West African food at Ikoyi in London.
The Facts
NAME: Ikoyi
IT'S: An upscale West African restaurant

15-07-2017

OPENED: July 15th, 2017
DID YOU KNOW: Alligator pepper is said to have medicinal qualities; some believe it can be used to treat wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, or as an aphrodisiac
ADDRESS: 1A, 1 St. James’s Market, SW1Y 4AH
CLOSEST TUBE: Piccadilly Circus
OPENING TIMES: Monday-Saturday: 12-3pm, 6-11pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Tel: 020 3583 4660
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TWITTER: Visit Twitter
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Ikoyi

OPENED 7 DAYS AGO

Ikoyi is a West African restaurant, now open in St. James’s Market.

Founders Jeremy and Iré are using the ingredients and techniques of West African food to create something a little more high-end than other African restaurants in London.

Founders of Ikoyi in London.

The Spot:

Ikoyi continues the development of St. James, which also saw the recent opening of Duck and Waffle Local.

The interior has lots of natural materials, including beautiful handcrafted ceramics and wood. There’s an open kitchen too, of course, because this is a new restaurant in 2017. We want in on the action.

Interior of Ikoyi in London.

The Food:

We’re excited to see favourites like Jollof rice and suya on the menu. The latter is a method of cooking meat which involves rubbing it with a paste of ground peanuts and spices and then cooking it over live fire. It’s basically street food in West Africa and we’ve only tried it in a couple of small places in London.

Other, unfamiliar ingredients are here too, including Alligator Pepper, which is like black cardamom but hotter. In fact, the menu reads like a roller coaster of the unfamiliar and exciting: lamb served with ‘asun relish’, cassava and sorghum tahini and wild Nigerian tiger prawn with banga bisque.

West African food at Ikoyi in London.

The Drinks:

The wine list was written by Sunaina Sethi, wine buyer at JKS Restaurants (Hoppers, Gymkhana, Xu and others) and so it’s a killer selection.

The Damage:

Snacks are around the £5 mark but do feel free to add caviar to that – you can have 20g for £39 or 30g for £59. Starters are just over a tenner and mains £22-29.

West African food at Ikoyi in London.

In a Nutshell:

It will be very interesting to see the response to Ikoyi from diners who are used to African food being sold in more of a takeaway setting. Why shouldn’t this cuisine be represented at this price point? We’re excited to see the results.

Check our interactive map of London’s top new restaurants and bars for some of the best places to eat in the city; it updates each week with the latest openings.

The Facts
NAME: Ikoyi
IT'S: An upscale West African restaurant

15-07-2017

OPENED: July 15th, 2017
DID YOU KNOW: Alligator pepper is said to have medicinal qualities; some believe it can be used to treat wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, or as an aphrodisiac
ADDRESS: 1A, 1 St. James’s Market, SW1Y 4AH
CLOSEST TUBE: Piccadilly Circus
OPENING TIMES: Monday-Saturday: 12-3pm, 6-11pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Tel: 020 3583 4660
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
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