What can you tell us about Chuku's?
This Tottenham restaurant began life as a series of pop-ups and residencies by brother/sister team Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick. At the pop-ups they served up their Nigerian tapas - where they take classic Nigerian recipes and give them a modern spin, with the emphasis on sharing. This continues at their first permanent restaurant, which has an expanded menu and a few more cocktails too.
Where is it?
They're on Tottenham High Road. If you're heading there by tube, your best bet is to get off at Seven Sisters, head north and you'll find them about a minute's walk past the huge Tesco.
What's it like inside?
The bright feel of the restaurant with the orange accents on the wall (you can see this in the pic above) works very well. And they've made great use of the space - there are traditional tables for 2/4 in the main area of the room and a larger table down the back if you're coming en masse. There are also a counter section along the side and at the back, if you're just popping in for some quick tapas. Everything's spaced out quite nicely, so it doesn't feel cramped at all.
So what's on the menu?
As mentioned, Chuku's is all about Nigerian tapas. That breaks down on the menu to a series of snacks and sharing plates. Dishes do come as they're prepared in usual tapas style, so pace yourselves on the ordering to avoid too much coming at once. Between two people, you should probably order 3-4 dishes at a time before going back for more (which you absolutely will be doing),
We roamed through the menu and chose the following.
Anything else worth pointing out?
The cassava fries topped with spicy fried pepper sauce (£4.75) looked pretty amazing. We had serious dish envy spotting this on a neighbouring table.
How are things on the vegetarian side?
There are not only lots of vegetarian dishes on the menu, but all the vegetarian dishes and two of the desserts are vegan. So if you're on a vegan diet, there's a huge amount of choice here. If we'd had room to try more, the Moi Moi (savoury tart made from pureed beans with spinach and cabbage) would definitely have been on our list.
There are three desserts on offer and, as mentioned, two of those are vegan - the gluten-free, vegan yam brownies seemed to be a very popular choice on the night. Here's what we had.
What about drinks?
As you can see from the pic above - it's well worth looking at the cocktails. The Mango Colada was excellent and The Obi (£8) - a mix of palm wine and coconut rum was also well worth a look. There are two white/red wines starting at £19.50 a bottle, Star lager for beer and soft drinks include Supermalt and Nigeria's Chapman mocktail. If there's one thing we thought Chuku's was missing a trick on, it was a more varied/interesting wine list.
We'd somehow managed to miss Chuku's when they were doing the pop-up rounds, but are very glad we've rectified that now. Those Nigerian tapas are undeniably excellent, we love the look of the place which is warm and welcoming and their cocktails bloody good too. Well worth heading down to at the earliest opportunity.
Hot Dinners ate as guests of Chuku's. Prices are correct at the time of writing.
More about Chuku’s
Where is it? 274 High Road, Tottenham, London, N15 4RR
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