Hey guys, how are we all?
If you couldn’t tell by my name (Omowunmi), I am a proudly Nigerian Yoruba girl. There are a million and one things that I love about being Nigerian. Our charisma, our resilience, our many languages… But one of the best things has to be our food. Our richly flavoursome and colourful food is really second to none and I am so grateful to my Mum for raising my brothers and I to be accustomed to it. Bright orange traditional jollof rice or yam pottage; succulent beef suya and pepe soup; golden fried plantain and stew; even the simple agege bread and egg combination. There’s just too much to drool over!
A couple of weeks ago I attended a pop up Nigerian restaurant, The Afrofusion Supper Club by Chinny’s Kitchen.
“Food is my thing and the kitchen is my playground… I started Chinny’s Kitchen because food should be fun no matter what type of diet, budget or culinary challenges you have! I share ideas, recipes, tips, tricks and food experiences.”
General admission tickets were available on Eventbrite for £29. I know… like me, you’re probably thinking on the face of it, this price seems expensive right? But upon reflection I’d say it was a good deal considering the variety of food for a three-course-meal, drinks, entertainment and the general quality of the event. It was more like a whole West African experience than just a regular night out for dinner.
The event was held in The Table Cafe, London. I really liked the choice of venue, it was the perfect size for an intimate dining experience. The brightly coloured African print cloth (ankara) draped over the tables was a nice little touch also.
- Complimentary glass of Zobo champagne or lemonade on arrival
- Starter: Pepper (pepe) soup served with agege bread; plantain and gizzard (gizzdodo)
- Mains: Suya “surf n turf” and yam chips; jollof rice and jerk chicken with a side of plantain
- Dessert: Apple crumble cake served with ice cream
- Drinks: (Available to order) Zobo Lemonade, Zobo Mojito cocktail, Malt, Chapman, Guinness and wines
- There was also plenty of complimentary chin chin from Love Chin Chin UK and plantain crisps dotted around all of the tables to snack on between courses
I was able to try all of the above food on the menu and I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed everything. I want to give a special mention to the pepe soup and gizzdodo, because they were both so excellently prepared and I enjoyed them the most. Ooo and the apple crumble cake was phenomenal (if you have me on snapchat, you may have seen me ranting and raving about how delicious it was). The zobo mojito was also really nice (a combination of zobo, malibu and lemonade I believe… whatever it was, I loved it).
Enjoy the photo gallery documenting the evening:
There was plenty of entertainment during the night including a resident DJ and live performances. DJ Tomiwa performed a lively set which took us on a journey of West African music. From highlife and afrobeat artists such as Fela Kuti and Lagbaja, to the early Nigerian pop music of Styl-Plus and Wande Coal, to the contemporary sounds of Mr Eazi and Wizkid. We were also entertained by the incredible voice of the up and coming 19-year-old Nigerian musician, Tay Iwar, who sang music he’d written himself. As well as the talented African drummer, Richard Olatunde Baker, who engaged the audience with his set which included call and response songs such as the popular Che Che Kule. These special guests made waiting for each course to be served a much more enjoyable experience. Personally, I love African music and a great vocalist so it was right up my street.
Unfortunately I forgot to take proper pictures of the apple crumble cake dessert because I ate it too quickly, it was that good lol:
Overall the standard and taste of the food and drink wildly surpassed my expectations. I can’t stress it enough, the food was truly fantastic. The only downside is there was a bit of a wait between the courses and the jollof rice was scarce due to complications. Having said that, this is only the first official Chinny’s Kitchen event. Therefore, I am very confident that the next event will be even better as these are logistic issues which should be easily sorted. Regardless, the food was worth the wait and I would recommend that you all dine at Chinny’s Kitchen too.
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I plan to recreate some of these West African delicacies for Christmas lunch/dinner this year. What will you all be eating? A traditional roast with turkey, Jollof rice and chicken, or something else? Let’s talk food in the comment section below 🙂
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
God bless you!
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