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West African restaurant Akara opens in Borough Yards

Dig into traditional dishes including akara fritters with different fillings.

If the sound of West African food gets your stomach rumbling, then we have some exciting news. Akara has opened in Borough Yards, and champions traditional flavours from the region. 

Aji Akokomi, who is behind the fine dining West African restaurant Akoko in Fitzrovia, has launched the new concept. Akara derives its name from the black-eye bean fritter, which has its roots in West Africa. A-nrd has created the design and décor, and the stylish space can accommodate up to 40 people.


Akoko’s à la carte menu includes savoury akara fritters with different fillings, which include BBQ Tiger Prawn, BBQ Wild Mushroom, Braised Ox Cheek, and Seared Hand Dived Orkney Scallop. The mains include a selection of barbecued meat, fish and vegetable plates, which have been designed for sharing. 


The highlights include Efik Chicken Broth Coconut Rice; Efik Style Coconut, Ginger, Garlic Rice, with Roasted Carro; Grilled Octopus and Pepper Relish; Grilled Pollock, Lagos Chicken; and Caramelised Pineapple, Coconut Lemon Ice Cream. Plus, the cocktails range from Cacao and Dates Negroni to Plantain Old Fashioned, and there is a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, and a curated wine list. 


Aji, owner of Akara, explained: “The Akara concept has been a labour of love for quite some time, and we’ve always envisioned it here in Borough. We’re thrilled to finally bring Akara to this exceptional location, where we know the restaurant serves as a vibrant celebration of the unique dishes, ingredients, and techniques that excite and inspire us.”

Akara in London is open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch from 12 to 4pm, and for dinner from 6 to 11pm.

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 Please find the latest press release below and attached, and imagery here.

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