Longing for a taste of Africa, or perhaps you’re making your first forays into black dating? Take our advice and woo your date by taking them for some food from one of the most vast and diverse continents in the world. We’ve searched the city of London high and low for some of the best restaurants for African cuisine.
Asmara 386 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LF
This Brixton restaurant is loved for its home style cuisine and its basket weave tables. With plenty of vegetarian options on the menu, this will delight any veggie dates. Dishes are serves on top of sour flavoured pancakes known as Injera. An after dinner coffee is a must, but be prepared to be woken up by the freshly ground and extremely strong coffee beans!
805 Bar Restaurant 805 Old Kent Road, London SE15 1NX
805 is a well known Nigerian eatery that won’t disappoint. Arty wall hangings and mirrors complete the look of this restaurant which is frequented by Nigerian families who love its classic home cooked dishes. Grilled fish and plantain (Monika) is 805’s signature dish, but you can also try the spiced cowfoot (Nkwobi) or the Beermate (spiced beef).
The Gold Coast Bar and Restaurant 224 Portland Road, London SE25 4QB
For a Ghanaian gastro pub with a difference, the Gold Coast in South Norwood is a great choice. With two floors and a beer garden to unwind in, this is a place overflowing with charisma. Featuring a menu of spiced and chargrilled dishes as well as rice dishes, there’s something here for everyone.
Mandola 139-143 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS
From Kustaletta (lamb cutlets) to fried fillets of tilapia fish, Mandola may well have what you’re looking for. The desserts here are a must – try the Baglowa – filo pastry with peanuts, spices and a dash of lime, or their mousse with sundried dates.
Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, 137 Fortess Rd, London NW5 2HR With low tables and seating designed to facilitate eating with one’s hands, this authentic Ethiopian eatery is a slice of Ethiopia close to Tufnell Park. A blend of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes are served here by the friendly, laid back staff.