Ikoyi

4.5
140 reviews
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Global, International
Top tags:
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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 serve a blind Tasting Menu for dinner.
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LY
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round. The Great food, ambience and service. Five stars.

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EB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience, fine food, Ikoyi is definitely a place to try

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, interesting flavors

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LM
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

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

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k
London
26 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must visit restaurant. A little bit different with good food and a friendly atmosphere

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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R
8 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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O
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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!

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AB
London
80 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the greats

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n
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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PL
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When innovation meets quality and fantastic flavours

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SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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PD
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food -African flavours. A hidden gem in London.

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exceptional food with interesting flavour combinations

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I took my son my his 24th birthday and it was perfect.

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DS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Highly recommended.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

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.

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SW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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NP
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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L
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

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A
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Everything was very flavorful and the right amount of spicy.

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S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasty food art! Tasting menu was delicious and so were the cocktails. Service was excellence.

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VT
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food. Good wine. Energetic ambiance. Attentive service. Recommended.

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c
London
99 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

£35 pre-theatre menu very good value, unusual and most ewnjoyable

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H
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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..

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PB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very impressed. Innovative cuisine, deftly handled

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Z
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Just an underwhelming experience. Food was bland and service was nonexistent.

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

Love it!! Everything is perfect

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