A London-based restaurant inspired by West African flavours has been awarded a Michelin star just over a year after opening.
Co-founders Chef Jeremy Chan and Restaurant Director Iré Hassan-Odukale.
Ikoyi, the brainchild of chef Jeremy Chan and director Iré Hassan-Odukale, serves contemporary cuisine with West African ingredients handpicked by chef Chan's "fresh eyes".
Dishes include plantain flavoured with raspberry and Scotch bonnet, smoked crab jollof rice, and Iberico pork seasoned with suya spices. They also use grains of Selim, a peppercorn from a tree found in West Africa.
Hassan-Odukale told BuzzFeed News: "We're very pleased. We're very grateful to Michelin. We're humbled that they would consider us and think that we're worthy of a star. It feels great."
Naturally, people are super impressed.
This can’t be underestimated but Nigerian and west African gastronomy got a massive boost with @IkoyiLondon being awarded ⭐️ Michelin star by @MichelinGuideUK - well done to all those involved. Much love!!! Is it a first in Europe for a Nigerian restaurant?07:15 PM - 01 Oct 2018