So you might be wondering, how did she have pizza and gelato from two different spots at the same time? Well, the answer is actually quite simple, a food court! Nosta cafe and Galaxy pizza are both located at No. 2 Atakpame street, chocolate mall, Wuse 2 Abuja. Prior to the launch of my blog, I had visited Nosta cafe a couple of times but I have never actually tried the galaxy pizza or burger. This time around I decided to try both and get a good review for my readers.
Nosta Cafe – Gelato
Nosta cafe is a nice little cafe spot at the chocolate mall food court that sells amazing cakes, pastries, shakes, hot & cold beverage as well as my fave, ice cream. As I mentioned earlier, I have tried out Nosta cafe before and it was amazing! this time wasn’t any different. They serve a unique variety of ice cream flavours that are very rich and creamy. some of them include; mango, salted caramel, cookies and cream, coffee, strawberry, white chocolate, cotton candy, blueberry and so much more.
There is no menu for the ice cream so you are to choose from any of the available flavours on display. A scoop of ice cream costs NGN800. You can have as many scoops as you wish in a cup or a cone(the cone costs N200). I had 2 scoops of ice cream(NGN1,600) – Salted caramel and coffee with broken waffle toppings because I do love me some crunch in my ice cream. It tasted marvellous, I totally recommend this combo. The coffee ice cream had tiny Hershey chocolate bars in it and my heart literally melted when I realised.
My sisters had the Amarena/salted caramel with broken waffle topping(second frame) and the chocolate flakes/salted caramel combo (third frame). I had a taste of both and I totally recommend these combo’s.
The only problem I had with the cafe was their service. It’s not that the customer service was bad, the staff were actually very nice but I think they undercharged me. Firstly, they charged me for 1 ice cream instead of 4(8 scoops). I had to go back to them to let them know and I think they also forgot to charge for the toppings. It’s not the fist time I’ve had this experience at Nosta cafe, it has happened more than once.
Galaxy pizza – Pizza
It was my first time trying galaxy pizza and I just want to say they have officially become my pizza plug in Abuja. I ordered the BBQ CHICKEN SPECIAL PIZZA (family size) and it cost NGN5,000. It was marvellous! The pizza was not greasy and I loved how it wasn’t flat. They were definitely not selfish with the ingredients. The pizza was very rich and filled with a lot of everything. It had cheese, bbq chicken, tomatoes, onions, green pepper, garlic, red pepper and bbq sauce.
Another thing I loved about galaxy pizza was their menu. Although I didn’t get a picture of their menu, I can still remember it quite vividly. They have a price range of about NGN3,500 – NGN10,000. Their menu also features a wide range of options like arabica piazza, Hawaiian pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken shawarma pizza, cheesesteak pizza and so much more. I also liked the fact that each item on the menu had a picture of it on the side which gives you a visual representation of what you’re about to order.
I will definitely be visiting both places again soon and I’ll be sharing an update about my experience.
For those who do not already know, bubble tea is a special kind of tea/drink that has its origin from Taiwan. It is made with boba balls, which can also be called tapioca balls. The boba balls are kind of soft and chewy in nature. Now as a Nigerian local who has never been to Taiwan before, I obviously have never tried it before. However, I’ve had tapioca a number of times before. I have always fancied bubble tea but I never really knew where to get it because I obviously wasn’t going to Taiwan anytime soon and Nigeria is nowhere near Taiwan. Luckily for me there have been some improvements with different food franchises coming to Abuja. Restaurants now are more focused on bringing in something new/foreign to customers so there’s a lot of room to try out different cuisines other than what we are already used to here.
I have actually noticed a growing number of bubble tea vendors here in Abuja (which I’ll definitely be trying out soon). I decided to try tea charme first because I just kinda felt like it would be coming from an authentic Taiwanese source and not just someone trying to Mimic something they’ve had. Although it might actually be the case but I really don’t think so.
Tea charme is a cute little take out tea shop that not only sells bubble tea but also coffee, drinks and ice cream. As a take out spot, there is obviously no sitting area. I would have honestly preferred it if they had like a little space where you can sit and wait for your order most especially because of the sun. Your only options if you have to wait are; sitting in your car, standing for as long as it takes for your order to get ready or climbing up to the charme restaurant upstairs which in my opinion is not very wise because there’s no means of knowing if your order is ready.
