West African cuisine is one of the world’s most influential food cultures; today, its influence on food around the world is unmistakable. At Chishuru we combine contemporary West African food with age-old recipes and techniques, while using especially notable and unique seasonings and spices. Alongside our food we offer signature cocktails and natural wines.
The Chef - Adejoké ‘Joké’ Bakare
Until recently, Nigerian-born Adejoké ‘Joké’ Bakare was still, technically, a home cook. For several years she hosted dinner parties and supper clubs, though she had not come close to fulfilling her dream of opening her own restaurant. But in 2019 she won a competition to get a three-month popup in Brixton Village. Chishuru finally opened in August 2020, inspired by the food of Nigeria and the wider region. After Jay Rayner from the Observer came in and gave Chishuru a rave review in November 2020, the pop-up became a permanent restaurant.
Joké was named one of Code's "100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality" in 2022.
Photo: Amit Lennon