Introducing Ikoyi: one of Lagos, Nigeria’s most enviable neighbourhoods – and now, one of London, England’s most enviable restaurants.
It comes to us from friends Iré Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan, the latter of whom has honed his fine dining skills at places like Dinner and Noma.
It’s a sleek space, in keeping with the futuristic surroundings of the newly done-up St James’s Market. Inside you’ll find whitewashed walls, mustard banquettes and an intimate 6-seater bar, separated off from the rest of the restaurant and the grand open kitchen at the back by a wall of cascading plants.
The dishes they’re knocking up in that open kitchen are all an elaborate fusion of West African and British ingredients – a combination so unique on London’s fine dining scene, and so well-executed, that they’ve earnt a Michelin star for their efforts (in just over a year of opening). On the menu, you’ll find starters such as rare breed lamb ribs with asun relish; and octopus pepper soup with coastal herbs. Main courses showcase dishes including Wild Nigerian tiger prawn (it’s the size of a small lobster) with banga bisque and corn grits; and Suya blade of beef, bolstered by a couple of sides to share, like Jollof rice with bone marrow and groundnut miso. They also source a unique breed of four-horned lamb, Manx Loaghtan, and line-caught fish to be cured and smoked especially for their dishes.
The wine list, meanwhile, has been put together by the buyer for restaurants like Lyle’s and Gymkhana, while the cocktail menu was designed with brothers Max and Noel Venning (co-owners of the East London bar Three Sheets), and includes drinks like the Guinness Stone Fence, blending cacao nib-infused rum, lime flower, and Nigerian Guinness.
So make sure you don’t miss it, for guinness sake.
NOTE: Ikoyi is open Mon-Sat from 12-3pm, then 5.30-11pm. You can book a table on their website right HERE.
Ikoyi | 1 St. James’s Market, SW1Y 4AH
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