New African restaurant opens in JLT

The Gbemi’s Kitchen serves up authentic Nigerian dishes

New African restaurant opens in JLT
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Often have Catfish deliveries for lunch? You’re in luck as there’s a new Nigerian restaurant from the founder of the popular delivery service.

The Gbemi’s Kitchen in Dubai’s JLT is co-founded by entrepreneur Gbemi Giwa – who is also behind healthy delivery service Catfish.

The new restaurant in Cluster R shows off her Nigerian roots, with interesting dishes, some of which will be familiar if you’re a Catfish fan, such as the Dancing Waist and Wrestlers Choice warm bowls.

Interiors are bright and cheerful, with wall art starring Nigerian pop culture, with an afrobeat soundtrack while you dine.

The menu is based around street food such as suya – spicy grilled meat, and bole – grilled planatin.

The Swallow section encourages diners to eat with their hands, and stars dishes including pounded yam and efo riro (a spinach stew) with different meats.

Other dishes include spicy wings, grilled fish and fries, chicken, avocado and mango salad, cobb salad, jerk chicken and pineapple salad, jerk chicken bagel, club sandwich and more. You can even build your own rice and bowl dishes. And there are also dishes with a Middle Eastern twist, such as jollof hummus. There are vegan options too.

“TGK is a family run business and everyone down from our head chefs to the cleaners are considered a part of our family, it is the African way” said Giwa.

“Gbemi means ‘carry me’ and our mission is simple – sharing the spirit of Africa one bite at a time and we intend to carry as many people on this culinary journey as possible.”

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Open Sat-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri noon-11pm. Cluster R, JLT (052 547 9479).

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