Taj Bistro, Abuja.

Hello August! Welcome to my very first blog post for the month of August. I’m super excited for this one because I got to try out a restaurant that has been on my list for a while now and also catch up with a friend. I mean, talk about good vibes August am I right! Before we get down to all the juicy details, I just wanna wish all my readers a blissful new month. It has been 7 months of consistency and I’m super proud of myself and thankful to everyone who reads, likes or supports my blog in one way or the other.

Now to the Jist of the day, Taj Bistro! Taj Bistro is an open kitchen restaurant located at NO 1 Atabara street, off Kampala street, Wuse 2, Abuja. It is a breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and bar spot that is open from 9am – 12pm daily.

The restaurant is one that has been open for quite some time now but I have always avoided it because of the amount bad reviews I’ve heard about the place. I finally decided to check it out myself because I a few engagements there and here’s all you need to know about Taj! (The good and the bad…lol)

Ambience

It is beautiful! Honestly, the restaurant space is really beautiful. From the entrance, it gives quite the impression to it’s guests. There’s a beautiful neon sign that says ‘Taj’ decorated with flowers which makes it quite an attractive picture spot. The restaurant is quite spacious and accommodating. It features a bar, shisha lounge and an open kitchen. This means that you get a direct view of the restaurant kitchen while you dine. The open kitchen is one of the largest in an Abuja restaurant. It is really cool! The restaurant can take up to 25-30 guests at once. The also have provision for special events reservations.

Pictures at Taj!

The restaurant is definitely one of the top instagrammable spots in Abuja. I had to get a couple of pictures of my friend even though he was extremely shy.


Shisha Lounge

The shisha lounge is a secluded area in the restaurant for customers who would like to chill and have a smoke. It is beautifully decorated and has large see through windows which give you a view of the city. The windows can be opened for fresh air while the customers smoke and can also be closed and transformed into a cozy indoor space. The shisha lounge decor is so beautiful and can totally pass as a cute little cafe on its own.

The Menu

The restaurant menu offers a lot of food and drink options which are mostly pricey. I love that the restaurant menu is descriptive so it gives the customer an insight on what they are about to order. The budget for this restaurant is about N10 – N15,000 per person.

Now here’s what I did not like. Due to inflation there have been some price changes which affected the pricing of the menu and the management deemed it fit to effect the changes with a correction fluid pen rather than just print a new menu. This was highly disappointing, most especially coming from a supposed fine/standard restaurant.

Food & Drinks

My friend and I had some pretty different reservations about what we wanted to eat. I opted for one of the breakfast options and he got something from the main menu. We ended up having Nutella and banana French toast, tea selection flavour box, Thai special chicken fried rice & Fresh orange juice.

Nutella Banana french Toast – N5,500

It was a hit! I enjoyed every bit of it. The Nutella and banana French toast was plated beautifully and in a very minimalistic way which I loved. I had initially expected the French toast to be served plain with a side of Nutella that I can drizzle on the toast but it came differently. Each toast was spread with Nutella and it was great. The French toast was soft, warm and not soggy. It also had a nice cinnamon flavour added to it which made it bang. Although I loved the French toast, I couldn’t help but feel it was a little bit over priced.

Thai special chicken/shrimp fried rice – N6,000

the fired rice was very colourful and packed with many delicious ingredients. It was served in acute bowl. and was quite appealing to the eyes. My first initial thought was, where’s the rest of it? This is because the portion was really small for N6,000 and a main dish. The rice was tasty, the ingredients were rightly apportioned to the rice so we enjoyed it. The rice had a sweet and savoury taste because of the pineapple added to it. The rice portion was barely satisfying so I’d advice that if you’re ordering it, you pair it with something else to get a satisfying meal.

Shortly after we had the Thai special fried rice (with chicken), my sister ordered the same thing and her own dish was not very tasteful. It was partly burnt and the rice was very dry. This left some very questionable thoughts in my head as to the meal consistency of the restaurant.


Tea selection Flavor box – N2,000

After selecting this option from the menu, I was given a range of quality tea boxes to make a choice from. I chose the cinnamon and apple tea box and it was very nice. It was served in a beautiful tea pot set with honey (my choice) for taste. You can have your tea with sugar or sweetener if you’d like. I did not regret my selection at all, I very much loved the tea and the cute aesthetic that came with it.

Orange Juice – N2,700

The orange juice was freshly squeezed and served in a nice, adequate portion.

