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Summary

“Tagines to die for in very generous portions” are the surprise in store at this Shepherd’s Bush caff when it “turns into a North African restaurant by night”. “It’s the most friendly, hospitable, inexpensive place”.

£33
Good
Exceptional
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A stunning little traditional Shepherd’s Bush caff that turns North African at night”; “friendly management” create “a really local feel” and its “great tagines” make it a firm cheap ’n’ cheerful favourite. Licensed nowadays, but you can still BYO (wine only), at £4 corkage.

£32
Good
Exceptional
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Greasy spoon by day, North African grills and tagines by night” – the enduring recipe for success at this “real” Shepherd’s Bush local, where the personable owners always ensure a “happy atmosphere”; licensed nowadays, but you can still BYO.

£31
Average
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

A (very good) Shepherd’s Bush greasy spoon by day which, as it “turns Tunisian” by night, develops a “warm family atmosphere”; the owners are “delightful”, and offer “generous” portions of North African grills, couscous and tagines, plus some “well-priced” wines (or BYO).

£30
Good
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

Our Story

Having met in Paris and spent a number of years living in France and Tunisia, Abdel Boukraa, from the island of Djerba, southern Tunisia, and his English wife, Frances, came to London in 1989 with a plan to open the only Tunisian couscous restaurant in the capital.

They recognised the potential of a long-established traditional ‘caff’, the United Café, in Shepherds Bush which was up for sale and, having renamed it after their new baby Adam, set up the beginnings of what is now a thriving family affair.

The early years were fun, very hard work, with a few setbacks…

“After we had been here for year we went to the bank and asked for a loan. We told the bank manager that we wanted to be a restaurant at night.
He said: ‘Oh yes, what is your speciality?’
So we told him it was couscous, and he asked ‘What’s that?’
I explained that it was a sort of semolina. That did it. We didn’t get the loan.”
Frances Boukraa – from the London Café Book 2

Undeterred, the Boukraas went on to extend their premises, opening in the evening with a menu serving huge couscous dishes, Moroccan tagines and delicious fresh fish. The restaurant won awards and got great reviews in the Evening Standard, The Times, The Independent and many other newspapers and magazines. Abdel and Frances went on to appear on TV and radio shows.

Adams Café still serves the biggest and the best breakfast on Askew Road with a loyal following of locals living and working in the area.

The doors reopen at 7pm, the café having transformed into an authentic, lively Tunisian/Moroccan restaurant serving delicious, freshly prepared aromatic dishes from the Mediterranean.

Restaurant details

Highchair,
No
Yes
10 pm

Adams Café Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Adams Café Restaurant in W12, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Adams Café restaurant.
Michael R
Reliable. It has managed to maintain excell...
Reviewed 11 days ago

"Reliable. It has managed to maintain excellent quality for over 25 years."

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77 Askew Rd, London, W12 9AH
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Monday to Saturday 6pm to 11pm
Last orders: 10 pm

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