Nigerian food lovers in the Bay Area will no longer have to do without such succulence.
This former Silicon Valley financial analyst has taken the leap to fill in a much-needed gap in the Bay Area’s food scene.
Eko Kitchen, helmed by head chef and CEO Simileoluwa Adebajo, will be landing in San Francisco on May 3.
As she shares in a viral tweet, Adebajo quit her job as a financial analyst to make this dream come true.
She seeks to “stay as close to home as possible,” developing recipes she learned from her mother as well as her two grandmothers.
The restaurant has been fulfilling its last Uber Eats orders as they work toward opening its brick and mortar, and the menu offerings are mouth watering—from goat pepper soup, jollof and suya to ofada stew, efo-riro and agege bread topped with Nigerian-style egg sauce with mackerel.
“All I wanted to do with this concept was to share Nigerian food, music and culture with this city,” she reflects in a tweet from February.
“I am not the best chef in the world, but I strategically positioned myself and the first and only Nigerian food in the city of San Francisco and I’ll always be proud of that achievement.”
Supporters on line are also proud, sharing words on encouragement like the messages below.
Proud brother here ☺. My sister is being modest, she was a financial analyst at Twitch! Seen her balance this passion with her job for the last year or so and the growth is amazing. It’s a huge leap of faith, that I’m sure will come good. Eko Kitchen SF! San Fran isn’t ready! https://t.co/hKl6Nbl7j1
— Seun Adebajo (@seunadebajo) April 5, 2019
So my friend quit her big ass job in Silicon Valley to chase her big time passion. It takes guts and self belief to do so and I believe in her. So when you see this tweet on TL, please retweet it, her next customer might be on your TL. https://t.co/PwDf224iCv
— Oreoluwa Peters (@OreoluwaPeters) April 5, 2019
I met Simi a couple weeks ago at a networking event at Yelp, I talked to her all evening and I can honestly say she’s an extremely dedicated and awesome person.
I am so excited to try out Eko Kitchen (& Nigerian food for the first time). If you’re in SF check it out! https://t.co/cLtP6qh4g7
— Sheeta Verma (@sheetaverma) April 5, 2019
— black kaftan ! (@_iambuffy) April 6, 2019
— Bobak Esfandiari 🥑 (@Bobakkabob37) April 7, 2019