Ikoyi

4.6
87 reviews
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£41 and over
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Global, International
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
  • Spicy
Ikoyi is one of last year’s most critically acclaimed
openings. The ever-evolving menu uses West
African ingredients to create unique dishes. All are
carefully created by Head Chef and Co-founder
Jeremy Chan whose experience in the kitchens at
Noma, Hibiscus and Dinner shines through. Co-founder
Iré Hassan-Odukale’s memories of growing
up in Nigeria are the birthplace of Ikoyi, from which
Jeremy’s ideas explode out.
Jeremy has used his fascination with flavour
optimisation to create a truly exciting menu, where dishes
take on a strong visual identity through a focus on
the geometry, texture and colour of the ingredients
on the plate. The signature Buttermilk Plantain &
Smoked Scotch Bonnet, is one of Ikoyi’s best-sellers
and a true destination dish.

We only serve a blind Tasting Menu for dinner service. We do not serve an A La Carte menu at dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Global, International, African, Modern European
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Fri 12:00–15:00
Mon, Tue 17:30–22:00
Wed–Sat 17:30–22:30
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Phone number
020 3583 4660
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Jeremy Chan
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Private Party Facilities
Ikoyi is available for private hire, please contact the restaurant for further details.
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Catering
We offer external catering, please contact the restaurant for further details.
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Parking Details
Q-Park Trafalgar Square is a 5 minute walk away. London Brewer Street Car Park is a 10 minute walk away.
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Public Transit
Piccadilly Circus
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 87 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. A new favorite! The food is unusual. Very high quality. Totally deserving of a Michelin star.

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VR
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and just loved the blind tasting menu. A really different experience from super spicy plantain to beautifully cooked and subtly flavoured mackerel . Loved the African rice and can't wait to go again.

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t
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic (listen, some reviews have complained about portions - it is a Michelin star restaurant so expect portions appropriate to such), particular favourite was the duck.

Also, best Bloody Mary (using Scotch Bonnet rather than Tabasco).

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SF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the most exciting flavours in London today, with great relaxed service and a lovely atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food,service and general ambience was amazing! Would definitely be visiting again soon!

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JT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is West African inspired, imaginative and superbly executed. The wine was terrific. The service was friendly, informative and attentive without ever being intrusive. It was a superb meal!

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic restaurant. In an age when all restaurants are trying to find something differentiated, this restaurant really achieves that. It wasn't what we were expecting, as it far exceeded our expectations. A very creative use of West African foods and spices, combined with a Western approach too, and all fantastically presented. Would highly recommend. Great service too.

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WV
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were 4 to have a lunch, tasting menu with suggested wine paring.
Although the food was inventively prepared and mixed in taste and presentation, using fresh ingredients and fine spices, we all found the set price was a bit at the high side for the ingredients prepared and the portions served.
The food lunch would have been perfect with a few plates having a bit larger portion (f.i. the fish plate). The duck was fantastic in a reasonable portion as well.
The wines were not to match the prices.
To our experience, the waiters have to learn how to serve and take away plates. The kind of service, friendly however very amateurish, doesn't fit into picture with the refined food, and certainly not with the price level.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High end African dining.
Delicious set menu, definitely "Nigerian-inspired" rather than authentic Nigerian cuisine but that is probably why it has been so successful in attracting a very diverse clientele.
Particular delights were the buttermilk plantain (flavoured with raspberry salt) and the pumpkin & groundnut serving.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner paired with great wine. Will definitely come again.

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JL
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very interesting menu and something quite different to many other fine dining restaurants. Really nice to see both of the owners heading up the restaurant in the kitchen and front of house. The service was very good with knowledgable staff. It’s smaller than I imagined and although high end food, it’s a casual style approach with no fuss. The blind tasting menu at £60 represented good value with unusual and inspired dishes that you won’t find elsewhere. The wine list is small and well priced, although with this style of food and some of the spices, subtle and mellow wines would bet lost. Overall a lovely evening and will definitely return in the future.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is unlike anything we had tasted before - especially in michelin starred settings - spicy, full of flavour and interesting to look and eat. Cocktails were fantastic and the team is interested, thoughtful and friendly.

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NG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here a number of times and the food and service are superb. Never fails to disappoint and I would recommend anyone to try this restaurant.

