Published 26 April 2021
by Harriet Prior
Subscribers to the Bulletin will have already spotted the interesting news from Janina Wolkow, the woman behind the successful Sumosan brand. She is launching a new spot in Islington, which will be an Israeli-Japanese restaurant. Jiji is set to open in June.
Bringing together the restaurateurs two favourite cuisines, the food will take inspiration from Wolkow’s travels to Tel Aviv and Tokyo, which she calls “two of the most innovative culinary capitals of the world.” “In Tel Aviv, the way that chefs combine unusual flavours is very creative and inspiring, they favour raw fish dishes, and clean, fresh flavours which led me to the conclusion that a combination of Japanese dishes alongside Israel could really work.”
Jiji’s kitchen will be headed up by executive chef Bubker Belkhit, who has worked with Wolkow for more than 20 years and helped create Sumosan, as well as former head chef of The Palomar Jeremy Borrow. Guests can expect dishes including flamed aubergine with tahini, roast cauliflower with jalapeño sauce and, separately, fresh sushi dishes. The Esther Anne Place location, just off Upper Street, will also house a space selling books, sauces, and condiments.