TOTAL BILL – NGN18,225 (incl 7.5% VAT & 5% service charge)

General Review

I had swell time at Taj! I enjoyed the beauty and serenity of the space while catching up with my friend. The service was great and I mostly enjoyed the food. However, I feel like there should be a few tweaks here and there to make the restaurant better than it is. The restaurant really doesn’t have a lot of street credibility when it comes to good food and its not a very good thing. I’d say my general experience was fair and I may visit again to see if they have gotten better.

If you have ever dined at Taj Bistro, do not hesitate to share your experience with me. I’m very much interested in all the details and I’m sure other readers will be too.

Hans and Rene Ice cream Now in Abuja!

Have you heard? Well I’m sure you probably have because it has been a month or two! For those who are a bit late to the party, Hans and Rene is NOW in Abuja! Now I know some of you are probably excited to see this and some are like, what exactly is Hans and Rene? Well, I’m here to tell you all about it!

Hans and Rene AKA the ‘connoisseurs of the sweet life’ is a confectionary company that sells quite the range of frozen desserts and pastries. The confectionary company has existed for over a decade now, with most of its operations in Lagos Nigeria. Over the years, they have launched up to 8 locations within the city of Lagos. Finally, in a bid to expand their horizon, they have launched an outlet here in Abuja.

Hans and Rene Abuja officially launched on the 27th of May 2022. It is located at No 75 Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse 2, Abuja (Inside Delis supermarket). It is a small and convenient ice cream spot and here’s all you need to know about it.

Ambience

The ambience is alright, a bit too basic if you ask me. The ice cream spot is located in an elevated corner of the supermarket, which gives you a view of the shoppers below. The spot is neat but can get a little rowdy because of a lot of customers and not enough space. The spot has a mini sitting area that can fit at most about 8-12 people. The space is generally very dull looking for an ice cream place. There are no attractive colours, artistic designs or furniture that ice cream/confectionary store normally have which is a tad bit disappointing. There is however an attractive ice cream display at the counter filed with many gelato and sorbet options. There is also a creative arc made with ice cream cups which gives the space a little exciting pop of attraction.

Ice cream!

They have many exciting varieties of ice cream flavours and it was so hard to choose from. Luckily, they offer you a free mini tasting so you can make a selection based of the tastes you prefer and not just what you think would be nice. I ended up settling for four distinct flavours and they were all incredible.

I got the salted caramel, malted milk, ferro rocher & salted caramel cookie crunch flavours. Each scoop cost N1,350 each.

Each ice cream flavour I tried had its own distinct and lovely taste. However, they all shared one feature in common, they were incredibly scrumptious. The ice cream flavours displayed are very unique and will satisfy the cravings of any ice cream lover. The ice cream is creamy, rich, tasty and has a luxurious texture. It is packed with different high quality ingredients and will definitely leave you wanting more. The only down side to the Hans and Rene ice cream is the scoop size. I wouldn’t really call it small, even though I feel its kinda small for that price but I’ll say its a medium sized scoop of ice cream.

TOTAL BILL – NGN5,805 (INCLUDING 7.5% VAT CHARGE)

General Review

Hans and Rene is definitely taking Abuja by storm with their uniquely created flavours. Their ice cream is creamy and delicious and they definitely have good service. It is a great ice cream spot but in my opinion, probably not an everyday ice cream spot because of the price and scoop size.

Have tried Hans and Rene ice cream in Abuja yet? If you have, let me know what you think in the comments.

VII(SEVEN) Bistro Restaurant & Bar, Abuja.

VII (Seven) Bistro Restaurant and Bar is another Old but Gold spot in Abuja. It has been around for quite a while and i have heard so much about it but i had my first visit just recently. It is located at No 7 Kampala street Wuse, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.
The restaurant and bar is very cozy and has such a cool/chill vibe. With a very fun and rustic Interior, seven bistro instantly stole my heart. Read all about it below;

Ambience

The restaurant ambience is really nice. They have an indoor space and an outdoor space. I love how they have neon signs with cute write ups. The outdoor space is a rooftop setting but it’s enclosed and also beautifully decorated. it has a nice view and it’s more private and secluded. There’s a mini bar uptstairs and also a restroom for convinence.

I love both spaces so much. The space has a relaxing and fun vibe. It’s a very good hangout spot with friends.

The Menu

The restaurant Menu is loaded with a number of food and drink options. It features Some local and international dishes covering breakfast, lunch and dinner options. They also have alcoholic and non alcoholic drink options. The menu pricing is affordable and can fit a budget of N10,000 for two.

Check out @sevenbistrong on Instagram to see the full menu.

