Ask Eat.Drink.Lagos LXXXVI
Subject: Football Is Life...

Message: Where in Lagos can I go to watch a football match with atmosphere and lots of TV? Anywhere in Lagos...
— S.M

FOLLY: Pat's Bar.

NOSA: Normally, I'd say Pat's but since we went to the Adrenaline Bar in Four Points, I'm thinking they're a better vibe. Pat's Bar regulars prefer rugby anyway.

 
Subject: Solo Meals

Message: Hi, can you please suggest any restaurants where I can have take myself to dinner alone with nice ambience and decently priced good food? VI/Lekki area. Thank you.
— E.M

FOLLY: HSE Cafe.

NOSA: What she said.

 
Good Day,

Please would like to make enquiries.

Urgently looking for a place I can have dinner for 50people that is not more than 2000-2500 per head.

Kindly make recommendations on mainland and island locations.

Thanks
— J.U

FOLLY: Is this a joke?

NOSA: LMAO

FOLLY: Invite them to your house and order small chops. 

NOSA: On a serious note, your budget is way too small.

 
Subject: Pizza dough

Message: Good day. Please where can I get or order good pizza dough in lagos? By the way I love the job you do here. It’s simply amazing. I hope to hear from you soon.
— K.N

FOLLY: It may not be "good" but Park and Shop has ready formed and baked pizza dough in different sizes in their bakery section. You just top it with your desired toppings, cheese, tomato sauce etc and bake.

NOSA: I've seen pizza dough in the freezer section of Delis. I don't know if they still have it, but I saw it one day.

 
Subject: My mum 60th birthday

Message: My siblings and i want to take my mum out for dinner for her 60th birthday. We want a place where we can get happy birthday and a cupcake on her plate for her and also somewhere with good food. Good view. Our budget is 7 to 10k per head.
— F.S

FOLLY: If you're mum is a warm-blooded middle-aged Nigerian woman, she likes Chinese food. So take her to RED at Eko Hotel. If your family is a bit more adventurous try BL Restaurant. And if you're not into risk taking AT ALL, Crust & Cream gat you.

 

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Buka Week: Bank Olemoh

Bank Olemoh Designer Rice

Bank Olemoh Community, Surulere, Lagos

NOSA: Today is Day 2 of our quest to get food poisoning, i.e. Buka Week.

FOLLY: We covered Olaiya on the blog yesterday. Today, it's Bank Olemoh's (a 4-minute drive away from Olaiya) turn.

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I had heard about "Designer Rice" in Surulere and Bank Olemoh rice but I didn't know they were one and the same. 

NOSA: I worked in Surulere at some point in my life so I was pretty familiar with the name, but never actually tried the food.

FOLLY: First of all, I liked Bank Olemoh because it was relatively clean and quiet.

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FOLLY: Secondly, I like that they are "focused". Restaurants/QSR/Bukas etc. that have a streamlined menu with just a few key offerings that they specialize in are always better than the generalists. This is why I believe Toasties is soo good, I hope she never changes and adds jollof rice, except it's in a sandwich).

NOSA: Yeah, I found this fascinating. I know it's called "Designer Rice", but I actually thought they'd have other stuff. Shouts to them for focusing on their strengths.

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FOLLY: The food at Bank Olemoh didn't necessarily taste cheap. The stew wasn't watery and the plantain wasn't almost rotten.

NOSA: The stew was tasteless and the meat was a joke. You're missing that part.

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FOLLY: Nosa prefers Olaiya's stew but I found it to be just fried pepper and oil. I liked Bank Olemoh's because the flavor was more dimensional.

NOSA: More dimensional? The thing had ZERO dimension.

FOLLY: It was thick and smoky. The stew at Olaiya was even dull in color, Bank Olemoh's glistened. 

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FOLLY: I cleaned my plate, Nosa was kinda shocked.

NOSA: I'm convinced wash put is a thing because there's no way Folly and I were eating the same thing. I absolutely hated this place.

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: If I worked in Surulere, I'd probably add my name to the list when everyone is asking to office cleaner to help them buy food. 

