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.

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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The brunch club | All day brunch restaurant.

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

The Ambience

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

The menu

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

The food

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

SOUFFLÉ PANCAKES – NGN4,000

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

BRUNCHED JOLLOF – NGN5,500

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


The drinks

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

BRUNCH LOTUS SHAKE – NGN3,500

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

STRAWBERRY SHAKE – NGN3,000

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

Total bill – NGN18,562

Total bill includes VAT and service charges.

General service review

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

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Work and Connect | A fusion of work and food

Hi guys! It has obviously been a minute since my last blog post and I know y’all have missed this because I know I have too. I’m super excited to be making this my return blog post because it is packed with the most juicy features. Now this is not your regular food blog post, it is so much more than that.

Work and connect is a hybrid model enterprise support organisation located at Number 50, Ebitu Ewe street, Jabi, Abuja that holistically builds capacity, supports growth of youth led businesses, innovation-driven entrepreneurs and accelerating MSME’s. To break down all that English, Work and connect is simply an organisation that offers unique services like co-working spaces, shared desks, business bars, offices etc for rent. The work and connect space also features a conference hall, gym, lounge and restaurant. This means that as a creative, innovative young entrepreneur like myself who cannot afford to own my own organisation, I can easily rent a work friendly and innovative space which offers me WIFI, business address, telephone services, a singe display advertising my small business and training rooms for my small team where I can conveniently carry out all my work, hold my meetings and training sessions at a very affordable rate. How COOL is that??? Well you might think that’s all but nahhh, there’s also one more awesome thing, FOOD is just one call away. Work and connect has a restaurant named Connect Bistro & grill located in the same building that is open to the general public and not just members of work and connect alone.

Here’s a breakdown of the services offered by work and connect and a review of Connect Bistro –

WORK AND CONNECT – Full review

Like I have stated earlier, work and connect is an organisation that offers co-working spaces, dedicated desks, business bars for rent. The work and connect organisation is a tastefully designed both indoors and outdoors. The co-working space is located on the ground floor together with the restaurant. It has some really cool features like a kitchenette that offers free coffee, free WIFI, a lounge where you can take aa break from work, a locker storage for your personal belongings, a male and female bathroom and an interesting phone booth. The phone both is a private, sound proof space where members of the co-working space can make phone calls without disturbing other members, it also features a charging port that makes it even cooler. It is honestly one of the most thoughtful things I’ve ever since in a co-working space. The co-working spaces goes for NGN2,150 daily. Weekly and monthly subscriptions are also available at affordable rates as well.

Other parts of the work and connect organisation also include training rooms, offices, lounge, gym, meeting rooms, board rooms, meeting rooms and a mosque. The offices are of different packages. They have basic offices, standard offices, and executive offices. The basic office package comes with a desk and a chair, the standard offices are slightly bigger than the basic offices and also include a sofa, the executive offices on the other hand are ensuite. It offers a a larger office space and also a personal bathrooms. The training rooms, meeting rooms, and board rooms all have different set ups, pending your particular need or desire.

A notably distinctive feature of the work and connect organisation from other existing organisations of the same nature is that it has a male and female mosque. The mosque is located in a secluded area on the first floor that creates privacy of worship for muslim members of the organisation.

Connect Bistro and Grill – Full review

Ambience

The connect bistro and grill has an interestingly different vibe and decor as opposed to what we are normally used to seeing. The connect bistro and grill space fully depicts the whole work and dine concept. It features a lot of bright, popping colours and attractive writings on the walls. An interesting thing bout the bistro is that they have cute notes on the walls written by customers about their experience at the bistro.

Food/Drinks/Menu

First off, I just have to say that the connect bistro menu is really affordable. It offers a very wide range of local and international dishes which are reasonably priced. They also serve a variety of cold and hot drinks. This means that if you work around Jabi axis, connect bistro is a great place to spend your lunch break. This is because, you can get a large option of food to eat, free wifi, a chilled space, an option of indoor of outdoor dining, and also a great opportunity to connect with other creative, brilliant minded individuals.

For my meal, I had ;

Lunch time chicken sauce – NGN2,600

The lunch time chicken sauce was the highlight of my lunch at connect Bistro. My favourite thing about it were the child paper flakes and the mixed vegetables. It was bomb without the rice and also bomb with the rice as well. You can order the lunch time chicken sauce alone, or pair it with a different side dish. Either way, it is really tasty!

Vegetable rice – NGN800

The vegetable rice was awesome! It was packed with many vegetable that were vey tastefully cut. The vegetable portion did not outweigh the rice, which was really nice. Everything was adequately portioned. I also loved the serving dish of the rice. The only sad thing about the vegetable rice was that the general portion was small. I wanted moreeeeeeee. Although it was small it was surprisingly satisfying. By the time I was done eating, I could barely move because my stomach was really full.

Hustlers chapman – NGN1,300

The chapman was great. It tasted nice, just like every order chapman.

General Comment

I seriously admire the work and connect organisation because of its innovative and forward thinking policies. It is an incredible, modern innovation that is super beneficial to small entrepreneurs, creatives, freelancers and also a great place to expand your network in general. It is truly an all round, fantastic organisation with really affordable packages that have great benefits.

For more information you can visit the information desk at No 50 Ebitu Ekiwe street, Jabi, Abuja, Call +2348125766214 or check out @workandconnect on instagram.