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JKo Brunch & Lunch: Your All-Day Brunch Oasis in The Gambia

My Magazine 2024/05
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JKo Brunch and Lunch, a charming bistro-like spot, opened its doors to the public on 2nd December 2023. It is owned and managed by the young and ambitious 24-year-old Isatou Jawneh, a Gambian native raised in France, where her family still resides. After completing her education in business and marketing, Isatou decided to return to her homeland to establish a business, viewing it as a way to give back to her country. After exploring several business ventures, she found her passion in the food industry.

The name "JKo" a creative abbreviation for Jawneh Company, was born from Isatou's desire to introduce all-day brunches, a concept she loved in France, to The Gambia. Isatou also observed that many people would travel to Senegal to indulge in such experiences. This inspired Isatou to bridge this gap by creating a space where people can not only enjoy delectable meals but also relax and work.

Isatou's courage in introducing this new concept to The Gambia is commendable, especially at such a young age. The menu at JKo is a delightful fusion of Gambian and international cuisines. Their standout dish, the crispy chicken and waffles is indeed worth the hype. The waffles were perfectly crunchy, arguably the best in The Gambia, and the chicken was seasoned to perfection, adding a delightful twist to the classic dish. We also recommend the Caramel Latte and the apple and cucumber Green Detox. The menu also includes a variety of hot beverages, cocktails, iced lattes, smoothies, fresh juices, and local juices. For those seeking a full meal, there are a few options for them as well.

Located in Kololi Senegambia New Road at Dr Sallah's Junction, JKo boasts a cozy ambience. The cream and coffee-coloured walls, paired with minimalistic decorations and pine-colored furniture offset by moss-green upholstery, create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The use of wooden straws highlights Isatou's commitment to sustainability. Takeaway options are available and Isatou plans to introduce a delivery service soon.

Looking ahead, Isatou envisions JKo in a more prominent location with an enhanced menu. She hopes to expand her business with more branches across The Gambia. For someone so young, Isatou's courage and determination are truly admirable.

JKo Brunch and Lunch is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 8 am to 8 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 9 pm and it is closed on Mondays. Starting next month, their weekday hours will be changed to 9 am to 9 pm, with weekend hours from 10 am to 10 pm. Jko is a must-visit for those seeking a delightful brunch experience in The Gambia.

Contact Details

Tel: +220 245 9343/+220 520 8634

Location: Kololi Senegambia New Road, Dr Sallah's Junction


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