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Celebrated West African restaurant Chishuru to reopen in new site

Celebrated West African restaurant Chishuru is to reopen in a new site in London's Fitzrovia next month.

Renowned West African restaurant Chishuru is preparing to make its comeback in a new setting in London's Fitzrovia district. Scheduled to reopen next month, the restaurant has secured a fresh space to continue delighting patrons with its unique culinary offerings.

Founded by Nigerian-born chef Adejoké Bakare, Chishuru initially launched as a 32-cover establishment in Brixton Village in 2020. Its inception followed Bakare's victory in a restaurant incubator competition. Unfortunately, the original venue closed its doors in 2022.

Come mid-September, Chishuru will unveil its new 50-cover location on London's Great Titchfield Street, conveniently situated near Oxford Circus. Overseeing the front-of-house operations will be Matt Paice, Bakare's business partner and friend.

Chishuru's menu will persistently honour Bakare's West African heritage by offering an array of delectable dishes. Some highlights include Sinasir rice cake complemented by white and brown crab, as well as squash puree. Another standout option is cod filled with mbongo tchobi, a spiced black sauce, accompanied by wilted greens. For dessert, diners can indulge in Moringa soup, black sesame caramel, and baobab meringue.

The beverage offerings at Chishuru's new location will maintain the restaurant's commitment to quality. Wines will be thoughtfully sourced from independent French producers, enhancing the dining experience. In the cocktail realm, West African herbs and spices will play a central role, infusing distinct flavours into the beverages.

As anticipation builds for Chishuru's reopening, food enthusiasts and diners alike can look forward to experiencing the harmonious fusion of West African culinary traditions and contemporary dining in the heart of London's vibrant food scene.

Bakare stated 'It's been a long time coming but opening this restaurant has been a life-long dream of mine.'

'This new kitchen will allow me to explore even further the different cuisines of my heritage – Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba. My food isn't tied to tradition but is instead inspired by the dishes of my childhood that have then been given a London sensibility.'

Critics responded positively to Chishuru's launch in 2020, with the Observer's Jay Rayner describing the menu as 'full of heat and vigour and zest'. The Evening Standard's Jimi Famurewa reviewed Chishuru's meal kit while the restaurant was closed, which he said blazed with 'joy, creativity and rough-edged charm', balancing 'homespun charm with a culinary verve more readily associated with fine dining'.