RestaurantsLondonFitzroviaW1T

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Summary

£164
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Ayo Adeyemi is now at the stoves of Aji Akokomi’s groundbreaking Fitzrovia West African, after the departure of Theo Clench in March 2022. Clench held a Michelin star at his previous gig (Bonham’s) and was instantly awarded one at his new home (Cycene) so it’s slightly puzzling why one was withheld from him here? Perhaps Ayo will eventually succeed where Theo did not? The intriguing cooking uses West African ingredients and spicing as inspiration for an ‘haute’ take on these cuisines, and though feedback was limited this year it seems to continue at the same “brilliant, creative and delicious” level set by his predecessor. Add in the vibey interior using a palette inspired by African village culture, and the establishment has helped move the goalposts of what can be expected in terms of sophistication for an African-inspired venture in London. BREAKING NEWS. In September 2023, Aji announced a spin-off venture in Borough Yards called Akara – also West African but in a cheaper, more accessible format.

Summary

£147
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An incredibly special dining experience, like nowhere else in London” – Aji Akokomi has achieved something “totally unique, supremely atmospheric and slick” at his Fitzrovian homage to West Africa. The warm bronzed interior is all urban sophistication, but channels an earthy African energy with its impeccably chosen (and, for the most part, specially commissioned) décor and tableware. The open kitchen was on our visit predominantly staffed by Europeans and Asians, but they deliver “an exquisite and well thought-out” extended tasting menu, mixing Nigerian, Ghanaian and Senegalese culinary influences, and with an “on-point wine pairing” option. Head chef, Theo Clench moved on in March 2022 just prior to our annual diners’ poll – no public appointment of a successor has been made as yet.

Summary

£140
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

After three years of planning and during the torrid times of October 2020, Aji Akokomi launched his Fitzrovian homage to West African ‘jollof’ cuisine – mixing Nigerian, Ghanaian and Senegalese influences into an ambitious tasting menu format. Not a man to be easily deflected, he emerged from the pandemic and departure of his initial star-chef (William Chilila) to win post-lockdown raves from The Standard’s Jimi Famurewa in June 2021: “agog at the sumptuousness of it all… Akoko’s triumph is to re-energise tradition with a flash of modernity, to draw out the sophistication, elegance and undulating flavour complexity of food that, when it isn’t ignored, is mostly celebrated for its humble, homespun qualities”. Our early survey feedback was scarcely less upbeat, and it’s on that basis that we’ve rated it.

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Akoko Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Akoko Restaurant in W1T, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Akoko restaurant.
Andrew J
Food excellent, service a bit slow (Saturda...
Reviewed 8 months, 26 days ago

"Food excellent, service a bit slow (Saturday lunchtime), ambience nice enough but a bit echoey. Mussels; amberjack; beef with jollof rice; mango; smoked squash. Would go back."

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 55.00 Lunch only  
Menu2 120.00 Always available  
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £42.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
21 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LJ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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