Their menu is quite big for a small take out shop, but I love the fact that it gives you a variety of options including non-dairy options.
What does bubble tea taste like?
Well, to answer the question we’ve all been dying to know, It tastes like a nice milkshake with boba in it. I ordered the medium sized chocolate dirty tea (because when I’m not sure I go with the safest, most delicious option – CHOCOLATE!) It cost NGN2,300. I initially wanted to order the milk bubble it but someone said it wasn’t rich and creamy enough.
The chocolate dirty tea was honestly delicious! I wanted to finish it in a single sip. It was very rich and creamy. I got carried away sipping and forgot about the boba at the bottom of the cup so when a single bubble slipped into my mouth I almost screamed that there was a giant bug in my tea but the it was chewy so I immediately remembered what I was having. The boba at the bottom if the tea were not too soft and sticky neither were they hard to chew. I must add though, that I do not think the boba adds any special kind of flavour to the tea. I think its just there for chewy purposes.
I definitely loved it, and I can’t wait to try out more flavours and most probably more vendors too.
Hi guys, it’s been a minute since my last blog post and I’ve really missed writing on here. Today i’ll be sharing my experience at a new Chinese restaurant located at No 41. Gana street Maitama Abuja. Prior to my recent return to Abuja, my friend and I made a list of places/restaurants/dishes we wanted to try out and charme restaurant was one of them. Well quite frankly it wasn’t officially on the list but it sorta was. We actually just wanted to visit tea charme and get bubble tea (I’ll be sharing more details in my next blog post). Turns out ‘charme’ also has a supermarket, take out tea spot, and a Chinese restaurant. So we went ahead and checked it all out and we had an awesome experience.
Read all the juicy details below.
The charme restaurant ambience
The restaurant ambience was very beautiful and impressive. Walking into the restaurant you’ll be welcomed by a beautiful mural on one side of the wall and some beautifully placed 3d wall flowers. The entrance sort of looks like a lobby/waiting room and there’s a receptionist placed there to welcome you into the restaurant. Moving from the lobby area, you move into a beautiful white space decorated with a beautiful painting and the most beautiful Chinese lantern inspired light decorations that leads into the restaurant.
The restaurant is quite spacious, you can actually have an event of 50+ people conveniently. Like I said earlier the place is really beautiful and stunning. Although its not very ‘Chinese’ looking, the space combines a very contemporary and elegant look with a touch of modern china. Its very bright and well lit because of the large windows and white paint choice. It honestly looks like a showroom because every corner had a different design which was carefully put together. In general, I would say it’s a really minimal, carefully designed, and family friendly space. It also features a small outdoor area for those who want a breath of fresh air.
Their food menu features a couple of Chinese cold and hot dishes, as well as some Chinese desserts. The food menu is actually quite affordable but the drinks are over bit over priced in my opinion.
The food and drinks
The ambience was delightful I must say but you see the food, I can confidently say it was the highlight of everything. It was absolutely delicious! I initially wanted to try out the dumplings but it wasn’t available so here’s what I and my friends ordered instead.
Shredded chicken in garlic sauce – NGN4,000
I totally loved this dish. It was everything and more. I didn’t eat a lot of it, but the little I had was really nice. I paired it with the chicken rice and I liked it. I totally recommend it.
Handmade fried noodles – NGN3,500
I had a swell time eating this. As expected the noodles were uneven because they were handmade but it definitely didn’t stop it from being delicious. It was stir fried and as such it was a little bit greasy but it wasn’t really a turn off for me because I like my stir fry noodles a little greasy because it keeps it kinda moist, lol.
Kung pao chicken – NGN3,500
I liked the kung pao chicken just as much as the shredded chicken but I think I prefer the latter. It was delicious and had nuts in it, but I didn’t like the boiled cucumbers because I like my cucumbers crunchy. It’s actually not the first time I’ve had kung pao chicken at a Chinese restaurant that had nuts and cooked cucumber so I guess it’s a thing.
