The inspiration for Lemlem Kitchen came from the flavours of Makda’s home town Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, an African city built by Italian Modernists. There, she grew up eating a unique African blend of Italian / Mediterranean / Middle Eastern food, which was enjoyed in the homes, as well as the cafeterias and latterias of the city.
Makda and Jack met in New York where she’d settled after leaving Eritrea. It was the desire to start their own business combined with their love of food that led to the idea of creating Lemlem Kitchen back here in London. They recognised that although there are plenty of great traditional Eritrean restaurants in London, no-one had yet tried anything different with this unique palette of flavours.
Now, after four years of street food, festivals and supper clubs they have moved indoors to their current pop-up residency in East London, where they are relishing the chance to explore their ideas in a new environment.