Papi grill – Restaurant, Coffee & Patisserie

I’m back again with another new spot in Abuja! I know, i know, you all have been dying to read about a new spot and that’s why i’m here to give you just that!
I found out about Papi grill through an instagram Ad and immediately i knew i had to visit and share all the juicy details. Papi grill is located at 45, Libreville Crescent Wuse, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. On the outlook, it appears like a small place but it’s actually quite spacious on the inside. I’m really excited for you to read all about it because i absolutely loved it. Scroll to read more.

Ambience

The cafe ambience is really unique. On the outside it gives Paris cafe vibes. It was decorated with beautiful rustic chairs and tables. The outdoor space is beautifully covered with canopies that keep you away from the sun during the day. There are also some lovely flowers which really add to the beauty of the space. The outdoor space gives you a view of the streets while you dine.
The indoor space is really something else. The black/brown wooden and leather interior combination is really a banger. At first you are met with a small space with bar stools and tables. When you proceed inside, there’s a bigger and more spacious room. There is also a bit of an enclosed private space that is just as pretty as the other spaces. The restaurant space is quiet and peaceful. The indoor space has large windows which gives you a view of the streets and compliments the vibe of the restaurant.

Menu

The cafe menu features quite a lot of food and drink options. I loved that they had quite the variety of starters, main dishes and desserts. They also have nice breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The menu pricing is in between affordable and expensive, depending on what you are going for.

Food & Drinks

For my food and drink, i wanted something tasty and spicy so i ordered the Penne in spicy alfredo sauce with chicken and veggies with a glass of orange juice. My sister ordered Turkish coffee with white chocolate banana bread.

Turkish coffee – NGN1,500

Before now, my sister and i had never tried Turkish coffee before so we were quite excited to try it. It was served in a cute tea pot with an option of extra honey and sugar. It was served hot & fresh so we really enjoyed it. The coffee was already mixed with milk and it tasted a bit spicy like it had some herbs or ingredients mixed in it. The coffee was unfiltered, which is apparently the way Turkish coffee is meant to be so you have to give it a good stir before drinking. I was glad they actually made a nice Turkish coffee and not a shabby mediocre attempt at one.

White chocolate Banana bread – NGN1,500

The serving of the white chocolate banana bread was actually beyond my expectation. It was beautifully served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a bit of a honey drizzle. The pairing of the banana bread with vanilla ice cream was great. The banana bread wasn’t too sweet, so the additional honey drizzle didn’t make it unbearable to eat. The banana bread itself was a bit dry and lacking moisture.

Penne in spicy alfredo sauce with chicken and veggies – NGN5,300

The penne pasta was a whole dish and more! When i saw it on the menu i thought the chicken and veggies would all be mixed together in the making of the pasta. I was surprised to see each component finely made on its own. The penne was indeed spicy, they did not lie about that! I have a very low tolerance for spicy food so it was a bit too spicy for me. Although i won’t lie, i cleared my plate because the meal was too good to not eat. I was prepared to face the consequences. The vegetables were soft and nicely cut. The vegetables had a little zesty flavor to it. The chicken on the other hand was a bit spicy as well. It was tender and tasty. All in all it was a great and very satisfying dish.

Orange juice – NGN1,500

First off, the orange juice was quite affordable so i expected the usual trend of restaurants just serving a glass of 5 alive orange juice instead of freshly squeezed orange juice. To my surprise it was actually fresh orange juice. I mean if it wasn’t, then they did a very good job of getting a nice packaged orange juice because it was really good and it tasted fresh and refreshing.

General Review

The cafe/restaurant service is really really great. It’s always very obvious when you enter a newly opened restaurant and you know they are READY! It’s not just some tight budget, unexperienced, poorly planned/managed place. Their ambience, service and food is awesome and they are most definitely off to a great start and it is really commendable. The one thing i would say doesn’t really settle well with me is the name of the place. Now the cafe is named ’Papi grill’ which automatically gives off the notion of an outdoor or grill kind of place but instead it’s not really like that. It is also a cafe/patisserie but has limited options of pastries on the menu. Kindly drop a comment or share your experience/thoughts if you visit papi grill.

