Dodo Pizza Abuja

The weekend is here and I’ve got a plug worthy of your time! In my last blog post I served you all with sugar, spice and everything nice. This time around I’ll be dishing out hot & cheesy deliciousness.

Dodo pizza is an awesome new pizzeria that just launched in Abuja. They have been operating in Lagos for quite some time now and they finally decided to give us a taste of their pizza goodness. The Pizzeria officially launched on the 28th of May 2022 at Gateway Novare Mall, Lugbe Abuja. The opening came with a bang and I was there to witness all of it while trying out their classic as well as new pizza flavours.

Read all about Abuja’s latest pizzeria below ;

Ambience

The pizzeria has 2 entrances, one which is accessible without entering the mall and the other accessible inside the mall. The entrance inside the mall leads faster to the counter where you can place your orders and the second entrance gives you access to see the kitchen where all the magic happens which is pretty cool. I had the chance of witnessing some behind the scenes action and it was incredible. The space is thoughtfully planed which makes it very accommodating for quite a number of people.

It is decorated with the dodo’s pizza signature orange colour which makes the space really pop out. The colours used in decorating the space really gives a playful and chill vibe that makes you relax. I mean its pizza! it’s meant to be full of vibe. The sitting areas are quite convenient and are well equipped with adequate lighting and sockets so you can plug your gadgets and do some work or just have a good time.

The space is very convenient for a casual date with friends, co-workers, lovers and family.

Menu

SO MANY OPTIONS!!! That’s what comes to mind when you set your eyes on the Dodo’s pizza menu. They have quite the variety of pizza options as well as drinks and other snack options. Their pizza flavours are very unique and Nigeria friendly. I love how the menu gives you a lot of options and is also very affordable as such you can visit even if you’re on a low budget. The menu gives more than just pizza options, the have some desserts, sides and drinks.

Here’s where it gets very interesting! You can order in person at the store or you can do so via their mobile app which offers you a free pizza on your first order. Cool right? Well, it gets better! For every app order you get ‘Dodo coins’ which you can save up and exchange for pizza or other food items on their menu. How amazing! You get tasty pizza at an affordable rate and you also get to save up some money. I LOVE IT!!

Pizza!!!

For the scrumpdillyumptious part you’ve all been waiting for, the Pizza! Like I said earlier they have a variety of pizza options which comes in 3 different sizes. I tried out the medium dodo supreme pizza

The Dodo supreme pizza is a combo of mozzarella, tomato, spicy chicken, spicy beef, onions, sweet chilli sauce, bell peppers and interestingly, PLANTAIN (DODO). It was literally my first time ever having plantain on a pizza. It was both exciting and strange. The pizza crust was not so thick which made the pizza ingredients really enjoyable. The plantain on the pizza gave it a very unique flair. At every bite, you enjoy sweet and savoury flavours at once. The pizza was really delicious, my only regret is that I didn’t eat it hot.

On the side, I also got to try their cinnamon rolls and cheese rolls. The cinnamon rolls were really delectable, they were tiny bits of sweet deliciousness. The cheese rolls were something else, it was like mini sausage rolls with cheese in every bit and it was absolutely tasty. I still want more!

General Review

Dodo’s pizza is really bringing some redefined tastes and flavours to the city of Abuja. I am really looking forward to trying out all their pizza flavours so I can have the entire dodo experience in my tummy.

If you’ve ever tried out dodo’s pizza in Abuja, drop a comment. I would like to know about your dodo experience.

Zona cafe restaurant & grill, Abuja.

Hi there friends and lovers! It has been a hot minute since I dropped my last blog post and it really wasn’t intentional. I have been overwhelmed with pretty much every thing. I recently checked out the newly revamped Zone cafe restaurant with one of my favourite Abuja food/bloggers Uchey (@thelifestylegal_).

