Sikia creates a one-of-a-kind splash in the South Side of Chicago as an African fine-dining restaurant almost entirely run by fourth semester Washburne Culinary Institute students.

This restaurant might be the classroom for many of Washburne?s students, but you would never be able to tell from the looks of it. Immediately through the entranceway, you step into a stylish lounge waiting area, which gives way to a contemporary dining room setup. The dining room is accented with light blue tablecloths, brightly colored walls, and textile seating, while the walls and crevices of the restaurant are adorned with African-inspired art pieces.

The menu lives up to the contemporary elegant d?cor of the dining room. With African cuisine as the shining star, many of the dishes are also married with flavors from Brazil, Jamaica, and New Orleans through dishes such as:

  • Senegalese Peanut Soup
  • Gumbo
  • African Ambrosia; Sweet Potato, Pineapple, Cashew and Dates combined with Red Onions and Celery and Garnished with Plantain Croutons
  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken
  • Berbere Spiced Short Ribs

    The international dessert list is a dream for the adventurous foodie, but the can?t-miss dessert is the Sweet Potato Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream.

    In addition to the contemporary African ambiance and the basic, yet adventurous menu, Sikia provides live entertainment and music on weekends. Another feature that?s worth checking out is the Sunday brunch Sikia offers.

    All in all, Sikia is an opportunity for the up-and-coming chefs of Washburne Culinary Academy to showcase their stuff, and the results are worth tasting and experiencing.

    Reservations are recommended. Click here to make a reservation.

    Sikia is located at 740 W. 63rd St. in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.

    740 W. 63rd St.
    Chicago, IL 60621