When you see Pounded Yam, Egusi Soup (made from melon seeds), Efo Riro (Vegetable soup) Goat Meat Pepper Soup, Shredded Beef, Palm Wine and Meat Pie on a Nigerian menu, then be prepared for a feast. We ate to our satisfaction on 23rd April 2016 at Tokunbo’s Kitchen.
After the successful launch of her inaugural Supper Club in April 2016, Tokunbo’s Kitchen is set to take us back to Nigeria once again via Oya Come Chop 2.0. If you missed the first edition, you certainly do not want to miss Oya Come Chop 2.0. Not sure what to expect? Keep reading.
Oya Come Chop by Tokunbo’s Kitchen was simply amazing! I had an idea of what to expect but it surpassed my expectations. Though I am Nigerian, this was my first experience at a Nigerian Supper Club so I was excitedly looking forward to it.
On arrival at the The Engine Room, Tottenham, I was ushered into a nice room where we had a mini meet and greet session with other guests while having some Palm Wine and Plantain chips to nibble on. It was exciting to place names to faces I had met only on Social Media and the conversation flowed freely. After an introduction by the host, it was time for the Starters to be served but first you had to locate your table.
The tables were named Lekki, Victoria Island, Ikeja, Surulere and Yaba which are towns in Lagos State, Nigeria. In order for non-Nigerians to understand this, Tokunbo likened each town to a similar town in London.
By the time she was done explaining why she chose these towns, we were all roaring with laughter and this set the mood for the delicious food we were about to eat.
On the tables we also had Dried Shredded Meat and Peanuts along with Wonjo a natural hibiscus drink from Chosan Drinks.
It is available in Original, Fresh Root Ginger, Moroccan Mint, Warming Spices and Essex Apples flavours. I had the Moroccan Mint and it was the perfect accompaniment for the meal. It is similar to what we call ‘Zobo’ in Nigeria.
I had Meat Pies and Goat Meat Pepper Soup for the starter and the meat pies were absolutely delicious – moist and warm with generous fillings.
After the Starter, we had to change seats and you had to look for your seat by speaking to people. This was a good idea as it gave everyone the opportunity to interact and meet new faces at the table again. The soup was served communal style and then you get to serve yourself depending on how much quantity you needed. I had Pounded Yam with Efo Riro and I ate it the usual way – with my hands – as it is best enjoyed that way. The pounded yam was made to perfection and the Efo Riro (Vegetable Stew) was fantastic with pieces of meat in every corner. The Vegans had Egusi Soup and Mushroom with their choice of rice or pounded yam. One good thing about this was the free flow of food as all you had to do was serve yourself if you needed extra.
Then, we had the Mango Sorbet for dessert which was the perfect dessert to have after the pounded yam. It was a fantastic night of good food, amazing people and great conversation.
Tokunbo was an amazing host, ensuring that everyone was happy and also entertaining us in between. Overall, it was an amazing experience considering the fact it was her first Supper Club.
The next Supper Club will hold on The Engine Room – Vickers Court Waterside Way, London, N17 9FT. You can take advantage of the early bird tickets by booking before the 21st of May. To book your tickets, please click here and come prepared to feast and dine like royalty. You can check out other reviews for Tokunbo’s Kitchen on Chopstreets.