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December 5, 2022: The restaurant has moved from its orginal home in St James’s to new, larger 'Mid Town' premises between the City and Covent Garden

survey result

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Iré Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan have won huge renown for their ‘haute’ interpretation of West African culinary themes, but this year saw very unsettled reports. Perhaps, in part, this owes to the disruption of a move to 180 The Strand, although the copper-hued, minimalist design there isn’t wholly at odds with the look and feel of the former location in St James’s Market. But to a large extent, this year’s themes are a continuation of last year’s; and complaints that seemed to set in after they jacked up their prices following all the Michelin and ‘World’s 50 Best’ accolades. True, some reports do acknowledge an “outstanding gastronomic experience” from the blind tasting menu which sees jollof rice and plantain jostling with luxury ingredients, foams and emulsions. But too many are mixed: “we had a couple of stunners, but a dish that was so bitter it was unpleasant. So expensive and given the unpredictability it makes Core look like a bargain…”; “really did not enjoy this. Dull atmosphere, combinations of food which just did not work and service not firing on all cylinders. First time I’ve ever not enjoyed a two-star restaurant…”; “was expecting something so special: it wasn’t!”

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Flavours not experienced before”“inventive haute cuisine takes on West African dishes using ingredients like plantain and sorghum” – continue to propel Iré Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan’s St James’s trail-blazer to ever-greater heights of fame, as confirmed by the restaurant’s further promotion by Michelin in January 2022. “With the second star comes the elevated price tag” however, and formerly stellar ratings here have sagged under the heightened expectations. Many “masterpieces” are still reported amongst meals, but a worrying new vein of bitter disappointments has also crept into diner commentary (“I was excited to try Ikoyi and discover its new approach, but hand on heart it was not worth the money…”; “we were angry and so disappointed, the food was really average, massively over-spiced and too hot”). Perhaps it’s no coincidence that shortly after our diners’ poll ended, Chan and Hassan-Odukale announced they were putting the original St James’s Market site on the market with a view to moving to an upgraded site (with options mooted including a move to the 180 Strand building).

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Truly surprising African ingredients and flavour combinations, showcased with stunning presentation” have rightly won culinary renown for Iré Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan’s “serene and calm” venture in the swish but slightly soulless St James’s development, near Piccadilly Circus.“You will not find anywhere else a West African contemporary fusion tasting menu quite like this, with flavour combinations to die for: superb and exciting in every way”. “Excellent wine pairings, too”.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Dazzling reinvention of African classic dishes”, featuring “really unique combinations and flavours”, has made this much-discussed three-year-old – from Chinese-Canadian chef Jeremy Chan and Nigerian co-founder Iré Hassan-Odukele – one of the most original of recent London openings. It’s in the St James’s Market development near Piccadilly Circus: an area, in contrast, “stuffed with conformity to the norm”, where “the vibes are a bit sterile”. In the evening, the main option is a seven-course tasting menu for £75, but an extended version for £100 is also available.

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180 The Strand, London, WC2C 1EA

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Ikoyi Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Ikoyi Restaurant in WC2C, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Ikoyi restaurant.
Derek D
Was looking forward to this occasion so muc...
Reviewed 20 days ago

"Was looking forward to this occasion so much…..but was ultimately disappointing. Service was robotic and unengaging: lots of staff, all very busy, but found it very stiff and unfriendly. Once we asked to be moved, had a lovely table, so we could watch the amazing work going on in the kitched. Food was very very clever. Some of it was a taste sensation but some were not the wow factor we expected. Some of the meat/fish wasn’t melt in the mouth, and some dishes had zero texture. Overall, dishes were very rich, and whilst that can be wonderful, it isn't when it’s one after another. We had matching wines and that was a challenge. Before the food, most wines were very good, but because most dishes had 4/5/6 strong tasting elements, it was hard to appreciate what the wines were trying to complement……mostly, every wine after the food just tasted bone dry. Really disappointed to write this review…….expectations were so high."

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 320.00 Always available  
Menu2 200.00 Lunch only  
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £0.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
180 The Strand, London, WC2C 1EA
Opening hours
Monday6 pm‑8 pm
Tuesday6 pm‑8 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
Thursday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED