Hans and Rene Ice cream Now in Abuja!

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

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

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

Ambience

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

Ice cream!

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

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

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

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

General Review

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

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

Scoop’d Ice cream bar Now in Abuja!

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

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

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

Ambience

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

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

The Menu

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

Ice cream

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

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

Food and drinks

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

Burger meal (Scoop’d Burger) – N2,300

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

Strawberry milkshake – N2,200

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

Double cheese mushroom toastie – N2,000

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

General Review

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

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

Bleu Café | wuse, Abuja.

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

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

Ambience

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

Menu

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

Food & Drink

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

Dutch baby pancakes – NGN4,000

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

Red velvet cake – NGN2,500

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

Strawberry Frappe – NGN3,500

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

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

General Review

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

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

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.

Cafe Flour, Abuja.

Cafe flour is one of those old but gold places in Abuja. It is not one of the sizzling new hotspots because it has existed for a couple of years now but it definitely a place worth visiting. It is located at Cappador mall, opposite Yoruba mosque, Maitama Abuja, Nigeria. They offer a nice range of pastries and breakfast options which are served at their serene and very customer friendly environment. I recently visited the cafe to have brunch with my sisters and it turned out great. Read all about my brunch experience at flour below.

Ambience

The cafe ambience is instantly relaxing. It is clean, fresh and cozy. I loved how there were fresh flowers on the table. The cafe has large see though windows which really helped to light up the place. There was a wall that had picture frames filled with memories, that makes you feel like you are going through a time lapse. The prettiest part of the cafe was the counter. The counter has a display of different pastries and behind it was a pretty, beautifully decorated pink wall. One of the interesting things about the cafe is the books. Not only do they have free books for customers to read, they also have games, coloring books, puzzles and more. I really this great and unique feature about the cafe because it helps too keep you creatively engaged. The cafe is a great place for brunch, tea parties, dates and so much more. The outdoor space is a bit more chill. It features a lot of flowers and plants so its very cool. It is like an elevated balcony, so it gives a little view of the streets. They serve shisha outdoors and it seems like a great place to unwind.

Menu

The cafe menu features a lot of breakfast options, teas, drinks & salads. I must say, they have quite the variety of breakfast options that border on Nigerian and international tastes. The pricing is also very affordable and budget friendly.

Food

My oh my! The food was certainly delicious. We had pancakes, waffles, a sandwich and chips to go with it.

Pancakes – NGN3,000

From the description the the menu, the pancakes were just regular pancakes served with syrup but i think they must be mistaken because the pancakes are certainly beyond regular. It was beautifully served, obviously! beyond my expectation because i expected it to be very very basic. The pancakes were warm, soft and very fluffy. It was very filling because of how rich it was. You will need quite the appetite to finish the full 4 stacks of pancakes. Not to worry though, the have an alternative half stack option for N2,000.

Lotus pancakes – NGN4,000

Hmmmmm, no words! That was my first reaction. I had to drop my fork and think for a few seconds before continuing with the lotus pancakes. Now i have heard words and hype about these pancakes before going round but i was like ermmm i’m sure it will be ok. After that first bite i realized! it is way beyond ok. It is absolutely amazing! It is soft, warm and fluffy pancakes with layers of biscoff spread and crushed biscoff biscuits that is topped of with a heavy pour of melted biscoff spread and crushed biscoff biscuits. These pancakes are the TRUTH!! I’m just going to go ahead and stop myself with the descriptions so i won’t ruin it for those who haven’t tried it yet. Just know, i enjoyed it so much i went back some days later to eat it again. If you’re a pancake/Lotus biscoff lover, i definitely recommend.

Flour Crispy waffles – NGN4,000

I loved how the waffles were served. I enjoyed the waffles, although at some point it felt a bit unreal and plastic-ish. I don’t quite know how to adequately explain it. The chicken was very tasty and made a fantastic pair with the waffles. It was crispy, juicy and had adequate spice. I enjoyed the crispy chicken more than the waffles.

Smokey greasy groove sandwich – NGN3,500

The smokey greasy groove sandwich was just right. Average portion, affordable, nice plating, crunchy sandwich and tasty smoked chicken. The sandwich was just 2 slices of bread split into halves but i expected more really. The sandwich was also a bit flat, because it wasn’t ingredients packed. It just had smoked chicken and cheese. It wasn’t too flavorful and it wasn’t bad either.

Drinks

Frappuccino – NGN2,500

The Frappuccino was honestly disappointing. I mean, it was consumable but i expected better considering the quality of the food i had. It wasn’t cold at all, it was almost room temperature. The drink ingredients didn’t blend well so some parts were good and some parts weren’t. I hoped it was just a bad batch and gave them a pass because i enjoyed everything else. If you have ever tried the Frappuccino at cafe flour, kindly share your experience in the comments.

