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Enish Restaurant

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About Enish Restaurant

Enish Nigerian Restaurant & Grill is a fresh face in London’s West African restaurant renaissance, offering fine Nigerian dining to the lucky denizens of Lewisham. Eating here is an upscale experience, but we love this Lewisham High Street restaurant’s cheeky self-description – if Enish were a guy he’d be immaculately tailored, but also be sitting back, drink in hand, laughing like no one’s watching. That’s the spirit, and it’s this mix of earnestness and respect plus a playful vibrancy that is the essence of the delicious West African and Nigerian cuisine on offer – bold, rich, deep, and often very hot!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 13:00 - 00:30
  • Tuesday 13:00 - 00:30
  • Wednesday 13:00 - 00:30
  • Thursday 13:00 - 00:30
  • Friday 13:00 - 00:30
  • Saturday 13:00 - 00:30
  • Sunday 13:00 - 00:30
Enish Restaurant, 228 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6JU London

Further Information

The backbone of Nigerian cuisine is the use of herbs and spices unique to West Africa plus palm oil (otherwise known as red oil) and groundnut oil as a base for cooking rich stews and soups, often with a generous dose of fiery chilli peppers. The structure of a traditional Nigerian meal is typically social, with an array of different dishes shared across the table. It’s these traditional foundations that Enish Nigerian Restaurant & Grill brings to London at their chic restaurant down Lewisham High Street. A meal here is exceptional, carefully crafted by head chef Olushola Medupin and his team. Indeed, Medupin cut his teeth at top-ranked Lagos restaurant Ebun-Ola, and now he’s bringing his wealth of culinary expertise to Lewisham.

While Enish houses a well-stocked bar that keeps the good times flowing whether you’re at this London Nigerian restaurant for a casual meal or a proper celebration, the food is naturally the focus. While the menu changes regularly, you can count on a heady mix of fantastic West African dishes with a focus on Nigerian cuisine. Try moimoi to start, bean-floured peppers, onions, and mackerel, tilapia pepper soup, or the truly exotic east Nigerian dish of isiewu or goat’s head soup. The main event at Enish’s Lewisham High Street premises always comes with a traditional spread of pounded yam, eba, amala, semolina, or wheat. From there, choose your weapons from a long list of classic main meals: egusi, eforiro, ogbono, ewedu, oha, edikang ikong and more again from the grill. If you’re not versed in the language of Nigerian cuisine, let Enish’s friendly and knowledgeable staff guide you through dishes typified by okra, West African nuts, seeds, and leaves, powerfully flavoured meat and fish dishes, and vegetable dishes a world away from European standards. Enish is an unmissable experience – book now.

CHEF'S CHOICE

65 Reviews

4.6 /6 Excellent 65 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
15.08.2017 07:52

A very nice experience again. We were received promptly at the door. Seated nicely. The food came within 20 minutes. All tasted nice. Pleasant staff. Will go back again and again.

1 review so far 6
06.08.2017 07:33

The service was very good service, the staff very polite and efficient and the food was delicious , overall we had an excellent time .

1 review so far 6
02.05.2017 07:04

Enish is a lovely restaurant with amazing food and service. Everyone had a lovely time. Worth every single pnny paid! Would definitely go back again.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 08:04

Good service from the start, and the food was delicious. I will recommend this restaurant to my friends and I will certainly make another reservation again soon.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 14:32

I loved visiting and eating at the stylish Enish restaurant. I was visiting from Houston, TX and have tried some good Naija food in Houston. I dropped by at Enish in the afternoon, the restaurant was well lit with great décor. In addition to the dinning/eating area, there was also a bar / lounge section perhaps to watch a game on the large TV. There was calm Afro music playing across the room with accompanying music video on the TV. The waiter at the bar was friendly. I was pleased and was looking forward to my meal. I grabbed a stool at the bar, the pleasant waiter got me a drink and took my order. I got my food at the bar but chose to eat at the upper level of the restaurant. I started with Goat meat Pepper Soup and then White rice with Edikang Ikong. The waiter was surprised about my food combo, but that’s how I like it. All in all, the portion of the food was large and tasted great. I was stuffed and knew at this point that I did not have much room left to eat the rest of the day. With its great interior and great food, its the kind of place I would bring non-Naija friends to. Glad to have food that reminds me of Naija and look forward to dropping by on my next visit. Quandoo does not do half-points, as I would have taken half a point off of my review because I had a problem with the restroom door