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The Milk shop & Agege Burger, Abuja.

In my last blog post, i mentioned ‘sizzling hot new spot’. Well, this spot is one! The milk shop & Agege burger are two incredible food vendors that have existed for quite some time now. Agege Burger was an online food vendor that Launched back in 2020. The milk shop however existed before 2020 and they had a restaurant/cafe at Kampala street.
I noticed the collaborative space/efforts sometime in January and i got super excited because i already knew that it was going to be awesome.

The cafe/restaurant is located at Left annex, Maitama amuesement park Abuja, Nigeria. It is right next to Mambaah cafe. Although they are still running a soft opening, i just had to check it out. I tried out food and drinks from the milk shop, but i wasn’t able to try anything from agege burger. I look forward to doing so next time. Here’s a full review of the shared space and the food and drinks at the milk shop.

Ambience

BLOWN!!!! i was absolutely blown away by the ambience. It looks like something straight out of a movie. On approaching the space, it looks very surreal. It is a small and cozy place made of see through glass which is covered by a shed naturally created by trees. Walking into the cafe there’s a cement walkway amidst the gravel stones which cover the floor. It is beautifully decorated with cane and wood furniture. The most incredibly creative thing about the space is the ceiling. it is not your regular PVC ceiling, rather it is made up of creative items carefully utilized to give an artistic look to the space. The space is calm, very serene and has a relaxing vibe to it. It is a great space to sit, have a cup of coffee or 5, get some work done, read a book, a tea party or book club meeting.
I am absolutely in love with this space. The combination of contemporary, modern, artistic and outdoor designs is definitely a hit.

Food

The milk shop is still running a soft opening so there was no physical menu available. The had a little display board with a few pastries listed and some on display. I already knew about the famous chicken pot pie so i went ahead to order it and a brownie that was on display.

Smoked Chicken pot pie – NGN3,500

The smoked chicken pot pie took about 40 minutes to get ready but it was really worth the wait. It was served with a slice of diagonally cut toast bread. When the pot pie was served, it was really smoking! It had a crisp crust which reveals a hot savory chicken filling. After breaking through the crust i literally had to wait for it to cool down a bit before eating. It was very tasty and satisfying. It tasted like fresh out of the oven chicken pie but in a pot…lol. The pie filling was not too spicy. It was rich and very creamy. The bread paired with the pie was just perfect and it was all round an amazing dish. I’m so glad to know that they have been able to maintain their pot pie standards all these years.

Brownie with homemade ice cream – NGN2,200

After the tasty smoked chicken pot pie, i just had to have something sweet to balance it out. The brownies costs NGN1,000 and an additional N1,200 is added when served with homemade ice cream and syrup. At first i honestly thought the brownie was way too small for N1,000 but after my first bite i realized why it cost so much. As small as it was, it was hard to finish it all because it was so satisfying. It was extremely fudgy! Literally the most fudgy brownies i have ever had. I’m not so sure i liked the homemade ice cream though. It was really icy or sweet, it tasted like whipped cream.

Drinks

There wasn’t really and drink menu available, we just asked for what the had and they told us ice tea and caramel frappe.

Caramel Frappe – NGN2,500

The caramel frappe was beautifully served. Although it was beautiful, it didn’t really hit the right notes. It was very sweet and i could barely taste the caramel or coffee in it. It was an ok drink but it could have definitely been better.

Earl grey iced tea – NGN1,500

The earl grey ice tea was nice and flavorful. At some point it got too sweet but i definitely enjoyed it. The lemon slices gave it a little edge that i loved. I kept thinking about the taste so much after i left, that it inspired me to make some at home.

General review

The milk shop & Agege burger cafe is definitely a great stop to grab a juicy bite. The space is incredibly unique and from what i’ve had so far, they have quality food. However, i do not think they are ready for dine in just yet. There is no physical menu, no readily available staff to attend to customers and so much more. For now, i think it is best for grab and go, quick eats, and to while away time. (This is subject to time of this review though, there might be some changes soon). Kindly drop your comments or tag me if you do visit The milk shop & Agege burger.

Paparimz Pizza

Paparimz pizza is a blazing new pizza spot taking Abuja by storm. It is located at No 3 Bangui Street, Wuse II Abuja Abuja, Nigeria. If you know me and follow me on instagram, you would know that i have one pizza plug in Abuja and its Galaxy Pizza. As such, I’m reluctant to try other pizza places because i always end up back at Galaxy pizza.

Walking into Paparimz, i was like hmmm not bad, but let’s see if they can beat my expectations. The space is quite small and is most suitable for pick ups only. Although that is the case, the still didn’t leave it looking distasteful. They had nice Murals on the wall and a few stools you can sit on and wait for your pizza. I loved how their menu style is like a chalk board with all the menu items listed boldly for you to choose from. I love that you can watch your pizza being made, even to the point where it gets to the oven. It’s like making your own pizza, but with another persons hands.

Menu

The menu is one of my favourite things about Paparimz. Like i mentioned earlier, it’s a board on the wall with the menu items and prices listed. They offer quite a wide range of options. It is quite frankly one of the largest i’ve seen for a pizza place in Abuja. They do not only sell pizza’s, they also sell desserts, wraps, drinks, wings, shawarma, subs and you have the chance to make your own Pizza to your taste.


Pizza

So, the main reason i went to Paparimz was to try out pizza right? Then lets have a taste of it!

I ended up with a Large and quite unusual pizza combo. I had the Philly cheese steak and Hawaiian pizza combo. I also got to try out the garlic cheese bread.

Philly cheese steak / Hawaiian pizza comboNGN5,500

I call this an unusual Pizza combo because i have never had pizza with pineapples on it before, i usually just skip that option because i mean, the internet said it sucks right? Well, i’m here to tell you that it sucks. Now, i wouldn’t have ordinarily tried it, but thanks to Aramide, i did and i loved it. It tastes like every other pizza, but with a flair! Like we all know, pepperoni slices are salty, spicy and a bit tangy, but pineapples are sweet. Well, a  taste of the two put together is absolutely lovely! I most definitely enjoyed it.

For the Philly cheese steak pizza, it came exactly like i expected. Very packed with deliciousness! It had great amounts of everything! Enough cheese, enough vegetables, enough meat and enough spice.

The dough for each pizza was medium thick/thin. This lets you enjoy every bit of the pizza taste.

Garlic cheese breadNGN2,000

The garlic cheese bread was not quite like expected. For some reason i expected the french bread looking garlic bread and not the pizza kind, even though i was obviously in a pizza place, lol. The garlic bread was extra cheesy, it tasted a little bit tangy. It had all the right flavors, however i didn’t really taste a whole lot of garlic though. I actually ended up liking it more than i thought i would and i even packed some to go home.

Shawarma

I tried out the Afro Caribbean shawarma and it costs N1,500. From the name, i expected it to have a lot of funky ingredients and have a lot going on like the philly pizza, but it wasn’t like that. It tasted like regular chicken shawarma really. It is regular sized with single sausage and it had a lot of fresh and crunchy vegetables that i really enjoyed.

Smoothies

First off, all the smoothies cost N1,000 which is very cheap to me so i didn’t expect much. To my surprise, the smoothies were in large cups and they tasted heavenly! I tried the mint freeze and the classic 21 smoothies. Both smoothies were amazing! The mint freeze smoothie tasted like a non alcoholic strawberry Daiquiri and it was so cold, it literally gave me a brain freeze! The classic 21 smoothie was unique. I couldn’t quite place the taste but i know it had strawberries in it and i enjoyed it.

General Review

Paparimz pizza definitely came prepared! They are nailing all the pizza flavor, they are quite affordable and their service is lovely. It is currently one of my top 2 pizza places in Abuja. I hope they stay consistent with this standard and quality because they are doing great! I look forward to trying more tasty options in the future.

The Pasha | Lebanese Restaurant

Hi readers! i know this is not a travel blog, but today i’m taking you on a trip to Lebanon!!! So grab your passports and let’s get going.
Today i’ll be giving you a taste of Lebanon through The Pasha restaurant by city bowl. It is a Lebanese restaurant that has existed in Abuja for more than a decade now. It is currently located at No. 11 Cassandra Street, off Usuma Street Maitama, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. They recently revamped their outdoor space and launched a new menu, which i would be giving you a taste of today.