Food & Drink

We ordered the red pepper pasta, owambe meal, virgin colada and water. Before our food and drink arrived, we were served complimentary potato chips and salsa. The potato chips were really crispy and it tasted so good with the salsa.

Red pepper pasta – N5,270

My friend Yasmin ordered the red pepper pasta and it looked really good even before we tasted it. It was hot, steamy Linguine pasta made in creamy pepper sauce and served with gizzard. I like that they used gizzard instead instead of chicken or seafood as usual. The pasta was really delicious and i totally wished i had ordered it.

Owambe – N6,800

The owambe meal was a combo meal. It was made up of beef suya, jollof rice, fried plantain and coleslaw. I enjoyed everything on my plate except the jollof rice. The jollof rice was nice and seemed tasty but it was dry and did not seem fresh. It seemed like it was made a day before and microwaved to be served. The beef suya was tasty and skillfully made.

Virgin colada – N3,500

The virgin colada is a pineapple juice, simple syrup and coconut cream mocktail combo. It tasted like a natural fruit juice, it wasn’t too sweet and it wasn’t bland either. The drink was nice but i didn’t really enjoy it because it’s just not my kind of drink.

TOTAL BILL – NGN12,141

General Review

VII Bistro is a very great spot for hanging out with friends, a Casual date or even a solo date. It is very budget friendly and their service was very fast and efficient. I look forward to visiting again soon for a chill day with my friends.

Chopped Bistro, Wuse Abuja.

I’m back again to plug you to another amazing spot because it’s back to back content season. Chopped Bistro has been on my list for so long, i’m so glad I got to check it out and I’m going to be sharing the details with you.
Funny story yeah, I found out about chopped bistro when they started following me on instagram. At first I thought it was a scam page because the food looked too good to be true and I had never heard of the place before. I subsequently followed up on their activities and realised it was a real place and their page wasn’t at all a scam. That was when I added it to my checklist.

My sister’s birthday came and I couldn’t think of a better place to wine and dine with my family. Chopped Bistro is located at No. 170 Ademola Adetokumbo crescent, opposite Peniel apartments Wuse 2, Abuja. My family and I had a splendid time. Check out the details below.

Ambience

The restaurant features a mini outdoor space as well as an indoor space. The restaurant design is subtle and quite accommodating. I love how the space is welcoming but not doing too much. Theres a floral decorated mirror at the entrance which welcomes you and is great for selfies.

The space is calm and has glass windows which gives you a view of the road. The outdoor space is quite small and suitable for a very casual or brief meeting. The indoor space on the other hand is medium sized and can fit about 20-25 people at once. The restaurant also has a single bathroom for convenience.

Menu

I love love how Nigerian the menu is. The menu features mostly Nigerian dishes, with a touch of some intercontinental dishes. The items on the menu are not over priced and it’s evident that the meals and recipes were uniquely and carefully curated.

Food

Phewww!!!! we definitely had a lot of good food and every bit of it was worth it. We ordered chicken wings for starters and later on had individual meals. Together we ordered chopped jollof rice with peppered chicken, Bistro style Pasta, Chopped special Rice with chicken in brown sauce, plantain flour and Egusi soup with chicken.

STARTER

Chicken wings (10pcs) – N3,000

The chicken wings were super affordable, one of the most affordable I’ve ever purchased. The wings were 10 pieces for just N3,000. It was very spicy, juicy and worth every bite.

Chopped special Rice with chicken in brown sauce – N6,000

The chopped special rice cost N2,000 and the chicken in brown sauce cost N4,000.

The chopped special rice is everything! I have never had rice so good, at that quality, in such a large portion at that price ever. It came as a very big shock to me. I could not believe my eyes at all. The rice as tasty and very colourful. I absolutely loved it.

At first I was a bit disappointed about the chicken in brown sauce because I expected it to come in a hot plate but it didn’t. When I set my eyes on it, my perspective immediately changed. It looked so colourful and tastefully made, I immediately wanted to shove the whole plate in my throat. But I didn’t though (pictures first…lol). It was a combo of chicken pieces in broth and mixed vegetables. It tasted so good and it made an excellent pairing with the chopped special rice.

Plantain flour with Egusi & Chicken – N4,600

All my swallow lovers need to get in here because you’re going to wanna try this soon. It was my first time tasting plantain flour and it actually wasn’t that bad. It just masted like brown semo really. The sup on the other hand shocked me once again. It was such a large portion of soup, suitable to eat 3 wraps of swallow.

