Until recently, the Nigerian-born chef Adejoké 'Joké' Bakare was still, technically, a home cook. For years she had hosted dinner parties and supper clubs but had not realized her dream of opening her own restaurant. In August 2020, she finally launched Chishuru, a West African restaurant in Brixton - inspired by the food of Nigeria and the wider region. Since then, Joké’s cooking has achieved a cult following and has moved to new (larger) premises in Fitzrovia.
Expect a menu of contemporary West African food with a foundation of age-old recipes and techniques with dishes such as moi moi, a bean cake with trout roe and a duck egg sauce; mbongo tchobi, a cod fillet with spiced black sauce and wilted greens; and egusi, which is grilled cabbage stuffed with caramelised shallots, utazi leaf, and a wild watermelon seed sauce. As before, its a set menu only affair - £65 in the evening and £35 at lunch.
Modern West African food & low-intervention French wines
Eko - beef shin broth with kale & corn tofu; Moi moi - a bean cake with trout roe, duck egg sauce & tomato crisp; Nsala - quail stuffed with forcemeat with taro root, ehuru & uziza sauce and Ngalakh - a rice ice-cream with baobab & guava cream.
The house-pickled okra Martini.