Chicken fried rice – NGN2,500
The chicken fried rice was the best thing I had, I loved everything about it. It was definitely a 10 for me.
Chicken spring roll – NGN1,200
The chicken spring roll was not the regular dry ass, really crispy and empty spring rolls most restaurants often serve. It had the right amount of crunch and they weren’t stingy with the filling. At first I honestly thought it wouldn’t be crunchy at all because it didn’t look like it, it actually kinda looked like meat filled pancake but it eventually turned out to be nice after the first bite. As the saying goes, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.
I had a taste of the chocolate milkshake and mojito.
The chocolate milkshake was the bomb. Very creamy and rich, it also had Maltesers in it which I liked.
The mojito was not great at all! I didn’t like it. It tasted like soda water, mint leaves and lemon. It was tasteless. I tried stirring from the bottom to see if it would be better but it wasn’t. At first it seemed like there was sugar settled at the bottom but nahhh I don’t think there was any. I actually think a mistake occurred while making it. It was the only thing I didn’t like.
General service review
All in all I would say Charme restaurant is a great restaurant. Definitely one of the best Chinese restaurants here in Abuja. Their ambience is great, the have good service and most of all, they have delicious food. I think their food is quite affordable and their serving portions are really great. I’ll definitely want to visit again and try out more dishes from their menu. It’s a restaurant suitable for meetings, family lunch/dinner, dates and even mini events.
Our total bill was NGN32,899 including a 10% VAT and service charge
Tatte pāstrē is a brand new pâtisserie company that is specialised in selling yummy grazing boards and exquisite pâtissarie gift boxes. Their grazing boards & boxes range from sweet to savoury. it combines a selection of fruits, nuts, chocolates and baked goods. It is not only unique, but it is also super affordable.
I had a chance of working with the brand last month and it was such a spectacular experience. Putting together a beautiful grazing board is no easy task I must say. A lots of thought, time and precision goes into it. My shoot covered different unique grazing boxes in different sizes, a grazing board that serves 1-2 peoples and of course a valentine special offer box.
Here are some of the beautiful images from my shoot.
Valentine special boxes
Heres a look at the tatte pāstrē price list.
(check out their page on instagram @tattepastre for more information).
I hope this post helps gifting your loved ones this valentines day so much more easier.
Hello readers, its been almost three weeks since my last blog post and I have really missed writing. I have been quite overwhelmed with series of shoots, meetings and of course school preparations. I am starting with Cluck’n chicken and waffles because it was my very first food shoot for the year and I have been obsessed ever since.
Cluck’n chicken and waffles is a brand new chicken joint located at No.2 Bangui street, Wuse 2 Abuja. They sell amazing chicken which is served in tasty little waffle cones. Asides from serving waffly good chicken, their menu also include different drinks, a tasty apple crumble dessert and shisha.
In this blog post, I’ll be giving an insight on the Cluck’n space, their menu, the food and of course my favourites.
The cluck’n chicken and waffle space is definitely one of the most beautifully designed food spots I’ve been to lately. Its a small space, but every corner was definitely effectively utilised. I am no design guru but I can definitely tell if a place is beautiful and this one is. My favourite thing about the entire place is the burnt orange coloured stools, they really give the whole place a unique and popping flair which makes the place 10x more beautiful. There is also a prep counter inside, where you can see all the BTS action going on with the food. Another thing to love about the cluck’n space is that it comes alive at night. It is quite beautiful during the day but even more attractive at night when the decorative lights come up.
I didn’t get as much pictures of the space as I would have wanted, but here’s a glimpse of what it looks like.
As I mentioned earlier, the cluck’n menu includes tasty waffly chicken, chicken wings, drinks, water, dessert and shisha. There are however some things not listed on the menu yet which are available and there might be some future changes/additions that would be made so stay tuned for a blog update. The food prices at cluck’n are super affordable and I love how the menu features some Nigerian elements like kuli kuli, yaji and so much more.
The food at Cluk’n honestly tastes as good as it looks. I had the opportunity of shooting the entire menu but I didn’t get to try everything though. I tried the dessert first and it was really sweet, literally perfect for a sweet tooth craving. I also had a taste of the cluck’n burger, waffle burger (not on the menu) and the plantain sandwich.
