Esogie
Shinjuku: African
Esogie (Shinjuku: African)
Esogie
Open 6pm-midnight (Fri, Sat -4am). Closed Wednesdays.
Sun: Open Sundays

Esogie's owner Lucky Isiwe has recreated a little slice of Lagos in Shinjuku San-Chome. Nigerian funk plays on the bar's powerful sound system, and there's always something good cooking on the stove - deep-fried Akara bean cakes served with creamy cabbage slaw, fiery Jollof rice pilaf with chicken and peppers, chewy sweet and savory slices of fried plantain with a side of red beans.

Sit back and enjoy the chicken stew flavored with mildly bitter egusi seeds with a thickly concentrated (and potent) Nigerian-brewed Guiness. Budget around Y3500 for dinner and drinks.

Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-11-2, Muraki Bldg 3F.
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