My top 5 African Eating Spots in London

Believe it or not London is brimming with a vast range of African eating places - Eritrean, Ethiopian and Nigerian restaurants seem to have the monopoly so here’s my roundup of 5 diverse places to eat African across London.

 

Blue Nile

73 Woolwich New Rd, Woolwich, London SE18 6ED

 www.bluenilecafe.co.uk 

This bright family run Eritrean restaurant in my home town of Woolwich has consistently been top of the Eritrean restaurant reviews for a few years now - highlighting the Italian colonial influence on Eritrea’s amazing cuisine this relaxed and informal eatery is still number one in my book for some inspired East African food. Tucked between a hairdressers and a fried chicken shop the pastel blue fascia jumps out at you and though this calls itself a cafe it’s definitely serving restaurant quality food made with love.

 

The Bantu Chef’s Kitchen

17 Portland Road, South Norwood, SE25 4UF

http://www.bantu-chefs-kitchen.co.uk/ 

Chef Ray brings over 25 years restaurant consultancy and head chef experience to his own venture exploring cuisine from the South of Africa from where he hails - eat this: Kalahari Peri Peri Chicken Half, you won't regret it!

 

The Bash Restaurant

71-73 West Green Road, Tottenham, London, N15 5DA

http://thebashresto.co.uk/

Good Congolese is hard to find - this place does great traditional Congolese dishes alongside some more widely known West African dishes such as Jollof - You must try their Makayabu - salt fish dish and Liboke ya Mbika - Mbika is a bit like our egushi - ground melon seed - used to thicken soups and stews but this ingredient is used here to make a sort of cake mixture wrapped and served in banana leaf - sensory overload!

 

Sokhna Diarra

48 Rye Lane Market, Peckham, London SE15 5BV 

https://www.facebook.com/restaurant.sokhna.diarra/

This cosy unpretentious Senegalese spot was recommend to me by the team behind the Senegalese pop-up The Little Baobab - tradition Senegalese - expect lots of grilled meats and subtle aromatics and spices blended together and of course don't miss their Yassa Guinar (Chicken & Rice)

 

Suya Spot

The Bermondsay Yard Cafe, 40 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UD

http://www.suya-spot.com/

Sundays only at Buster Mantis in Bermondsey - these guys are serving up all things Suya & Spice and repping hard one of Nigeria’s most popular flavour profiles - bring your dancing shoes as this is a relaxed yard party vibe 

Cristina Alcalde