5 Gambian Restaurants and Food Joints to check out in London

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There’s a Gambian Food Stall that has opened up at Deptford Market; you can catch them there on Fridays and the weekends – I have forgotten their name (hope to update you guys soon) but I certainly haven’t forgotten to remind our community that there are a host of small-medium sized Gambian inspired supper clubs and food popup shops humbly scattered within London’s diverse African Food Joints Scene.

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Do checkout some who are not featured here such as Mai Ceesay and Ousman Mbye who are seasoned and very good Gambian sous chefs. There are more than 20 Gambian inspired foodie places in London actually and below are some of the Best Five that you can look forward to:


*** Feature: SMILING COAST FOODS ***

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Insta: /SmilingCoastFoodsLtd | FB: /SmilingCoastFoodsLtd | Address: 75 Green street, Upton Park, London, E7 8JF | Phone 1: 02085489752 | Phone 2: Tel: 07796935553 | Opening Times: Mon-Sun 9am-8pm

They have fresh arrivals of ‘Kabba’, Delicious Palm oil from Guinea and Bisaap Amut amongst others from their East Ham base. An essential Gambian supermarket based in the heart of East London – do pay them a visit and mention how you found out about them via this blog post. The staff are very friendly also – and they have a van that regularly travels to the midlands and north of the country to serve the community outside London – #Good on them =)


1) JAMMA REKK

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Insta: /JammaRekk | Twitter: @Jamma_Rekk | FB: /JammaRekk

Intriguing. Modern Gambian and Caribbean culinary experience with a twist. These guys are certainly all about “fun, rum and your tum!” Be expecting big things from these guys next year! Whether it’s rum-drenched plantain, egg hash, seafood and spices and a signature dish named: ‘Coucou and Flying Fish’; you can be sure not only to be an excited customer; but a returning customer. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram via the details above. Please retweet this tweet and do sign up to their newsletter here


2) PAPA SPICE

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Insta: /PapaSpice1 | FB: /PapaSpice1 | Twitter: @PapaSpice1 | Email: info@papaspices.com

Afro-Brit Cuisine, London based; and started by two Gambian brothers – what more can you ask for! Since launching in 2013 PaPa Spice have enjoyed sold out Pop Up restaurant events in popular artisan London hangouts in Angel Islington, Hoxton and Harrow Road enjoying upto 700 foodies per event. One of the goals of Lawrence and Farra Gomez is  is to make PaPa Spice a big success and be the first to give everyone the knowledge about AfroBrit cuisine. They are certainly well well on the way.


3) THE SENE GAMBIAN TAKEAWAY

Address: 267A High Street South, East Ham London, E6 3PG

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Yassa, Peanut Butter Lamb Stew and more are available within this humble corner shop style restaurant in East Ham. The service here is very friendly and the food even better. Lovely fresh flavours and cooked to perfection. This place is highly recommended for anyone looking for a good value and delicious meal. Really friendly staff too!


4) LITTLE BOABAB

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FB: /LittleBoabab | Email: littlebaobabuk@gmail.com | Phone: 07864947632
Probably the best Senegambia Supperclub in London and if not the country; Little Baobab quite simply put = rock. I’ve been there many times, Resident Chef Khadim is a man that knows what he’s doing when it comes to Thiébou dieune,Yassa, Maffé and more. Make sure you keep updated via their Facebook page to see when their next supper club will pop-up! Email littlebaobabuk@gmail.com or call 07864947632 to book your place! Yes; they’re originally Senegalese – but worthy of a place within this article amongst our Gambian brothers.

5) GAMBY SHACK

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Insta: /GambyShack | FB: /TheGambyShack | Opening Times: 12pm – 6pm Wednesdays to Sundays
This is Lamin (pictured above) who runs The Gamby Shack at Netil Market selling Gambian inspired food. He is Gambian and has lived in the uk for over 21 years. Find Lamin & Mo in their shack almost always, creating incredible and healthy Afro-Caribbean soul food. Open at lunchtimes throughout the week, there is no better value meal in Hackney.


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