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Pop-up Chuku Opens First Restaurant

The owners of award-winning pop-up Chuku have announced they are to open their first permanent restaurant.

Opening in Tottenham in February 2020, Seven Sisters will focus on authentic Nigerian flavours with a twist, such as jollof quinoa, a healthy spin on the traditional jollof rice; and plantain waffles, their signature gluten free and vegan dessert.

Ifeyinwa (Forbes’ leading businesswomen in Europe; Elle’s star female entrepreneurs under 30) and Emeka Frederick started Chuku’s in 2016. The brother-sister duo behind the world’s first Nigerian tapas pop-up will open their bricks and mortar site after being crowned winners at this year’s Young British Foodie awards.

Earlier this year they raised 120% of their crowdfunding target to help open Seven Sisters.

The permanent restaurant will follow the same style of their pop-ups, serving sharing plates of Nigerian dishes against a backdrop of rhythmic afrobeats, contemporary art and street photography, to give a taste of Lagos, Nigeria’s cultural capital.

In addition to their signature dishes, the Chuku’s opening menu will see an arrival of a set of new dishes, including recipes from Northern Nigeria; home to the Hausa-Fulani tribe, whose culinary traditions often little is known about outside of the country. The drinks offering will include a range of Chuku’s alcoholic originals, including Zobo Sangria, a hibiscus-infused Sangria mix, and a Palm Wine cocktail.

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