If you’re looking for a tasty alternative to your usual takeaway, then you can’t go wrong with Chuku’s Dining Experience Kits.
Chuku’s is the Nigerian tapas eatery from brother and sister team Ifeyinwa and Emeka Frederick. The duo already had a popular following among London street food fans before a successful crowdfunding round saw them raise the finances to get the keys to their first bricks and mortar restaurant based in Tottenham, north London. However, like all restaurant businesses, the team had to temporarily close in response to Government instructions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A successful pivot due to the lockdown restrictions has seen Chuku’s launch their Dining Experience Kits, surely a silver lining as the kits are now helping to bring the delicious delights of Chuku’s to a potentially wider audience.
My review kit of Chuku’s Dining Experience Kits arrived in a satisfyingly big box, with all of the items packed safely in a cold bag.
Each kit comes with enough food to serve two and there are options for vegetarian, chicken and beef. I went for the chicken filling.
Opening the pack, there were a number of small containers filled with the makings of our dinner that night. In addition to my shredded chicken, I spied cassava sticks, tortilla wraps, a colourful looking slaw, small tubs of what I discovered were moin moin (a kind of beancake), Nigerian sauces – (Ata Din Din and barbecue and honey suya) – Chuku’s jollof quinoa and a delicious looking square of cheesecake.
All of the items were already pre-cooked, so it was an easy job to finish cooking everything and fill up our tortilla wraps, following the helpful instructions provided in the pack.
A quick 15-minutes later and we were tucking into the delicious tapas meal. It’s no exaggeration to say that everything was delicious. I was pleasantly surprised by the subtle jollof flavouring of the quinoa. Having never tried quinoa before it was a lovely introduction to the light grain. Other highlights were the small squares of moin moin, the desiccated coconut sprinkled on top of them was a nice touch. The sticks of cassava served as tasty fries and went down a treat.
Also included in the kit was a Nigerian-inspired cocktail called ‘The Obi’, which had a lovely coconutty flavour and a delicious cheesecake which disappeared in front of my eyes.
Rounding off the experience, the kit included a QR code to take us to a Spotify playlist of smooth Afrobeats that was a perfect accompaniment to the meal.
With their new Dining Experience Kits, the team has thought of everything for an authentic, relaxed evening meal, indeed, it was a perfect “chop, chat, chill” experience.
Chuku’s Dining Experience Kits are delivered nationwide on Fridays. Pre-order here.