Ambience

Absolutely beautiful! That was my first impression. I checked out the outdoor space first, before going inside and i must say, the new look is really something! It is colorful, vibrant, playful and very relaxing. The outdoor space features a bar, an open sitting area and an semi – enclosed sitting area which happens to be my favourite because the design is absolutely lovely. I love the wood/earthy color tones used. It makes you feel like you’re in another world entirely. It seems like a great place for a private concert.
The indoor space is more like a work of art! It is truly out of this world, because walking into the space, you literally forget where you are. The space truly captures the real essence of Lebanon. From the walls, to the lights, to the art pieces, everything screams Lebanon. Walking around the space feels like taking a tour of a little historic village.

The food

The pasha restaurant serves a wide range of intercontinental and Lebanese dishes. I had so much to eat that i let there wondering if i would ever eat again. I tried the chicken Caesar salad, spaghetti seafood, Lasagna bolognaise, the pasha special pizza, Escalope savoyard and rosemary pepper chicken.

Chicken Caesar salad – NGN4,700

The chicken caesar salad was definitely one of my favourite dishes served. The Caesar sauce was really creamy and gave the salad a unique taste. I loved the crunch the croutons added to the salad and the chicken was tastefully prepared.

Spaghetti seafood – NGN6,500

At first i thought i would not enjoy the spaghetti, not because it didn’t look great, it totally did. But I’m not a huge fan of the spaghetti style. To my surprise, it was act very lovely. It a shrimp, calamari, garlic, tomato sauce and spagetti combo. It was also a bit hot and spicy (in a good way). The seafood in the spaghetti was pretty adequate and it helped in complementing the dish.

Lasagna bolognaise – NGN7,200

The Lasagna is definitely one of the best I’ve had so far. It was very tasty and extra cheesy. You can easily tell it was made from so much experience. The one thing i didn’t like was the fact that it was very greasy, it was literally dripping oil and it made me get tired of it easily.

The pasha special pizza – NGN7,500

The pizza was indeed special! It was packed with so many delicious ingredients that you get lost in the taste at first. It was a mixture of beef ham, tuna fish, mushrooms, olives, shrimps, mozzarella cheese and so much more. The pizza though was a bit thin, which allows you to really have a good taste of the delicious pizza ingredients. I must say, i never knew beef ham and tuna fish together on a pizza will taste that good.

Escalope savoyard – NGN8,500

This was certainly a unique dish, i didn’t enjoy it that much. I mean, it tasted nice but by the time i had it i was already high on cheese so i didn’t really eat much of it. The breaded fillet was kind of thick, but i loved the flavor the onions and mushrooms added.

Rosemary pepper chicken – NGN6,950

The rosemary pepper chicken was BOMB! The chicken was soft and tender. The sauce paired with the chicken was so creamy and rich, i felt like devouring the whole plate in one bite, at the same i wanted to eat it in bits so i could savor every bite and it would not finish. I do not think it was really peppery though, even if it tasted really amazing just the way it was served.

Drinks

There were a lot of beautiful drinks served. Most of the drinks were cocktails, and since i do not take alcohol, i opted for the chapman and chocolate milkshake.
Chapman – N3,000

The chapman had the regular chapman taste. However, it was one of the most stylishly served chapman’s i have ever received. The bartender made it look so good, i was tempted to think it wasn’t just ordinary chapman.

Chocolate Milkshake – N3,000

The chocolate milkshake was the last thing i had so it filled up the space of dessert in my stomach. I didn’t get a good picture of it, but i assure you it tasted really good. It was very creamy and not too sweet. It was neatly topped with whipped cream and Oreo.

General review

I had a great time at The Pasha Lebanese restaurant by City Bowl. I did not envision myself enjoying the food because I’ve heard so many conflicting reviews but with the new management, they are doing really great and the food is very tasty. The revamped outdoor space is definitely one of the best things about the place at the moment. It gives all sorts of chilled, relaxing peaceful hangout vibes.