1 review so far 5
12.04.2017 18:23

I enjoyed my visit to Enish last Saturday evening, the welcome was immediate, even though we were 1 hour late for our reservation, and the restaurant was already nearly full. The atmosphere was lively, our food arrived within a short amount of time and we were hugely surprised, at the quantity and delicious quality of the food. We both ordered the grilled Croaker fish , I with plantain and my friend fried yam, then side dishes of beans and Ayamase. Man was the fish huge, I am not a big fan of pepper and decided I would take my fish home, but demolished my plantain, beans and salad, my friend demolished all of hers and said she could go again. I think both the service and quality of food was professional and delicious, definite recommendation by me. Dee

1 review so far 6
11.01.2016 08:18

Oh what a wonderful wonderful day, day I will never forget...honestly bring this to North London. The atmosphere is great, nice ambiance. We had a party on the 24th Dec 2015 in the basement private lounge with our own music. It was a bomb . Very good food,reasonable price and service 100% especially with the buzzer. I think I'm addicted to the buzzer...lol. Enish please keep it up. Will I be back? Yes yes and yes with friends n family

1 review so far 5
07.12.2016 08:25

The menu was varied and with a great selection. The food was very nice ( my only criticism would be that it is all extremely hot/spicey so the younger kids struggled to eat the food. I would suggest they have a mild option for the stew as not everyone enjoys excessive pepper). The service was good considering we were a big group - anf the wait for food to arrive wasn't as long as some well known Nigerian restaurants. Classy and clean decor too. I would recommend and will most definitely return.

1 review so far 6
02.02.2016 23:21

It was perfect. I was told about this place by my friends and I am glad to say that they were not exaggerating. The food was delicious and big portioned. The staffs we polite and professional. I made some requests which was out of the norm for them and my request was accommodated. After our meal, my friends and I just chilled to enjoy the music video and the ambiance. I will be back.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2016 21:01

The restaurant was easy to find. Service was fast and the dishes were both sizeable and very delicious. Highly recommended. Only improvements I will recommend is having the menu updated with nutritional information ( I.e vegetarian/vegan, spice level, allergens) for those who are not used to Nigerian cuisine. The waiters were always happy to provide this information though, so if in doubt, you only need ask.

1 review so far 5
07.05.2017 17:00

Great service and good organisation. Although I feel the space available may be getting too small. Very impressed with the helpful staff. Also the fact that many young black kids are actively engaged in the team is certainly very impressive and deserves to be commended. It is always a principle close to my heart to spend my money into black businesses like yours. I hope to recommend your restuarant to many more of my friends. Thank you

1 review so far 6
02.02.2016 23:39

Best ever ! I was greeted with big screen afrobeat. The food was great chicken suya starter and pounded efo riro was out of this world. Customer service for an African restaurant I will give 7/6. They have a waiting staff calling buzzer which I think it's really a good idea . I will definitely visit again with my family, friends n extended families

1 review so far 3
15.09.2016 08:04

Good customer service, the girls on the country were polite and responded to call quickly but a couple of improvements: We were served pineapple juice that was sour ( out of date I believe) but we returned it and we ordered a chapman which was filled with ice. Your fried rice didn't taste like fried rice at all, it needs a lot of improvement! I could have cooked a better one at home. Also I ordered chap man non-alcoholic drink, it was filled with 3/4 ice and 1/4 drink and I paid £4.99, I think that's just a rip off. Fresh fish could have been better and snail was a bit chewy. Overall I won't be back to this restaurant.

1 review so far 3
30.03.2017 09:59

The food was lovely. But paying £4.99 for a simple plate of white rice was a bit extortionist and £2.99 for a small bottle of fanta probably around 300ml was a bit of a joke. Furthermore the restaurant was really busy and it took a while for the staff to get us what we asked for and find us seating even though we'd booked in advance. We also had to help clean our own table before we sat down to eat as it was still very unclean, drink spilt around the floor etc. Some of the staff however were very nice whereas others seemed annoyed to be there.

