Sunday, August 06, 2017

Ikoyi London restaurant review

Ikoyi London
A few friends mentioned a Nigerian fusion restaurant that opened up last month at a spot on St James market street, a stones throw from Piccadilly circus station called Ikoyi London. A vibrant foodie neighbourhood in Lagos ( Ikoyi) with tons of good restaurants seems to have lent its name to this new west african fine dining restaurant in the heart of London. The brain child of Ire Hassan Odukale and Head Chef Jeremy Chan formely of Nobu , the whole idea behind the menu seems to revolve around showcasing West African dishes with a twist to a wider audience. Nigerian restaurants inevitably mostly attract Nigerians and have often wondered why some of the most flavourful dishes I have ever tasted ( Spinach melon seed stew, Jollof rice, banga soup : check out my  Lagos blog posts ) arent in top restaurants on the high streets. On speaking to friends, it seems the lack of popularity of the Nigerian / west african dishes are due to multiple factors,

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lagos Restaurant review : Craft Gourmet

Delicious spaghetti

The last blog post i wrote focussed on very affordable restaurants in Lagos , Nigeria and this review will touch on a slightly more expensive restaurant called Craft Gourmet by Lou Baker based in Victoria Island's Mega plaza mall. It was quite a surprise that a gem of a place was hiding in what i can only describe as an outdated looking mall. You pretty much know you are in for a treat however on entering the restaurant. Wide open spaces, tons of lighting,  white table tops, wooden floors and potted plants makes you feel like you walked into an upmarket restaurant in London bridge. I had to look behind me as the door felt like something out of Narnia.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Tasty dishes in Lagos , Nigeria

Pounded yam and friends : vegetable and palm kernel soups

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

London rooftop restaurants review : Madison and Sushisamba

Sushisamba terrace

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Breakfast in Dunkirk

 
Tasty bagel

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lanesborough hotel's Celeste : restaurant review

Celeste

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Monday, April 17, 2017

7 course tasting menu at L autre pied

Pig belly, baby carrots, cabbage and celeriac

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Rok smokehouse and bar

Chocolate pudding with smoked beetroot ice cream
Hello readers..yes yes I know promised to blog about this restaurant a few weeks ago, but alas here I finally am. It has been a hectic few weeks with work and now the inspections are over I promise to try and post more often. It also helps that I have the week off. So here goes my first post of the week.


Rok smokehouse and bar 
This Nordic eatery on curtain road in Shoreditch serves some of the best cured British meats around. Having spent considerable time at a few very good restaurants in Shoreditch, I am happy to say that this is another nice addition to the list. The occasion this time was a catch up with a friend who normally spends her evening running round forests instead of enjoying all the culinary world has to offer. That's you Sue. We kicked off the evening with a few drinks.
Martini
Then followed the drinks by ordering a scallop in the shell with nduja and seaweed (£8) . Weirdly enough my non foodie friend actually knew what nduja was "It's a fiery spreadable pork salami". Jaws on the floor indeed.
Scallop in the shell with nduja and seaweed
  Cobble lane charcuterie with toasted sourdough and pickles was also a nice addition (£6)
Charcuterie with sourdough and pickles
  The main meal we ordered was the duck with bacon lingonberry jam and chanterelles (£16). The duck itself was cooked to perfection and the sweet jam accompaniment was just the perfect partner. 
Duck with bacon lingonberry jam and chanterelles
  I absolutely loved the sides we ordered..a charred squash with kale and blue cheese (£6) and charred broccoli salad with seeds,almonds and quinoa (£6)
Charred squash with kale and blue cheese
Charred broccoli salad with seeds, almond and quinoa
  The only dish I couldn't get my head around was the chocolate pudding with smoked beetroot ice cream dessert (£6). Her views echoed what I was thinking, that it just didn't work. The beetroot ice cream had a slightly bitter and sour taste and when you try it with the dark chocolate pudding , it just didn't  fully compliment each other.  
Birch syrup chocolate pudding with smoked beetroot ice cream
  Eating and discussions about life over, it was time to brave the gloomy rainy weather to find a place to drink more cocktails. I had a good time at Rok and it's definitely somewhere I would come back to. Something about Rok smokehouse reminds me of a restaurant I love in Bethnal Green called, paradise garage. Maybe it's the charred greens, but either way they are both two very good restaurants. 
Rok feast
    Hope you had a nice read and see ye soon readers.i went to Goodmans last night, so will probably blog about that during the week I reckon . Bye for now   
Foodies
 
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Japanese restaurant in Chelsea : Kiru

Japanese restaurant in Chelsea

 I was tasked with finding a decent Japanese restaurant in Chelsea by a few friends for a Saturday evening catch up and luckily enough I picked a Japanese restaurant in Chelsea called Kiru courtesy of Open table. I got to the restaurant based on Elystan street, at least 20 minutes before everyone, which wasn't bad considering I get everywhere late. So while waiting I ordered a bottle of sake described as the dulcet silk milk wonder, ShoChikubai Taruzake. This 375 ml bottle of cold sake priced at £25, was worth every drop. 
 
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

My singing and foodie night out in Soho

House tonkotsu ramen

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sweet and savoury desserts in Shoreditch's Tapas Brindisa

   


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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Chez Bruce , Michelin starred restaurant

Venison loin and foie gras burger heaven

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Monday, January 02, 2017

Coya Mayfair

Selection of exotic fresh fruit

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