With so many restaurant options available, it’s likely you’ll soon want something a little different. Or if you’re of the diaspora and long for a taste from home, there’s no better place than London to satiate one’s hunger. Almost as importantly, London is a city that also encourages experimentation – all you have to do is know where to look!
Thankfully, a lot of the work is done for you. In this blog post, we recommend a choice of black-owned African or Caribbean food/restaurants to carry your taste buds to new, exciting places.
Many of you will have heard about Chuku’s and their story (we’ve written about their crowdfunder here) – previously a well sought-after pop-up, now with their own permanent space!
Officially opened on 13th February and located in a prime spot in Seven Sisters, the cheeky duo have made amazing strides in their journey, being the World’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant. If you’ve never sampled Nigerian cuisine before, it’s a great place to familiarise yourself not only with the food, but the culture and the lingo. Feast your eyes (and taste buds!) on dishes like Suya meatballs, Jollof quinoa and classics like fried dodo – why not plantain waffles for dessert?
Even if you’re a seasoned veteran of West African cuisine, these dishes are inspired by the “chop, chat, chill” lifestyle of Nigerian culture with the added spin on the Spanish idea of sharing plates, so you can really get a taster of each alternative plate of food.
I, with a few friends, couldn’t wait to get our hands on these moorish dishes!
Making a booking couldn’t be easier. But hurry, seats are booked up real quick. Follow the below links to explore more, and get a seat at the Nigerian Tapas hotspot:
Chuku’s restaurant – 274 High Road, Tottenham, N15 4AJ
Similarly, Caribe’ – Authentic Caribbean Eatery – was started by Keshia Sakarah, following a series of kitchen residencies and pop ups around London. It celebrates Caribbean food culture from all the islands of the West Indies. Taking influence and ingredients from nations around the world, their food is massively diverse and unique. However, Kehshia had long felt Caribbean food culture wasn’t represented in its entirety so wanted to change that.
The purpose of Caribe’ is to showcase the Caribbean as a collective and highlight dishes that are not mainstream. For example, saltfish accra from Trinidad, whilst honouring the classics such as curry goat from Jamaica and other islands. Our seasonal menu highlights island beers such as Carib and Dragon Stout for that nostalgic feeling of back home, handmade snacks, delicious small plates and mains from the islands. Including Rum Shop, an eclectic variety of rum, rhum agricole and rum liqueurs from the Caribbean. All the recipes have been developed and are handmade by myself, for that authentic, homemade feel.
Their famous dishes include tostones (green plantain chips) with avocado from Cuba and Puerto Rico, our corn fried chicken brined for 48 hours in a secret mix, and their ital stew black eye peas with yam. Browse the gallery below to view their plates:
Located in POP Brixton, pop down to give yourself a taste of the Caribbean. Find out more below: