London needs more great African restaurants! More like these fab joints


A refined approach to West African cuisine with funky litte cocktail bar in mayfair is indeed a novel thing but a splendid thing too and the team behind Ikoyi, which features cooking staff from Nom and Hibiscus, should be enough to tell you that this is a joint aiming to turn preconceptions on their head. Beef and crayfish butter, or Grains of Selim speak of a conceptual approach.


Located near to Kings Cross, Addis showcases authentic Ethiopian that will please curious foodies and Ethiopians alike. Set in dark wood panelling it boasts freashly brewed Ethiopian coffee and chickpea shiro and doro wat to satisfy any hunger. Ethiopian beer is on the menu to finish the authentic experience.


This homely husband and wife affair in Acre Lane, Brixton, showcases Algerian food. HotJoint loves the way Middle East and north African restaurants are happy to self-identify as cafes but Khamsa is more. Yes it serves up an array of meze et al but it also has so many pastries and breads it is part bakery. A heaven for locals, Algerians and adventurers.

805 Restaurants

Nigerian food is not, to be fair, in the mainstream of London cuisine. The original 805 joint was a local place for local folk looking for memories of the mother land, and it has spawned a siste joint. Snails, roasted corn (agbado), fish pepper soup and grilled meats say this is unfussy Nigerianfare. Marinated gizzard and diced cow foot should be enough to attract the adventurous.


Moroccan food, influenced heavily by Arab cuisine, can be a seductive experience, heady with the smells of tagine and grilled fish, and the use of exotic spicing. It was with this inspiration that Mourad Mazouz – a French-Algerian – opened the now famous Momo, an instant hit with its elegant den-like décor and basement disco. It became a hit and has created a mini-empire for its founder.