The Black Lives Matter movement is on a lot of people’s minds. And so it should be. In a time of both lockdown and unrest, local Black-owned businesses need your help. One way of supporting the movement is spending money at Black-owned London restaurants by trying their delicious food. By helping out a restaurant, there’s a chance you’re going to discover your new favorite place to eat. Veggie Option highlights a few of the favorite spots in London.
West-African cuisine meets modern and innovative recipes in St. James Park. Chef Jeremy Chan and his business partner Iré Hassan-Odukale employ West African ingredients to bring new life to very British things. Ikoyi explains their preparation style as ferment, burn and pickle which they infuse into all of their menus. The chef Jeremy Chan who aims to cook the best food in the world, is also not afraid to use unique ingredients such as Grains of Selim, a eucalyptus-scented long peppercorn exceptional in broths and Agbalumo, the African star apple which has the tang of a tamarind. It is more than fair to say this 40-seater Michelin starred blind tasting restaurant is bold, original and innovative. There is a lot of heat at Ikoyi, not only in the food they serve but also the adventure they take you along in creating the haute cuisine of 16 countries that make up West Africa.
The restaurant re-opens on 17th of July. You can also support them by buying their merchandise from their website.
Zeret kitchen, a family run restaurant, has been serving authentic and traditional Ethiopian food since 2004. They have a variety of carefully selected vegan dishes cooked from scratch using the best ingredients sourced by themselves from Ethiopia, local markets and other parts of the world. They are currently open for takeaway and collection on these days only: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (16:00 – 20:00)
You can place an order here
Eat of Eden provides great tasting food suitable for all including vegans and vegetarians. They provide fresh organic food and drink that is freshly made and full of flavour. Their menus are inspired by Caribbean Ital and European recipes, ‘made with love’ to produce that home cooked feeling. They aim to inspire vegans to be creative with the taste and presentation of plant-based food. Eat of Eden brings variety and fun to vegan food.
And now you can get them delivered if you’re within six miles of their Clapham branch by clicking here. Alternatively, stop by for contactless collection. Also, keep an eye out for their Lewisham and Brixton branches opening again soon.
Three Little Birds is the spot to indulge in the best of all things Jamaican. After a stint on BBC’s The Apprentice in 2015, April Jackson opened this café, boutique and rum bar in Brixton to celebrate her island’s cuisine, music and talent, whilst giving guests the opportunity to escape as they journey to the Caribbean. Reinterpreted classical recipes, served up as small sharing plates, and artisanal rum cocktails alongside warm service breathe new life into Caribbean eateries. From spiced cornbread brunch to coconut stew small plates, Three Little Birds are delivering around Brixton and beyond. They're re-opening on July 31st. Bookings are open for both locations from July 31st.
I GO Chop was founded to give people a fresh insight into Nigerian culture. Their goal is to promote and celebrate black African excellence whilst encouraging people from all backgrounds and ethnicities to join the party. And what better invite is there than great food? Home to a very popular jollof rice and bean burrito, this Nigerian to-go place delivers everything to your door. Download their express delivery app here
All Nations Vegan House provides a selection of Caribbean fare in a casual dining atmosphere to the local vegan eating scene. For over ten years, Chef Atrika has been preparing healthy vegan dishes with a Caribbean twist. Using Caribbean staples, herbs and spices and creating a menu that is frequently changed and includes daily specials. Cooking with love is Chef Atrika’s philosophy as testified by her many fans. This Caribbean vegan diner in Dalston is open for takeaway and delivery. You can order online from Deliveroo.
Andu Cafe is the first and only Ethiopian restaurant in the UK that specializes in traditional Ethiopian vegan food. The popular Ethiopian spot is open for takeaway, so you can enjoy their vegan sampler platters that feature yesimir wot, fesolia, injera, and more. Call 0207 254 1780.
Beza is an Ethiopian restaurant in London that specialises in traditional Ethiopian, vegan food. Their menu is alive with delicious and healthy dishes, all served in a relaxed setting. Everything on the menu is 100% vegan, bringing an authentic taste of Ethiopia to the local community. They’ve re-opened with social distancing measures. They encourage you to book in advance as they are limiting the number of persons allowed inside at any given time to eight.
Before there was chocolate, there was cocoa. Dark Sugars is the story of one woman’s journey to tell the story of cocoa - from tree to tummy. Dark Sugars brings the culture of West African cocoa production to Brick Lane. At the Cocoa House, you can sway your hips to the sound of the Senegalese sabar, take in the aroma of roasting cocoa beans, watch mango slices swirling in luscious dark chocolate, and taste the sinful thickness of Pitch Black Hot Chocolate.
Chocolate connoisseurs Dark Sugars are delivering all over London and the UK from their Brick Lane shop. You can order their vegan chocolates here.