Eat.Drink.Lagos x Jameson Brunch at Craft Gourmet

People often ask What goes on at your Lunch Clubs and Brunches? How does it work?

Honestly, it's a bunch of strangers who like good food and drink that come together to eat. It's strangers bonding over food, in simple terms and this past Saturday was no different. We were hosted by Craft Gourmet and the menu was a selection of ours and Lou's favorites.

Our sponsors, Jameson, came through with bottles and let us play around a bit.


Lou created some really legit Jameson cocktails for the day. 


And Anu Bello made us candy floss infused Jameson to go with shots of Jameson. This doesn't have a name yet. Anu needs to come up with one and maybe we can get it added to the menu.


Speaking of Anu Bello, her chicken & waffles were by far the most popular option, and we can't say we're really surprised.


The other breakfast options got love too. 


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Ask Eat.Drink.Lagos LXXV

Subject: Useful Feedback

Message: You have a great website here, with a lot of useful content.

However, I’ve been here multiple times trying to figure out a new place to eat. But the website format makes that difficult to do. In all instances, I’ve left to tripadvisor or good old Google.

Your content is great for folks who find your back and forth banter about dishes satisfying, but its of little value to a wider audience that need to discover new restaurants and food fairly quickly.
— Ladi

NOSA: I take it, you're not a fan of our jokes. Fair enough, I guess. We'd have to poll our regulars, however. Don't want to alienate those guys. But, it's an idea. I'm not a big fan of what you're suggesting, however. I'm not trying to build a directory of Lagos restaurants. That's a little too "functional" for me. The idea, for me, was to build a readership (read: cult) that followed, or replicated, our adventures. To get some inside jokes going and whatnot. 

Maybe we can compromise and have a proper page with all the restaurants we've visited and what we think or frequently updated list of the best new restaurants in Lagos at a particular moment. The website is due for a redesign anyway. 

Subject: Nice restaurants on the mainland

Message: Hi,

I’m visiting Lagos in December and would love to take my girlfriend out to eat a few times. I’d love suggestions of nice restaurants we can go to on the mainland.

Thank you.
— O

NOSA: Orchid House, in Apapa, has the best Thai in Lagos. Orchid Bistro, in Ikeja, has a fantastic Shepherds Pie. 

FOLLY: I hear Orchid Bistro has reviewed their prices upwards significantly. 

Subject: Sport bar

Message: Okay I don’t know if you guys are drinkers but can you recommend any good pub or a good sports bar in ikeja or VI/lekki
— Big Ben Stan

NOSA: Pats Bar, definitely. There's that one in Dream Plaza, I forget the name, but it's not that good anyway. Go to Pats.

FOLLY: For Ikeja, The Londoners.

Subject: Dinner Date

Message: Hi, So my boyfriend and I have been through a rough patch and we are trying to reconnect. He wants to take me on a “proper” dinner date. He is not very experimantal with food, so I want you to recommend somewhere romantic,nice and not too pricey. Budget of 10k for each of us
— Michael Obj

NOSA:  RSVP isn't too busy these days so they're my pick. As long as you stay away from steak, your budget is sufficient. Otherwise, you can check out Verandah.

FOLLY: This is not a slight to him but not very experimental probably means Chinese food is safe enough for him, so I'd recommend RED at Eko Hotel

Subject: Hi

Message: Please how much is the buffet prices at Intercontinental hotel and radisson blu
— M.O

NOSA:  8-11k, I think. Not too sure.


Message: It’s my mums 58th birthday this Thursday and I’m trying to put together a surprise birthday dinner for her and about 10-15 friends. Every one will pay for themselves so budget isn’t really an issue, my mum and her crowd are big on like Chinese/oriental food so if you could recommend a place that’ll be great. Should be good for pictures plus great ambience. Thanks
— E

NOSA: RED was built exactly for this. It's typical Chinese food so it's nothing too alien and the view is wonderful.

FOLLY: Or Oriental Garden.

Subject: Help guys!!! Birthday dinner

Message: Hey nosa and folly so I need your suggestion on somewhere i can have my 25th birthday dinner! Somewhere very classy for 8-10k per head including drinks on the island on a Sunday. Thank youuu and I read every single post, you guys are amazing.
— S

NOSA: I think Talindo fits the description. What do you think, Folly?

