If you’re searching for a modern, or contemporary, “West African restaurant” in with a Michelin Star in London, look no farther than Ikoyi — a luxury Nigerian restaurant, nestled in one of the quiet side streets by St James Square away from the bustle of Piccadilly Circus.

Ikoyi, the brainchild of longtime friends, Iré Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan was the second London restaurant at the Michelin Guide UK awards to win its first Michelin star — just one year after opening its doors.

Michelin stars are a rating system used by the Michelin guide to rank restaurants on their quality. The guide was originally developed in 1900 to show English drivers where local amenities such as restaurants and mechanics ware.

The rating system was first introduced in 1926 as a single star, with the second and third stars introduced in 1933. One star means “a very good restaurant”; two stars mean “excellent cooking that is worth a detour “, and three stars mean “special cuisine that is worth a special journey “.

The restaurant boasts of meals combining high-quality produce combined with West African seasoning to create dishes such as Rare Breed Lamb Ribs with Asun Relish, Suya Blade of Beef, Jollof rice with Smoked Bone Marrow and Groundnut Miso, and more.

Ikoyi

Ikoyi

Photography Credits: Ikoyi London