About Jikoni East Africa

Jikoni is the creation of chefs Iman and James, who have been perfecting the menus since they met in 2017.


‘Kitchen’ in Swahili

Inspired by Iman’s exploration of the Nairobi food scene as a youth, her mother’s Somalian home cooking and drawing on James’s love of food and experience in the industry, we aim to share the exciting flavours of East Africa with everyone.

At Jikoni we love to get creative and explore the potentials of each cuisine whilst remaining true to their origins, respecting the people and places that are our muse.

Our Values

We source our ingredients locally where possible and are a proud supporter of the Kabisa foundation. This fantastic charity is run by Victoria Gillbard and supports families and local businesses in Kenya and Tanzania.

Another crucial aspect of our ethos and a passion of ours is to provide work opportunities to young adults from BAME and other disadvantaged communities. This will be a key aspect of our business going forward in collaboration with the Black South West Network.