The soup cost N4,000 for a bowl and a wrap of plantain flour was N600. The soup had many components and you can obviously tell it was ice in nature. It had chicken, ponmo and dried fish as proteins in it. It was lovely and we had to take home the rest of it.

Chopped Jollof Rice & Peppered chicken – N4,500

The chopped Jollof rice cost N2,000 while the peppered chicken cost N2,500. Once again the PORTION guys! Its crazy how they sell this much rice at N2,000 and it tastes so good.

The chopped Jollof rice had some chicken bits in it and I swear to God I have never had basmati rice tasting like firewood party Jollof until I tried out this one. It was amazing! The rice hit the right Nigerian Jollof notes.

The peppered chicken was nice and tasty but it wasn’t juicy and tasty all the way to the inside. I feel like if it was marinated longer, it would have tasted much better.

Bistro style Pasta – N4,500

The birthday girl ordered the bistro style pasta so I didn’t really have much of it. You have n option to choose either penne or spaghetti, It has some mixed veggies, chicken bits and sausages. The pasta wasn’t overcooked and it also wasn’t dry. It was a bit moist. It tasted really good and my sister cleared her plate.

Drinks

We had several beverages and water of course but only one Mocktail. I Ordered the Berry Delight for N2,500 and it was a big disappointment. Before ordering it, I asked the waiter what it was made up of so I would know what I was getting into and he told me it was a combination of 5alive berry blast, sugar syrup, lemon juice and Grenadine. What I was served was 5alive berry blast, ice and sugar topped with a piece of grape. The only thing nice about the drink was the grape. They used granulated sugar instead of sugar syrup and if you look into this image closely you can see the sugar settled at the bottom.

Anytime I take a sip, I can feel the sugar particles in my mouth and I was utterly disappointed. I wished I ordered a pack of 5alive instead.

TOTAL BILL – NGN28,600 (NO VAT OR SERVICE CHARGE INCLUDED)

General Review

Chopped Bistro is an excellent restaurant that sells authentic Nigerian food. They have a great space with really nice service. So far it is one of the best restaurants I have visited in terms of value for money. It is suitable for work/family gatherings. However, the really need toward on training their staff on making better drinks. I look forward to visiting again,

DISCLAIMER: This is not an ad and prices may be subject to future changes

Hugs and Mugs cafe/restaurant Abuja.

Hello dearest reader, Welcome to today’s episode of Abuja’s hidden gems. Today is definitely your lucky day because you get to experience something different & something new!

Hugs and mugs cafe/restaurant is an incredible hidden gem i recently found in the city. Interestingly, it is in plain sight but no one ever really notices it. It is located at 134 Adetokunbo Ademola crescent wuse two Abuja, Nigeria which is in the same compound with Bakan Gizo supermarket which I’m sure you may have cone across a few times.

The hugs and mugs space is unique, interesting and cozy. Now i’m sure you may be wondering, what’s the food like? what’s the menu like? Well, that’s why you’re here. Scroll down to find out!

Ambience

The restaurant space is quite small but in no way distasteful. The space was effectively utilized and beautifully decorated so you would not really feel like the space is that small.
It is one of the most beautifully decorated small spaces i’ve seen recently. The colors used in the decor are quite earthy and nice. The restaurant is not very popular, as such it was not full when we went so we had a peaceful and quiet dinning experience.

The restaurant is neat and the staff are warm and welcoming. I Loved how there were so many mirrors incorporated in the decor. The restaurant has different sitting areas that can fit about 20 people and a cute little restroom for Convinence.

Picture Perfect!

The restaurant space is super cute and we were lucky enough to be there at golden hour so my sister and i took advantage of that to take some awesome pictures.
The pictures came out really great so i had to attach it to this post.


The menu

The restaurant menu really took me by surprise. I initially expected it to be a few pastries and food options but they had way more than that!

The menu featured breakfast options, starters, main dishes, desserts, pastries, cocktails, mocktails, fresh juices, coffee, wines and so much more. The best part of it was that everything was super affordable.

It basically gives you a refined dining experience at good rates. I love it!

Food & drinks

The menu offered quite a lot of options so it took a while for us to decide because we both didn’t want heavy meals. After a long time deciding, we finally settled for the HNM express noodles and eggs, cappuccino, grilled turkey with a side of mashed potatoes and a glass of fresh orange juice.

HNM express noodles and eggs- N2,500

The Express noodles was basically indomie or so we thought. Well i mean it was still indomie but with an international passport. We all know indomie is a very simple but unique meal, in the sense that everyone makes it differently. Its quite hard for someone to make noodles for you that you will enjoy because everyone has their own noodle style. This was different. From the plating i knew this had to be something good!

