About five years ago, the ownership cum management baton changed hands at the restaurant formerly known (for almost a decade!) as Labalaba (Butterfly) Restaurant. Since then, the remodelled eatery now known as Majestic Restaurant has been upwardly mobile with customer-centred innovations the cornerstone of the drive to boost its clientele base. Today, with its combination of winning formulae, it has carved a niche for itself as London’s watering hole for professionals, elites and revellers alike.
Majestic Restaurant is located at 330 Coldharbour Lane London SW9, an easily accessible area in south London. It specialises in exotic dishes from the continent of Africa, with special emphasis on Nigerian and West African dishes. The eatery also provides round-the-week entertainment for its teeming patrons.
At Majestic Restaurant, the ingredients used in food preparation are sourced directly from Nigeria. Ingredients such as the African natural spices and other organic materials are reputedly medicinal and therapeutic, thus enriching the body. These are used in the preparation of the exotic dishes at Majestic Restaurant and foods are readily available to suit all tastes, offering both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. The assorted fish and meat-based dishes are grilled and prepared with high culinary expertise.
It stands to its credit that Majestic Restaurant was one of the first set of indigenous restaurants to float the big buffet idea. This brilliant innovation remains a centrepiece of its operations and has been devotedly sustained and improved upon. Apart from the ever-popular Sunday buffet, Majestic services also include outdoor catering and other supplies for other corporate functions.
The eatery operates from a spacious edifice with magnificent interiors donning beautifully shaded pillars and walls. Majestic Restaurant is located in a safe, neat environment with spacious on- and off-street parking.
Besides the Thursdays Live Jazz, there are live performances running from Fridays through Sundays featuring both resident and visiting top Nigerian musicians playing Fuji, Juju, Highlife, Gospel and Afrobeat music. Majestic Restaurant has also played host to an array of socialites, VIPs and other dignitaries both resident in the United Kingdom and visiting from Nigeria and the Diasporas. Performing guest artists have included legendary singer, songwriter, palm wine guitarist and Agidigbo/percussion player, Fatai Olayiwola Olagunju – the septuagenarian Nigerian musician popularly known as Fatai Rolling Dollar. Others are Fuji stars Muri Thunder, Abass Akande Obesere and Saheed Osupa (Saridon P). The restaurant has also hosted Nigeria’s revered musician (now missionary), Dr. (Evang.) Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi and His Royal Majesty Oba Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Okukenu IV, The Alake of Egbaland.
Other dignitaries hosted in the immediate past at the upwardly mobile restaurant included the Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland, His Royal Majesty Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State; Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and General Osaigbovo Samuel Ogbemudia (Rtd) CON, among other dignitaries.
The ‘Housemaster’ at Majestic Restaurant is Akeem Olayemi Mustapha, educationist and professionally trained marketer with over twelve years’ experience at management level with top London West End restaurants behind him. Together with his wife, Mosunmola who is equally adept at both indoor and outdoor catering, they have raised the profile of the eatery since taking over five years ago.
Akeem is one restaurateur who believes in keeping things simple. He just wants to keep offering the “London crowd and visitors to the metropolis alike the finest in African cuisine.”