This is a really special post for me. If you don’t already know, I’m part Nigerian – but I’ve never been. Whenever I get the opportunity to learn something about the culture, I take it in earnestly. Most of the time it’s just my best friend Yewa telling me about her trips there or her parents, which is great, but I do hope to see it for myself one day.
In terms of food, I’ve actually always had Nigerian food in my diet but have been fairly restrictive with what I have: Okra soup, egusi, red stew – and pepper soup when I’m ill. Chukus restaurant brings you into Nigerian culture, combining it with another culture I love with a passion, Spain. It is the brainchild of two siblings: Emeka (é-meh-ka) and Ifeyinwa (i-fay-in-wa), who teamed up to put Nigerian food on the London foodie map.
Why must you go? Because whether you love this cuisine or don’t know it, you have the opportunity to sample it in filling-but-modest-sized portions, so you can really get a good spread of things! I tried things I hadn’t before, and loved it.
As I said it’s a tapas style restaurant, each of the dishes are ranging between £4.75 and £7.75. On the higher side (£7.75) is the honey suya prawns that are pictured below which I highly recommend. Also 80% of their dishes are gluten free.
When I visited they had a pop in Shoreditch, London (see below) but they are working on establishing a full time base – I hope this happens soon for my belly’s sake.
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