# Gourmet Street Food: A Posh Pretender in Disguise?

Street food – it’s bold, it’s brash, it’s the beating heart of the culinary world that serves you raw culture on a platter without the frills. Then along come these swanky sous-chefs with their tweezers and gold leaf, trying to dress up tradition like it’s ready for the Met Gala. Case in point: Akara London, the latest joint on the block where they’ve taken Nigerian Akara – a classic – and turned it into what? A glorified, unrecognizable dough-ball masquerading as high-end cuisine.

Let’s break it down. Akara – those sizzling bean cakes straight from the streets of Nigeria – are a genuine slice of culinary genius. They’re a testament to the power of simple, authentic food made with soul. But chef Ayo Adeyemi, with all respect to his hustle, seems to have lost the plot. He’s taken this street food stalwart, known for its crunchy exterior and fluffy heart, and turned it into something that could well be a prop from a sci-fi flick – overdone, doughy, and missing that raw punch of flavor.

Alright, it’s pleasant to the eye, I’ll give it that. But since when do we eat with our eyes only? Since when did a dish’s Instagram-ability start trumping taste? Folks, I’m all for innovation in cuisine, and I love watching people get creative. But when your creativity strips away the very essence of what made something great in the first place, you’ve got to step back and question – what’s the point?

You walk into these upscale places expecting a flavor trip, but you’re shoved onto a bland carousel that looks flash but tastes like disappointment. Let’s not kid ourselves; they’re selling an experience, not a meal. And the worst part? They’re selling it at a premium, prying into your wallet with the jaws of life, all for a dish that wouldn’t stand a chance on the streets where it was born.

Chef Adeyemi, no doubt, is a culinary artist. His ambition to uplift Akara is admirable. But this isn’t upgrading; it’s uprooting. There’s a reason street food has risen to the top of the foodie chain. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s the undiluted taste of a culture that doesn’t need a silver spoon to be savored.

The bottom line? A for effort, D for execution. This plate is like that one hit wonder that you’ll try once before returning to the classics – those timeless tracks that never fail to hit right. This gourmet version of Akara? It’s more of a novelty – a one-time tick on your ‘been there, done that’ list that fails to capture the bold spirit of the streets.

Stick to the streets, people, where the food is cooked with passion rather than protocol, where every bite tells a story, and authenticity isn’t traded for aesthetics. Where Akara isn’t just another pretty face, but a delicious, crunchy legend that echoes the unpretentious, vibrant life of the streets it reigns from.

Let’s keep street food real. It’s our heritage, it’s our culture, and, by the fiery grills of every street vendor out there, it deserves better than to be a garnished caricature on a plate of pretense.

Akara London
Arch 208, 18 Stoney St, London SE1 9AD, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 3861 5190










Along come these swanky sous-chefs with their tweezers and gold leaf, trying to dress up tradition like it's ready for the Met Gala. Case in point: Akara London

They really went all out

Different inauthentic Flavors

A for presentation

The space is appropriate minimalist

Ok this looks super Delish but what’s the connection to the Akara theme?

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