Suya Obalende

Restaurants, Nigerian Kingsland
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This popular Naija chop shop (‘Nigerian fast-food outlet’) is affectionately known as the ‘African McDonald’s’ – a largely innocuous reference to the price and speed with which food is served (lightning fast by Africa’s generally more relaxed standards), and not the quality. Specialising in suya (charcoal-grilled seasoned meat or fish), the menu includes other west African favourites from gizzards (popular offal in Africa) to the more adventurous crocodile. Chicken suya was tender and plentiful, although the yams in the asaro (yam and sweet potato porridge) could have been softer. The hand-washing point is a great idea, as is the cheeky ‘plate tax’, a £2.50 surcharge – donated to charity – for those not clearing their plate during the Sunday buffet.


Venue name: Suya Obalende
Address: 523 Kingsland Road
E8 4AR
Opening hours: Meals served noon-midnight Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-1am Fri-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Dalston Kingsland rail/38, 67, 76, 149 bus
Price: Main courses £7.95-£8.95. Set buffet (Sun) £9.95.
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