Ikoyi

4.5
123 reviews
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Global, International
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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PL
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When innovation meets quality and fantastic flavours

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SC
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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

Exceptional food with interesting flavour combinations

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s
London
1 review
Dined on January 12, 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 January 11, 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 January 11, 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 January 10, 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 January 8, 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
1 review
Dined on January 7, 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
1 review
Dined on January 3, 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 December 20, 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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OT
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 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 December 17, 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 December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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S
London
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 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 December 11, 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 December 10, 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 December 7, 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
1 review
Dined on December 6, 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
1 review
Dined on December 6, 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 December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very impressed. Innovative cuisine, deftly handled

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

Love it!! Everything is perfect

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T
London
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fascinating introduction to an unfamiliar cuisine (for me) - delicious and interesting. I'll be back!

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H
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is exceptional and the ambience ideal for discussion
First class all round

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XX
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I tried the set lunch menu, and I think Ikoyi is overrated.

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L
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Completely, and utterly outstanding. I brought my father here, who has eaten in a wide variety of Michelin restaurants around the world but this blew him away. Each dish was a revelation, the service was so warm and knowledgable. We had the blind tasting menu with a wine pairing and the wine served was phenomenal, we couldn't believe how much the waiters knew about each wine they delivered (often you find only the sommelier has such in depth knowledge). It was absouletly wonderful I can't praise this experience enough. Thank you Ikoyi!

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MS
Berlin
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AMAZING FOOD ! ! ! Everything is above the best ! Worth a visit !

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t
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

It's an interesting concept for Nigerian food but I was a little bit disappointed with some of the meals in the Lunch set menu, especially the dessert which wasn't for me.

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b
London
58 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Inventive, exciting food. Quite a bit of spice. You see no menu so it’s a culinary adventure. Short wine list, nothing below £30.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience we have ever had!

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LH
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

I eat out at least 4 times a week. I travelled around the world I have seen it all. Honestly from the bottom of my heart this was the biggest disappointment. I visited for lunch on Monday the 19/11. Took the £60 menu. I just did not get it. The flavour were not there. No balance spices overpowering the main product.

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AA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Incredible, innovative, and delicious food. Amazing concept and execution. Can't wait to come back.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was so, so great. My friend was half an hour late, but they let me order the pre-theatre menu anyway and kept hers warm. The scotch bonnet mayo, John Dory in bisque and smoked crab jollof were delicious. The pork was almost all fat, the daikon was a little under and the plantain was dry. The wine list is insanely expensive — only two by the glass for £6.50 which is fine, but next cheapest by the glass is £13.50 and then beyond that it’s a bottle or nothing. I get that it’s a Michelin star place, but the mark up on some of the wines is just silly. The atmosphere is really lovely. I’m sure the full tasting menu is exquisite and overall, I would recommend. About time West African food got the attention it deserves.

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S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
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 on November 8, 2018
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 on November 8, 2018
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 November 5, 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 November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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