The noodles were freshly made and served steaming hot. It was stir fried with different vegetables and sausages. Believe me when i say it was made to perfection! It was very rich, tasty and a bit moist just how i like it.

Cappuccino – N1,500

Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? I know i do! The cappuccino was made fresh in our presence so we got to witness the magic happen. I mean, you can never get enough of watching a beautiful cup of coffee being made.

The coffee was great! It came with some cubes of sugar incase you needed some additional sweetness and they also drizzled some caramel on it after it was ready. It was definitely worth the price.

Grilled turkey & Mashed potatoes – N4,600

The grilled turkey was fresh off the grill and it was covered in a unique & delicious sauce. The turkey was juicy and tender i couldn’t stop myself after the first bite. I devoured it to the last bit.
I opted to pair it with mashed potatoes because it has been a while i had it and it turned out to be the best decision ever!
The mashed potato dish was soft, creamy and had a luscious taste to it. It was Wonderful!

Once again, the plating was totally beautiful.

Fresh orange juice – N1,800

Fresh orange juice, but make it fancy! Thats exactly what i was served. I loved that the juice was freshly squeezed, so it had a little zesty taste to it. The orange juice also had some pulp it which was nice and made it evident that it wasn’t some packed juice turned into a cup. The juice portion was great for the price and it was served so beautifully i almost didn’t want to sip it.

TOTAL BILL – NGN11,400 (no VAT & service charge included)

General Review

Hugs and Mugs restaurant/cafe is mostly definitely a spot worthy of being checked out. It is definitely in my top 10 list of cute small places with good food and awesome service.

The ambience is great, their service is impeccable and their meals will leave you wanting more. I had a splendid experience and i look forward to visiting again real soon.

If you are just finding out about hugs and Mugs from this post kindly like, share and comment.

Dodo Pizza Abuja

The weekend is here and I’ve got a plug worthy of your time! In my last blog post I served you all with sugar, spice and everything nice. This time around I’ll be dishing out hot & cheesy deliciousness.

Dodo pizza is an awesome new pizzeria that just launched in Abuja. They have been operating in Lagos for quite some time now and they finally decided to give us a taste of their pizza goodness. The Pizzeria officially launched on the 28th of May 2022 at Gateway Novare Mall, Lugbe Abuja. The opening came with a bang and I was there to witness all of it while trying out their classic as well as new pizza flavours.

Read all about Abuja’s latest pizzeria below ;

Ambience

The pizzeria has 2 entrances, one which is accessible without entering the mall and the other accessible inside the mall. The entrance inside the mall leads faster to the counter where you can place your orders and the second entrance gives you access to see the kitchen where all the magic happens which is pretty cool. I had the chance of witnessing some behind the scenes action and it was incredible. The space is thoughtfully planed which makes it very accommodating for quite a number of people.

It is decorated with the dodo’s pizza signature orange colour which makes the space really pop out. The colours used in decorating the space really gives a playful and chill vibe that makes you relax. I mean its pizza! it’s meant to be full of vibe. The sitting areas are quite convenient and are well equipped with adequate lighting and sockets so you can plug your gadgets and do some work or just have a good time.

The space is very convenient for a casual date with friends, co-workers, lovers and family.

Menu

SO MANY OPTIONS!!! That’s what comes to mind when you set your eyes on the Dodo’s pizza menu. They have quite the variety of pizza options as well as drinks and other snack options. Their pizza flavours are very unique and Nigeria friendly. I love how the menu gives you a lot of options and is also very affordable as such you can visit even if you’re on a low budget. The menu gives more than just pizza options, the have some desserts, sides and drinks.

Here’s where it gets very interesting! You can order in person at the store or you can do so via their mobile app which offers you a free pizza on your first order. Cool right? Well, it gets better! For every app order you get ‘Dodo coins’ which you can save up and exchange for pizza or other food items on their menu. How amazing! You get tasty pizza at an affordable rate and you also get to save up some money. I LOVE IT!!

Pizza!!!

For the scrumpdillyumptious part you’ve all been waiting for, the Pizza! Like I said earlier they have a variety of pizza options which comes in 3 different sizes. I tried out the medium dodo supreme pizza

The Dodo supreme pizza is a combo of mozzarella, tomato, spicy chicken, spicy beef, onions, sweet chilli sauce, bell peppers and interestingly, PLANTAIN (DODO). It was literally my first time ever having plantain on a pizza. It was both exciting and strange. The pizza crust was not so thick which made the pizza ingredients really enjoyable. The plantain on the pizza gave it a very unique flair. At every bite, you enjoy sweet and savoury flavours at once. The pizza was really delicious, my only regret is that I didn’t eat it hot.

