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Zoe Adjonyoh’s Top 5 African Restaurants in London

Food writer, chef and owner of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, Zoe Adjonyoh, shares her Top 5 African restaurants.

blue nile cafe

Blue Nile. Zoe says, ‘This bright family-run Eritrean restaurant in my hometown of Woolwich has consistently been top of the Eritrean restaurant reviews for a few years now — highlighting the Italian colonial influence on Eritrea’s amazing cuisine, this relaxed and informal eatery is still number one in my book for some inspired East African food. Tucked between a hairdresser’s and a fried chicken shop, the pastel blue fascia jumps out at you, and though this calls itself a café, it’s definitely serving restaurant-quality food made with love.’

Blue Nile, 73 Woolwich New Road, SE18 6ED

bantu chefs kitchen

The Bantu Chef’s Kitchen. Zoe says, ‘Chef Ray brings over 25 years of restaurant consultancy and head chef experience to his own venture, exploring cuisine from the South of Africa from where he hails. Eat the Kalahari Peri Peri Chicken Half — you won’t regret it!’

The Bantu Chef’s Kitchen, 17 Portland Road, SE25 4UF

bash restaurant

The Bash Restaurant. Zoe says, ‘Good Congolese is hard to find — this place does great traditional Congolese dishes alongside some more widely known West African dishes such as Jollof. You must try their Makayabu, a salt fish dish, and Liboke ya Mbika. Mbika is a bit like our egushi (ground melon seed) used to thicken soups and stews, but this ingredient is used here to make a sort of cake mixture wrapped and served in banana leaf — sensory overload!’

The Bash Restaurant, 71 West Green Road, N15 5DA

sokhna diarra

Sokhna Diarra. Zoe says, ‘This cosy unpretentious Senegalese spot was recommend to me by the team behind the Senegalese pop-up The Little Baobab. It’s traditional Senegalese — expect lots of grilled meats and subtle aromatics and spices blended together, and of course don’t miss their Yassa Guinar (chicken and rice).’

Sokhna Diarra, Rye Lane Indoor Market, 48 Rye Lane, SE15 5BY

suya spot

Suya Spot. Zoe says, ‘Sundays monthly at The Bermondsey Yard Café — these guys are serving up all things Suya and spice and repping hard one of Nigeria’s most popular flavour profiles. Bring your dancing shoes, as this is a relaxed yard party vibe.’

Suya Spot, monthly at The Bermondsey Yard Café, 40 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD