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How do you shake the holiday-induced lethargy of cloying Christmas music and candied fish from the osechi-ryori gift box? African foods and beats. Here are two African bars in Tokyo worth checking out  read more »


Spicy comfort foods, stiff drink and loud drums
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How do you shake the holiday-induced lethargy of cloying Christmas music and candied fish from the osechi-ryori gift box? African foods and beats. Here are two African bars in Tokyo worth checking out.

Esogie: Spicy comfort foods, stiff drink and loud drums
Esogie is a great spot to dig the sounds of Nigerian funk legends like Fela Kuti over a few bottles of Star Lager or thickly concentrated Nigerian-brewed Guinness. Owner Lucky Isiwe has recreated a little slice of Lagos in Shinjuku San-Chome. Sea-shell chimes greet you upon arrival, and there's always something good cooking on the stove: deep-fried Akara bean cakes served with creamy cabbage coleslaw, fiery Jollof rice pilaf with chicken and peppers, chewy sweet and savory slices of fried plantain with a side of red beans.

Despite the tiny space, Esogie hosts live African music performances a few times a year. On some evenings, Lucky brings out his djembe drums to jam with customers before seeing everyone off with a warm handshake and a megawatt smile.

Read more: African bars in Tokyo | CNNGo.com http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/eat/tokyos-2-best-african-bars-063769#ixzz1fObfauVf

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Muraki Bldg 3F, Shinjuku 3-11-2, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo show directions

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Sundays and holidays 18:00-24:00 Tue Wed Thu
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