Ikoyi

4.6
44 reviews
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£41 and over
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Global, International
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
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 44 People Are Saying
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KK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Deserves a star. Unique flavours executed by an exceptional chef.

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m
London
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was phenomenal - some really interesting flavours, beautiful dishes, with a great atmosphere and really good staff. I would highly recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Spicy and inventive meals. Nothing close to what we knew. I will recommend it ! Kudos to all the super nice and professional staff.

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m
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ikoyi is the most interesting opening of the last year. Exceptional food and completely unique!

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

style over substance. decor, service and presentation were perfect, but taste was not quite there.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday meal on the pre-theatre menu. Everything was perfect - great service, cocktails and wonderfully unusual flavours. Highly recommend!

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SB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing flavours and the service was impeccable. Each course was beautifully presented and passionately explained.

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NH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing and beautiful! I am allergic to fish and seafood so tasting menus are always a bit of a concern. The food was excellent and they were able to accommodate me. My favorite part was the jolloff rice and pork. The plantain with raspberry salt was great too.

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AA
London
15 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner service is now only a tasting menu [no a la carte] and ours on that night was exceptionally good. Wonderful colours and flavours, often with a spicy edge, and very very innovative and out of the ordinary. Service was outstanding and the atmosphere buzzy, in a nice restrained way. We all found the experience exciting, from the excellent cocktails through to the final mouthful.

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OT
Tokyo
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good atmosphere, good service and good cost performance. They will get Michelin soon.

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OT
22 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and super nice staff. Thanks for the fabulous lunch

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AW
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sensational meal, beautiful use of spice and symphonic, spectacular cooking. l! The Fried Plantaine with Rasberry salt and scotch bonnet mayo, along with the Presa de Iberico with scotch bonnet and peanut crumb and the crab rice were absolutely magnificent.

Only slight complaint was the wine pairing, where we felt 2 of the 4 wines could have been more carefully matched. However, It really didn’t matter! This kind of African influenced fine dining is a game changer, and highly recommended! The waiters were friendly and knew their stuff.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and experience. Bravo

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MS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very unique and tasty flavours. Price is on the higher end given the value of foods you are eating but nonetheless a decent experience.

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SD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I dined here while visiting London. The entire experience was phenomenal. Some dishes were spicy but they let us know and we could handle it! My mother and brother are not able to handle spicy food so the waiters kindly offered them some milk to cool their taste buds so they could enjoy the rest of the meal. Definitely a must try!!

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was a little disappointed to find out that our only option was one ‘blind tasting’ menu at a set price. I guess I’m not one for surprises and like to have a choice. Nevertheless we embraced it, and it was wonderful. So, if you willing to take a leap of faith, adventurous with your palate, like things spicy...you will not be disappointed!

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

This visit was my second ,and I hoped to be blown away by the food like I was the first time I went there... the Jollof rice was undercooked and the pork was not cooked through. I also thought that the lack of variety on the menu was another let down. However the service was amazing!!

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SA
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It's not dining but an experience worth paying for

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CA
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time I've been and once again it was outstanding. The food is quite simply some of the best I've tasted and it's obvious from the service that everyone enjoys and is proud to work there. Highly recommend.

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LD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great lunch at Ikoyi - amazing flavours, beautifully presented dishes, top service.

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed it. Small portions but you leave quite full

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FF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent fusion twist of Nigerian food; the crab jollof is wonderful.

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P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

That crab and rice dish at the end .... was amazing .... 3 days later I’m still dreaming about the rice

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CA
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic west African ingredients (Nigerian) cooked in a modern Michelin style. Fantastic service and fabulous attention to detail. Each course was delightful and packed full of flavour. Highly recommended for those who want to try something different and build positive memorable moments.

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LF
London
90 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Avoid unless you can handle super spicy food.
Went for a business lunch. Very pretty place, short menu. Nowhere on the menu is it mentioned that everything on the menu (at least the dishes I tried - pole beans, crab rice, mushrooms) is made with oh-my-god spicy chillies that will burn a hole through my tongue and will make me sweat and tear profusely.
I do enjoy the occasional spicy food, but this was on a whole different level.
When I complained that the food was inedibly spicy, the waiter said "didn't you know this place is famous for its spicy cuisine?" in quite a haughty tone. So the answer is, no, I didn't. Your name doesn't imply it, the menu doesn't have an indication of which dishes are made with a touch of napalm, and West African cuisine doesn't have to be spicey by definition. I ate at many Mexican and Thai restaurants and don't have the same issue. Bottom-line - poor experience, unlikely to visit again.

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IM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Interesting and imaginative cuisine, fusing West African flavours with international cuisine. Friendly service.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and different. Well prepared, somewhat off the beaten track. The jolof rice with applewood smoke was the highlight!

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N
London
39 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing amazing meal

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AV
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sensational. Extraordinary blend of flavours. Superb use of fresh, locally-sourced produce.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very Relaxing

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AO
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I always enjoy going to Ikoyi with friends and family. It’s always the most beautiful experience for me.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicous and innovative meal without being fussy. I will certainly visit again.

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IA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table at Ikoyi for my graduation dinner. Having dined there twice before, I knew I could expect beautiful food and a special experience. As a Nigerian-American, I love Ikoyi for its innovative and contemporary take on Nigerian cuisine, and I was especially excited to share the food with my mother, who was visiting from Atlanta, and my cousin. The warm welcome and patient, attentive service we received made it easy for my family to open up to the food, which was of course, delicious and immaculately presented. I try to avoid dairy, which I communicated to the staff, and was so pleased to find that the non-dairy options provided for each course were even more delicious (according to my family) than the standard dishes! Overall, dinner was lovely and deeply memorable. I'm so glad I chose Ikoyi for this occasion and I'm sure I'll be back next time I want a special meal, a celebration of my culture, or just a comfortable, luxurious dining experience.

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ID
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date night or a night out with the girls. The restaurant firstly is intimate and very tastefully done. Everything on the menu is very different than the normal offering and super inviting.

The food was really an experience. It's a set menu but I didn't feel overwhelmed by the number of plates. It's scrumptious and fun to discover.

The service was excellent, we loved the attention and discretion everyone showed.

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TC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding ambience and the food was innovative and exciting. The tasting menu was truly excellent and each course was clearly described by the staff. The service was exemplary and the staff were very personable and friendly. I would unreservedly recommend Ikoyi to anyone who is genuinely interested in 'cutting edge' cuisine. I will return.

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m
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great flavours and presentation, some combinations that I felt didn't quite work but I particularly enjoyed the pork and crab dishes. Their bloody mary and Cassava sour were good but not mind blowing, wine pairings were very nice though. Overall I really enjoyed the menu and setting, the only thing that could be improved on was the staff's knowledge of the dishes and wine.

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PD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The amazing feeling when you go to a restaurant with no expectations because you have not read up or looked into the place and you literally walk out with the biggest smile on your face having just had one of the best food experiences of your life - that is Ikoyi!

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B
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had the blind taster menu... menu what nice and well balanced but a little pricey for what was in offer

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o
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome restaurant
Music choice a little off
Service great but tasting menu to be explained when each dish comes done
Overall super

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n
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience, the food was tasty !!!!!!!!!

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