African cuisine has come a long way in London since Calabash – the capital’s first African restaurant in the basement of the former Africa Centre in Covent Garden – opened in 1964. On the site of the new Africa Centre, in a repurposed Southwark office block, this January 2022 50-seater will be run by Ghanaian-British restaurateur Akwasi Brenya-Mensa. Named after a form of plantain pancake, Tatale aims to reflect the spirit of busy African roadside ‘chop bars’. On the menu: omo tuo nkatekwan sesame (mashed rice with groundnut, peanut soup); and buttermilk chicken burger topped with shito chilli, citrus yogurt and basil oil.
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