London's Ikoyi Restaurant Is Now the Only African Restaurant with a Michelin Star In the UK
The West African-inspired restaurant recently earned one star at the Michelin Guide UK awards.
To be able to achieve this accolade is a feat in of itself, and also is a history making moment for the restaurant—as it's now the first African restaurant in London to have a Michelin star, London Eateradds.
We survived the abuse and came out OK in the end! Huge thanks to everyone who has supported our creative endeavours… https://t.co/YlZehHhkrx— Ikoyi London (@Ikoyi London) 1538482975.0
Ikoyi was a new-comer in 2017 and is co-owned by Iré Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan. The restaurant prides itself on its innovative perception of West African ingredients. "We combine bold heat and umami with the highest quality products in a warm and welcoming environment," the restaurant says on its website.
In an interview with London Eater, Chan emphasizes that the concept of the St. James Market-based restaurant was never to offer an "authentic experience," but to instead respectfully analyze the flavors and ingredients of West African food as "artifacts."
"This goes deeper than doing a play on a specific cuisine," he says.
Patrons and supporters took to Twitter to congratulate the restaurant on this achievement.
A first in the world happened yesterday when @MichelinGuideUK awarded @IkoyiLondon the first EVER ⭐️ michelin for a… https://t.co/hNReT8yBZH— Bunmi (@Bunmi) 1538464745.0
Congratulations to @IkoyiLondon on winning the coveted #MichelinStar. You guys have achieved an amazing feat in jus… https://t.co/44ZDMMaLKM— frank ozomah (@frank ozomah) 1538438172.0
Soooo excited for the @IkoyiLondon team - very well deserved. And happy to see a few of my faves maintain their 2 a… https://t.co/f56gyB1tve— To Yo Si (@To Yo Si) 1538437415.0
@IkoyiLondon got a Michelin star on Independence Day to become the first West African restaurant to do so. What a time to be alive 🤞🏾— Oluwatoni (@Oluwatoni) 1538482634.0