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 serve a blind Tasting Menu for dinner.
Interesting taste, but no
I was very very disappointed with my overall experience at Ikoyi especially as many people had advised me against going. But I thought let me go for myself being a huge foodie and all. The staff were great very attentive. But the food was poor there was no Nigerian experience felt and I’m originally Nigerian unless I got the concept completely wrong. There was no menu provided just drinks menu on arrival. The waiter simply stated 7 course or 9 course no mention of how much each was. We went for the 9 and to our amazement this was £90 pp. with such a hefty price I think it’s only courteous to make the diner aware. As this is not a fancy restaurant like Nobu and Novikov etc. We didn’t expect our bill to reach almost £300. If the food was absolutely amazing then believe me it would have been worth every penny. But overall I was deeply disappointed and I am genuinely still quite flabbergasted.
Although the food was tasty and the staff were professional; the restaurant was very noisy. The tables are so close to each other that the room became too crowded and noisy to have a relaxing meal. In comparison to other one star restaurants, it would also be better value if the dessert was included in the set menu since the first course was very small and there was no bread included.
I was really looking forward to dining here for my 40th birthday with a fab group of friends, regrettably, I have to say I left feeling disappointed - ikoyi didn’t live up to my expectations. It was just ok. I have had many taster menu meals over the years and this one just didn’t blow me away; the portions were too small and the overly priced wine left me feeling cheated. For well over £100 p/h I should have left on a high knowing that I spent my money on fabulous food and drink but I really didn’t. Can’t complain about the ambience, service or aesthetics/decor; all quite good. Sadly I won’t be back.
Excellent all round. The Great food, ambience and service. Five stars.
Great experience, fine food, Ikoyi is definitely a place to try
Wonderful food, interesting flavors
My friend and I went to Ikoyi for lunch and it was amazing. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. The 7 course tasting menu was out of this world. The ambiance very nice as well. I would totally visit again
Delicious food, unique flavors, and nice drink combinations. Was a bit noisy/ buzzy, so not necessarily a place for a quiet evening, but lots of fun. There was a mix up with our order so we were waiting close to 40 minutes between courses, but the restaurant kindly comped us a dish to make up for the mistake. This was obviously the right thing to do, and we would go back again
Food was amazing! Very expensive though, but fantastic service and delicious food. The garri fried chicken is definitely worth trying if you get the option.
A must visit restaurant. A little bit different with good food and a friendly atmosphere
We really enjoyed the food but service was quite slow. We were only two but gap between dishes were too long. 9 course menu was finished and the extra dish they offered with caviar wasnt worth £25. I will stay stick with tasting menu. And try to book earlier slots.
The food was expensive, but well worth it for the quality and excitement. It would be fair to say that I have never eaten anything like this previously, and thoroughly enjoyed the innovative meal.
The place is lovely but the food was really à let down. There was no wow factor. Portions were extremely tiny ( and appreciate this is fine dinning). The food looked very pretty but lacked taste. Essentially for the price there was absolutely no wow factor. It’s a bit of a shame because my friends and I were really looking forward to that dinner at Ikoyi!
The food is unquestionably interesting and challenges the discerning palette. The coconut rice with prawn was just outstanding. However the 7 course tasking menu left us all hungry. I have had many a "menu gastronomique" but none has left me hungry. Worth noting.
We came for our anniversary and we were impressed by the tasting menu. Flavors were very interesting and the presentation was beautifully done. We also enjoyed the fairly ladi back atmosphere for such a high end restaurant.
One of the greats
Everything was so good, from service, great cocktails, wonderful & interesting 7 course menu which was just perfect. Good explanation of dishes and ingredients. Not too rushed, nor too slow.
The food was truly terrific, and the blind tasting menu idea is top notch. The place is very well designed, too. However, the service is mediocre at best - our waiter mumbled to a point where we couldn't understand her, and kept leaning on me while taking orders. Also, while the place was quiet and empty at 6pm when we started the dinner, the noise level before 8pm was just insane. Think of a popular pub on a Friday evening, with music blasting from loudspeakers, and you'll get the idea. My ears literally hurt when we were leaving - it's not something I've ever experienced at a restaurant with that sort of reputation.
