New West African restaurant to launch in Brixton

The former supper club Chishuru has launched its first permanent site in Brixton Village, with the Nigerian-born chef Adejoké ‘Joké’ Bakare having won last year’s Brixton Kitchen competition, which was judged by peers Jackson Boxer and James Cochran, and baker Claire Ptak.

Bakare will display classic and modern West African cuisine, and will be the first standalone restaurant from the previously amateur cook.

The 25-cover Chishuru was inspired by Bakare’s homeland, and will seek to highlight the region’s lesser-known dishes and cooking techniques. The chef said her “aim is to create a true, authentic self with the food she grew up with without watering down her culture.”

The menu will change seasonally and will combine both British and West African produce. On the menu will be the likes of waina: fermented rice balls, served with squash, peanut and tamarind sauce; and ekuru, which is made from ground black beans and toasted egusi seed flour and served with pumpkin seed pesto.

The grill section will feature whole snapper, benne chicken, mutton skewers, and beef suya; mains will include goat ayamase, which is slow-cooked and served with spiced green sauce, and groundnut soup with chargrilled cauliflower; the likes of baobab mousse with peanut ice cream and fried sweet bread will be on the dessert list.

Bakare said: “Winning for me was a major step towards fulfilling my dream of introducing my vision of West African cuisine to the London food scene. The feedback Chishuru has received so far has been wonderful.

“I’m so glad to be able to bring pleasure with my food, and introduce the cuisine of our region to more people.

“I’m grateful to be given the opportunity to pursue this path, and very much looking forward to working with Brixton Village and the support of Hondo.”

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