The chuku's experience
CHUKU’S IS MORE THAN JUST FOOD. OUR TAPAS RESTAURANT IS THE PLACE TO 'CHOP, CHAT, CHILL'.
× Chop is Nigerian pidgin for eat and Nigerian food is at the heart of what we do. Our menu is centred on authentic Nigerian flavours, offering a selection of traditional dishes and those with a special Chuku’s twist. So, whether you're new to Nigerian cuisine or grew up on jollof and eba, we’ve got something for you. And with our mini tapas plates, it's easy to choose all you fancy.
× Chat is for the conversations that take place in our restaurant. Socialising is centred around food in Nigeria and we believe there’s no better way to catch up with friends than over a good meal. This is why our tapas dishes are made for sharing and socialising. And if you come alone, great! Our social setting is the perfect opportunity to get talking to someone you don’t know.
× Chill is for our relaxed atmosphere - the much-needed antidote to busy London life. Enjoy your food against a backdrop of Nigerian chill-out beats and Nigerian-inspired art as we bring you the best of Nigerian culture. All we ask is that you kick back, relax and make yourself at home.
So, whether you pop in for an hour or spend all day with us, come down to chop, chat, chill.
Chuku's is the creation of London born brother-sister duo Emeka (é-meh-ka) and Ifeyinwa (i-fay-in-wa). Having spent countless hours working together as kids to recite the whole script of their favourite film, Cool Runnings, as adults they teamed up again to focus on another of their mutual loves: Nigerian food.
Noticing the lack of Nigerian cuisine on the London “foodie” map, the pair decided to take what they know and love about Nigerian food and share it with the rest of the UK. But they wanted to do so with a difference.
Whilst living in Spain, where he spent many Sundays chilling with friends in a tapas bar, Emeka fell in love with the relaxed, social tapas dining culture. Just a couple of years later, Ifeyinwa moved to Martinique in the Caribbean and developed an appreciation for a slower pace of life than she had been used to in London.
Returning to London where everything, including meals, happened at an accelerated speed, the duo decided to slow things down. They wanted to create a spot where people could not only enjoy Nigerian food and culture but could also chill out, relax and enjoy each other’s company. And so, they set up Chuku’s to be the home of good food, good conversation and good vibes. Chop, chat, chill!