Tatale’s earthy interiors tell a story of African craft and futurism

The Pan-African restaurant goes big on design flavour

Serving up a menu of pan-African flavours, London restaurant Tatale immerses diners in patterns and colours from the continent.

Tola Ojuolape designed the space, which is located inside Southwark’s recently opened Africa Centre – a space dedicated to celebrating African art and culture. Tatale is led by chef Akwasi Brenya-Mensa, who describes himself as ‘an African Futurist’.

Ojuolape has brought together artists and designers from across the continent for the restaurant’s interiors, setting their work alongside a palette of terracotta, clay, wood and woven pieces.

Deep indigo walls and ceilings offset the earthy tones, alongside vivid patterned and coloured fabric by Golden Editions – which highlights traditional Ghanian craftsmanship. It’s a far cry from the building’s former life as an office block.

As well as serving up a menu of ackee croquettes, bean stew and groundnut soup, Brenya-Mensa plans to host talks and music in the space, drawing on his own NTS Radio show Black to the Future.

66 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0BL, United Kingdom

Photography: Felix Speller
Photography: Felix Speller
Photography: Felix Speller

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