Palm ave restaurant

Hi guys, it’s yet another week with another solo date at a nice, low key restaurant in the city of Abuja. I’m not even going to lie, i am really enjoying these solo dates because its breath of fresh air from the usual chaos and interaction with people during the week days.

Palm ave is a new restaurant that has been running for a couple of months now. It is located at Riverplate garden opposite BMO events center wuse II, Abuja. The restaurant is interestingly open from 11:00am – 3:00am daily.

Ambience

The restaurant interior is super cool! Like, you know those dark interior designs you drool over on instagram but cant have? well this is it! A lot of restaurants always shy away from dark colored interior for some reason but palm ave is not one of them. I admire the bold choice of dark, yet attractive colors in the decor, it definitely makes it stand out from most restaurants here in Abuja. Another thing to love about palm ave are the large windows, it feels like you’re in a glass house and its just so lovely. It gives you a view of the park which gives a calming effect. During the day, the restaurant is vibrant, cozy and calming. At night, it switches up to this really cool, dark and relaxing place to just vibe and enjoy good food.

The restaurant to gives off a type of vibe that cant really be explained(in a good way), you just have to experience it.


Indoors

Outdoors

Palm ave at night

The menu

The restaurant menu is quite concise because its a soft opening menu. It features mostly sweet dishes and quite a number of savory dishes as well. They serve both hot and cold drinks. There are no alcoholic drink options on the menu and the dishes are all Halal. One thing i loved about the menu was that each dish/drink had a little description of what it entails which kinda gives you and idea of what you are going to be served.

The restaurant also serves shisha outdoors which is not captured on the menu but it costs NGN3,000.

The food

For my meal i had the cinnamon bae waffles. The thing with me is that when there are sweet options on a menu, i always pick it over savory dishes. These waffles were actually recommended by the owner and i must say he did not lie when he said i would enjoy it because i absolutely Loved it!
The cinnamon bae waffles cost NGN3,500, it was topped with powdered sugar, white chocolate and milk chocolate. On the menu it stated it will be topped with crushed maltesers which i sadly didn’t get even though i enjoyed the waffles.

The waffles were soft and warm. It was very rich, as such it was quite filling. You can instantly tell that a lot of thought went into the dish because despite all the sweet ingredients on the plate, the dish still wasn’t too sweet. It was quite perfect really, i low key licked my plate, lol.

The Drink

I ordered the strawberry mojito and it cost NGN2,500. After my first sip of the strawberry mojito i was like broooooooo what is in this? does it contain actual strawberries? because hmmmm. The drink was sweet, but the lime and mint leaves toned down the sweetness and gave it a nice balance. The portion of the drink was surprisingly large for the price. I’d definitely recommend it for anyone visiting the restaurant because its a banger.

TOTAL BILL – NGN6,450

General review

Palm ave restaurant is honestly quite distinct from what we usually have here in Abuja. It is very chill and the environment is serene and relaxing. It is clearly a restaurant that is open to everyone but not for everyone…if you know what i mean. The restaurant is also very affordable and it’s a very good place for solo dates, lunch dates and probably a dinner date pending what you like.
I would definitely be visiting again because i generally like the serene vibe and i want to try out savory options from their menu.

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Pink bear Ng | Your favourite little cafe

I had the cutest little solo date at the prettiest little cafe last week and it was awesome!

Pink bear cafe is a cute new cafe located at shop 12, 141 adetokunbo ademola crescent wuse 2 Abuja, Nigeria. I noticed it a while back when i was shopping at the plaza. I knew something was going on there but i didn’t know what it was, until boom! one day the pink walls caught my attention.

Here’s a review of my pink bear experience ;

Ambience

The cafe is so cute and cozy. It has large windows which really adds to the lighting of the place, the cafe is mostly pink so its hard to not admire every inch of it. My favourite part was the pink little spot by the window and the coffee tree mural on the wall. I like that particular spot because it gives you a view of the window and its quite secluded and comfortable. The place is quite small and can barely sit up to 30 people at once so its best for take outs, lunch breaks or a quick bite.

The menu

For a small cafe their menu is quite big. Normally most cafes this size sell only pastries, but pink bear is different. The have a variety of options on their menu. They have salads, pasta, pancakes, pastries, sandwiches and more. For their drinks, they have water, different types of teas, including bubble tea. Interestingly, they also have alcoholic bubble tea.

The food

I didn’t try out any savory dishes, i just went straight to the pastries pastries displayed because it just felt right at the time.
I ordered a cinnamon roll, red velvet cake slice and a chocolate cake slice.

