EDL Weekender: Pancakes, Brunch and Alté Vibes.

EAT: Pancakes at HSE Gourmet

FOLLY: One of the questions we get a lot is where one can get good pancakes in Lagos. If you're in Lekki, HSE Gourmet is definitely where you want to go.

 

DRINK: Brunch Out by FOMO Lagos

FOLLY: I'm not a fan of Food Shack for the food but you can go for the drinks :)

 

LAGOS: Stadium Hotel

EMEKA: It starts to get lively after midnight and continues until early morning. It's great High Life Music and the space has a lot of character. 

Date: Saturday 29 July, 2017
Time: 11:00PM - Late
Fee: N300
Location: 27/33, Iyun Road, (Close to Hogan Bassy Crescent) Surulere, Lagos

Ask Eat.Drink.Lagos 102
Subject: Pork!

Message: Hey!

Been craving pork for quite a while now and I will love to know where I can get a decent pork meal (perhaps a sandwich or a full dish) anywhere in Lagos (asides from HSE Cafe, Toasties and Smokey Bones)
If you can advise which spots are affordable or expensive that will help too.

Gracias!
— Kiki

FOLLY: If you're lucky and it's available when you visit, Shiro has pork belly.  

NOSA: I was going to say Toasties, but yeah... 

BL has great ribs also. 

 
Subject: Birthday dinner

Message: Hiiii,
My birthday is on friday and my boyfriend and I will like to go somewhere lavish with beautiful ambience. Budget 30k for just the both of us, where do you suggest?
Thanks!
— Pearl

FOLLY: Sky Lounge.  

NOSA: I vote for Tarragon (only if you like fine dining) or Verandah, which is one of my favorite places in Lagos right now. 

Involtini Alla Fungi @ La Veranda

Involtini Alla Fungi @ La Veranda

 
Good morning,

Great work you guys are doing at Eat Drink Lagos. Keep up the good work.

Please call you suggest a few restaurants on the island for a birthday dinner. Buffet style or something.

Would appreciate your help.

Regards
— Anon

FOLLY: Check out our buffet guide here.  

NOSA: or you can check out our favorite restaurants of the month

The French @ South

The French @ South


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WATCH: Eat.Drink.Lagos readers try to tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi

We finally shot another video!  

We've been trying to navigate the struggle of no camera for a while now after our cameras got pilfered a couple months ago. Thankfully, Steve Jobs wanted the best for us and the iPhone is a excellent backup.

For this Taste Test, we got 3 friends of the blog (Somto, Seyi, and Folarin) to try to tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi. To make it more fun, we tossed a Dr. Pepper in the mix to make things interesting.

A lot of people say there's a big difference between Coke and Pepsi, but we disagree. Not fully disagree, but we don't think people can really really tell the difference. To prove our point, we ran our little experiment.

The results might surprise you. 

Dining Out in the Lagos Context: How the Eat.Drink.Lagos Rating Works

NOSA: This post has been in my head for a minute, but I haven’t really had the opportunity to put it down until a couple of conversations I had over this past weekend.

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Liked it

Compared to the average Lagos restaurant, this is a very good restaurant in food and service

The “Nigerian Factor” is something that we try to consider when we write our reviews. Nigeria has its peculiarities and these must be taken into account when pronouncing a verdict on any restaurant we visit. 

For starters, it’s never going to be as good as the one place you visited in west London. It’ll never be as authentic as the hole in the wall in San Antonio. It’ll never taste just like the one at that cafe in Florence.

It is what it is, I’m afraid.

And it’s not for the want of trying. It’s just the way Nigeria is set up. You think the power situation hits your household hard? Imagine running a business in these conditions. Or the price of a raw material literally tripling overnight.   

It's meh

The food was palatable but not enjoyable enough to warrant a second visit. 

Nigeria is hard and whatnot.

We don’t produce our own cheese, for instance. So every slice you eat in Lagos is imported and as you might have guessed, it gets more expensive with increasing quality. That’s why you have burger like The French at South costing a mini fortune.

This weekend, a tiny block of parmesan set me back about N1300. Absolutely ludicrous!

I once had a conversation with the couple that owns RSVP about cocktails. The wife mentioned something about having to buy imported limes because the Nigerian ones don’t have enough juice.

With that in mind, the rational restaurant owner is going to skimp on a couple things here and there. Like put ugwu instead of mint in your mojito.

After all, all na leaf.

I don’t like it, but again, it is what it is.

Hated it

The food is here well below average and the service leaves a lot to be desired.

So when a restaurant actually tries, it’s so easy to stand out. And while it might not be what you’re used to, it’s much better than the standard fare. That’s how a place like Sky Lounge has gotten away with it for so long.  Because when you think about it within the context of Lagos and its restaurants, how many restaurants are better?

EDL Weekender: RSVP has a New Brunch Menu

Another weekend is here and we have put together a list of interesting things happening this weekend as usual.


EAT: RSVP Brunch

NOSA: In that last couple of months, RSVP has been rejigging their menu. One of the more exciting outcomes of this revamp is their brunch menu. If their Instagram is anything to go by, it's looking a bit lit.

 

EAT: Pho @ Metisse

NOSA: A couple of people have hit us up asking about Pho in Lagos. Well, we finally found some at Metisse. I'm not really a Pho person, but if it's up your alley, Metisse is your place.

 

LAGOS: MovieNic

Sunday

EMEKA: Get outside with a picnic and a movie. Bring a bottle, food, and a blanket. Also bring some games! Don't have games? See someone playing? join them! Secret Cinema Lagos, will be showing Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Fee: N500

Time: 5:30PM (Picnic), 7:00PM (Movie)

Location: Cafe Neo, 19b Adeyemi Lawson, Ikoyi

 

BONUS: 2 Short Films & Gourmet Canapés

Sunday

NOSA: Bariga Sugar is one of the better short films I've seen in this year, and Heels In The Kitchen is a blog favorite, so for obvious reasons, this is a move this weekend.

Khalifa House Concerts in association with The Studio (Polly Alakija) present the 3rd event in their Premium Entetainment series. The 2 short films both sensitively written and directed by celebrated filmaker Ifeoma Nkiruka Chukwuogo, deal with human responses to less than ideal family situations.
— NTDIL

Time: 6:30PM (Reception), 7:15PM (Screening)

Fee: N10,000

Location: The Studio, Quintessence Compound, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi