RÓDO – A contemporary African Dining experience

HELLO WORLD! I feel like a dramatic intro is necessary for this blog post because it has been over a month since my last post and I know, I know, You all have dearly missed me and there hasn’t been any spice in your lives since I left but I promise I’m back now, and I mean, what kind of person would I be if I do not come back with gifts? So I came back with something BIG! That’s right! A brand new restaurant opening in Abuja. One you haven’t experienced before.

Let’s take a deep dive!

RÓDO is short for Ataródo which means pepper and let me just give y’all the heads up, they really came to pepper Abuja with a unique and creative dining experience. The restaurant is located at No 19 Kolda Link, Wuse 2, off Ademola Adetokunbo, Abuja, Nigeria. The restaurant is currently running a soft launch, but will be officially open on the 15th of October 2022.

Ambience

The restaurant ambience is Amazing! The restaurant is extremely neat and peaceful. The restaurant is quite spacious as well. It features a lobby, main restaurant space downstairs and a longue/bar upstairs. Both spaces are so convenient that they can be perceived as individual restaurants. The one thing all the spaces share in common is the unique and artistic interior designs. The restaurant in general is very warm and cozy. The entirety of the space really embodies the theme ‘NEW AGE AFRICA’. The restaurant design has a lot of artistic African pieces from the wooden furniture, to the woven lights & and chairs, the murals on the wall, the paintings and even the plates in which the food is served. All the creative and traditional pieces are finely put together to achieve a really contemporary, yet relatable space. I like how there is so much attention to detail in each space. Each space you walk in to is so beautiful, including the restrooms. I especially love the restrooms upstairs, the mural on the wall is simply one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The hallway before getting to the restroom upstairs is also really beautiful.

I love every bit of the space!

Menu

Let’s get down to business a little bit. THE MENU… Now I’m just gonna go ahead and tell you that this is not your usual menu. It is sophisticated! From the dishes, to the ingredients to the pricing, everything is different. If you’re the type to just go to a restaurant and just pick the usual go-to basic things then you may spend a little longer starring at this menu.

My favourite thing about the menu is that all the dishes and drinks are all familiar and Nigerian/African inspired. The menu pricing is actually very fair in my opinion considering the quality of service and standard of the restaurant to be honest. The restaurant budget is about N15,000 – N20,000 per person depending on what you’re having.

Now, this paragraph is for my fellow village people. If you’re not a villager please skip this. So, you might be tempted to ask, where is the price on the menu? Ladies and gents it’s right there! The figures you see that look like unit points are actually prices. I’m adding this because not a lot of people know this. I mean the usual pattern is for the prices to be written in the basic way i.e (N2,500) but on the Ródo menu, it is written as 2.5. Take note and do not embarrass your family members…lol.

The menu below is a soft opening menu, the full menu will be updated when the restaurant finally opens. Check out @rodoabuja on instagram.

Drinks

The restaurant bar serves a variety of cocktails and mocktails, so there’s something for everyone. As you may have noticed, I don’t drink so I tried mocktails only. So if you visit Ródo Abuja and try out their cocktails be kind enough to share your thoughts.

I tried out the zobo iced tea and sweet dream from the mocktail menu and here are my thoughts;

Zobo Iced tea – NGN3,500

For those who may not be aware, zobo tea is Hibiscus tea. It is made from hibiscus plants and other special herbs and tea spices. I really love the concept of zobo iced tea to be honest. It’s giving iced coffee but make It African vibes. Now before any of your twisted Nigerian minds think, is it not ‘a cold zobo?’ No my dear, it is not ‘a cold zobo it is actually authentic zobo iced tea.

It was a very, chilled and satisfying drink. Once again, I love how creative the restaurant is with everything on the menu. I mean everything is just unique in its own way.

If you’re not a fan of zobo, you can also alternatively have strawberry, peach or passion fruit iced tea.

Sweet dream – NGN4,200

The sweet dream mocktail is a combo of watermelon, bubblegum syrup, sweet and sour mix, and pineapple. It was served in a margarita glass which I looooooved! I have never been served a mocktail in a margarita glass before so pardon my excitement. I was really happy and it made me feel really fancy.

It is the best mocktail I have ever had in a restaurant. It was worth every sip! The downside to it was the portion. The drink portion wasn’t really much and I was slightly pained because I would not really mind having a 1 litre jug of it. The drink was honestly very soothing.

