Lilygate Hotel For Post-Work Drinks?

Lilygate Hotel

2 Olubunmi Owa Street, Lekki Phase One, Lagos.

Phone Number

FOLLY: It's been a while since we did that whole drive around Lekki and look for somewhere to eat. 

NOSA: Which is always a hard task because Lekki has so much and yet so little to offer when it comes to food.

FOLLY: We ended up at the Lilygate cause I was hungry. 

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FOLLY: The initial plan was to get the African Platter to share and then split a main. On one hand, the African platter did sound like it'll be a lot of food and at the same time, the Lilygate is expensive as hell. Like Abuja prices in the middle of Lekki, I don't get it fam. 

NOSA: Do people actually stay at the hotel? Tbh, do people stay in any Lagos hotels?

FOLLY: Contents of the platter: asun, beef suya, puff-puff, chicken wings, and peppered snall. 

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FOLLY: Let me start by saying, I think this platter is great value for money. N8000 and three people could comfortably share this. 

NOSA: Yeah, thats about the only thing that's value for money. The drinks are outright robbery, but we'll get to that part in a bit. 

FOLLY: Nigerian food is very spicy so every single item in this with the exception of the puff-puff was extremely spicy especially the chicken.

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NOSA:  The puff puff was definitely my favorite thing in the platter. It reminded me of “buns” in Loyola.

FOLLY: The beef suya tasted more like mystery meat than beef and the suya spice wasn't the real deal and the snails, they were tender but could have been a little bit more soft. 

NOSA:  It was beef, just not suya. As “Not-Suya”, I thought this was pretty good. As suya, not so much. It’s like ordering rice but getting delicious risotto. The risotto is delicious, but you were expecting rice. That’s what this is like. 

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NOSA: Keeping the theme of things not being what you expect, the asun was DEFINITELY not baby goat. I’m not knocking it, but this is definitely from an adult goat. I know adult goat when I taste adult goat.

FOLLY: The asun was delicious, however, and was surprisingly the least spicy of the lot.

NOSA:  The wings are pretty weak and I really don’t want to talk about it any more.

Now, about the drinks. The cheapest drink on the menu costs 3000 Nigerian naira. Real naira, not Dasuki naira or anything. Lilygate must think they’re Churasco. 

FOLLY: The cocktails? Not worth it. For N3500 > per cocktail you should be using Mexican lemons, passionfruit etc. This was a scam of medicinal strawberry syrup and sugar. 

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NOSA: I got the Long Island Iced Tea, which costs roughly about 4 shawarmas. 3ish, if you add sausage. I’d let this slide if this was a good Long Island or decent, at the very least. But nah, this just tasted like straight alcohol with a dash of coke in it. Actually, maybe that’s what they were going for. Either way, I’m not the target market. 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: If you're already in Lekki, sure why not. If you aren't, I wouldn't travel for this. 

NOSA:  The platter is not bad on the whole, but bloody hell, the drinks are expensive. That, alone, kills this as a potential post-work drinking spot. Their happy hour doesn’t even shave off enough of the price.  

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Daiquiri - N3000

Long Island - N4000

African Platter - N8000

 

VERDICT

It's a hotel, of course there's parking. 

 

 

EDL Weekender: Have A Pancake Breakfast This Weekend

EAT: Pancakes at the Pancake Hub, duh.

FOLLY: We were here last weekend and thought their pancakes were awesome, and so as usual when we find something we love, we like to share it with you all. 

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NOSA: And don't ever say we never gave you something on the mainland. 

DRINK: The Margarita Trio at Hard Rock Cafe

FOLLY: It's so annoying that their cocktails are expensive as hell because they are so delicious. Their mojitos are my absolute fave in Lagos. 

hardrock cafe margarita trio

NOSA: What I really recommend, though, is the Margarita Trio. Why? You get 3 mini margaritas, and a side of chips + salsa, for the price of one.                                                    

LAGOS (by NTDIL): Flag Football Friendlies presented by Becca & Friends

EMEKA: There has always been a need for Co-Ed sports in Lagos & this weekend its happening at the Flag Football Friendlies. Join a team to play or grab some food, drinks, and watch the games. 