TOTAL BILL – NGN19,800 (including VAT and service charge)

General Review

Cafe flour is definitely a great spot. I love their space, the food and customer service. The effort the put into the space especially during festivities is quite remarkable and i have definitely marked it as my go to spot for amazing pancakes. I look forward to visiting them again soon to try out pastries and other menu items.

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Waffle Way – Abuja’s No. 1 stop for all day breakfast.

Waffle way is a new but not so new restaurant. Why new but not so new you might ask? Well, its because waffle way has existed for about five years now but under a different name ’waffle stop’. They recently rebranded and reopened under a new name ’waffle way’. They were honestly doing quite great as waffle stop and even had a branch in Kano but i’m sure the had their reasons for they change. At first i thought they were closed forever and i was honestly quite sad, they i realized they were just rebranding to come back better and i got excited again! I knew i had to stop by when they reopened and so i did!

Waffle way is located at 45 Gana St, Maitama 900271, Abuja. I visited on a sunday and their opening hours for Sunday’s are 12:00pm – 9:00pm. On the other days of the week, they open by 9:00am. They are open all through these hours to serve all day breakfast which is SUPER! because i could definitely eat breakfast all day! Scroll down to see the all new waffle experience i had.

Ambience

The restaurant ambiance is quite bright and vibrant. Its instantly puts you in a light mood. It gives the perfect eating out for breakfast vibe. It most definitely looks different from the old space. I love the popping orange color incorporated in the decor. The choice of chairs definitely utilizes the space very well. However, I’d say the chairs are quite low. The restaurant has a capacity of just a few people, probably like 20 at most but there’s more space outside which i think can be used for customers as well. The restaurant has a single bathroom for Convinence, nothing really fancy but definitely comes in handy.

The menu

First off, i absolutely love a menu that is graphic. The restaurant menu has pictures of different breakfast meals, kids meals, burgers and drinks. They serve different waffle varieties, including pancakes and french toast. The menu pricing is quite affordable and absolutely worth every bite. You can have a delicious breakfast meal and a nice hot/cold drink for N5,000 or less.

Waffles

Now let’s get down to the real juicy part of this review, WAFFLES! I don’t mean to sound dramatic but I’ve literally dreamt of these waffles and a part of me thought it has already been over hyped in my brain so it will end up basic but nahhh that didn’t happen. As a sweet girl, i instinctively went for a sweet waffle option as opposed to savory. However, i also got to try a bit of savory with the waffles and chicken. I ended up ordering chocolate waffles with vanilla ice cream, topped with oreo and strawberries & also the waffle combo meal.

Chocolate waffles with vanilla ice cream- NGN3,500

First off, the pancakes cost NGN3,500 and it comes with an option two free toppings and syrup choice. The additional ice cream costs NGN800 per scoop. While ordering this, what kept going through my mind was that it might be served thick and probably undone, maybe it might still be gooey inside because not many people know how to make chocolate waffles. When it was served, it looked pretty delicious and i hoped it would taste just as good. I absolutely LOVED IT! It wasn’t like anything i thought, it was perfect. it was warm, soft, perfectly done, not too sweet, and it had a little crisp at the edges which just blew my socks off. It was great and the topping/syrup paired perfectly with the chocolate waffles. I was so filled up i couldn’t finish it but i didn’t want to leave it because it was that good.

Waffle combo meal – NGN5,000

The waffle combo meal was a clash of sweet and savory. It was served with 2 pieces of delicious crispy fried chicken and maple syrup. The waffles were warm and tasty just like the chocolate waffles, i also loved that it was not too sweet at all. The chicken…well, it is hands down one of the best fried chicken i have ever had! It was very crispy and adequately seasoned, down to the bone. I really really enjoyed it!

Drinks

We ordered the iced coffee frapp and iced americano. I must say, they sure know how to work their magic with coffee.

Iced coffee frapp – NGN2,500

The iced coffee frapp was the best coffee anything i have ever had in Abuja. My inner spirit literally screamed after my first sip. It was that good. It tasted like an Oreo milkshake but, coffee. If not that i waddled away like a very fat penguin because my stomach was so filled, i definitely would have ordered some of it to go.

Iced Americano – NGN1,000

The iced americano was served with milk, just incase you don’t like it black which is great because i quite frankly prefer my coffee with milk. It tasted great both ways though. From the first sip you can taste the originality of the coffee used to prepare the drink and how rich the drink was. It was also not too sweet. It is a great option for people who do not enjoy a lot of sugar in their coffee drinks.

Total bill – NGN14,765 (including VAT and Service charge)

General review

The general service and food at waffle way was great. Their staff are properly trained, the food is very good, good wait time, neat and beautiful ambience and to top it off, it is affordable. I’m definitely going to become a regular at waffle way!

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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!

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.