The food

You know what they say, always save the best for last! After reading all the nice things about Ródo I’m sure you are dying to know, IS THE FOOD NICE???? The answer is YES! The food is really nice. After all I ate, I had to take about 5 minutes to myself and think, what just happened to me? I just ate the most regular Nigerian dishes served and cooked in the most creative way possible. A girl was shocked, and quite frankly impressed. For my starter dish I had the sinasir chicken tacos, followed by the Ródo claypot and Agege apple pie French toast.

Before you go on to read all about the details of the yummy food I had, just know that if you’re the type to eat fufu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant is probably not for you. In simple terms, you no go belleful. It is a contemporary African restaurant not a Bukka, so the dishes served a made to fit a particular standard which is actually exceptional in my opinion. Generally, there’s a notion that for something to be fancy, it has to be foreign or something like that which is false. Ródo dishes simply refines your conceptualisation of Nigerian food. The dishes still maintain originality, yet presented contemporarily.

Ródo claypot – NGN8,000

Ródo claypot is a coconut jollof rice, sweet chili chicken, plantain and coleslaw dish. It is served in a unique ceramic claypot. It was a very colourful meal and the portion was quite much. The jollof rice was made with long grain rice and it was quite tasty. It had all the key authentic Nigerian jollof ingredients so it was a hit. Although the rice was nice, I still felt it could use a little more moisture because it was a bit dry. The sweet chili chicken was perfect! It was tender, juicy and tastefully spiced. What really got me surprisingly was the plantain. It was not grilled or boiled and I’m not quite sure if it was fried or not. It tasted perfectly done both in and out but it didn’t look fried, I kept thinking to myself how it was made?

Sinasir chicken tacos – NGN5,000

I was most excited about this dish, because as a Northern Nigerian, I am very familiar with Sinasir but never have I ever seen it quite like it was presented at Ródo. When I saw it on the menu, I was like Sinasir Tacos? nahhhh! I definitely have to try this. Sinasir are basically panckes but made from rice and not flour. On the menu, it is paired with pulled chicken, jalapeños, plantain, slaw and chili jam. It was Incredibly delicious! This was it! This was the dish that blew me off. I absolutely fell in love with it. The pulled chicken was tender and very very juicy, the plantain and slaw added to the tacos added a sweet taste that complimented it. I have never eaten something so perfect and satisfying. The sinasir tacos comes in 3 bite sizes and is very adequate for a starter. 

Agege apple pie French toast – NGN4,000

For dessert, I had the agege apple pie French toast. I have had agege French toast before but not quite like this. This one was topped with caramelised apples, chin chin dust and vanilla ice cream. The dessert was not too sweet but it was delicious. The caramelised apples were really tasty and was the highlight of my dessert.

Total bill – NGN29,812 (including VAT & service charge)

General Review

Ródo Abuja is certainly here to break barriers in Abuja city. It is a nice contemporary African restaurant that showcases African cuisines in the finest way. It is one of the few of it’s kind in Abuja and it is truly exciting and impressive. Most recently, the restaurants opening up in Abuja are nothing but aesthetics with mediocre food and services. The restaurant owners mostly do not have any prior restaurant or food knowledge at all and the rate of this is really escalating, its honestly disappointing and starting to get annoying. It is really exciting to see that something otherwise is coming up and I’m so glad I got to be one of the first people to experience it and share all the exclusive details with you guys. I sincerely hope they are able to keep up with their starting standards and creativity.

If you visit the restaurant please do not hesitate to share, I look forward to reading all about your Ródo experiences. 

See y’all on my next blog post! Rumour has it, it is another exclusive new spot. 

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.

Alamala Abuja | Abuja’s top Àmàlà spot.

Àmàlà is an indigenous Nigerian meal, known to the Yoruba ethnic group of Nigeria. It is made out of yam or cassava flour. It is mostly served with Ewedu and gbegiri soups, which is paired with all kinds of assorted proteins.

Alamala is a new spot in the city of Abuja, specialized in selling yummy Amala. It is located at no 40 durban street, Wuse II Abuja, Nigeria.

Alamala is a small pick up stand with a mini sitting area where you can wait for your order or quickly have your meal.

They have a limited menu, that offers only Àmàlà, Ewedu, gbegiri, proteins, soft drinks and water. The menu however give you an option to build your bowl to your heart’s content. The pricing of the food however doesn’t cover the cost of packaging. Packaging charge is separate.