Red velvet cake slice – N1,700

Typically, i’m not a huge fan of red velvet cake. Its really nice and i enjoy it, but its not always my first pick. Something about this cake slice was calling my name and i had to get it. Well, it turned out to be one of the best red velvet cake slices I’ve ever had! It was so creamy, moist and rich. I honestly never knew red velvet cake could taste so good. I loved it.

Chocolate cake slice – N1,500

Chocolate flavored anything would always have a space in my heart. This was no different. It was very fudgey, moist and really really chocolatey. The best part about it was that the chocolate cake was that it was really yummy and it didn’t have a lot of sugar in it.

Cinamon roll – N900

The cinnamon roll was actually the first thing to catch my attention. It was quite small, but really really nice. Definitely one of the best i’ve had.

Drink

I wasn’t really in the mood for bubble tea so i decided to try the caramel milk tea.

Caramel milk tea (small – N2,400)

The caramel milk tea was too sweet. It wasn’t really creamy and i could barely taste the caramel in it. I didn’t really enjoy it honestly.

Total bill – NGN6,500

General review

The pink bear cafe is really cute and cozy. One of the distinct things i loved about it was that they had some cute brand merch for sale. I haven’t tired out a lot of the things on their menu yet, but from what i have, i can say they have really good pastries. I would definitely be visiting soon to try out more items on their menu.

The brunch club | All day brunch restaurant.

The brunch club is a brand new restaurant located at No. 45 gana street maitama Abuja, Nigeria. It is a cozy all day brunch restaurant that serves brunch meals from 9am – 10pm daily. They are currently running a soft opening, this simply means that they are not fully opened to the generally public yet, the restaurant is only open to a few people.
I had the pleasure of brunching at the restaurant with my sister and here’s how it all went down.

The Ambience

The brunch club is quite beautiful and peaceful, it’s located in a little corner with quite adequate parking space. It is very cozy with large windows which makes the space beautifully lit. It has some Paris/French type of vibe indoors and Greece/island vibes on the outside. An interesting thing about the brunch club space is the circular booth. The booths are beautifully decorated, well lit and properly ventilated. It is great for pictures and privacy as well.

The menu

The restaurant menu is quite concise. It features a range of salads, pastas, desserts, all day breakfast options, sandwiches and more. They also have a number of cold drinks, teas and coffee.

The food

For my brunch i wanted something sweet and also spicy so i ordered soufflé pancakes and brunched jollof.

SOUFFLÉ PANCAKES – NGN4,000

If you didn’t already know a soufflé pancake is a special kind of Japanese pancake, that is soft, fluffy and jiggly. For some reason i expected disappointment, i thought i would have just regular pancakes because Nigerian restaurants have a habit of putting names of dishes they can’t actually make, just to seem fancy. To my surprise, i was actually served steaming hot Japanese soufflé pancakes with whipped cream, blueberries and syrup. The pancakes were super fluffy and tasty. I literally wanted to stuff it all in my mouth but i couldn’t because my stomach was full only half way through eating. It was absolutely yummy and satisfying. The only downside to ordering the pancake was the preparation time. It took almost an hour before we got served. The staff were courteous enough to keep us updated until it was ready and also apologize for the delay.

BRUNCHED JOLLOF – NGN5,500

The brunched jollof is a jollof rice, peppered turkey and fried plantain combo. This combo is IT!! Like! authentic Nigerian jollof, made with palm oil, crayfish, iru (locust beans), atarodo and so much more. It was honestly delicious. The turkey was also very nice, juicy and tender. The portion was adequate. Not too small and not too much. I loved it!


The drinks

It has been a while i had milkshakes so i decided to have milkshakes. I ordered the brunch lotus shake and strawberry shake.

BRUNCH LOTUS SHAKE – NGN3,500

The lotus shake was perfect. It was creamy and not too sweet. It has a vanilla, caramel and Lotus biscoff taste. At the end of the milkshake, there were some lotus biscoff biscuit particles at the bottom which i lowkey liked.

STRAWBERRY SHAKE – NGN3,000

The strawberry shake was pretty and it was topped with whipped cream. It didn’t really taste like it had any strawberries and it was too sweet. I didn’t really enjoy it.

Total bill – NGN18,562

Total bill includes VAT and service charges.

General service review

The brunch club is nice in general. They have a beautiful space, peaceful environment, with good food. Their staff need a little more training however, they are still a bit confused and unfamiliar with everything. It’s something they need to work on that before they are fully open. Another thing they need to work on is the consistency of their food. I’ve heard some conflicting reviews about their food, some people have had wonderful meals, while others have had terrible meals. Finally, as at the time i visited, they didn’t have a POS, so if you are the kind to not move with cash, be sure to carry some cash or be able to make a transfer to pay for your food.
Do not forget to share your experience with me if you visit, it’ll mean a lot to me and also help others reading this post.

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