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Ikoyi, St James @IkoyiLondon #jollofcuisine

June 6, 2017

Ribs at Ikoyi, St James's Market

 

Ikoyi, to open in July, will be a fine dining restaurant with something new to offer the London openings scene.

Where else have you eaten lamb ribs with asun relish, a speciality rub from Nigeria, or had traditional African Jollof rice with smoked bone marrow and groundnut miso? Head Chef Jeremy Chan, who previously worked at Noma, has spent a lot of time sourcing prime African ingredients you’ll rarely find in London.

Naturally, Chan is adapting the traditional cuisine to give it a fine dining edge, and opulence is a focus as guests are encouraged to stay for three courses in the restaurant designed by Studio Ashby. It has all the mod cons of a sophisticated London restaurant, like an intimate counter top bar, and open kitchen.

You’ll need to pay close attention to booking lines when they open, because Ikoya is really quite small. Seating only 48, it’ll take over one of the smaller lets at the newly-opened St James’s Market hub, which already houses Anzu, Veneta and Aquavit.

Chan’s business partner and Ikoya co-founder Hassan-Odukale was born in the eponymous Ikoyi, a small neighbourhood near Lagos, Nigeria. He’s excited to have bought on other key London culinary names for the opening, including east London bar Three Sheets, who will use African spices and flavours to make cocktails.

The interiors will play with light and dark, with rich velvets and ceramics contrasting against individual table lights, and bespoke in-built lighting features.

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