Here’s a look at what I had and what I thought of it.
Most of the things I tried were not listed on the menu yet so you guys are lucky i’ll be spilling exclusive tea. Both the Cluck’n burger and the waffle burger cost NGN3,200 and they come served with chips. The burger is by far the best thing on the menu in my opinion. Not that everything else isn’t really tasty but I’m a sucker for a nice burger. The burger was extremely delicious and I’ve never tried something like it before. It had chicken, egg, salsa, some nuts, cheese and it was spicy. I’m not really a fan of hot and spicy food but really quite enjoyed this one. If you go to cluck’n be sure to order this burger and thank me later.
The plantain sandwich isn’t on the menu and I don’t know if its going to be in the future but I found it really creative and delicious. While I was awaiting the food for the shoot, the chef really wanted me to try something and he whipped up this masterpiece with the ingredients available. I honestly wish they’d add it to the menu because asides from being delicious it’ll be a very unique addition.
The apple crumble was nice and really sweet but I generally wish it had more moisture because it seemed a bit dry, but it was still nice regardless.
Here are some other things I covered for the shoot but are available on the menu that I didn’t get to try.
Cluck’n chicken and waffles is a really beautiful place with great chicken, lit ambience and good vibes. I love that they are bringing something new to the table. They are also super affordable and have different amazing deals on different days of the week so be sure to follow them on Instagram @clucknabuja so you won’t miss out on amazing deals. I truly enjoyed woking with them and I look forward to working with them again in the future.
Finally, to answer the first initial question, cluck’n chicken and waffles is not the first of its kind in the city of Abuja. It’s actually the second. The first chicken and waffle place launched in Abuja is called wfl.ng. It was launched earlier in 2020. Im still yet to check it out but when I do I’ll definitely be giving all juicy details on my blog.
If you loved any of the pictures from my shoot and you’d like to work together, kindly reach out to me through any of my contact options.
Cake etcetera is located at NO 1 Kampala street off Ademola Adetokunbo crescent Wuse 2. It is a newly opened bake shop in Wuse 2. They have another branch which is located in another part of Abuja, but this is the latest. As a Kampala street regular, I noticed a cute little shop on the side a couple of months ago being decorated with beautiful flowers and I was immediately elated to see how it was going to turn out. A couple of weeks ago, I went to pick up a package at Kampala street and I saw the shop had been launched. I was in a hurry at the time but I decided to breeze in quickly and see how its has turned out and check out what the shop was about. The bake shop has a really cute pink interior which is beautifully decorated with a lot of different artificial flowers, cute white showcase shelves, white chairs and tables and a lovely decorative bicycle piece. One of the things I loved about the space was how the cakes were beautifully displayed on the shelves. The cakes were so beautifully made I thought they weren’t real. Another thing that absolutely captured my heart was the pink Christmas tree and the stunning chandelier light. At the time I visited the bake shop, it was just a couple of days after Christmas and they still had all their beautiful Christmas decorations up. Their services include birthday cakes, wedding cakes, anniversary cakes, cupcakes, snacks and desserts.
Cake Parfait – NGN1,000
When I walked into the bake shop the first thing that caught my eye was the cake parfait displayed on the counter. I didn’t really have the time to check out everything displayed because I was in a rush and I was told by the attendants that they didn’t have a Menu or even a price list for the cakes so I just bought the cake parfait. There were only 2 flavours available and I got both flavours (red velvet & chocolate).
The red velvet cake parfait is a combination of vanilla, red velvet and chocolate layered with whipped cream and topped with a delicious cherry. This cake parfait flavour was nice and affordable my opinion. Although it was generally nice, the vanilla cake at the bottom was a bit dry. It didn’t have any moisture whatsoever but it wasn’t hard though. The other two flavours(red velvet & chocolate) were not dry, they each has their own fair share of moisture and were delicious.
The chocolate cake parfait was my favourite(I mean, you can never go wrong with chocolate right?). It had 3 lawyers of chocolate cake which were finally topped with whipped cream and a cherry on top. I noticed that the chocolate cake parfait had a little drizzle of caramel syrup in it which added a unique taste to it. It was very moist, unlike the other one and It was also delicious. I absolutely loved it.
