Nine Zero Degrees Defines Continental Fare

Nine Zero Degrees

701 Sanusi Fafunwa Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

FOLLY: Another generalist restaurant opened up in VI.

NOSA:

FOLLY: Generalist is because the menu isn't distinctly Nigerian, Pizza, Italian, Chinese etc., it's a combination of several cuisines and Nigerian food so basically what we call "continental" in these parts.

NOSA:  They serve local and continental dishes. And bathroom has this coed thing going on, which is really progressive in hindsight.

FOLLY: The word continental is like nails on chalkboard for me but given how often it's used on Lagos restaurant menus, I'm learning to become less bothered by it. 

NOSA: Speaking of menus, Nine Zero didn't make the best first impression because all the images in the menu looked like stock images. No bueno.

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FOLLY: Really curious about how inexpensive the Spaghetti & Meatballs was at N2200, I had to order it. 

NOSA: I had to look at the menu multiple times because I couldn't believe my eyes. A restaurant in VI with relatively affordable pricing? It's like finding Big Foot.

That said, Folly's spaghetti looked pretty decent.

FOLLY: It was very meh.

NOSA: Or maybe not.

FOLLY: The sauce had little to no flavor. I couldn't taste any of the usual suspects for a tomato sauce like garlic, or herbs like parsley or basil, it was all tomato. What really surprised me was the sweetness, I think the chef wanted to add sugar to counteract the acidity in the acidity of the tomatoes and ended up putting a bit too much. 

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FOLLY: The meatballs themselves were a bit small and forgettable. The pasta wasn't overcooked so they get a check plus for that. 

NOSA:  For my main, I got the salmon with a side of mashed potatoes.

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FOLLY: I liked the salmon a lot. I wish I had ordered that instead. 

NOSA: I felt the salmon could've been prepared a bit differently. The "crust", for lack of a better word, ruined it for me. The taste opportunity cost of frying it in the pictured crust is is way too high.

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NOSA: Maybe it was done to suit the local palette because I was in Johannesburg with a coworker not too long ago and he couldn't hack the salmon because it tasted "raw" according to him. So yeah, maybe Nigerians just like their fish fried.

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NOSA: The mash was terrible. Let's not waste words on it.

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: A very forgettable experience. Nothing was terrible and nothing impressed me. Wait, except the 15% service charge added unto the bill that was annoying. 

NOSA: "Forgettable" is the right word. Nothing really stood out about it. It's far from bad and gets the job done, but it isn't something you'd long for at any point.

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Grilled Salmon - N7000

Spaghetti & Meatballs - N2000

 

PARKING

Yes.