Jungle Braai

Brick Lane really is the heart of London. With the pop up food trucks, the lingering aroma of traditional Indian food, and dusty vintage shops lurking around every corner, Brick Lane is the “Banglatown” of the City of London. Weighed down by shopping bags bursting with vintage goodies, I made my way down Brick Lane in order to seek out something that would cure my hunger pangs. Not only did I pass the many thousands of curry houses, I also found a hidden gem: Jungle Braai.


Braai, meaning roasted meat, is a South African specialty which before today I was not familiar with and so it was understandable for me to get excited just by walking into the restaurant.

Blue Mango

After spotting this beauty of a drink on the table next to us, I just had to have one! Oh Mango Blue, how you changed my life. I still have no idea what the blue fizzy soda was – if anyone knows, please message me! – but it simply provided a touch of sophistication to my fruity thirst quencher.

Lamb Ribz Swazi

Juicy Ribs

The growling of my tummy increased as I devoured the rib of a tender lamb dripping in sweet honey, and from what I could taste, the occasional kick of peri peri sauce. The fatty juicy rib was definitely the king of the jungle as I devoured the whole dish leaving only scraps and clean bones.
Zulu Beef Burger

Double Burger

With the ooey gooey cheese and crispy hot onion rings, this double beef burger was big and messy, but due to having high expectations (FatBurger anyone?), this burger sadly was not for me.  I am sure many would disagree, but I certainly have had better (Watch out for future posts to learn which burgers are truly the best).

Zulu Boerewors

Zule Warrior

Just look at the name!  Without a doubt, this famous South African beef sausage had to be ordered. When it arrived, the waiter warned me of its spicy nature, but meaning next to nothing to me, I quickly snapped away and tucked in.

What can I say? It was different – definitely requiring a certain palate of taste, but I loved every bite of it. The meat was hot, spicy, flavourful and firm.  The hot buttery rolls tamed the kick-in-the-back-of-the-throat kind of spice and the vegetables were sautéed to perfection. This dish definitely makes the Lamb Ribz Swazi challenge its status in the menu, but if you cannot handle a little bit of heat, then do NOT attempt to devour this dish!

All in all, the restaurant was moderately busy for 4pm on a Friday, with a steady stream of people beginning to fill the place up at around 5. With such a casual atmosphere, it seems to be easy to get comfortable with friends and family, especially with the no alcohol rule and a menu that is absent of a pork; these requirements seem hard to find now days. The bill for two totalled up to be around £20.85.

The perfect halal meal for an ethnic evening out, this restaurant is one that does not deserve to be hidden in the jungle of surrounding curry houses.  If you do not believe me, then make a visit to the Jungle Braai and use your animal instincts to let me know your thoughts.

Halal status has been verified by the Muslim owner.

Brick Lane: 28 Osborn Street, London, E1 6TD
Walthamstow: 115 Wood Street, London, E17 3LL
Brick Lane: 020 7247 0073
020 8521 5050
Website: www.junglebraai.com
Nearest Station:
Brick Lane: Aldgate East
Wood St Overground
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  1. Amir
    July 31, 2013

    Blue fizzy soda is Blue Hawaiian..a drink on their menu 😉

  2. Amin
    July 31, 2014

    I shall inshala give this one ago. With muslim owner you can be sure it’s halal

  3. December 19, 2014

    I personally found the food at the Walthamstow branch to be better than the Brick Lane one. Not sure how or why!

  4. Anonymous
    November 27, 2015

    I have been to this place and it is awesome, Try the wings, chops and fritters with the special sauce its mouth watering 🙂

  5. Mubeen S
    January 5, 2016

    A heads up before you read …. I’ve been to this place twice now, first time was not bad so decided to go with a few friends today …. Probably the biggest mistake I made …. (The brick lane branch)

    Went in around 6:40ish and there was only a few people sitting there, sat down and ordered food at about 7 (ordered the braai platter, while chicken, chops, wings, beef steak and 4 sides all ‘fresh’ from the grill) now normally ordering and getting this on the table would take about 15-20 minutes so we were expecting that and were more then happy as it was pretty okay last time I had it.

    I think within 5-8 minutes the food was on the table … great right, came so quickly, we were hungry so started to dig in … I had the steak first and my friends started with the wings almost instantly …. I took my first bite of the steak and it was just about luke warm …. Was a bit concerned so asked my friends to see what there food was like and before I said that mine was cold they asked me if I though the food was a bit cold and I said it is, my friends also said that the chicken wings tasted a bit off, so I tried it and it didn’t taste right …. So at this point I called a staff member (same guy who served us) and told him the food was a cold, like it haven’t come off a grill but like it had been microwaved, he wasn’t too happy I had said that and insisted tang it was fresh from the grill, however he said let me go and put it back on the grill …. Within 5 minutes he came back with the plate looking exactly the same (only difference was the plate was hot and the food was warm from the edges and cold in the center … I had another bite and was put off straight away and a bit angry as it just seemed the management/staff didn’t care.

    My friends are the chops and eat a bit of the whole chicken until they picked one up with was just cold, when I say cold it was pretty much just of the fridge cold … So again I called the staff member who said to me what do you want me to do!!! It’s fresh, it’s cold because it’s been there for 5 minutes!!! At this point I have up and we decided to leave, he then came back and apologised and said he would give us a discount …. Fair enough that would be the least he could do … Low and behold the bill came and was £37 whoudl would have been the amount we owed anyway!!!! And it had a drink with I ordered but never actually got!!!!

    At this point I couldn’t be asked to go and argue so paid and will never go there again!!!

    Me and my friends are avid food lovers, we enjoy going and trying out new halal restaurants, in the last 7 years or so, this is the WORST place I have been to.

    To top it off I have a huge stomach ache and my friends do not feel well as well.

    Not sure what has happened but this place is not as good as before.

    Not happy at all!



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