Deets: This Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Pinefield Schools Lekki, Christ Avenue, Lekki Phase One. 
Time: 12:00PM - 3:00PM. Fee: Open to All

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BONUS: DJ Obi Is Attempting To Break A World Record For The Longest DJ Set

FOLLY: This has me so excited, so I want everyone to go check it out. He's at Sao Cafe, Lekki until July 1 and while you're there you should order the Sao Cafe special (drink), it's quite the treat. 

Road Chef Pizza? Abort Mission

RoadChef

Ascon Filling Station, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I, Lagos

0700 7623 2433

FOLLY: On Saturday, on our way to Nothing To Do In Lagos picnic and against my better judgment, I drove Nosa and myself to RoadChef and ordered a pizza. 

NOSA: Worst. Decision. Ever. 

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FOLLY: The lady at the drive thru ran through their pizza options and I chose chicken suya because I felt it was the least likely to be imported frozen because they don't make suya "over there".

I was wrong. 

NOSA: RoadChef imports damn near everything frozen, and for some reason Folly thought this would be different.  

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NOSA: Frozen Pizza, in itself, isn't the worst thing ever. Maybe top 5, but definitely not the worst. I mean, Rice & Stew is still out there frolicking and telling lies.  

My problem with the pizza isn't that it is frozen pizza. It's that they actually charge you a premium for frozen pizza. You might as well walk to Domino's and eat their rubbish. Some people like Domino's so they aren't all that terrible.  

FOLLY: Not only is RoadChef selling frozen bland chicken pizza disguised as freshly made, they sprinkled dry pepper on it as suya pepper because we must all be mugs. 

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NOSA: TL;DR What a betrayed!

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: I don't see any reason why RoadChef thought it would be a good idea to sell pizzas. Compared to everything out there, RoadChef pizza fails on taste, quality, value for money everything. It's not even like it's cheap and terrible pizza; it's expensive and terrible pizza. Most Nigerians already think pizza isn't food, and then you throw 'expensive for nothing pizza' into the mix. In summary, it's a no from me. 

NOSA: They were good on value for money until the prices went up. Then, I couldn't rationalize buying a burger with a frozen patty when there are places like BBQ & Cravings and Urban Fuxion that do a better thing for less.

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

Large Suya Pizza - N3500

 

PARKING

It's a drive thru so you shouldn't need to park. However, if you must, there's parking.

Ask Eat.Drink.Lagos LVI

Subject: lasagna

Message: where can i get a decent spicy lasagna in Lagos on a sunday please?
— M.J

FOLLY: Vellvett, on any day of the week. 

Subject: Birthday Lunch/Dinner

Message: Hi guys. Great and enviable job you guys have.

it’s hubby’s birthday soon and he’s been insisting he doesn’t want a party/get-together so my initially planned surprise get together is out of the question.

He however never said anything about a small family lunch/dinner. Kindly advice on best and affordable locations to have a Sunday family lunch/dinner for 12-15 people.

Thanks.
— Y.O

NOSA: Deli's maybe?

FOLLY: I have no idea what type of cuisine you're gone for and I know now that affordability is relative. I'm going to assume that you want to spend less than N4000 per person and based on that I'll suggest you go to Crust & Cream

Subject: Business conference

Message: Hi guys,
I’m hosting an event for professionals from different industries. I need a space that I can rent for the night for 2 hours but won’t be as pricey as RSVP. We’ll also have cocktails and bites.

Thanks
— A.S

NOSA: Social Place might be worth a shot. The can handle the food/drinks too.

FOLLY: The entire space? My old office really liked using Spice Route for these kinds of things. 

Subject: Help a sister!

Message: Hello Folly and Nosa

I need your help direly seeing that I’m in a fix. My birthday comes up in less than 2weeks. It’s a Friday but I can do either Friday or Saturday. Never planned to do anything but on a second thought, I’m like why not? If not for anything else, at least to get me fired up for a new year.

That been said, advise me as to which restaurant/ bar to use and what it would cost in naira and kobo as there’s no boyfriend and I’m the one paying.Nothing out of the ordinary because I’m on a budget.

6 close friends and 3 family members who understand that the buhari economy is tough so say about 10 people.
— J.E

FOLLY: Churchill is plenty affordable. I can't say what it'll cost because I don't know every single thing on their menu but you'll probably spend less than N25,000 if you don't go overboard. 

NOSA: Churchill will be super dodgy at night. This is a bit out there, but try the rooftop at Eko Hotel. If you get a couple platters and a bottle or two, you can have a decent evening.

