West African places in London
Nii, I am planning a trip to London in a few weeks.
I'd be much obliged if you could list some of your West African favorite restaurants (and what dishes to try at each place).
Perhaps on the London board?
I think you give much of the answer here to your own question.
The development of "immigrant cuisines" is inherently dependent on the development of the immigrant communities. So, if folk from Ghana are spread across London (and, indeed, across the UK), then so will the possibility of any restaurants. The other significant factor will be if members of that community see themselves as restaurateurs. In context, the Office of National Statistics estimates the number of Ghana born residents to be around 90,000 - most living in the London area. Manchester also has a comparitively largish East & West African community yet I can only think of one African restaurant in the metro area (an Ethiopian) and I've heard mention of that in the last couple of weeks (from a local commercial restaurant/gigs/stuff website).
Nii, haven't finalized my plans yet (often wait until the last minute looking for hotel deals), but will probably be in the vicinity of the Bond Street or Regent's Park tube stations.
As long as the places can be reached by public transit, traveling outside the typical tourist areas won't be a problem.
re: racer x
Hi Racer x, sorry for the late reply, I've been away.
Well, Central London has great food, but you'll find the best ethnic eats outside of the Central zone. London is a big city but we are lucky to have a very extensive transport system.
Africans are spread throughtout the city, but you'll find people who arrive from Africa will congreagrate and set up home amongst their own. So heres' my list of places to try.
South London - Ghanaian
The Gold Coast Bar and grill - South Norwood.
May's Kitchen - Brixton.
Ki Jo's - Brixton
Sankofa - Norbury
Elmina - West Norwood
Safari - Streatham
South London - Eritrean/Ethiopian
Asmara - Brixton
Adulius - Brixton
Dahlak - Brixton
Washebele - Elephant and Castle.
Red Sea - Walworth
805 - Streatham
Majestic - Brixton
Presidential Suya - Old Kent Road
Canaan - Walworth
Chalalake - Putney
I hope this list provides you with something to explore. If you need more, let ,me know, or if you want addresses, let me know. Enjoy London!
re: racer x
Sorry for delay - I hope i'm not too late.
Here are the addresses
16C Market Row
Elmina bar and grill
463 Norwood Road
London SE27 9DJ
1330A London Road
London, SW16 4DG
440 Streatham High Road
60 Morrish Road,
London SW2 4EG
Let me know how you get on!