Hold on to your hats burger fans and fine-dining enthusiasts, because collaborations like this don’t come along often. The revered West African-influenced restaurant, Ikoyi, is teaming up with the world-dominating burger brand, Shake Shack, for an ultra-limited special offering. The two have collaborated on a limited-time burger and fries that will be available for one day only, exclusively at Shack Shack’s Covent Garden location.
Ikoyi x Shake Shack
On Friday, October 13, 300 lucky burger munchers will get to try the Ikoyi Burger and Dark Beer Fondue Fries. The burger tops a classic Shake Shack cheeseburger with deep-fried buffalo sweetbreads, fermented scotch bonnet relish, Efo spice emulsion, and grilled negi onions. It comes served on a toasted potato bun with pumpkin seed miso butter for even more umami and depth.
And the fries? They’re seasoning the signature crinkle-cut fries with Ikoyi’s peppercorn blend before topping them with a dark beer fondue infused with lemon thyme, garlic, and Penja peppercorns.
And yes, you did that above paragraph correctly – there are only 300 portions available. And when they’re gone, that’s it!
Said Ikoyi chef, Jeremy Chan:
“This collaboration is one I have dreamed of for years. Having discussed it with Mark [Rosati, Culinary Director of Shake Shack] many times, it’s an honour to finally have it come to fruition. The Ikoyi Burger is an homage to one of the iconic Ikoyi dishes – caramelised veal sweetbreads glazed in buffalo sauce – and combines some of our signature seasonings of fermented scotch bonnet, pumpkin seed butter and a fresh, neon-green emulsion of herbs and numbing spices. Imagine a flavour profile of sweet, salty, spicy and herbal with complexity, layering and richness.”
Proceeds from the special menu items will be donated to City Harvest, a charity that collects and redistributes food to those in need around London. Since launching in 2014, the charity has provided 50 million meals to vulnerable people in London. In doing so they’ve rescued 21,000 tonnes of food from going to landfills, with a value of £100 million.
The Ikoyi x Shake Shack burger and fries will be available at Shake Shack Covent Garden on Friday, October 13, from 12pm until they sell out.