Zona cafe is a restaurant that has been in Abuja for a while now. It is located at NO 32 Kumasi Crescent Wuse 2, Abuja. Initially, they had a really cute and attractive cafe space that captured the hearts of so many when they launched. They had a lot of people trooping in when they launched because of their attractive space but I was never one of them. Mainly because it just seemed too cliche the time and I had zero to no expectations of their food. I noticed they went a bit MIA after a while which wasn’t really a shock to me because I kinda predicted it.

About a month ago, I noticed a few changes to their online presence and I noticed a whole new space and Instantly got intrigued! I knew I just had check it out and see what they’ve got going on.

The newly revamped zone cafe is artistic, beautiful and very full of vibe. Scroll down to read all about my date with Uchey and our experience of at the cafe.

Ambience

The ambience at the cafe is absolutely intriguing! It features a nice and very artistic ambience. I absolutely loved the murals on the wall. Each angle of the cafe Is a work of art and you cannot help but stare. The LED lights gave the space a warm look which is absolutely grate to experience but not really the best lighting for pictures which is a bit of a turn off considering the fact that we live in a time where all people wanna do is take pictures (I am people…lol).

The restaurant space is quite big and can conveniently take up to 50 people, however I do not think they have enough chairs for that. There’s a lot of room to move freely without being in people’s faces and a bit of privacy to an extent. The restaurant also features a single bathroom for convenience.

Although they currently have no outdoor space, the indoor space is quite adequate and very beautiful. My favourite spot at the cafe has to be the part with the mural wearing glasses and having paint gushing out of it. I absolutely love it!

Menu

The restaurant menu is quite brief honestly. I mean not in it’s entirety, but the food options are limited. The menu features a couple of breakfast options, burgers/sandwiches, pastas and grills. The drinks menu however has a vast amount of options, especially cocktails. They may have just gone ahead to re-name the place ‘Zona bar & grills’.

Food

Like I mentioned earlier, we didn’t have a lot of options when it came to food so we just ordered a burger meal and pasta. Uchey ordered the Zona Highway Man Burger and I ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese.

Spaghetti Bolognese – N5,000

The spaghetti was beautifully served, with a cute little tomato designed as a rose and some celery at the top. The dish was served smoking hot which definitely made it more enjoyable. The pasta was finely made and the sauce had the right proportions ingredients. It wasn’t too spicy and also wasn’t tasteless as well. The meal portion was fair to be honest. It wasn’t too small and it certainly wasn’t too much either. All in all, I really enjoyed my meal.

Zona Highway Man Burger – N5,500

The highway man burger is truly deserving of it’s name. The first thing to note about it is the uniqueness of the bun. I thing it was toasted on both sides. I’m still yet to figure out if they made their own burger bun or its just a regular bun toasted to look that way. It was filled with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, fried egg, a beef patty and mayonnaise sauce. It was served with a portion of fries and ketchup and it was just as beautifully plated as the spaghetti bolognese.

I had a taste of the burger and it was very juicy and tender. I loved every bit of it and it definitely made one of the highlights of my visit. The portion is adequate and honestly worth the price

Drinks

For drinks, I ordered a Virgin Daiquiri – N3,000 and Uchey ordered Pink lady – N3,000.

The Virgin Daiquiri was basically blended strawberries (frozen) and lime juice. It was definitely a hit! I feel like a strawberry daiquiri is one drink you can’t go wrong with both as the restaurant making it and the person making it. If you order a daiquiri from a restaurant and it tastes bad, your next move should be to run because the food will most likely tase bad as well. I absolutely loved it and Ucey the queen of daiquiri’s also enjoyed it too.

The Pink lady drink was made up of strawberry yoghurt, apple juice, cranberry juice and grenadine. I didn’t really get a taste of it but she said it was really really nice. I look forward to trying it out when next I visit.

TOTAL BILL – NGN17,737 (7.5% VAT INCLUSIVE)

General review

Zona cafe and grill have really come a long way from their old space to this new one right here. Looking beyond the space, they have done well with their menu, pricing and service as well. I am actually impressed and I had a great experience. I truly hope that they are able to keep up with the new standards and maybe even do much better in the future.

