Homegirl London’s Food Review: Jikoni Restaurant. Friends were visiting us from out of town and on their route in to London they suggested we meet at this lovely eatery in Marylebone for brunch. It was a delightful way to start the weekend tucking into delicious comfort food by cook Ravinder Bhogal. The eclectic dishes were influenced by flavours from Britain, East Africa, the Middle East and Asia. If you’re looking for weekend brunch in W1, restaurants in Marylebone or places to eat near The Wallace Collection then you must book a table at the Jikoni Restaurant.
“A joyful place to hang out with friends and tuck into comfort food created with love using a fusion of flavors from Britain, East Africa, Middle East and Asia,” Homegirl London
Jikoni Restaurant Brunch Menu
We ate brunch there a few weeks ago. I’ve been super busy since then so I haven’t had time to write up the feature until now! The mains included veggie options like cornbread made from spicy creamed corn, topped with a fried egg and jalapeno relish to spice it up. I tried the Kataifi egg with romesco and picked cauliflower which was like a crispy bird’s nest with an egg inside. This was totally delicious and very adorable to look at. The other veggie option was Dahi Cauliflower.
Kataifi Egg with Romesco And Picked Cauliflower
Meaty mains included tamarind glazed bacon, fenugeek waffles with fennel slaw. The mutton keema sloppy joe (hamburger) with a side of fried padrons is perfect for a comfort food treat. There were also lamb chops with home ground Ras el Hanout, courgette tzatziki and flatbread. Chicken lovers can enjoy the Kikapu chicken with plantain chips. Fish fans will be content the sensational saffron seafood stew.
Mutton Keema Sloppy Joe with Padron Peppers
The small plates and sides were also interesting. The prawn toast scotch egg was a hit. This was served with banana ketchup and pickled cucumber. Everyone loves chips, here you can try the chickpea chips or okra fries with curry leaf mayo. I could eat the okra fries all day long! Try the fennel slaw which was also very good.
Prawn Toast Scotch Egg
We also sampled the three desserts. I went for the pina colada pancakes with carmelised pineapple and coconut ice cream which was awesome. This was quite sizeable so was very filling. Homeboy went all out on the banana cake with miso butterscotch and Ovaltine kulfi which was rich. Anna checked out the Turkish delight with summer berry semifreddo.
To give you an of price points brunch mains were £12.50-26. Small plates are £6.50-11.50 and the sides are £5-6.50. The seasonal Bellini is £11 which was white peach, bay and orange blossom. A glass of Gratiot Pilliere champagne was priced at £12. It was a little pricey but worth it for the thoughtful dishes and fabulous flavours.
Jikoni Restaurant Interiors
This is such a pretty restaurant and has a homely vibe. Outside you will find a few tables for alfresco dining. Enter and you will see a small bar area in front with high stools in front waiting for you to perch and order a cocktail or two. The rest of the main restaurant is a wonderful bright space decorated with splashes of colour radiating from the beautiful table cloths. Patterned fabric is hung on the white walls to provide a vibrant visual point.
Head downstairs where you will find the open kitchen. There are more tables where you can sit and watch the chefs at work. The toilets are also on the lower ground floor. Overall, this is a very relaxing and joyful space to catch up with friends for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Jikoni Restaurant Information
To find out more about the restaurant go to the Jikoni London website. The restaurant address is 19-21 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DH. The nearest tube stations are Oxford Circus, Marble Arch, Baker Street or Regents Park. Current opening times for lunch are Tuesday to Friday 12pm until 3pm. Dinner is served Monday to Saturday from 5.30pm until 10.30pm. On Sunday dinner is 5.30pm until 9.30pm. Weekend brunch is Saturday from 11am until 3pm and Sunday 11am until 4pm. You can make a reservation online. Enjoy!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy, Anna, Cookie and Ellis for dining with me.