Sketch cafe & restaurant | Nigeria’s first 2d/3d cafe

ART!!! thats right! those are the only 3 letters appropriate to describe this place. Sketch cafe and restaurant is a huge work of art and i mean it literally. It is a brand new spot located in what is now the most innovative District in the city of Abuja – Art Tech district at No. 7 Hombori Street, Wuse 2 Opp Best Premier Hotel Wuse, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.
Prior to the launch of Sketch 2d/3d restaurant, i had always dreamed of visiting a restaurant just like this! It was part of my restaurant bucket list (glad thats out of the way now…lol). When i heard of something like this in the works i really couldn’t contain my excitement and i promised to be one of the first people to visit and I’m glad i was. I made history guys!! hehehe. Anyway i was so happy that the Sketch cafe and restaurant did not disappoint in any way. Scroll to read all the amazing things that went down at Sketch!

Sketch me!

This has to be one of the coolest things about Sketch. When you visit the restaurant, you have a chance to get a picture of you taken and printed out in 2d/3d. After that, you are given color pencils to bring your image to life with the colors you like while you wait for your meal. I absolutely loved it and i’m definitely going to frame my pictures.

Ambience

Sketch has an artistic and classy ambience. Walking into to the restaurant feels like you’re walking into a huge coloring book. The white and black 2d/3d walls make the entire space feel unreal which kind of messes with your head. They made a very good choice of furniture and also dining ware, because everything blends well into the background including the air conditioner surprisingly. The restaurant also features a rooftop dining spot which shares the same concept as the indoor space. It has a mini bar for drinks and is also convenient for those who would like to take a smoke. The outdoor space is more suitable at night because it light up different and there’s cool, enjoyable breeze. The restaurant has a small bathroom, which is not very impressive, it is just convenient. This is actually something i have noticed with all Art tech district restaurants.

The cafe/restaurant menu offers quite a range of food and drinks. They have sweet and savory food options as well as cold and hot drinks. They also have some smoothies and fruit juice options. The food prices are sort of expensive, i think it borders between budget-tight and expensive, but really, can you put a price on fine dining? I would say a budget of N15,000 for one person would be sufficient.

Food & Drinks

We had quite colorful dishes served. We had ; Passion fruit cake with custard, Red velvet and vanilla cake with strawberry sauce, Beet chicken salad, Crispy squid and 3-tango drink. I got to try out the Mexican salsa shrimp salad, Passion fruit cake with custard and the 3-tango drink.
The Mexican salsa shrimp salad costs NGN7,500 – The salad was quite unique and very very rich. I have never actually had something like it before. It was a combination of Kidney beans, sweet corn, bell peppers, kale and shrimp. When i tasted the salad at first i thought it was nice, but at the end the bitter taste of the kale took over and you will almost regret eating it. Subsequently, the salad flavors will grow and you and the bitter after taste disappears and you’ll honestly love it if you like salads like me. The major stunner of the Mexican salsa salad is the avocado dressing. It was incredible and it made the salad stand out for me. To be honest though, I think the portion of the salad is quite small for the price even though it is quite filling.
The Passion fruit cake had me confused a bit. When it was served i honestly thought it was lemon cake and the taste didn’t make it easier to tell because the cream on the side was lemon flavored. The cake was nice, it tasted like a regular vanilla sponge cake with a passion fruit glaze. Although it was a spongey kind of cake, it tasted a bit dry. It seemed like the cake was ripped of its moisture. I spoke to the chef about it and she said it was probably because the cake was taken from the counter display. One thing that really impressed me was the custard that was served with the cake, i really liked it.

Drink

The 3-tango drink is a combination of orange juice, cranberry juice, apple juice, sprite and a simple syrup. I loved the layers of colors the drink had, it was very appealing to the eyes and the taste didn’t disappoint. All the juices really blended in well and gave a unique taste which left me wanting more. The drink costs NGN3,500.

General review

I LOOOOOVEEEEEE Sketch a whole lot! I think the 2d/3d concept is totally amazing and it is very daring to try and recreate something so lovely here in Nigeria. They definitely nailed it with the space. The real MVP however in all of this is the artist. I do not know who is responsible for the execution but the person(s) did a fantastic job and I’m really proud we have such talent here in Nigeria. In terms of service and food, i think they can do better. I’ve experienced the different restaurants at the art tech district multiple times and their food and service are very top notch. I feel like the sketch restaurant and cafe is yet to get there, but they are on the way. Their food and service still has some stabilizing to do as at the time i visited but I have no doubt in my heart that the next time i visit, it would be perfect!