When innovation meets quality and fantastic flavours
Really tasty and interesting food. Now planning to return for the seven course option. No menu, just choose number of courses, which makes sense as the food is so unusual. Witnessed confusion at every four-course table in turn as diners told that the pork with rice had been counted as two courses and so the meal was unexpectedly over and hadn't included a dessert - very weird and incredible for the restaurant manager to let this happen more than once as it looks like they are trying to con you into paying more! Also huge confusion as it wasn't explained clearly. But otherwise all very good.
Outstanding food -African flavours. A hidden gem in London.
Exceptional food with interesting flavour combinations
I took my son my his 24th birthday and it was perfect.
Ikoyi needs to have an a la carte menu as not all want the fixed menu . Also when one has been three times and menu is unchanged we would avoid in future
I ordered the lunch set menu. Their signature dish, Buttermilk Plantain &
Smoked Scotch Bonnet, are both destination dishes and the smoked jollof rice was a surprise.
Overall, excellent service and atmosphere and notable cocktails.
An absolutely fantastic restaurant, serving West African inspired food at its finest. The atmosphere is very relaxing and the staff was very friendly. A perfect experiencr.
Very courteous staff, and excellent customer service overall.
Food a tad pricey for the portion size, but perhaps understandable for the part of London the restaurant is.
We came for the blind tasting in the evening and enjoyed 5 out of 7 courses. I particularly enjoyed the plantain course. Cocktails however were tasteless (both the guava alcoholic one and the non-alcoholic one) and service was just alright. Given it now has a Michelin star you’d expect them to strive to be better, but everyone seems to be a bit off that evening. Maitre’d seemed uninterested and our waitress, despite lovely, wasn’t sure what she was serving us.
Second time at the restaurant and once again it was exceptional. Lovely gift as we were celebrating our anniversary was a great suprise. The new tasting menu format showed the food off much better than the a la carte and the rice with beef course was phenomenal. Decent wine pairing value too with some interesting wines.
Interesting, striking plates of food combining bold and sometimes surprising flavours. Unusual and extremely memorable. Simple decor with a chilled ambience, although the tables aren’t huge and are very close together.
The presentation of the 7 dishes was outstanding. Very well presented. Now, in my humble opinion some of them were really spicy. Service great thank you Lola and Jay.
I chose IKOYI for my birthday this year, wasn’t really expecting too much to be honest because West African food was new to me and I am not very good at dealing with surprises. However now I am so glad that I made this choice! My partner and I went for the £60pp blind tasting menu. Maybe because we asked to substitute lamb with other red meat, we got a fillet steak for the main, which was absolutely stunning. I have to say it’s one of the best I had for the whole year. The Sous Vide steak was so tender, juicy and so evenly heated producing no excessive blood at all when it’s cut open with the knife. I loved this dish so much and it’s so overwhelmingly satisfying to have that quality with that price paid at just a 1 starred restaurant. If they could elevate their service to match a 2 stars, I don’t see they are too far away to reach the next tier. (I’m not saying their service was not good but simply from a general perspective the industry gap between a 1 and 2 stars because of the cost and extra due care you would expect from a 2 stars etc). Anyways Absolutely brilliantly well done!
Delicious! Everything was very flavorful and the right amount of spicy.
Tasty food art! Tasting menu was delicious and so were the cocktails. Service was excellence.
Tasty food. Good wine. Energetic ambiance. Attentive service. Recommended.
£35 pre-theatre menu very good value, unusual and most ewnjoyable
I was very pleased over-all, but there was a lot of noise at times, as soon as someone raised their voice everyone did, and that's not the fault of the restraunt, the only thing I can't quite understand is the choice of fish, Makril is quite a horrendous fish, suitable only for bait and smoking, but was still alright but a dish is only as good as the produce, that would be my opinion as a chef and part owner of a large fishing company
Wonderful. We had the 7 course tasting menu. Each one was a delight. The waiter / host / guide gave us a great wine recommendation, which we followed and we were glad we did. An amazing experience. Book now!
Amazing plantain, super tender chicken, crab rice super tasty, mushroom dish ok... overall very delicious and surprising tastes! I’ve been recommending it to everyone..