1 review so far 6
24.04.2016 08:47

Brilliant food and brilliant service, very easy to locate, parking is 5-7 min walk away. They have a buzzer for each table which is very efficient, it lets the waiter/waitress know when you want the bill or would like to order. Honestly check it out for yourself , was very impressed xxx

1 review so far 1
20.06.2016 19:53

I booked a table for my family to celebrate fathers day at Enish in Lewisham. Entering the premises, you can tell the type of night we were going to have because none staff approach us, we had to approach them to explain we booked a table, then we was just waved over to a random seats where other customers just finished, with messy table when there was obviously empty clean tables available. We requested not to be seated by the door and if we can go upstairs, we was told by the manager that you have to book the upstairs and all the seats has been booked and there is no where else. All upstairs was empty at this time. My husband and I eventually sat near the door with my four children last being 3 years old. We ordered our food, dirty cutlery was brought to the table along with dirty glasses and jug which the drinks were in. 30 minutes went by before one starter came then another 30 minutes before one main dish came, my 3 year old was screaming "I'm hungry" then another 15 minutes before two main dish follow. By this time my husband and I have lost our appetite. 35 minutes after the first main dish was brought, my husband and I's main dish arrived when our children have already finished eating. We ask for our dish to be wrapped up for us to takeaway. There were other customers having their food brought very late too. The whole point of eating together is to eat together. This is actually the worst restaurant I've ever been to, no customer service at all and I regret taking my family there! On leaving the restaurant the upstairs was still empty. I am rating the restaurant 0 not 1.

1 review so far 6
18.02.2017 08:00

A nice Nigerian restaurant in the heart of south London. Nice simple Pleasant atmosphere. Fast service, polite service, very good food. I will definitely encourage you to try them out. This is a naija restaurant I will be proud to take my non Nigerian friends. Very clean too. Well done.

1 review so far 5
02.06.2017 09:43

Really nice place, the meal and service are great. I will definitely come again. If only they can create car park there, it will be marvellous. There is enough ground there for a car park that can contain at least 10 vehicles. But in all seriousness, it is a great place and I can't wait to bring my wife. Thanks.

2 reviews so far 6
19.03.2016 05:42

Excellent! Great venue, great food, nice drinks and good service. I will definitely come back for more delicious delicacies from Enish Restaurant in Lewisham, London

1 review so far 5
20.02.2017 13:20

The restaurant is very easy to locate, very warm and friendly staff, they help make the experience very pleasurable. IK was our waiter for the night and we laughed all through, it was like going to your friends place for dinner. I had an awesome time, also the food was amazing👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾 My only negative the restaurant was really COLD

1 review so far 4
15.02.2016 06:18

Not a bad experience, easy to locate and food very nice. Space seemed a bit cramped, but ok. Pricy in some respect and I found it unnecessary for them to charge £1 per take away bowl if you can't finish your food and need to pack it home... I had to pay £2 extra for that! That I found annoying!! Otherwise, good and I generously rate it 4.

1 review so far 5
29.06.2016 18:17

Just need to improve more in d waiting time. As we had to wait for a while for food to come. Maybe need more staff in d kitchen to ensure food a ready on time. Apart from that everything was great. Staffs are very approachable and ready to assist. Well done and Thank you

1 review so far 4
06.09.2015 20:55

Lovely restaurant however the food took very long to come which was not good this really needs to improve but on the whole we had a lovely experience. Customer service was very good also and the environment the music could be turned down just a little bit so people can have a conversation instead of shouting to be heard. Overall a good night prices were brilliant.

2 reviews so far 6
02.02.2016 23:40

My partner and I wanted a nice place to dine and I must say, we found what we were looking for at Enish restaurant. The food was good, the price was right and the location even better. We will be loyal customers.

1 review so far 4
15.08.2015 10:59

Great set-up - very efficient to have a bell to call waiting staff, but they were too under-staffed to respond promptly most of the time. Which is a shame, because the menu, food and decor were great. They obviously employ a top chef. But waiting for staff to arrive and waiting for different parts of the same meal to arrive was frustrating.

1 review so far 6
31.08.2016 01:39

Was cool. The staff were polite, patient & well mannered. My 20 year old son was really tripped by the bell to call to place order. The toilets need upgrading though. Will definitely visit again & recommend to friends & family

1 review so far 6
04.01.2017 09:51

Food was delicious. Service was good. The pepper soup was really good. Even though it was new years eve, I would still expect the waiters to smile just a little.But other than that cant complain...