A taste of Alamala

SPICY!!! That’s how it tasted. The Àmàlà was served hot in a nice kraft bowl, and also served on time as well. My order didn’t take long at all. I opted for the ’happy bowl’ which is the full Àmàlà a meal with assorted proteins. It tasted really nice and had that hot Yoruba pepper flair, it was spicy but not too hot to handle. It had just the right amount of deliciousness. I definitely enjoyed myself and i’ll be going back for more.

General review

I absolutely love the innovation of putting Àmàlà in a kraft bowl. I mean its quite bougie but they didn’t fail to deliver the indigenous originality of the meal which i liked because in the end it all balls down to the taste of the meal. Alamala is quite affordable, offers great service and serves delicious Àmàlà. It is definitely a worthy Àmàlà plug in Abuja.

Do not forget to share your experience at alamala with me, if you visit. It will go a long way in helping others enjoy their own experience.

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Amazonia Restaurant | Nigeria’s first rainforest themed restaurant.

Have you ever been to a Rainforest? No? well me neither, but today we are going to take that journey together! Grab your drinks and hold your horses because its about to get freaky in here.
Amazonia is a brand new rainforest themed restaurant situated at No. 7 Hombori street, Wuse 2, Abuja. (same location with Discovery museum,Escape room and Lagos Bistro). It’s a pretty splendid environment with fairly adequate parking spaces. They do offer a Valet service which is quite nice and uncommon in most restaurants here in Abuja. The restaurant accepts Walk in’s and reservations, but they prefer reservation though. So before you visit, make a reservation.

Here’s a detailed review of my visit to Amazonia;

The Ambience

“MY OH MY” that’s the phrase! The res ambience is amazing. Nothing like you’ve ever seen before. it features different shades of vibrant colors, wall murals, bamboo sticks and lots and lots of flowers, plants .etc. The walls were designed to look like a real rainforest with water flowing through the leaves. It is really cool! The tables had digital screens which display different nature images which gives you an actual feeling of the rainforest. The atmosphere is kinda cool, relaxing and had a very very natural feeling for an indoor space. It has a dim and warm kind of lighting which adds to the whole rainforest vibe. They also have a mini outdoor space which is actually enclosed but definitely looks like an open out door space. It had a few tables and bar like stools, it also had a lot of plants which gave it a little forest vibe.
The restaurant also has a new space which was currently been set up when i visited. It is a private dining space for small events which also embodies the theme of the main restaurant.

The Menu

The restaurant menu is not your typical conventional Nigerian menu. It features a lot of mouth watering dishes which are mostly seafood based and some of which i’m not sure i pronounced right. The meals are quite expensive to be very honest. The cheapest items on the food menu are the sides, which cost NGN3,500. I totally forgot to get a picture of the drinks menu but the drinks were pricey as well.

The food & Drinks

For the food, My sister and i had the Napolitana pasta and tacos.

NAPOLITANA PASTA – NGN7,500

The Napolitana pasta was a mix of spicy Neapolitan sauce and shrimp. I specifically asked them to make my pasta a little less spicy because i didn’t want anything really spicy. The pasta plating was a 10 i must say and the taste was equally great. The pasta was not to spicy, it was just right like i requested. It wasn’t dry which i really loved, it had the neapolitan sauce still dripping off it. The shrimps were quite big and they weren’t stingy at all. It was definitely worth it’s price.

TACO- NGN7,500

It was delicious! Unfortunately it was quite small for N7,500. I mean, i was expecting more that i was served but i just got two. The taco was described on the Menu as a Crispy squid and shrimp combo in a crispy taco sheet with gochujang and miso mayo but neither the squid nor taco sheet were crispy. However, they nailed the miso mayo and that’s what made it delicious.

Drinks

FLAMINGO – NGN3,200

The flamingo drink was a pineapple juice, cranberry juice, lemon juice and simple syrup combo. It was beautifully served and tasted nice. It was too sweet and it had a sour-ish lemony taste which i enjoyed. I didn’t at any point of sipping taste any cranberry juice though. It tasted more like lemon and pineapple juice.

PASSION FRUIT MARTINI – NGN3,500

The passion fruit Martini was a passion fruit syrup, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, egg white and sprite combo. I honestly did not enjoy it. It didn’t taste as good as the flamingo drink.

TAKEAWAY

My sister and i couldn’t finish up the food we ordered so we decided to get takeaway for later. Takeaway meals cost an extra charge of N400 each. The take away bags were really cute so i had to take a picture.

