Search

Nigerian tapas: ‘Chop, chat and chill’ at Chuku’s

PUBLISHED: 17:22 24 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:06 25 June 2016

Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick

Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick

Archant

While many cuisines from far-flung places across the world are becoming staple fodder for the London foodie scene, Nigeria is still one country which is firmly under the radar.

Jollof quinoa Jollof quinoa

But brother and sister team Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick want to change all that, and spread the love they feel for their native fare through their diner Chuku’s.

They’re billing the pop-up, which has taken up residency at The Canvas Café off Brick Lane in Shoreditch, as the “world’s first” Nigerian tapas lounge.

And fellow Nigerian, Olympic champion and Team GB athlete, Christine Ohuruogu, has already paid them a visit to taste their traditional and experimental dishes.

If you’re hungry it’s worth ordering around six of the tapas-sized portions to share between two, and then you’ll be able to sample most of the delicious things on the menu.

Kuli Kuli chicken Kuli Kuli chicken

If you’re looking for more of a ‘light bite’ then three or four will be plenty.

A Nigerian staple – the comfortingly sweet and caramelised fried plantain at £4.25 – is a must, as is the jollof quinoa, for £6.25.

It gives traditional jollof rice - a West African version of paella – a healthy twist, with the superfood making it moister and even more delectable.

Protein comes in the form of honey-glazed Suya prawns, at £7.45 and Kuli Kuli chicken wings, seasoned with peanuts and spices, at £5.95.

Then the Moi Moi savoury pudding at £4.75 is made with puréed beans and is packed full of unusual but tasty flavour, while the Egusi salad, seasoned with ground melon seeds, is a refreshing accompaniment at £3.95.

With a slogan ‘chop, chat, chill’, referring to the Nigerian pidgin word for eat, Chuku’s is a place to socialise and relax to the beats of Nigerian musical legend Fela Kuti, and is worthy of a permanent home - I hope they find one soon.

Chuku’s residency runs every Thursday and Friday evening until July at The Canvas Café, 42 Hanbury St.

Latest East London Entertainment Stories

Mon, 17:00

Summer activities begin at the end of the month with a packed family programme by Tower Hamlets Council running until September.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

In what was their biggest headline show in the UK yet, The National once again proved they are the real deal.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Part Godfather, part screaming death metal demon, Samuel T Herring channels so many wildly divergent influences that it can be downright confusing to watch him.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue reunited on-stage in Victoria Park for a rare performance of their hit Where the Wild Roses Grow.

Monday, June 4, 2018

St Vincent’s attention to detail is something to behold.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The summer fashion show returns to Canary Wharf for a weekend extravaganza.

Catwalk shows will be taking place from Friday in Canada Place and Jubilee Place shopping centres until Sunday evening.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Solitude might be an unlikely subject for a festival crowdpleaser, but then Lorde is no ordinary pop star.

Monday, May 28, 2018

What’s the difference between a headline festival set and an intimate gig for diehard fans? Not, apparently, a question that concerned Bjork in preparation for her first UK show promoting the Utopia LP.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read entertainment

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now