The Nuli Juice Lounge
Update: Following the demolition of their Ikoyi store, Nuli got a little concession at Fitness Central Gym in Lekki.
NOSA: We found this place thanks to the LostInLagos Instagram feed.
The space is absolutely gorgeous. It's not the biggest, but it's perfectly sized for a cafe. An outdoor sitting area would've been perfect, but the area used to be (might still be) really dodgy so it's not negative.
FOLLY: And I think that outdoor area is better used as parking right now.
NOSA: The interior is really tastefully done. From the wooden tables to the "wooden" bowls, everything seems to have been done by someone with a vision. You don't find a lot of that these days. According to the owner, the Cafe in Abuja opened before this one.
FOLLY: For people that try to be anonymous, it's so awkward when a restaurant owner comes to speak to you. I don't know if she spoke to us because she figured we were reviewing the place or if she just generally talks to all her customers.
Anyways like I told her, I liked the paninis I got - both of them. The Shrimpy Dimpy from the day before and the Chicken Fiesta from the day in question.
NOSA: The naan panini is pretty interesting. I wonder why they went with naan over a tortilla or pita bread. It's not something that I would've imagined could work, but it did. After my first bite, my first thought was: "how come no one else thought of this?". I got the chicken panini and it tasted incredibly healthy.
FOLLY: The chicken panini was crunchier than the shrimp panini and I wonder if that's by design. They both have the same vegetables in them: sweet corn, lettuce and carrots but the chicken one had a crunch and the shrimp had no crunch whatsoever. I preferred the crunchless ones.
I should also add that the shrimp panini was made with a green curry sauce while in the chicken panini was a spicy mayo dressing. If we're being honest, I think the real reason I preferred the shrimpy dimpy was the surprise calamari.
NOSA: I wasn't the biggest fan of the sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes are my favourite so this was a bit of a let down.
FOLLY: I actually liked the fries, they had a light onion-y batter.
NOSA: What I did love was the couscous. Now, that was fantastic. The serving size is ridiculously massive and they're very very generous with the shrimp. The raisins add a really neat sweet kick to it. After a while, it does taste like you're eating dry garri with shrimp, but if you like couscous, this is the one.
The smoothie (Berrylicious) was a little forgettable, unfortunately. Did not like the granola in it AT. ALL.
FOLLY: Ehhh the Tropical Wonder smoothie (watermelon, pineapple, and ginger) could have done with a sweetener like honey, but the Bananarama that was just banana, almond milk and ginger was a hit with me
NOSA: We went here two days in a row so it's fair to say we like Nuli Cafe.
FOLLY: Definitely like it, I may go back for that shrimpy dimpy today because #TreatYoSelfFridays
NOSA: Ikoyi has been dying for a place like this. It's like the Lord heard my cries and whatnot.
Bananarama - N600
Tropical Wonder - N500
Sweet Potato Fries - N800
Fiesty Chicken Panani - N1500
Shrimpy Dimpy Panini - N2500
Prawn Couscous Dream - N2800
It's a small cafe so they have small parking. Makes sense