The detox done and we made it to payday… That makes it officially time for a celebratory takeaway! We tried Squires Restaurant, on Barking Road back in December, and now the predictably abstemious January is done, it seems like the perfect time to tell you all about it!
Squires is a West African restaurant in East Ham South. The website says ‘West African home-style food with a Nigerian influence’ so you can find all the usual Nigerian favourites on the menu (the Pepper soup was a winner) and it makes a refreshing change from the sea of South Indian eating options in East Ham and Upton Park. They have restaurants in East Ham, Canning Town, Dagenham and Grays, Essex.
Classic Jollof paired with some punchy fish dishes
We went for classic choices and were not disappointed. The Jollof rice was deliciously smokey, fluffy and served with a few pieces of tender yummy Plantain (called Dodo on the menu), a boiled egg and a side portion of chewy salt fish in tomato sauce (it’s supposed to be chewy, so that is a compliment). For those of you who are up on your Jollof affairs, you may know that Ghana and Nigeria have a long running feud over who invented this lovely tomato rice dish – Wikipedia will fill you in, but we can’t say with any certainty which recipe Squires serves. We do know it was delicious and not too spicy, making it a beautiful companion to some of the other, punchier dishes we ordered.
We also tried the Efo Riro – a Yoruba tomato, spinach and fish stew was served with stock fish (well, it might have been stock fish… the menu doesn’t specify so the whole fish experience was a yummy game of chance) which was super tasty and will certainly warm you up on a chilly eve. Speaking of being warmed up, that brings us to the Fish Pepper soup (a dark uper spicy broth served with Tilapia fish), and this little fella was feisty. Delicious, and yummy it was, but for the faint hearted it is not. Consider yourself warned.
Easy to order, and arrived piping hot
Ordering was easy enough – we called, we ordered. The end. Well, actually, not quite – the service was so friendly that the chef even offered to cook us a dish that was not listed on the menu. 10 out of 10!
On a side note, we have to tell you that delivery was not quick – food arrived a little more than an hour after we ordered. We forgave them though as it was Friday night and it was delivered by a friendly face, cooked fresh and piping hot.
All in all, it was worth the wait and the price was right – our meal for two came to £21, and was plenty enough for 3 people. If you choose to eat in the restaurant, they do have a bar and are licensed to serve alcohol so you can make a night of it if you choose.
What: A West African restaurant and takeaway.
Opening hours: Everyday, 11am – 12 Midnight
£££: Lunch boxes from £4, Main meals and dinner from £8