Where to Find the Best Jollof in Abuja, Nigeria

Jollof rice and fish
Jollof rice and fish | © Sura Nualpradid / Shutterstock
Photo of Anne Adams
22 June 2018

It will interest you to know that a meal could cause an unending controversy between some West African countries. Jollof rice—AKA party Jollof—is popular in Nigeria, Togo, Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, and Mali. Every country claims to have a better version of the Jollof rice than the others. However, there are several regional variations in name, process of cooking, and ingredients. Here are our top picks of restaurants serving Nigeria’s most sumptuous delicacy in her capital city, Abuja.


Restaurant, African, $$$
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Jollof with Egg
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Jevinik Restaurant specializes in fusing together the best of African specialties. The variety of traditional tribal recipes is immediately visible on the restaurant’s menu, which combines the richness of the different local cooking styles with continental options as well. Set in an ample dining hall where the décor is rustic, Jevinik provides its guests with a warm plate of Jollof rice and a serene ambiance in Abuja.

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BluCabana Restaurant and Café

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, African, Italian, $$$
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Situated within a high-end complex that includes a beauty parlor, swimming pool, and gym, BluCabana is a nice place to eat out, offering both indoor and outdoor seating. Food includes local and international appetizers with a strong Lebanese influence. Enjoy a good meal of Nigerian Jollof rice with some of the best grilled fish and Nigerian suya meat in a lovely, family-oriented setting.

Bukka at the Hilton

Restaurant, African
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Housed within the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in central Abuja, Bukka’s airy dining hall is full of natural light coming in through the large windows, light flooring, and dark wooden furnishings. All of which give it a refinement in which to enjoy the flavors of the traditional cuisine of Nigeria. The menu offers local dishes based on the classic ingredients typical of Nigerian cooking, while at the buffet guests can also choose from a large selection of continental favorites.


Restaurant, Indian, $$$
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When you dine at Wakkis, you can watch your food being prepared by a busy team at work in the open kitchen. Housed in a hut-like niche made of bricks, wooden poles and straw, the kitchen’s core lies in its open charcoal pit, on which many dishes are prepared. Wakkis is located in Wuse II, Abuja. The restaurant promises some of the finest Nigerian cuisines infused with Indian delicacies, and of course Jollof rice is served in its best glory here.

Nkoyo Restaurant

Restaurant, African, $$$
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Located at Central area in Abuja, Nkoyo serves beautifully-cooked Nigerian food using the best of traditional herbs and spices. The restaurant is nicely decorated with bamboo and plants, giving a warm African ambiance and an unforgettable experience. There is also an array of great African artworks ranging from paintings, sculptures, and designs. Enjoy a cool night out with friends on a weekday, while melodies from a grand piano serenades your ears.

Spice Platter

Restaurant, African, $$$
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A name fit for the type of food served! The spices hit you delicately as you dig into a variety of African dishes. Afternoon lunch with friends just got better with tasty dishes served at Spice Platter, impressive customer service, and a beautiful ambiance to follow suit. There’s an art gallery just beside the restaurant with some of the finest Nigerian arts—a perfect way to end a date.

The Charcoal

Restaurant, African, $$$
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The Charcoal Grill and Restaurant is situated in Aminu Kano Crescent, in Wuse II. Decorated in a contemporary style, this large restaurant consists of an indoor hall, and an outdoor covered terrace. Renowned for its chicken dishes, as its name suggests, The Charcoal’s strength lies in its African cuisines and grilled specialties. Also open for breakfast, The Charcoal offers lighter local delicacies such as grilled plantains, known as bole.