General service Review
Cake etcetera is really quite beautiful and peaceful and from the taste and looks of their cakes they are actually really good. However, their staff do not seem to be properly trained. They were nice and cordial but very confused, they didn’t seem to have enough information about anything and they kept staring like they were lost anytime I asked a question.
A year ago I badly wanted to visit Lagos bistro but I couldn’t. What I didn’t know at the time was that it was actually a good thing because this year they relocated to a bigger and better location with an incredible new menu. When I saw this I knew 2020 wasn’t going to end without me visiting it.
Lagos bistro Is located at no 7 Hombori Street Wuse 2, opposite best premier hotel, Abuja Nigeria. It is a restaurant/cafe that serves quite a large number of dishes ranging from traditional African, English, and of course some famous Lagos dishes like Ewa-agoyin, ofada rice and so much more. The restaurant features a beautiful outdoor and indoor space. This blog post will cover both spaces, the menu, the food & my general Lagos bistro experience. So, grab a seat, relax and get comfortable because its going to be a long read.
The outdoor space is actually quite larger than indoors which has a lesser seating capacity. It features a garden section for drinks, shisha & private dining booths. There’s also a kids play area which is very safe for little kids. Generally, the outdoor sitting area is quite neat and is beautifully decorated with several murals, flowers and lights.
The one thing that stood out for me outdoors was a series of private booths located in the garden area. It’s like a tiny air conditioned box that is beautifully decorated with lights and flowers. It has a sitting capacity of 6. Out of my raging curiosity I decided to ask about it, I wanted to know if they were to be reserved or they are open to the public. I was told that the booths are to be reserved for a maximum of 6 people and reservation for each booth costs NGN5,000 for 2hours.
I have one word for the Lagos bistro interior, STUNNING!!!! The entrance alone speaks for itself. Inside Lagos bistro is in two parts – upstairs and downstairs. Both are equally beautifully designed but with slightly different themes.
Downstairs has to be my favourite because of the vibrant colours. It has a lounge/chill/cafe kind of vibe. Both up and down spaces have large windows but downstairs appears much more brighter because of the vibrant colours used in the interior. I have never seen so much patterns in a space working together so perfectly. From the ‘sis eko’ mural on the wall to the aztec print chairs and marble table tops, everything was a 10 for me. Each table had this really cool call to action button that you can press whenever you need something from the waiters instead of yelling out to them or having to stand up and find one. What I couldn’t get over were the floors. Naturally I would say the busy tiling on the floor wouldn’t fit in with all the print but they found a way to make it work. Another admirable thing about the space was the fact that they were sockets at almost every sitting point which comes very handy. They have very large windows but didn’t fail to put blinds that you can pull down if the sunlight ever becomes a problem. The space was quite cozy and well air conditioned. The male and female bathrooms are also downstairs together with the kitchen. The downside to this part of the restaurant is the size, it’s quite small. Even though the space was efficiently utilised, it had a seating capacity of less than 25 people.
Moving up to the other part of the restaurant I have to say its my least favourite space. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like it’s horrible but it’s just a little bit confusing and hmmmm I don’t know the word to use. On one side there was a bar which had upholstered booth seats, and on the other side was a formal dining area. The bar was pretty cool because it was on old bus converted into a bar. The other side with the formal dining area had noting exciting about it, it was just dull. there was an old Mercedes Benz which was converted into a kind of buffet serving area which was cool but I wasn’t really feeling it in that particular space. In my opinion if they wanted to go for a full on formal dining space, they should have excluded that part and just gave it a fancier and more formal look.
I have to be honest, Lagos bistro has one of the largest restaurant menus I’ve seen in Abuja. The menu features a ton of varieties from local Nigerian dishes to international dishes. There’s a pizza menu, food menu and drinks menu which totals to about 12-15 pages.(tough one right!)
When you place an order at the restaurant, you are given a complimentary bowl of puff puff to keep your mouth busy while you wait.
After several minutes of deliberation, here’s what I finally settled for;
Go Slow (salad & platter) with fried yam – NGN6,000
The go slow platter is a platter for 2. It had a combination of chicken wings, peppered gizzard, suya with a choice of either French fries or fried yam(I opted for fried yam).
