I have never had Ghanaian food before, so I was intrigued to finally try Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, the latest in the series of kitchen takeovers at The King & Co.
A little bit about Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen…
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is not just a ‘pop-up’ restaurant — it’s a food event: creating a look and feel from its Ghanaian roots that merges with a contemporary dining experience.
Zoe’s journey began in the Hackney supper club scene before taking her modern homespun twist on classic Ghanaian flavours to pop-ups across London, Berlin and Russia. She has also showcased her critically acclaimed street food at prominent venues including Bestival, The Feast Collective at Camp Bestival and Diesel’s pop-up store on Regent’s Street.
And now onto the food…
There was a good selection of Ghanaian beers – I don’t drink beer, but I could see that the majority of the rest round the table who drank did enjoy them.
We sampled some of the vegetarian options – my favourite was the okra tempura which was really tasty and more-ish, served with shito, a traditional ground prawn and chilli dip.
The cassava croquettes were also pretty good with a nice, crisp batter. Unfortunately I was not a fan of the spinach and agushi (ground melon seed) stew – probably one of those dishes that require an acquired taste!
|Okra Tempura w/ Shito|
|Spinach and Agushi (ground melon seed stew)|
We were also served some of the side dishes from the menu – plantain chips which I really liked, jollof rice, and a scotch bonnet and chunky heritage tomato salsa which had a nice spicy kick to it.
|Kelewele Chunky Plantain Chips|
|Scotch Bonnet and Chunky Heritage Tomato Salsa|
Next up were the mackerel fillets and the jollof chicken skewers – I particularly liked that dip that accompanied the chicken skewers. The pork belly was juicy and tender, and there were some delicious chunks of sweet plantain.
|Mackerel Fillets in Chilli Lemon & Garlic|
|Jollof Chicken Skewers|
|Pork Belly w/ Sweet Plantain Jus|
And my favourite dish of the evening, as I’m sure the majority would agree as well, was Zoe’s Signature peanut butter stew with mutton. I LOVE peanut butter, and have had plenty of peanut butter desserts, but never in a savoury dish. The stew was really smooth and thick, and the mutton was really tender.
A must-order dish! – unless you have a peanut allergy…
Maybe peanut butter is more versatile than I thought it was.
Like sambal, that goes with everything. I love sambal, mmm…
|Zoe’s Signature Peanut Butter Stew w/ Mutton|
And to finish off, we had the Chin Chin Banofee Pie, made with Chin Chin which is a popular West African snack food.
For those of you visiting on the weekend, Zoe will be offering a range of hearty brunch dishes like spiced black eyed beans with fried eggs, sweet plantain pancakes, and a signature ZGK breakfast burrito; alongside a lunch “Chop” bar menu that gives the opportunity to sample a selection of Ghanaian classics in a single platter.
Zoe’s unique Sunday roasts are also not to be missed, such as tender Lamb Palaver (a five hour slow cooked hoggat shoulder with baby spinach and ground melon seed stew).
Get yourself down there whilst you can to try this contemporary twist on traditional Ghanaian flavours.
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen’s residency at The King & Co will run from Monday 30th March until Sunday 31st May 2015, during the following kitchen hours:
Monday – Friday: 17.00–22.00
To book a table or reserve an area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Address:The King & Co
100 Clapham Park Road
“It’s Ghana Be Tasty!”
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