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It has been a rollercoaster six years for Ravinder Bhogal. Since Gordon Ramsay dubbed her the ‘new Fanny Craddock’ on his TV show The F Word she has launched award-winning cookbooks, TV shows and supper clubs. But Jikoni, her first restaurant, is her crowning glory. It’s a cosy little site, furnished with floral tablecloths, scatter cushions and fabric lampshades, kept on the formal side of kitsch by a smart marble bar and white walls. Jikoni means ‘kitchen’ in Swahili, and Bhogal’s east African-cum-Indian-cum-British heritage is reflected in a menu that infuses comforting Brit classics with exotic spices. Witness her three takes on the Scotch egg – our favourite saw soft, gooey quail’s egg wrapped in a prawn toast mix, served with banana ketchup. Elsewhere, crunchy, battered ‘popcorn’ cauliflower scattered with chilli and garlic, and soft-shell crab on a spicy relish, were standout small plates. Best main course was a half-lobster in a spicy coconut moilee curry sauce, topped with more shredded, creamed coconut (£24). But Bhogal can also deliver on a budget: a shepherd’s pie made with big chunks of scrag-end and infused with gentle spices was also top-drawer, and generously portioned for £14. There were only two let-downs – an uninspiring tapioca and mango jelly pudding, and a watery gin and cucumber lassi. Yet, with polished staff who buy-in to the ‘dinner at an insanely talented friend’s house’ vibe, and a fan-base injecting a real buzz, Bhogal has opened a wonderfully unique little restaurant.

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Jikoni

19-21 Blandford Street ,London W1D 3DH

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Pushing at the boundaries

by   platinum reviewer (216)

Nov 2016

The appetite for the new and the slightly different seems almost insatiable when it comes to restaurant openings. And so onto the scene comes Jikoni, which could arguably claim to be London’s first restaurant that is Swahili-influenced. Indeed, the restaurant takes its name from the local word used in the Great Lakes area of Africa for ‘kitchen.’ However, chef Ravinder Bhogal has done a very clever thing. She has taken two much-loved cuisines – British and Indian – and breathed a new breath of life...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 5

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Jikoni

19-21 Blandford Street ,London W1D 3DH

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Nice enough (but pricey) food; need to work on the service

by   platinum reviewer (153)

Nov 2016

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Things you can do in 45 minutes: (1) watch a full half of football; (2) watch a full half of rugby AND have time to get a pint; (3) watch a couple of innings of baseball and need several pints; or (4) wait for your brunch to arrive at Jikoni with just a glass of water for company. Things you can do in five minutes: (1) well obviously that; (2) drink a pint before going back to the second half of the football, rugby or (if you REALLY insist) baseball; (3) complete the Daily Mail crossword/Guardian...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 3

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