The Fish Lady Comes to Stranger

The Fish Lady @ Stranger

3 Hakeem Dickson Street, Lekki One, Lagos.

0706 857 9340

FOLLY: A little bit of housekeeping to start: The Fish Lady at Stranger is a pop-up and I don't know how long it will run for. They don't open every day (Saturdays only for now). I also don't know if they do deliveries.

NOSA: She definitely doesn't do deliveries right now. Maybe in future.

FOLLY: I just needed to get that out of the way cause I know someone might ask and I feel like being prickly.

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FOLLY: The menu here is very simple: it's two fish options Croaker or Tilapia with a selection of sides. Not knowing the particular merits of each fish or feeling strongly about any, we ordered Tilapia as it was a smaller fish and there's only two of us. 

NOSA: Lagos restaurants should go this route more often. More streamlined menus.

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FOLLY: The sides were plantain, misondo (sp? either way it's cassava), fries and coleslaw.

NOSA: It's"Miondo"

NOSA: Miondo is the thing that looks like eba on the plate. According to Google, Miondo is a local favorite in Cameroon, a bit like how we love akara in Nigeria. It's made from cassava and most of the time, it's a substitute for bread.

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FOLLY: The plantain was fried plantain and the chips were chips. I want to talk about the miondo. The texture was similar to cold eba/a gummy bear.

NOSA: As far as texture goes, it definitely reminded me of gummy bears for some reason.

FOLLY:  On its own it has no distinct flavor, much like eba or white rice but takes on the flavor of what you eat it with e.g. the pepper sauce.

NOSA:  A bit like tofu in that regard. It's definitely not for me, but I found it interesting nonetheless.

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FOLLY: The coleslaw was different than most that I've had because it had onions. I really like onions so this absolutely worked for me but I'll understand if it doesn't resonate with you. 

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FOLLY: Now for the main event, the fish. I thought it was a very well made fish. It wasn't overcooked and dry rather, it was moist and flaky. I also really liked that every bit of the fish was very flavorful, no bland sections.

NOSA: The Cameroonian approach to grilled fish is pretty different from ours

FOLLY: It wasn't just a heavy hand of pepper (which I find to be a very lazy way to season food aka you just pour ata rodo on it and call it 'peppered fish'. If you do this, I'm judging you)

NOSA: Exactly, our "Point & Kill" is usually loaded with pepper because it's our signature. Theirs isn't.

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NOSA: We got to try Cameroonian soda too lol.

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: Absolutely great value for money. 

NOSA: I'm not the biggest fish person, but if you are, you'll love this.

FOLLY: A bit of background on the cook, she's part Cameroonian and part Nigerian so there's a distinct Cameroonian flair to the way she cooked the meal. 

NOSA: And she's a super pleasant person.

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Sides - N500

Tiliapia - N3000

Drink (Bottle) - N500

 

 

PARKING

Ehhh.