On the side, I also got to try their cinnamon rolls and cheese rolls. The cinnamon rolls were really delectable, they were tiny bits of sweet deliciousness. The cheese rolls were something else, it was like mini sausage rolls with cheese in every bit and it was absolutely tasty. I still want more!

General Review

Dodo’s pizza is really bringing some redefined tastes and flavours to the city of Abuja. I am really looking forward to trying out all their pizza flavours so I can have the entire dodo experience in my tummy.

If you’ve ever tried out dodo’s pizza in Abuja, drop a comment. I would like to know about your dodo experience.

Scoop’d Ice cream bar Now in Abuja!

Fellow ice cream lovers and soon to be ice cream lovers, Welcome to the best news you will come across on the internet today. A new ice cream bar!

Scoop’d is a new but not so new ice cream spot. New because it is the first branch in the city of Abuja and not so new because it has been open in Lagos for quite some time now. They recently launched their first ever branch on 28th May 2022. and of course you know I had to be there to witness deliciousness on our behalves.

It is located at Gateway Novare Mall, Lugbe Abuja. The opening was all shades of fun and delicious. Scroll down if you wanna drool!

Ambience

The ice cream bar is located in the inside the mall which is accessible through the main door or through Dodo’s pizza. It is a small and cute space which is quite expected from most ice cream bars. There are a few chairs for customers to sit and enjoy their ice cream and meals. It is not suitable for a lot of people so take out is more advisable if you’d like to enjoy a private time.

It is a great place for a quick/casual date and is also very kids friendly.

The Menu

Scoop’d menu is actually quite impressive. I did not expect them to have so much varieties of edibles. My initial thought was that they would be selling ice cream only but that wasn’t the case. They have more than just ice cream! They have quite the variety of pastries,desserts, burgers, wraps and so much more. The menu pricing is also very affordable. A scoop of ice cream goes for N900 which is one of the cheapest in the city right now. They also have different cup serving sizes for different tastes. It can easily fit a N3,000 budget for one.

Ice cream

I think by now my ice cream flavours are already predictable. Well the reason is that whenever I try a new ice cream place I love to try flavours i’m familiar with so I can easily tell if it’s good or bad.

I tried the snickerlicious and absolute chocolate flavours. The sickerlicious flavour was quite interesting because it had nuts in it, like the snickers chocolate even though it didn’t taste exactly like snickers it was very nice. It was almost like cookies and cream + nuts. The absolute chocolate was also nice but I felt like it could be a little more chocolatey.

Food and drinks

I got to try out other items from the menu like the strawberry milkshake, burger meal and the double cheese mushroom toastie.

Burger meal (Scoop’d Burger) – N2,300

The burger was served with a portion of chips, ketchup dip and a soft drink. The burger was made-up of chicken, BBQ sauce, pickles, tomato, mozzarella cheese and lettuce. At first the burger didn’t seem like a lot but after a bite you would fall in love with it’s taste. The bun was very tender and soft. All the burger ingredients were adequate and really fuse in perfectly. The chips were crispy and nice.

Strawberry milkshake – N2,200

The strawberry milkshake was simply divine! I excitingly got to witness how it was made and I appreciated the milkshake even more. It was creamy and very luscious.

Double cheese mushroom toastie – N2,000

At first after placing my order and finding out there was no protein in the toastie I wanted to cancel the order but the staff managed to convince me to go for it because it is really tasty. When my order came I was like hmmmm…. isn’t this too small? After my first bite I totally understood the assignment! The toastie was so tasty that I totally forgot there was no protein in it. It was well seasoned and properly made. The cheese and mushrooms really filled every bite! I enjoyed it.

General Review

I absolutely loved scoop’d and I think it is worth the trip. The variety menu options will leave you no room for dissatisfaction. The restaurant space is perfect and fits its purpose.

I look forward to visiting again and also hearing about your own scoop’d experience.

Frosty Pops/Boba Pops, Abuja.

Hi guys! Today I come bearing sugar, spice and everything nice. I’m sure by now you have already seen or head about frosty pops the one and only popsicle/boba shop in Abuja. It’s basically like an ice cream shop but for popsicles.

Frosty pops launched sometime during the month of ramadan at no 1 Konoko crescent Wuse 2, Abuja. I have been dying to go there since they opened and I finally did. My experience was as colourful as the place looks.

