Mirror, mirror on the wall, who makes the best Jollof rice of them all? Is it the Ghanaians, Nigerians or maybe even the pioneers of Jollof, the Senegalese?
As a proud Nigerian, it’s only right to say that Nigerians make the best Jollof. But does the answer really matter? I don’t know about you but I’d rather just find out where I can eat some good Jollof than get involved with the Jollof wars. So let’s put the Jollof beef aside so I can tell you where you can eat the baddest, sweetest and most succulent Jollof in London.
For those who don’t have a clue what Jollof rice is, it’s a very popular dish in West Africa which consists of rice cooked in tomatoes, onions and mixture of spices to give it a delicious, sweet and smoky taste. I’ve eaten Jollof rice in many restaurants in London, from the very well-known Enish Restaurant in Lewisham to Majestic Restaurant in Brixton, and have been very content with their Jollof rice and other dishes on their menu.
The Stewed Fried Fish and the African Fried Rice at Enish Restaurant are to die for! I’m very picky when it comes to fried rice as not everyone is able to cook this dish to a great standard. But I must say, Enish Restaurant definitely has a good recipe for this dish.
And don’t let me start talking about the spicy, well-cooked Suya from Majestic Restaurant. For those who don’t know what Suya is, it’s a meat skewer. Their Suya doesn’t taste too salty. Neither does it feel too chewy. The texture and the taste of this starter are perfect.
But there’s this one particular restaurant in Old Kent Road that has stolen my heart forever. 805 Restaurant has never failed me when it comes to Jollof. It is too delicious! It literally tastes like party Jollof, and if you’re African, you’ll understand what I mean by that. It is tasty to the point where you’ll consider making extra space in your full belly so that you can eat more rice. The rice is cooked well and all the way through, so it doesn’t feel like you are chewing on rocks. If you’ve tasted undercooked rice before, you’ll know exactly what I mean…
Let’s not forget about the other things on the menu… The grilled fish, assorted meat, salad, fried rice, plantain… Yes, I said plantain! Plantain is bae *love-struck emoji*! But unfortunately I’ve been to a few restaurants where they served burnt or under-fried plantain. It really hurts my heart when plantain isn’t prepared to a good (or edible) standard. Even though plantain isn’t classified as a main course, it’s still a very important side dish. Eating a portion of Jollof rice without plantain is like brushing your teeth without tooth paste! These two dishes cannot exist without each other. Plantain has a sweet taste that balances out the savoury flavour of the rice. It’s a perfect match! Especially when the plantain is very ripe with a soft texture and a goldish/brown colour. I guess you understand why I think it’s important to prepare plantain to a good standard as it can really affect the meal.
And after eating at these three restaurants, I can assure you that they all do not fail when it comes to their Jollof rice, fish, and of course the all-important plantain! So I definitely recommend paying them a visit. Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed with the food.
Sugars and love,