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YG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Over priced. Four slice of pork for nearly £40, such a rip off. I regret my decision to dine there yesterday.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting and original flavors. Slightly spicy. Fantastic

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KH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Much different than any other place in London! Definitely worth trying.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very original food with a lot of ingredients we're not able to eat, so good discovery. Some dishes are very spicy so if you're not aware of it it can be pretty strong. Overall all, I found the experience a bit over-priced for the level of fine-dining but it's definitively worth checking it out for the food discovery

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a very enjoyable evening. The cocktails were good, the food was original and delicious, and the service was just right. They did a very good surprise menu with wine paring. I am not good with spicy food but apart from the raspberry coated plantain, everything was within my comfort zone. I could converse comfortably with my partner which is a big plus, so quite good for dates or catching up with friends. An all round nice experience.

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food: Great take on Nigerian cuisine using ingredients I recognise. Would be interested to see what else the chef has up their sleeves. The jollof rice was delicious and the theatre of it arriving in a smoky dish was a fabulous touch but wish it looked more authentic in terms of appearance. Or at least an explanation of why it didn’t.

Staff: friendly and knowledgeable with great attention to detail. One of them was in a random red t-shirt and looked like he’d just walked in off the street lol but it didn't really bother us.

Ambience: the soft warm lighting works really well and made for a relaxed atmosphere. The furnishing was very minimalist. It would have been nice to see some design accents from the actual Ikoyi it was named after or some art from any of Nigeria’s talented artists.

Overall, a lovely experience. And I would go back when a new menu is introduced.

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IH
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We really wanted to enjoy this restaurant, but it did not deliver.
Most telling was hearing the awkward moment they asked each guest what they thought... followed by a awkward pause then... errr... It was interesting.

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DU
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food, however charging £38 for what is effectively a pork chop, no matter how tasty, is unreasonable....and I have eaten in many Michelin Starred restaurants previously.

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VF
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was thoroughly delicious and creative, I love the concept of a tasting menu where you don't know what you are getting and each dish is exceptional and a surprise. The service was friendly and helpful, there wasn't too much meat in the menu which I liked and really enjoyed the creativity with the vegetables.

The cocktails were good too, again unusual flavours never tasted before. I would go again.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Had the 6-course dinner tasting menu. Each dish was very flavourful and bit spicy (which I like!). I could definitely see the inspiration from West African cuisine in the flavour palette used but the resulting dishes are creative and unique. Don't expect West African food, per se, but do expect to find favourites like plantain re-imagined and combined with a range of seasonings and sauces that will delight. To be honest, I'm not sure based on the actual ingredients and decor (it's pretty basic though I understand the location is quite prime) it should be as expensive as it is. And while I do enjoy an understated, relaxed atmosphere, I think the decor could be upgraded at some point to make it a little more casually sophisticated while maintaining a simple, uncluttered aesthetic. That said, definitely recommend it! You will have a lovely evening!

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Cocktails were not great. Food was certainly interesting and some dishes were very well balanced, but I think stripped of its novelty factor it wouldn't be making as much of a name for itself. Execution in places wasn't great.

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m
London
17 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really great food. Blind tasting menu with interesting twists on African food and ingredients. Service was really good

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BS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really delicious and innovative. Bravo.

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AL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

It is a good place but nothing special. The service is amazing, staff is friendly and helpful.

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LB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

poor value for money. the lunch menu did not offer much.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a phenomenal meal from start to finish. Can’t wait to return!

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GR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Please spend your money on something else. Worse meal we’ve ever had.

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NO
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been following Ikoyi on Instagram for a while and I was not disappointed 😁. As a Nigerian I really wanted to explore the flavours I know so much from growing up and it was a lovely experience really great as it was my birthday. Thanks to the team.

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OO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service. Food was great, ambience was wonderful.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious and inventive cuisine. Would give 6 stars if I could! Incredible menu, service, and attention to detail

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SP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!! Great food, really cater well to vegans!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant, new flavors in a relaxed but elegant experience

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TA
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this restaurant. Amazing food. Friendly staff!!!

Highly recommended

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OA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, Creative food, pleasing ambience and lovely wine.

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique west african/ european fusion dining experience. The jollof rice was very good.

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NC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service was great. Food was excellent with some different things and spices we have never had before which was great. Great meal.

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SC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

unique and fantastic.

Most impressive dining place recently, glad we made it.

“Fusion” is a word that I thought already too cliché, but apparently @ikoyi_london has brought the whole new idea of it. All 7 dishes (6 courses) are good, strong seasoning but full of surprises. Love the mackerel caught at the day, genius combination of the sauce. The rice came with main reminds me of Inua, tastes are quiet different but the logic of presenting are both smart. Not so much chances to get to know the African food in any sectors, very excited to start from here.
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The food was great and unique as a dining experience in London, and the hospitality was great. Definitely come back visit again. People, make sure you go before it become one of the hardest spot to get in!

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