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London’s latest West African restaurant, Ikoyi, is a dynamic new dining spot not to be missed. Promising a heavy hit of flavour in sleek, homely surroundings, here's what we thought of Mayfair's hottest new hangout…

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The concept…

Taking inspiration from Nordic, Asian and West African cuisines, Ikoyi is the first of its kind in London, bringing something a little different to the capital’s colourful dining scene. Dishes are creatively crafted using the very best British produce, and dressed up in West Africa regalia, offering a fusion of flavours that are truly unique to London’s rich culinary landscape.

The setting…

Interiors are pared-back and understated, with soft pale woods and beautiful handcrafted ceramics set amongst an earthy palette of ochres, greys, terracotta and amber-hued banquettes, whilst a barrier of verdant planters separating the bar from the restaurant bring a welcome splash of greenery to Ikoyi’s sleek and homely setting. It’s the perfect balance of modern and traditional, with a tasteful nod to its African-influenced heritage.

The food…

Here’s where things really start to heat up. Food is loving prepared by Head Chef and Co-Founder Jeremy Chan, whose impressive CV includes stints at Claude Bosi’s Hibiscus, Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner and René Redzepi’s Noma, bringing a bold, uncompromising approach to spice. Drool-inducing dishes include everything from Iberico pork served with hibiscus and rose yaji, to turkey oysters and bread sauce, alongside sharing plates of cola-marinated Wagyu beef, gola pepper and sorrel pickles; garden egg and wild spinach efo; and January cabbage egusi (stew), each impeccably presented on hand-crafted earthenware and dressed up with a heavy hit of West African spice.

Must-try dishes include delicate scallops cooked in ehuru (African nutmeg) and burnt cream, finished with a topping of caviar; meaty monkfish served with a rich, creamy banga soup with citrus asaro; and melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu beef, chargrilled to perfection and with a sweet and smoky aroma.

Dishes are designed to share for the ultimate flavour infusion. Each bite will have you reeling, guaranteed to leave you wanting more and more. Be sure to sample the show-stopping smoked crab jollof rice, it’s a common West African dish made with chicken stock and barbecued onions, although this particular variation comes with an opulent twist: a rich addition of smoked, salted bone marrow that comes ready for DIY stirring amongst a cloud of theatrical smoke.

The drinks…

Cocktails come elegantly dressed with an exotic injection of cacao nibs, caramelised plantain, and aromatic hibiscus – the Paradise Martini infused with Star of Bombay, okra vermouth and grains of paradise; and the Roast Plantain Old Fashioned were particular highlights – alongside a selection of world wines, champagnes and sparklings.

The verdict…

Promising big, bold flavours, with a welcome hit of spice, Ikoyi’s unusual menu brings something totally different to London’s vibrant foodie scene. Gourmands from every corner of the city will be suitably impressed with the rich fusion of novel flavours served up with a sense of celebration by attentive waiting staff, in a stylishly laid-back, homely setting. Big thumbs up all round.

1 St. James’s Market, Mayfair, SW1Y 4AH

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