FOLLY: Talindo is nice and it could work. I just can't remember their cocktails so I think you should head over there and try them out before committing just in case. 

Subject: Boozy Birthday Brunch

Message: My birthday is in November and I’m looking for a nice, not too expensive, venue to have a boozy brunch. I am not keen on hotel brunches and was wondering if there were any other suggestions.

— T.A

NOSA: I'd have said Southern Sun if you wanted a hotel because they're as boozy as it gets. Otherwise, I'd go with Craft Gourmet because they give you the more mimosa for your naira. I've measured.

FOLLY: Definitely, Craft Gourmet. Crust & Cream is another option if you insist on having Nigerian food on offer as well. 

Chef Imoteda is Cooking Her Way to Your Heart

In the two short years of this blog’s existence, we’ve had the opportunity to meet all sorts of amazing people in Lagos’ culinary scene. Chef Imoteda is right at the top of the list. 

Culinary school graduates tend to be very stiff with their food. Everything feels so premeditated and calculated. There’s just something about Imoteda’s work that makes her stands out. A little edge to her approach to food, you might say. There’s also personality to her cooking and a distinct lack of pretension,  both of which are rare in these parts. 

We got the chance to send some questions her way for the blog

For the folks unfamiliar, what/who is Heels In The Kitchen?

Heels in the Kitchen is a food service company headed by Chef Imoteda (daz me plix). We offer a range of food services from private chef services for intimate events up to 60 people, recipe development and food styling for brands and more recently quick and easy recipe videos that are easy to recreate by viewers in their home.

And yes, we often cook in heels. Someone didn’t think that brand through tbh. The blisters are so real.

You do a lot of private chef work in Lagos, right? What your favorite story? 

You people trying to ensure I never get work again abi

One time, I had a guest, at a dinner I served, book me for a dinner cause she loved the food so much. She pretty much booked me in front of her hosts. I’m like, "that’s cool!".

So we’re emailing back and forth about the menu, she wants the same menu but doesn’t want to pay the same cost. So, I come up with a similar but less expensive menu, right? All through this, the client keeps telling me “I want the radishes", so make sure the radishes are on the menu. I think you like radishes like that? Okay, cool beans. Here are some radishes on your salad.

I get there on the day, serve the first two courses and I’m plating up the dessert when the client calls me out to the dining room and demands to know where her radishes are.

In front of her guests!

So I say, “I put the shaved radishes on your salad cause that’s the only place that makes sense. Didn’t you notice?”.  


At this point, I’m just lost AF. So I’m standing there looking like -____-. Her husband clearly slightly embarrassed goes “Dear, the radish was on the salad now. Maybe you didn’t get on your plate.” Then she goes “No now. Remember the radishes she served at Mrs. N’s house. The one with the red and the green sauce on the black plate.”

Turns out the entire time we were emailing about radishes, the darling lady was actually referring to crab cakes!!!

Her husband clocked this and had to explain to his guests who are at this point feeling mad uncomfortable, that his darling wife knows not the difference between crab cakes and radishes. I just jejely slunk back into the kitchen and laughed silently into my crème brûlée

LMAO, That's wild.

Anyway, you’re starting your food tour this month, what’s the whole idea behind it?

The idea behind the Nigerian Fusion Food Tour is to export the tastes and flavors of Nigerian cuisine to a wider audience. We have such a wealth of fresh and vibrant ingredients here as well as an insane amount of different cultures all of whom have their own meals. So, it’s ridiculous that outside Nigeria most people don’t know what Nigerian food is.

Apart from Jollof Rice, eh?

It’s also a chance for us to show Nigerians that we don’t have to continue to cook our foods in the same way as our grandmothers and their mothers did. It’s time to break the mold and get creative with our food. Pyam is not the worst of it. There’s the moi-moi spread, the egusi tortellini and my personal fave, the plantain puree. There is so much we can do and the food tour is just showing the very tip of the iceberg.

Speaking of Nigerian fusion, a couple months ago you launched a project Eko Street Eats with a pop up at Stranger. You haven't had another event since that first one. When is it back?

Man, that was almost a year ago. Eko Street Eats is a collaboration between myself and Chef Ramon (@ohwallaby). We created it honestly as a bit of stress relief. When food is your life, you need a space where food can be fun and removed from the stress of client demands. We had to take a little break due to some health related issues but we’ll be back in 2017 for sure.

