Akoko is committed to serving classic dishes from across West Africa as well as forward-thinking snacks and desserts with an emphasis on using high quality produce from African and British suppliers. Akoko reflects our creativity and imagination, inspired by the traditions, art and culture of West Africa. Our menu features classic dishes from across West Africa thoughtfully put together into a tasting menu with vegan options.
Some reviews from around the web:
I love this new restaurant. The staff were so funny and personable and the food was the best African gourmet I have had in London. Very good food and still very authentic flavours. The vegan menu doesn’t compromise on flavour either. There were even vegan dishes I would have taken on the non vegan menu. The restaurant was well spaced for social distancing also. I’ll definitely be returning.
I heard good things about Akoko restaurant a few months ago and decided that I had to go check it out for myself. Lockdown 2.0 happened, and here we are on a cold December 2020 afternoon, for a lunch time Saturday treat! A very friendly welcome set the tone for a relaxed afternoon. The interior, ARTWORK, and music were just the right vibes! I opted for the Tasting Menu. It gives me an opportunity to try different things on the menu. The Tasting menu started off with a trio of Snacks. I enjoyed the Isu Black Truffle, and the tiniest spiced goat pie.
The Egusi, (melon seed sauce) smoked Tiger Prawns, served with sorrel and shellfish oil was OH! so good! You haven’t cooked Egusi like this before. Trust me. Not if you are Nigerian. Can’t speak for the rest of the continent. This Egusi & smoked Tiger Prawn set the tone for what was to follow. If you can, and it does ramp up your final bill, go for the wine pairing. The crescendo! Enter the Smoked Jollof Rice, with Umami stock! The orchestrated presentation was as good as it tasted! I could have had seconds. The marriage of flavours was superb! Now, was it Nigerian or Ghanian Jollof? Go visit to and come back and tell.
The tender barbecued English beef, served with served with charred onions and Suya spice was delicious. The Suya spice was a mild version of what I’m used. Turn it up a notch next time. The paired wines were on point! The lady knows her stuff. Finished off with an understated Goat Milk Parfait and Uda Ice cream, with what was meant to be Ginger and cashew crumbs. Sadly, I think the ginger was missing. I needed the ginger to close off the final act! Maybe next time..? Akoko, you owe my ginger and not the Somi version.
I highly recommend Akoko. Go taste and see that the food is good. See you again soon.