I visited Chuku’s, a Nigerian tapas pop up restaurant run by brother and sister duo, Emeka and Ifeyinwa, last Sunday.
Quite frankly, I was not too sure what to expect. The first thing I noticed was the wonderful welcome from Emeka and Ifeyinwa and the pride and passion they have for Chuku’s. They helpfully took us through the different options and gave us a booklet to read about the set up of Chuku’s, the type of food served, and some facts about Nigeria.
Chuku’s catchy slogan is Chop, Chat, Chill which basically means enjoy your food with friends and chill out in the relaxed atmosphere and learn a bit about Nigerian culture and cuisine.
Food wise, I chose the (1) Jollof Quinoa (a spin on jollof rice) (2) Cassava Bravas – the staple Nigerian root vegetable diced, fried and served with a mild salsa (3) Caramel Kuli Kuli Chicken – seasoned wings tossed in a sticky caramel infused with a ground peanut and spice mix and (4) Barbecued Peppered Chops – chicken gizzard grilled in a homemade bbq sauce.
All dishes were really tasty and flavoursome – all had a bit of a kick but equally were not too spicy. My favourites were the Jollof Quinoa and the Barbecued Peppered Chops.
Find Chuku’s at the Canvas Cafe in Brick Lane every Thursday and Friday between 18.00 – 22.00.
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