Ambience

The ambience is absolutely colourful! The space fits perfectly for its purpose. It is vibrant, colourful and very fun. They have a few sitting areas for a quick Popsicle but nothing too serious or long term. They have a restroom for Convinence which i’m yet to check out yet but definitely will in my next visit.

Popsicles

Ou la la! they have all shades of popsicles, ranging from sweet tooth to vegan. The most interesting fact about all the popsicles is that they are all a 100% vegan and natural. The popsicles are also hand crafted, which is so cool.

The popsicles range from N1,500 to N1,800. They also have many topping options at different rates. This means you can decorate your popsicle to your satisfaction.

So far I have tried the Nutella, chocolate, strawberry(fruit), cotton candy Oreo & creamy strawberry. They all taste amazing! I must admit that the popsicles are quite addictive because you just can’t stop yourself from wanting more.

It is definitely worth a try!

Boba Pops

Unfortunately, I am still yet to try out the boba tea at frosty pops because they are always sold out anytime I go for it. I look forward to trying it out soon and updating this post.

Till then . . . xoxo

Zona cafe restaurant & grill, Abuja.

Hi there friends and lovers! It has been a hot minute since I dropped my last blog post and it really wasn’t intentional. I have been overwhelmed with pretty much every thing. I recently checked out the newly revamped Zone cafe restaurant with one of my favourite Abuja food/bloggers Uchey (@thelifestylegal_).

Zona cafe is a restaurant that has been in Abuja for a while now. It is located at NO 32 Kumasi Crescent Wuse 2, Abuja. Initially, they had a really cute and attractive cafe space that captured the hearts of so many when they launched. They had a lot of people trooping in when they launched because of their attractive space but I was never one of them. Mainly because it just seemed too cliche the time and I had zero to no expectations of their food. I noticed they went a bit MIA after a while which wasn’t really a shock to me because I kinda predicted it.

About a month ago, I noticed a few changes to their online presence and I noticed a whole new space and Instantly got intrigued! I knew I just had check it out and see what they’ve got going on.

The newly revamped zone cafe is artistic, beautiful and very full of vibe. Scroll down to read all about my date with Uchey and our experience of at the cafe.

Ambience

The ambience at the cafe is absolutely intriguing! It features a nice and very artistic ambience. I absolutely loved the murals on the wall. Each angle of the cafe Is a work of art and you cannot help but stare. The LED lights gave the space a warm look which is absolutely grate to experience but not really the best lighting for pictures which is a bit of a turn off considering the fact that we live in a time where all people wanna do is take pictures (I am people…lol).

The restaurant space is quite big and can conveniently take up to 50 people, however I do not think they have enough chairs for that. There’s a lot of room to move freely without being in people’s faces and a bit of privacy to an extent. The restaurant also features a single bathroom for convenience.

Although they currently have no outdoor space, the indoor space is quite adequate and very beautiful. My favourite spot at the cafe has to be the part with the mural wearing glasses and having paint gushing out of it. I absolutely love it!

Menu

The restaurant menu is quite brief honestly. I mean not in it’s entirety, but the food options are limited. The menu features a couple of breakfast options, burgers/sandwiches, pastas and grills. The drinks menu however has a vast amount of options, especially cocktails. They may have just gone ahead to re-name the place ‘Zona bar & grills’.

Food

Like I mentioned earlier, we didn’t have a lot of options when it came to food so we just ordered a burger meal and pasta. Uchey ordered the Zona Highway Man Burger and I ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese.

Spaghetti Bolognese – N5,000

The spaghetti was beautifully served, with a cute little tomato designed as a rose and some celery at the top. The dish was served smoking hot which definitely made it more enjoyable. The pasta was finely made and the sauce had the right proportions ingredients. It wasn’t too spicy and also wasn’t tasteless as well. The meal portion was fair to be honest. It wasn’t too small and it certainly wasn’t too much either. All in all, I really enjoyed my meal.

Zona Highway Man Burger – N5,500

The highway man burger is truly deserving of it’s name. The first thing to note about it is the uniqueness of the bun. I thing it was toasted on both sides. I’m still yet to figure out if they made their own burger bun or its just a regular bun toasted to look that way. It was filled with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, fried egg, a beef patty and mayonnaise sauce. It was served with a portion of fries and ketchup and it was just as beautifully plated as the spaghetti bolognese.

I had a taste of the burger and it was very juicy and tender. I loved every bit of it and it definitely made one of the highlights of my visit. The portion is adequate and honestly worth the price

Drinks

For drinks, I ordered a Virgin Daiquiri – N3,000 and Uchey ordered Pink lady – N3,000.

