of sharing. From long tables to generous booths, parties of all sizes can make the most of each other’s company whilst banqueting on expertly prepared menus courtesy of Lebanese-born head chef Jad Youssef.
An exercise in contrasts, the cuisine combines subtle scents with complex spices, traditional ingredients with innovative dishes. Beginning with a generous bowl of crudités, breads and pickles on arrival, indulgence is encouraged with menus including myriad mezza, carefully crafted mains and traditional desserts.
Most diners will be tempted by one of Kenza’s expertly crafted feast menus. Specially created to showcase the restaurant’s finest offerings and tempt guests to try something new, each menu guides tables of two or more through a variety of flavours from Morocco and Lebanon. Dishes are brought to the table in a continuous flow in the traditional manner of a Middle Eastern home, with the range of feasts catering for meals of all sizes.
Signature mezza includes seasoned minced lamb, pine nuts and tahini flat bread; deep-fried baby tiger prawns with crispy aubergines and spicy sauce; and sautéed chicken liver with garlic and pomegranate molasses. Mains include charcoal grilled fish and meats, mouth-watering tagines as well as large offerings including whole slow roasted shoulder of lamb with apricots, figs, dates and prunes. Fresh fruit platters with orange blossom water, mint tea and a selection of Arabic sweets, including baklawa, Turkish delight and pistachios complete every meal.
An exciting and extensive Champagne and wine list explores the relatively overlooked vineyards of Lebanon and North Africa and offers bins from around the world, from delicate, floral whites to spicy and full flavoured reds. With many exceptional varieties available by the glass, Kenza’s sommelier, Peter Lorimer (previously of China Tang), is on hand to recommend perfect pairings.
Last food orders: Restaurant: Monday to Tuesday - 11pm
Wednesday to Saturday - 11:30pm
Bar: Monday to Tuesday - midnight
Wednesday to Saturday - 1am
For those searching for seductive private dining to entertain friends, family or colleagues, Kenza offers an incredible room for the most memorable of occasions. Seating up to 50 guests for dinner or 65 standing for canapé receptions, the room is delicately lit and richly decorated with hand-painted walls reminiscent of Arabic calligraphy. Partitioned from the rest of the restaurant by heavy screens and floor-to-ceiling brass covered doors, the room provides a truly exclusive and flexible space, with different seating arrangements offering a variety of possibilities at any time of the day, and at special request, over the weekend.
With a friendly, knowledgeable and professional service, a distinctive atmosphere and range of versatile spaces, Kenza is an oasis in the heart of the City.
Go towards Bishopsgate take a right down Bishopsgate 2 on the left. Less than 2 minutes away from Liverpool Street station
Entertainment: DJ & Belly Dancers
Per Head: ￡45