Dansaki to open first Afro-Caribbean restaurant at Elwick Place Ashford

Contributed by editor on Aug 13, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Dansaki’s Founder and Director is Ms Funmi Aina


The UK’s very first Dansaki Afro-Caribbean restaurant is to open at Elwick Place in Ashford, bringing an exciting new food and drink concept to the town.

This follows the news that Macknade is opening a restaurant and food hall at the council-owned town centre development, which is home to a Picturehouse cinema and Travelodge hotel.

Dansaki aims to serve an exquisite range of Afro-Caribbean and continental cuisine, creating a “destination restaurant” offering a fine dining experience in a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.

Décor will feature bright African colours and amazing tribal patterns and artwork on the walls.

In identifying a pent-up demand for an ‘ethnic eating experience’, the menu will be a ‘complimentary mingling of traditional Afro-Caribbean and continental cuisine’. High quality food prepared with exotic flare is promised at the 2,325 sq ft restaurant in unit 6.

Dansaki’s Founder and Director is Ms Funmi Aina, a talented chef and businesswoman who runs an established and highly successful Afro-Caribbean event catering firm which serves corporate and private clients across Kent, London and the South East.


Funmi Aina with her brother in law and Dansaki business associate Isaac Enakimio

“Afro-Caribbean food is not in the mainstream and we need to do more to bring it into the limelight. What we offer is very different and I think people in Ashford are going to enjoy visiting our restaurant and having a great time with their family and friends,” said Funmi, who is writing her first Afro-Caribbean cook book but is pushing its publication onto the back burner while she gets ready to lead the kitchen team in Ashford.

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