The Virgin Daiquiri was basically blended strawberries (frozen) and lime juice. It was definitely a hit! I feel like a strawberry daiquiri is one drink you can’t go wrong with both as the restaurant making it and the person making it. If you order a daiquiri from a restaurant and it tastes bad, your next move should be to run because the food will most likely tase bad as well. I absolutely loved it and Ucey the queen of daiquiri’s also enjoyed it too.

The Pink lady drink was made up of strawberry yoghurt, apple juice, cranberry juice and grenadine. I didn’t really get a taste of it but she said it was really really nice. I look forward to trying it out when next I visit.

TOTAL BILL – NGN17,737 (7.5% VAT INCLUSIVE)

General review

Zona cafe and grill have really come a long way from their old space to this new one right here. Looking beyond the space, they have done well with their menu, pricing and service as well. I am actually impressed and I had a great experience. I truly hope that they are able to keep up with the new standards and maybe even do much better in the future.

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Bleu Café | wuse, Abuja.

Bleu café is a nice cozy spot famously owned by Chef Ro (Umeeta Rabiu). It is a food and pastry cafe that sprung up during the Covid-19 Lockdown in 2020. It started off as an online cafe and eventually launched into a walk-in/sit down space. It was actually exciting and a proud moment to see that a fellow female food blogger had launched a space of her own and i looked forward to checking it out but for one reason or the other i never visited until 2022. This was partly because there was a lot of hype surrounding the place and i wanted it to die down a little before visiting.

Bleu Café is located at 16 Bangui street Wuse, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. I stopped by for a quick bite with a friend and this was my experience.

Ambience

The café is made up of quite a number of see through glass windows which makes it well lit and beautiful. The space is very cozy and simple. It was very neat and tidy and it gives off a subtle and calm vibe. At the time i visited, it was just me in the café and that gave me a lot of time to really analyze the space. The decor style of the café is quite unique and the colors fused in perfectly. The one thing that felt a bit out of place was the wall mounted chair with the LED lights, which serves as a picture spot i guess. I feel like it was put there in a bid to fit in with the current insta trends which was unnecessary because the space already had its own simple & vintage vibe.

Menu

The cafe’s menu is quite packed with a lot of english and Italian food options. They offer quite the variety of food and drink options and the pricing is affordable.

Food & Drink

I wanted something sweet and satisfying for brunch so i opted for the dutch baby pancakes and strawberry Frappe. While my friend just ordered a slice of red velvet cake.

Dutch baby pancakes – NGN4,000

For those who do not already know, Dutch baby pancakes are a unique style of oven baked pancakes as opposed to the usual fried one. The pancakes took about 30minutes to be served because it was made fresh. It was served in a mini cast iron skillet pan with a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with bananas and strawberries, a sprinkle of powdered sugar and syrup. The pancake was soft with a nice texture and it wasn’t too sweet. The bananas and strawberries also made a fine pairing with the pancakes. However, there was one problem. The quality of ice cream used was very poor. As a result of the poor quality of the ice cream, the ice cream separated from the sugar components at the feel of heat. This made the pancakes soak in pool of sugar and melted ice that eventually made it soggy. By the time i got to the end, it was dutch baby pancakes, sugar, water and a hint of cream.

Red velvet cake – NGN2,500

The cake slice was really nice. It was moist, creamy and rich. Although i would say it’s a bit small for the price.

Strawberry Frappe – NGN3,500

I was excited to try the strawberry Frappe because it was something different from what i am used to ordering at cafe’s. The frappe was served and it was cute but it ended up being cute with no context. The taste was a bit bland. It was neither sweet nor tasteless and i could only taste just a hint of coffee and strawberry flavor in it. The rest of it was ice and vibes. I felt like it had a lot of potential to be a great drink but it wasn’t.

TOTAL BILL – NGN10,212 (including VAT & service charge)

General Review

Bleu café is a nice and cozy spot fit for dine in. It’s also a nice place to cool off and probably get some work done. However, the food wasn’t really great for me which left me disappointed because i expected a certain level of culinary expertise coming from such an establishment. I honestly thought the food will steal my heart and i would be hooked for life but it didn’t. The service was ok, at first the waitress was a bit hostile but subsequently loosened up.

I have had a couple of people reach out to me ever since i posted a reel on Instagram about their own similar experiences and some even worse. So i’m really curious to know. Have you visited Bleu café? Did you have a great experience with the food and service? Please do not hesitate to share.
Xoxo…