A West African Michelin experience

After the amazing experience at Gallery 8 looking at all the wonderful drawings of Charlie Mackesy, we walked along St. James street, wet from the rain. But I was in my smart trench coat

because we were going to a Michelin-starred restaurant in St. James, London.

I knew I had to behave here, so I didn’t even as much as peeped.  This is only because Mum wanted to take a photo of me for the blog! Sigh!But everything smelled deliciously good!Came dessert, Mum once again  asked me to pop my head up for a photo.I know when I am supposed to behave. Obviously not Mum.

May’s comment:  Someone had told us about Ikoyi – a contemporary restaurant that gives a modern twist on authentic West African flavours.

You can choose between the three-course lunch menu or a taster menu of seven dishes, I think.  I opted for the three course lunch plus dessert. Everything that was served was pleasing to the eye and the taste – using all the foods of West Africa, giving it a twist.

The main ingredient here is plantain …This is mushroom bread plus, plus!The main dish – vegetable with well cooked meat – served with rice.Finally dessert! Hazelnut ice cream with coffee! Amazing how I know my desserts.Sorry for the poor description.  Everything was new – and there wasn’t a menu!

The chic decor reflects the cuisine — and it has recently achieved its first Michelin star.  1 St James’s Market, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4AH.

When I called to book at lunch, they said, only guide dogs but when I told them that we frequent top London restaurants, they said fine.

We have been to a few other Michelin starred restaurants in London (not uncommon in France) where dogs are allowed.

A. Wong (Chinese) – 70 Wilton Rd, Pimlico, London SW1V 1DE (selective, lunch)

The Harwood Arms (British) – Walham Grove, Fulham, London SW6 1QP (welcomed)

Locanda Locatelli (Italian) – 8 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JZ (welcomed – they have a cockapoo in residence!)

Medlar (French) – 438 King’s Rd, London SW10 0LJ (selective times, because of other clientele)

Ikoyi adds a new cuisine to our Wine and Dine list!

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