Our "Work Lunches" series focuses on your non-traditional food establishments, the ones without brick and mortar locations. For nomenclature purposes, we'll call them Online Restaurants
NOSA: So we haven’t done a work lunch in a while. Considering I’m a cubicle warrior again, it’s a tad disappointing. Not to worry, we’re doing a bunch of them over the next month.
First off…Sydney’s Cuisine.
On Monday, I had the Sweet Potato Mash and Grilled Chicken off the daily menu.
FOLLY: Same here, as there was just one lunch option on this day.
NOSA: The mash was absolutely delicious. It had some lumps here and there, but the consistency was solid overall.
FOLLY: My food came stone cold considering it was about 4 hours between when I placed the order and eventually got the food, but more on that later
NOSA: I wish the meal came with gravy of some sort, but I totally understand why they went with the tomato sauce it came with. Perfect for the Nigerian palate and whatnot.
FOLLY: The tomato sauce was pretty delightful, packed with flavor and lots of onions which I love. I do think they serve it with gravy sometimes because of pictures I saw on their Instagram page.
NOSA: The chicken was pretty quality, but you’d be forgiven if you forgot about it. It’s like a Beyonce album in some ways. It’s great when it comes out, but by summer, you can’t remember it. I mean, does anyone still listen to Lemonade? It was fire when it came out though.
FOLLY: I was a bit meh on the chicken because of the pieces I was served. I believe at the price point for the chicken (N1500), I, at least, deserve a boneless fillet. It's not really convenient to be trying to work around the bone in a plastic container with for and knife.
NOSA: Now to the bad.
The delivery is an absolute disaster. On the first day we ordered, the delivery driver stopped picking up his phone. He calls me to tell me he’s at my office. I go down to meet him and he’s not picking the number he called me from. This goes on for 30 odd minutes, before Sydney’s Cuisine HQ gives me a different number to reach him on.
FOLLY: The first day I ordered I placed my order at 12:25pm and my order arrived at 4.01 pm.
We decided to give them another chance and not make a hasty conclusion....
NOSA: The second day, well, the food didn’t come.
FOLLY: On the second day, I placed my order at 11:38am and 3.18pm I sent a text to cancel it because at this point, I was over it. My text wasn't even acknowledged. What's crazier is that not only did Nosa's order never come, they never contacted him to explain or anything.
NOSA:I understand delivery is beyond the scope of the food vendor, but it’s still very much part of the experience. There’s no point making the most delicious of lunches if your delivery guy doesn’t deliver until dinner time.
NOSA: I like Sydney’s Cuisine as far as food goes, but ordering lunch from them is a pain.
FOLLY: I really wanted to like this because they are a previous festival vendor but the entire process was a disaster. I also think it's a little expensive.
Delivery - N500
Grilled Chicken - 1500
Sweet Potato Mash - N1000