At first, when the platter was brought to me I was a little bit disappointed because it looked small and my first thought was is this supposed to be for 2 people?? My perspective definitely changed after I dived in. I tried the suya first and I was instantly amazed because it tasted great. The suya wasn’t dry like I expected, it was quite moist and tasty, like it was dipped into a special kind of sauce. The gizzard was equally tasty and I loved the inclusion of bell peppers (because I’m a veggie kinda girl). The wings were honestly quite small even though they tasted nice. Generally, I do not enjoy thick yam slices. I prefer my yam slices thin and crunchy but this yam right here was different. Although it was thick it still had a crunchy texture on the outside. I didn’t know when I went from one bite to eating four yam strips.
House burger – NGN3,600
The house burger was made of a bistro burger bun with a double decked patty chicken, beef, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, fresh lettuce, cucumber, butter, mayonnaise, bistro burger sauce ketchup, honey and mustard. The house burger comes with a side of French fries and ketchup.
The minute this burger arrived, all that was in my head was ‘Siri play juicy by darkoo’ because…….. this burger was JUICYYY! First things first yeah, thank God it had no pickles in it because I’m not a fan. A lot of restaurants tend to add pickles to their burger and I really do not like it. Not only was this baby beautiful to look at, it was also delicious. It had a perfect amount of everything ingredient used and it was so satisfying. I instantly went into a food coma after this burger. I would totally recommend it for anyone searching for a great burger in Abuja.
The bistro booster & bistro starter were both natural smoothies. Each smoothie cost NGN2,500. The bistro starter which is in the first slide is a combination of apple, banana, sweet pear, pineapple and watermelon. The bistro booster on the other hand is a combination of apple, banana, pineapple & beetroot.
The bistro starter was quite delicious. It had the rough and unfiltered texture of the blended ingredients which is expected of every natural smoothie. The most significant taste was the pineapple. The other ingredients weren’t really obvious but they added a sweet and unique taste.
The bistro booster also had the same texture but with a different taste. Beetroot usually has a very pronounced flavour when used in anything really and this case wasn’t different. Beetroot being the queen bee of vegetables overshadowed the other ingredients used in the smoothie and there wasn’t really a taste of other ingredients. It was great regardless and I preferred it over the bistro starter.
Sundae brownies – NGN3,000
You know how they say you’re never fully dressed without a smile. Well a lunch date is never really complete without dessert! (wise words from Rukky Ambursa). After ordering that juicy burger and going into a food coma I honestly thought I was done, but after one more look at the menu I just knew I couldn’t leave without having a taste of these brownies. As a sucker for brownies I’ve tried out several brownie recipes and I’ve always preferred my brownies with a hard/crunchy crust with a little moisture inside and I got just that. The brownie plating was really superb. It was topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and banana pieces.
The brownie had a hard/crunchy crust, just a little while longer in the oven and it would have turned out too hard. Inside the brownie was moist but not too moist, it was just alright to be honest. The banana topping gave it an extra sweetness and it really complimented the ice cream topping.
Water – NGN420.00
Nothing like a glass of water with a lemon slice to finish off a great lunch right? The water is served at room temperature with a glass of ice cubes and a slice of lemon to go with it. A bottle of water costs NGN210.00. (Its a small bottle by the way)
The sub total bill was NGN18,020. However there was an inclusion of 7.5% VAT (1,257.21) and a service charge of 5% (838.14). Making a total of NGN18,858.14.
General service review
All in all I would like to say that I was pretty impressed with Lagos bistro. Their service is great, they have well trained and polite staff. However, the one thing I didn’t like was how much time it took to get my order. When you place an order it takes about 30-40 minutes to receive the order. I also recent learnt from @abujacitytourist that its a general complaint from most of their customers. I must say, they really hit the nail on the head with their restaurant. Their ambience is 100% , they have amazing food, and I must really add that their chefs have good plating skills. I would really love to work with them in the future to create something amazing for my followers. You can check out a vlog of my visit to Lagos bistro on my instagram page @rukky_ambursa.
I hope you all enjoy reading this blog post as much as I loved eating at Lagos Bistro.