Total bill – NGN25,762.50

*Total bill includes VAT and service charges*


General Review

Asides the fact the Amazonia restaurant is stunning, the second amazing thing about it is the customer service. Their customer service is TOP NOTCH. Their staff a very kind, well mannered, properly dressed and professional. They are will to go to far lengths to make sure customers are satisfied and it’s absolutely wonderful. I totally recommend Amazonia restaurant for anyone who loves seafood, fine dining and new/interesting experiences. I had a wonderful time and i will definitely be visiting again soon.

Please do not forget to tag me on instagram if you visit and share your experience.


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Krispy Kreme – Best doughnuts ever!

Hi guys! so I know I’m a little late on posting this review but you know what they say, It’s better late than never. I was initially reluctant to write this blog post because I knew it was going to be short but I decided to share it anyway because y’all just needed to read about my experience.

Nearly a month ago, my sisters and I decided to go on a last minute vacation (we called it Eid-cation lol) because it was just about two days before Eid celebrations. So, because we took the trip to cool off, I promised myself I wouldn’t be doing any work, business, blog & content related things. However, deep down I knew the foodie in me won’t let that happen but hey! at least I tried right?

Krispy Kreme was the final icing on top my perfect Eid-cation. It was conveniently located at the departure hall of the Murtala Muhammed Aiport Lagos (MMA2) Ikeja. Before getting to the full details of the delicious doughnuts I’d like to first of all applaud Krispy Kreme’s customer service because it was super efficient. There’ll be more details on this at the bottom of the post.

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The Doughnuts!

First of all it might help to know that in Nigeria Krispy Kreme shops can only be found in Lagos. They have about 4-5 outlets around the city. However I have heard from a little birdie that they’ll finally be opening an outlet for the people of the buj’ (Abuja).

Now, let’s talk doughnuts! They have about 3 variant sizes of doughnuts(from what I saw). The regular sized doughnuts, mini doughnuts and doughnut holes. The regular sized doughnuts cost NGN600 each and NGN3,400 for half a dozen. The mini doughnuts cost NGN4,200 for a box of 16 doughnuts. It is also worthy to note that asides from doughnuts, they also sell hot and cold beverages which I couldn’t try unfortunately because they weren’t available at the time. There are also a couple of Krispy Kreme merch available at the store.

I ordered half a dozen doughnuts (NGN3,400) with the following combinations ;

  • Coconut ring – This was an automatically instinctive selection. Anytime I order doughnuts from a new place, I always go for coconut flavour because I feel like you can’t go wrong with it. I was right because it was delicious! It was the first I tried and I couldn’t believe it. It was so rich, extremely soft, like really really soft because it felt like I was biting into foam. The coconut shavings were a great + because it made everything just perfect.

  • Crunchy peanut butter – The crunchy peanut butter doughnut was really yummy. It was all round peanut. Definitely not for someone with a peanut allergy but I loved it. It was different and quite frankly my first time ever trying out a peanut butter doughnut.

  • Original glazed – I couldn’t leave Krispy kreme without trying the world famous original glazed crispy kreme doughnut. I mean, it’s the reason they are famous. Well now I know why, it’s SPECTACULAR. I honestly do not know how to give a detailed description of it but its just great. Really sweet as well. I loved it.

  • Orignal oreo – Oreo lover for life! Yeah, that’s me! It was my favourite doughnut out of the box. It had a nice and creamy Oreo filling in it so when you take a bite, it unveils delicious Oreo cream. It also had broken Oreo pieces on the top which added a nice delicious crunch to the doughnut.

  • Red velvet cake – This was honestly my sister’s choice. She totally loved it but I on the other hand wasn’t really a big fan of it. It was nice but just not for me.

  • Strawberry cheese cake – The strawberry cheesecake was just as delicious as the rest of the doughnuts. Just like the Oreo doughnut, it had a cream filling but it was strawberry based this time around. It didn’t have a very pronounced/harsh strawberry taste which didn’t really turn out badly because the doughnut was yummy regardless.

General Review

To be very honest with you all, going into Krispy kreme I went in prepared for disappointment. This is because I’ve read countless reviews and blog posts on how their doughnuts are just diabetes waiting to happen. I expected the doughnuts to be all sugar and no quality at all. To my surprise I actually really enjoyed it. It was a quite sweet but not in a distasteful way. If you’re a sweet tooth like me you’d definitely enjoy it. If you’re not that into sugar I would advice you go for the coconut ring, red velvet cake or crunchy peanut butter flavours. But one thing is for sure, they really do sell the most quality doughnuts I have ever tried and I am really really looking forward to their store opening here in Abuja, hopefully I get an exclusive launch invite…lol.

Thanks for reading…..Xoxo