Subject: Asking all them questions

Message: Hi,

Is it just me or all the EDL questions are pretty much similar. Everyone asking the same questions in different ways. The best thing to do right now might be to add a tab that talks about spots and says by $, $$, $$$ and Ambiance 0-5, 5-10 this, this and that location with this and that type of food. So by pricing, ambiance level and food.

That way people arent asking the same questions in 20 different ways. These days a part of me wants to skip the Ask EDL because I know what the questions and the answers will be. I know you guys put so much effort into asking the questions and i know nigerians dont read because most of the answers have been covered in previous Ask EDL.

But nonetheless, you guys are doing a great job!!!. Just my 0.002.
— T.T

FOLLY: You've read our minds. Thank you!

NOSA: We're actually working on this at the moment lol


Pancake Hub Is A Breakfast Darling in Yaba

Pancake Hub

17 Jibowu Street, Yaba, Lagos.

0802 259 1961

NOSA: Before we start anything, the security guy is an ass.

FOLLY: Staying anon during a review has never required as much commitment as this visit to Pancake Hub. Pancake Hub is a small, family run restaurant. I've gleaned from their Instagram page that Ada, is the matriarch and founder of the Pancake Hub.

NOSA: The owners are so cute. She handles the kitchen and he checks up on everyone.

FOLLY: Same model as RSVP & Craft Gourmet, but at Pancake Hub their children also make themselves useful at the restaurant (term used loosely here). The older son seemed to have some responsibilities while we were there, and there's a picture of him flipping pancakes on their Instagram page - not for paying customers, though, it was a free pancake stand he was manning when the picture was taken. There was an older man that I think is the husband, he was also on his feet making sure customers were comfortable while Ada was in the kitchen cooking.  

 NOSA: Yup, that's her husband.

The seating area in Pancake Hub is strictly outdoors and the yard could do with some work. Add that to the fact that the security guard is an ass, Pancake Hub doesn't make a good first impression. They have vegan pancakes, though, so that makes up for it

FOLLY: There's one main meal on their menu which is the Pancake Meal, everything else is a side or add on. The Pancake Meal consists of 3 pancakes, eggs, and sausage. Nosa and I had one pancake meal each. 

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NOSA: The have stewed chicken and meatballs as sides btw. I don't know why you'd do such a gross thing, but it's there for the weirdos out there.

FOLLY: Taking good pictures for this review was especially difficult because of the sheer number of owners and deputy owners on the floor, We hadn't eaten for like 10 minutes after our food was placed on the table because we were waiting for all their backs to be turned to us. 

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NOSA: The pancakes taste very homely and not in a bad way. Imagine your mother making you pancakes from scratch on Saturday morning. All of the love and none of the store bought pancake mix. The pancakes are infinitely better than what you get at Brown's and arguably better than RSVP's.

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FOLLY: I strongly doubt Pancake Hub uses boxed pancake mix because these pancakes were glorious. Incredibly fluffy on the outside and golden brown on the outside. The consistency on the exterior of the pancake would have been more even if Pancake Hub used a griddle to fry their pancakes as opposed to a regular frying pan on a stove as the heat would have been more evenly distributed. I do strongly believe that they should consider switching to a griddle because using a frying pan for a restaurant like theirs is very inefficient. If their Instagram page is any indication they can only make 3 pancakes at a time.

NOSA:  The "sausage" is a hot dog and the eggs weren't particularly memorable. 

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FOLLY: The scrambled eggs were my desired level of doneness, yellow and not hard fried. I agree on the 'sausage' though, it was basic, but I don't want to nitpick because the pancakes were really good so it made up for the hot dog. 

NOSA: Exactly. That's not why we're here. These pancakes are top 5 in Lagos easy.  If UNILAG kids and Yabacon aren't hip to Pancake Hub yet, they're seriously slacking.

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: Seeing as they have this pancake thing down pat, I think they should introduce other pancake variants. The pancake was so fluffy that a chocolate chip in it would just be divine. Or apple, blueberry, pineapple pancakes? If the owner of Pancake Hub is reading this, please add the chocolate chip pancakes because I want to come back for them. 

NOSA: I really hope they get a bigger/better space too. They're way too good for their current location. 

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Pancake Meal - N1000

 

PARKING

There's parking inside the compound. 

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