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African culinary pop up Farin Road to open permanent residence at Tani Modi in Edinburgh

Popular pop-up, Farin Road, will have a permanent residency from early next month.

Published: April 21, 2022

Chef Tunde Abifarin has announced that his culinary outfit Farin Road will now have a permanent residence at Tani Modi, an independent chic café located on Hanover Street in Edinburgh.

Opening initially Fridays and Saturdays from 5.30pm chef Abi, as he is better known, will present a medley of cuisines from across Africa.

The proposed opening date for Farin Road at Tan Modi is 6 May.

Africa has an unmistakable food culture, and African cuisine reflects decades of history of various cultures interacting within the continent, resulting in a wide range of flavours and regional cuisines.

Chef Abi puts his own spin on this, reinterpreting nostalgic African dishes with an openness to global techniques and influences, highlighting distinct flavours from his motherland.

Dishes at Farin Road draw inspiration from the African continent, Brazil, and the Caribbean.

Diners can expect a culinary journey that’s packed with flavour and fresh ingredients.

Chef Abi has crafted an exciting menu that includes a range of dishes such as Jerk from the Caribbean, kachumbari from Tanzania, Agashe from Sudan, Chakalaka from South Africa and many more.

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The Farin Road journey began in Edinburgh with a series of pop-ups and private events.

Chef Abi said: "The vast Scottish larder tells an African tale. Farin Road finds its origin in the abundant Scottish larder, which is readily available to the kitchen.

"The team have taken a bold leap into the uncharted world of curating the cuisine of the African continent in a new way."

Tani Modi, closes at 4 p.m, while Farin Road opens at 5.30 p.m. Farin Road will open for dinner two evening a week, Friday, and Saturday, at first, and will expand to more days as business grows.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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