Amazonia Restaurant | A taste of something new

Hi guys! so sometime last month i visited the famous rainforest restaurant and did a review of their food and space. It was beautiful indeed. In October, they reached out to me stating that they would be launching a new menu and would love to have me over for a food tasting. I was excited of course because i already knew it would entail exciting new dishes.

For one little reason or the other i almost missed it and even though i was able to be present i was a tad bit late and missed some of the dishes served. I was still able to get a taste of majority of the dishes served. Here are some of the dishes i tried ;

Tuna Tostadas

This definitely made my top 3 dishes. It was kind of like an open taco, and also looked like pizza. It was cut into slices, so to eat it you have to pull out a slice and eat it. It’s quite a mess to eat but definitely really delicious.

Fish cakes

Hmmmmm! i have a lot of thoughts about these fish cakes. They were deep fried and kind of tasted like egg rolls, but fish. At first i tried just the fish cakes without the dressing and the dip and i did not enjoy it. Later on, the chef came and did his thing, explained the entire dish and i tried it all together and loved it. It’s actually a very very interesting dish. The mixed vegetables you see in the picture also included pineapples, which added a natural sweetness to the taste. The dip was an avocado dip. Now, i don’t mean guacamole. I mean mayonnaise, but avocado. Get it?

Sweet Potato Disco Fries

Amazeballs! First of all, i loved that this wasn’t basic Irish potatoes, it was sweet potato and it had a lot going on mehn. It had mixed bell peppers, cheese, tomato sauce and i think minced meat as well. It was fantastic, but my stomach was already getting full so i didn’t have much of it. It’s November and I’m still thinking about it.

Sesame Fried rice

Uhhhh this baby is definitely in my top 3 list. I think i ate the biggest portion from this rice. I love loved it! It was not overly seasoned or cooked and it was colorful as well. I totally recommend.

Szechuan Fish Sauce

Remember my top 3 list? this made the cut too. I didn’t think much of it at first, because my brain was like nahh, this looks black, it will not be sweet. Well, it definitely proved me wrong because it was totally delicious and i loved it. It was the famous giwan ruwa fish in Szechuan sauce (whatever that is) served with vegetables.

Szechuan Spiced Fish

Another giwan ruwa fish, another plate of deliciousness. Just like the Szechuan fish sauce, the Szechuan spiced fish was also delicious as well. Slightly even better i might add. Although we had it on it’s own, it seemed like something to be paired with a side dish (maybe a certain delicious sesame fried rice… hehehehehe)

 Miso Stir Fried Ribeye

All stir fry’s are amazing, PERIOD! This one wasn’t any different. I loved the crunchy veggies, as always. The ribeye tasted nice also. Just like the Szechuan spiced fish, it also needs to be paired with a side…*wink wink*

Green Chilli Rigatoni

Well, just like the name of the dish, it was green. Not very inviting to eat if you ask me. My brain just went omg its green… nahhhh. It wasn’t all that bad really, just that the fact that it was green didn’t entice me. It has chicken, which i loved, the texture was great but the dish wasn’t really for me. The chef said it’s not the type of dish to entice you at first, but it’s one that grows on you. This was true, once i started eating it, i couldn’t stop.

Caramel apple

What’s a great food tasting without dessert right? The caramel apple dessert was the last thing served and it put a great finish to a beautiful tasting. It was beautiful as you can see and it tasted as good as it looked. The sponge cake was perfect!

General review

The new dishes on the Amazonia menu are colorful, delicious and top notch. As usual it’s nothing short of an excellent fine dining experience. I would love to commend Amazonia for always doing their best to stand out and serve the best. Big Kudos to chef Eskay as well for whipping up such delicious meals. It was truly an exciting and learning experience. I look forward to sharing more food tasting experiences with my readers.

If you visit Amazonia and try any of the dishes mentioned, don’t forget to let me know about your experience.