1 review so far 6
23.07.2016 18:34

Excellent. Food was delicious. Will definitely be going again. Staff were polite. The food were of huge portions. It was too much but again so delicious we took the rest home and enjoyed ourselves

1 review so far 6
04.05.2016 07:13

Enish is the best place to be, great environment great hostess and great dishes, they are friendly people and i enjoy celebrating my bdy with my friends and family can't wait to go back.

1 review so far 4
16.09.2015 09:32

The food....when it eventually came was splendid and the portions generous. The ombience was pleasant. The price was very good but the service was lacking in that the waiters could have been more attentive and some had to wait over 1hr for their meal to arrive.

1 review so far 6
06.05.2016 00:12

i definately enjoyed eating at enish restaurant..Tried the chicken suya,grilledfish and fried yam and wasn't dissapointed..i can't wait to go back and try more of their special african delightful dishes..

1 review so far 4
08.01.2017 00:25

The customer service was average. There was a delay in setving th e drinks and quite a wait for the main meal. No one asked if we were enjoying the meal. When we said goodbye no one answered. The food was well presented and tasty.

1 review so far 6
28.07.2016 12:38

Super Duper meal. Absolutely brilliant. I have not tasted anything like that in a very long time. I loved it and would definitely recommend to any hungry fellow.

1 review so far 6
16.05.2016 14:58

Lovely atmosphere and wonderful customer service. The food was good but the take away one was better, but the customer service was exceptional. My permanent dinner date restaurant.

1 review so far 6
19.04.2016 09:22

Amazing. Really enjoyed the food. Good service. Very authentic. Lovely atmosphere. I would definitely definitely definitely return to the restaurant. I know I'll also recommend the place.

1 review so far 6
06.03.2016 19:48

Delicious food with excellent service. Lots of variety menu to choose from the list. Short waiting time, our main meal arrived shortly after we finished our staters.

1 review so far 6
20.11.2016 09:06

Great restaurant. Nice ambience. Good and quick service. Amazing Nigerian cuisine. I would recommend this restaurant to all my friendsand family. Everyone should go to Enish.

1 review so far 6
27.03.2016 11:46

Ut was incredible.. The food was great Although waiting time could be reduced.. The waiter was very nice and well preserved would definitely be coming back

2 reviews so far 6
22.06.2016 19:33

Great ambiance,wonderful food and excellent customer service. I love it and will always come back especially for the griledl goat Asun, pepper soup and Egunsi

2 reviews so far 6
04.10.2016 07:58

Enish in Lewisham has great nigerian food. The Suya is very tasty. Egusi stew was excellent too. I would recommend anyone to go eat there.

2 reviews so far 6
23.12.2016 11:19

Nice food, nice atmosphere. Good value for money. Lovely food with a wide variety of choices and combinations. Nice atmosphere and good service. Highly recommended!!

1 review so far 4
09.05.2016 11:06

The customer service was excellent. The table and chair was not so clean though, there was soap at the head of my chair and dried food on the table and buzzer. The glasses provided where also dusty.

1 review so far 4
03.10.2015 12:42

The atmosphere is nice and the staff is very friendly. The only inconvenience is that the food takes long to arrive. However after you try it you forget abou the wait because is delicious. Real African food.

1 review so far 5
28.02.2017 08:27

Good food, smart casual atmosphere, stylish decor. I tell all my friends to come here for a taste of Nigerian cuisine, and i am a regular :-)

1 review so far 5
08.05.2016 23:04

Good customer service but the staffs should smile a bit more rather than looking all straight faced , all in all food was delicious Nd neat.

1 review so far 5
06.08.2015 15:31

Good service and very nice food which was promptly and elegantly served. Foods are Spiced moderately. I will surely recommend this restaurant. Good customer relations. Mercy.

1 review so far 5
04.09.2015 13:01

Good Food with variety of choices. Also premises looks nice, classy and inviting. The Jollof rice was very tasty, i will recommend this to anyone.

1 review so far 5
02.06.2016 07:26

Lovely ambience, great portion size, staffs were very knowledgeable about the menu. Overall, amazing variety. Very tasteful and definitely one to come back to 😃

1 review so far 4
09.11.2015 21:20

My experience at the restaurant is that the food was not very good, however i would like to give service 4 stars, i would probably come again, would recommend for friends

1 review so far 3
02.10.2016 08:13

They need to make changes to the ladies. Food not as great as the las time I went. Then got a parking ticket which was my fault but makes me even more unhappy and am not going back there again.