The Facts
NAME: Ikoyi
IT'S: A high end 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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Ikoyi

OPENED 223 DAYS AGO

***In January 2018 Ikoyi changed their menu. It is now predominantly a seafood restaurant.***

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:

One of the most tempting dishes on the menu now is the smoked crab jollof rice made with a ‘crab custard’ – the dish was previously made with bone marrow. Founder Iré explains, ‘Jollof rice is a dish found ubiquitously throughout the 17 countries of West Africa – making it a central concept to its food narrative. Though Jollof rice has taken myriad forms throughout every country within West Africa, each interpretation still maintains the same name. The traditions of hot chilli peppers, meat or fish stock and a tomato based broth stay relatively consistent, but there are still vast inconsistencies: a Ghanaian would insist on using Basmati rice, for instance, and a Senegalese would leave vegetables whole. At Ikoyi, we’ve now taken another step in that history, and are bringing it to the world via London from Africa.’

Red prawns are served with moin moin (steamed bean pudding) and cabbage; scallop with ehuru (known as African nutmeg), burned cream and caviar; monkfish with banga (a soup) and citrus asaro; and turbot with mbongo (a stew) and okra. Yeah, it’s fair to say you’re going to be asking the front of house a few questions before you order. Isn’t that wonderful?

There are still a few meat dishes, including Iberico pork suya (suya is usually made with beef, barbecued and rubbed, then sprinkled with spices) and a whipped bone marrow tart. There are a couple of veggie dishes too but this isn’t the place to take your vegetarian friends.

 

The Drinks:

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

The Damage:

Snacks are around the £5 mark. Starters are just over a tenner and mains £26-39. That whole roast turbot to share is £60.

 

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.

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The Facts
NAME: Ikoyi
IT'S: A high end 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