NOSA: The stew is trash and the meat is pitiful

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Meat (per piece) - N50

Rice (per spoon) - N100

Beans (per spoon) - N50

Plantain (per piece) - N20

 

PARKING

Very limited street parking

Buka Week: Olaiya Food Canteen

Olaiya Food Canteen

109 Akerele Street, Surulere, Lagos

FOLLY: I love how all the bukas we visited are on Google maps are were extremely easy to navigate to. Some might say that says a lot about the types of bukas we visited on our mini tour but tbh I don't care about the opinions of some. 

NOSA: Actually, when Google opened up shop in Nigeria, their main business was getting local businesses online. So whenever you open Google Maps, you'll always find bukas listed.

I think the one thing that shocked me the most was how "spacey" Olaiya is. Maybe it empties out on weekends, but I expected something a lot grimier.

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FOLLY: Buka women are so stingy with ewedu my God. I already don't like buka ewedu because it's of how "cheaply" it's made and by cheaply I mean they mise the ewedu leaves, and make it so thin and add fillers e.g. okro and egusi to make a little go further.

Even if you offer to pay, they still won't give you more. It's so annoying. 

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FOLLY: I don't like Gbegiri even though I've never tasted it, the colour has always put me off so it was a very hard pass. The stew was a bit peppery for me, but nonetheless, it was my second best amala I've had from a buka.  It didn't taste chalky aka when there's too much elubo than water and the entire thing is dense af and sticky like eba.

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NOSA: As you've probably guessed, I got rice. I went with rice & stew for the blog, so you can never say Nosa has not done anything for you

I hate rice and stew on most days, but I actually liked this one. It wasn't clumpy like the one I got at Mama Ebo. This was also my first experience with "local rice" and I was pretty impressed. Why do people complain about local rice anyway?

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NOSA: The moin-moin tasted like party moin-moin. The one where old women sit on stools and make it? Yeah, that one.

FOLLY: I was also pleasantly surprised that I could still chew the fried meat here, normally it's either I allow the meat or sacrifice my teeth for the cause. 

NOSA: Oh yeah, the meat was really tender. Can't forget that. Tiny, but tender.

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: The stew was basic compared to that at Bank Olemoh but more on that in the Bank Olemoh post. 

NOSA: I disagree. The rice was significantly superior, but more on that later.

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Moi Moi - N100

Meat (per piece) - N100

Rice (per portion) - N100

Amala (per portion) - N100

 

 

PARKING

Street parking. N100

Buka Week on Eat.Drink.Lagos

It’s finally happening: Eat.Drink.Lagos’ first-ever themed week starts this week. All week we’ll be reviewing the more popular Lagos bukas and debating important stuff, like, is it “buka” or “bukka”?

The whole idea came from a Twitter conversation about bukas and we thought “why not do a themed week?”

Have your own thoughts or pictures that capture the essence of buka culture? Email info@eatdrinklagos.com and we'll share them during the week.

 

EDL Weekender: Dim Sum In Lagos

EAT: Sunday Dim Sum at Oriental Garden

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If dim sum is your thing, Oriental Garden in Oriental Hotel goes all out on Sundays with their dim sum spread. It's no Ping Pong, but it'll do.

 

DRINK: Cocktails at Utopia

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Utopia Restaurant had a real quiet opening in December and I think many Lagosians are still not aware of their existence (Shiro usurped them). That said, don't sleep on their cocktails.

 

LAGOS: Lagos Vegans Meet Up

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EMEKA*: The month of February is all about love and love starts with loving yourself. The theme for February's Lagos Vegan Meetup is "Go Alkaline, Love Yourself". I went to their last meet up and it was a fun/informative hangout. Still eating meat, but it's always great to learn recipes and taste new dishes. there will be plant based food demonstrations*, food sampling, film viewing and group discussion. All are welcome-vegans, omnivores, vegetarians, pescatarians and in between.
This is a private event.

Time: 3:00PM - 7:00PM

Fee: RSVP: http://bit.ly/2lrUKbD