Nosa's Birthday Dinner

1415 Italian Restaurant @ Eko Signature 

1415 Adetokunbo Ademola St. Victoria Island, Lagos. (Eko Hotel)

01 277 2700-25.

NOSA: So for my birthday, my coworkers got me a voucher to 1415 because they know how much I love food. I'd preferred an iPhone 6, guys. This worked too though. 

Delicate Puff

NOSA: For our starter we got the Delicate puff. It wasn't bad, but we definitely should have gone for the calamari. Rookie error.

FOLLY: This was definitely my mistake. I envisioned a light puff pastry roll loaded with mozzarella and parmesan. I wholeheartedly regretted this decision then and now, because if the rest of the meal was any indication the calamari would have been glorious. 

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NOSA: I told the waiter that I'd like my filet butterfly'd, it wasn't but I'll admit I was doing the most. In my head, I was thinking of how awesome the instagram picture would look. Yup, that's my life now. 

FOLLY: Our waiter was so confused by Nosa’s request. He came back to ask “they should butter-FRY it ?”. I was dying on the inside. 

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NOSA: The filet was absolutely excellent. I'm not going to pontificate about how you should get your steak like I usually do, just know that medium rare is the way to go. I really wish I got good picture of the filet because the ones we took didn't do it justice.

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FOLLY: White sauce pastas are usually my go-to but for a tomato based sauce it’s “alla vodka’’ most of the time. Like, I’d never order marinara anything. It’s so bland like a Jollof Rice base without salt, magi, etc.

NOSA: I loved Folly's penne alla vodka. Had a little plate envy to be honest. The vodka sauce was so so good. Penne alla vodka used to be my go-to in college. There was this little Italian place on the first floor of my apartment that made the most delicious one. I OD'd on that thing until they shut them down over some health code violation.

Haters.

 FOLLY: This might behave been the first time I noticed penne alla vodka on a restaurant menu in Nigeria so I just had to get it.  

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Here’s my own little back story on how I got hooked on penne alla vodka: I spent a summer in New York and my uncle would frequently order it for us for dinner from Pizzeria UNO. I also tried to make it myself a couple of times using the Pioneer Woman’s recipe.

Anyways, my pasta was a perfect 10. The penne was al dente and not hard. It’s also very rare that I don’t add black pepper or salt to my pasta dishes and I didn't add any to this.  

NOSA: A little side note for you savages out there: no, vodka sauce won't get you drunk. Bailey's ice cream won't get you drunk either. 

Caipirinha

FOLLY: This Caipirinha will get you drunk, however.

NOSA: Because no birthday is complete without cake, I got a tiramisu, aka BESTTHINGEVAR.   

The tiramisu was pretty decent, not as good as the La Taverna one, but quality nonetheless. 

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POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: I loved 1415. The service was excellent and the manager was super cool.

Unfortunately, 1415 will burn a massive hole in your wallet. Don't do this unless you have the hands or you'll end up soaking garri for the rest of the month. If I start touching that Oil & Gas money though, this will definitely be my spot. 

FOLLY: When I was driving home from work a couple days after we went here, I randomly found myself musing on how perfect the meal was. I can’t place a finger on what it was exactly; there was a certain air of freshness to everything we ate. Only minus I’ll say from this trip was that the margarita wasn’t the wave, the other cocktails were good though. 

DAMAGE

Delicate Puff - N3000

Filet Rossini - N8500

Salmon Pasta - N4500

Tiramisu - N2500

Short Cocktails - N2500

Long Cocktails - N2900