Ok, a question from left field. If you could have a kitchen superpower i.e. like one thing you wish you could super fast and very well. What do you wish it to be?

Kitchen super power? Sigh, this is gonna be so pedestrian but it would probably be the ability to whisk super fast. I really hate whisking, I’ll hand the whisk to someone else as often as I can. Lol

Fill in the blanks

My favorite restaurant in Lagos… The Place (Jollof Rice and Asun. Judge me. I’ll fight you)

The most famous person I’ve cooked for… I did a dinner with ALL the heavy hitters of Lagos high society once, talk about pressure. The people that matter the most to me though are, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika & Mrs. Fela Durotoye, both at another dinner. That was dope to me. Also, Pastor Paul Adefarasin is someone I cook for quite often as well as his non-Nigerian gospel guests.

The best thing I ever cooked was... Everything I cook. Honestly, I can’t answer this cause my skills grow daily so things get better literally from day to day

My favorite spice is... Black pepper

My go-to grocery shop in Lagos is...  Spar in Lekki. Never the VI one. Trust me.

EDL Weekender: Picnic & Ribs

EAT - Honey BBQ Ribs @ BL Restaurant


NOSA: These might be the only ribs in Lagos as tender as Urban Fuxion. Maybe even more. HIGHLY recommend.

FOLLY: Tastes just as good as leftovers too cause if you're anything like me, you might not be able to eat it all in one sitting. (ps. the ribs are pork)


DRINK - Ogogoro Collins @ Nok

NOSA: I was at Nok for dinner last night and I got this.It’s not real Ogogoro (shouts to Mode for giving me the real experience), but it’s still one of the better cocktails they have.

FOLLY: I really like the Guavarita, but that's just me. 

LAGOS* - MovieNic (Get Outside)


EMEKA: For this October edition we're feeling halloween vibes and will be showing a scary movie. Bring a bottle & blanket. RSVP Closes Friday 21 2016 at 11:00PM.

Time: 5:00PM (Picnic), 7:15PM (Movie)
Fee: RSVP here or on the NTDIL app.  Entrance is N1,000 without RSVP.
Location: 19b Adeyemi Lawson, Ikoyi, Lagos


BONUS - Eat.Drink.Lagos x Jameson Brunch!

NOSA: Because we’re out here like that.

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EDL Taste Test: Cafe Neo vs My Coffee

FOLLY: We've been trying to do a meat pie taste test for a couple of weeks. However, Mr. Biggs meat pie is so difficult to track down that I wonder why some people still hold on to it as the best meat pie in Lagos when you can't even get it to buy.

Anyways, till we can track down a Mr. Biggs that's still open, we decided to do a taste test comparing the two main coffee shops in Lagos - Cafe Neo and My Coffee. 

NOSA: For the longest time, Cafe Neo was the only proper coffee shop we had in Lagos. Sure, there’s Art Cafe and, to some degree, Jazzhole, but neither afforded you the chance to grab a cup on your way to work. Art Cafe and Jazzhole are “fancier” cafés in some ways. Anyway, enough of this gist. My Coffee came along to upset this Cafe Neo monopoly so we’re doing a comparison.



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NOSA: Cafe Neo only has two cup sizes N900 and N1000.

FOLLY: My Coffee has 4 - N650, N770, N990 and N1200.



NOSA: My Coffee is a lot stronger, but it’s also a lot lighter. Almost like coffee water. Cafe Neo feels richer and thicker.



FOLLY: I don't know what Nosa has against "thin drinks". He's number one complaint about drinks he doesn't like is always "it's too thin". 

I've had coffee from My Coffee and Cafe Neo several times before this "taste test", and one thing I feel the need to add is that My Coffee's caramel macchiato is consistent, it always tastes the same. On the contrary, I feel we caught Cafe Neo on a good day because I was literally in there last week and I got a terrible tasting coffee drink parading itself as a macchiato. 



My Coffee

My Coffee

NOSA: For a caramel macchiato, My Coffee’s iteration has next to no caramel.


NOSA: Neo takes this round easy.



NOSA: Cafe Neo, for me. 

FOLLY: Samesies.