Akara is the latest project from Akoko owner Aji Akokomi

If you’re a fan (join the club) of fine dining West African restaurant Akoko in Fitzrovia, you’ll be very pleased to hear that the team is expanding, with new, more relaxed spot Akara opening in Borough Yards this October. The restaurant is named after the black-eyed bean fritter found across West Africa and you can expect to find a variety of them, with fillings including carabinero prawns & vatapa, scallops, ox cheek, and chanterelle mushroom patê.

As well as the namesake dish, the Akara menu is also set to include:

  • sinasir (rice pancake) with bone marrow & yaji
  • tatale (plantain pancake) with Senegalese hot sauce
  • labu aged beef
  • dibi lamb
  • aubergine dressed with chilli oil
  • nokoss sea bream
  • edesi isip (coconut rice)
  • black-eyed bean, cucumber & lime salad
  • caramelised onion & honey and rice & peanut ice cream
  • tamarind date cake
  • bofrot (Ghanaian doughnut)

You’ll be able to pair all that with some of Akoko’s signature cocktails, like the Cacao & Dates Negroni, as well as new serves such as the Smoked Plantain Caipirinha and wines made from lesser-known grape varieties.

Like its big sis, Akara is set to look the part, with a warm grey palette and grey leather banquette seating in the 40-cover space as well as an open kitchen with counter dining, a standalone six-seater bar with a carved wood facade and stone top, and a private dining room on the mezzanine.

Opens October 2023
Stoney Street, London SE1 9AD