Jikoni is the Swahili term for kitchen, it’s also the name of Marylebone’s latest restaurant which opened this week on Blandford Street. Opened by the award-winning food writer and cook, Ravinder Bhogal, Jikoni will bring together the flavours and cooking techniques of East Africa, Britain, the Middle East and Asia and will be a celebration of the maternal figures that inspired her love of food and cooking.
Divided into snacks, small plates, big plates and puddings, you’ll find British classics but not as you know them. Take the Scotch egg, a firm favourite at Ravinder’s pop-ups but not as you probably imagine them. You’ll find a prawn toast quail Scotch egg with pickled cucumber and ketchup, except this ketchup is made with bananas. There is also a Goan inspired pork Scotch egg with tomato and ginger chutney and carrot achaar. There’ll be an Indian take on the American sloppy joe made with Herdwick Mutton Keema, pickled onions and mint chutney and soft shell crabs served with Ravinder’s take on peanut sauce.
Main courses will revolve around comfort food, ideal for these autumn months, including a Shepherd’s pie which has been spiced up and a home ground Ras el hanout lamb served with Mujadarra. For those looking for a curry, there will be a daily changing rice plate that celebrates curries from all over the world including Kuku Paka, a favourite Kenyan chicken curry. Sides include caramel chips and a green bean and cashew thoran. Puddings include the likes of meringue roulade with caramelised apricots, pistachios and orange blossom and banana cake with miso butterscotch, Ovaltine kulfi and peanut brittle.
Designed by London studio, Creative Family, the restaurant will take inspiration from the maternal kitchens that Ravinder grew up in.
They’re set to launch a brunch soon – so keep your eyes peeled…
Jikoni: Now Open, 19-21 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DH, www.jikonilondon.com