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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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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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Pizza Hut, Wuse Abuja.

If you’re a frequent reader of mine, you may have noticed i have been on a pizza roll lately. Galaxy pizza remains my favourite though, but as a food blogger i have to constantly try new places because i’m in search of the best of the bestest…lol. Anyway, in my pizza explorations i landed in one of the biggest pizza franchises in the world. If you’re Nigerian, you may have learnt about pizza hut from movies, the internet or abroad trips but definitely not from Nigeria. I was actually excited that they finally opened in Nigeria because it was long over due. Although they opened in 2021, i wasn’t able to visit until recently.

Pizza hut currently has two locations in Abuja. The first is located on the ground floor in Jabi Lake mall and the second is located at Kumasi crescent Wuse 2. This review will be taking a look at Pizza hut Wuse 2.

Ambience

The pizza hut space is quite spacious. The environment is clean and calm. At the time i went, it wasn’t very rowdy so i was able to appreciate the space. I most definitely appreciated the large windows and the source of light it gives the space. It is nicely decorated for a pizza place and it can fit up to 50 people at once. It strikes me as place that would be great for a kids birthday party, if they allow events.
They also have a nice outdoor space, which is most suitable in the evenings or at night because the sun will be down by then.

Menu

The pizza hut menu is quite concise. The have dessert, drinks, beverages, pasta, jollof rice, starters and several beverages. I noticed however that their pizza options were quite small. The pizza options they had were not as much as i expected. Their pricing is quite affordable. You can get a pizza for as low as N3,200. You can also get other items on the on the menu with just N2,000. This mean that it can fit a N5,000 budget for two people.

Pizza

For my pizza i had the BBQ chicken SUYA pizza (medium) – NGN3,500

I selected the BBQ chicken pizza with the traditional crust which is meant to be not too thin and not too thick. First of all i would say the medium sized pizza is actually small. Secondly, the traditional crust is not medium thick/thin it is actually thin. None of these two things make the pizza less enjoyable, it just could use a better description so customers won’t end up disappointed. The pizza package is nice and very secure. When i opened the pizza box, i was in love! I loved the colors, the pizza was cheese packed! It was definitely very cheesy. I did not regret my choice at all. Picking up a slice was a bit difficult because the pizza was hot, the crust was thin and couldn’t hold up the ingredients. The pizza tasted really nice. I absolutely loved the crust, but my sisters didn’t. The pizza did not really taste different from other bbq chicken suya pizza’s i have had, it was just nice.

General review

Pizza hut is a nice and customer friendly pizza spot. I liked my pizza and i would definitely be checking them out again soon to try out other items that have caught my eye on their menu.

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.

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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Palominos 24-hour restaurant.

It was one of those early Saturday mornings and i had quite a number of appointments starting from 8am. So i rushed out of the house early and didn’t eat anything. After my first appointment i decided to stop by one of the restaurants i’ve had my eye on for quite sometime. It is a 24-hour restaurant so i was sure they would be open. It is located at Plot 367 cappdor galaxy mall Abuja, Nigeria.
I have been dragging my feet writing this review because it ended with mixed feelings. Scroll down to read the full jist.

Ambience

The restaurant ambience was cool, neat and welcoming. The indoor space is quite small and can only sit a few people. It had a counter with pastry displays for the day, Large windows so you can get a view of the city and a small restroom for Convinence. The coolest part about the interior was the cute swing chair with a marble background. It was cute, but i wasn’t so sure about the weight capacity.

The outdoor space was nice and refreshing, it really gave a natural feel and you get a scenery of the road, trees and nature. Although i would say, it may be more suitable in the evening or at night.

The menu

The restaurant menu is very affordable, it can fit a budget of N6,000 for two. The menu holds a number of sweet and savory options. It also offers breakfast/snack/brunch and dinner options. They have cold and hot drink options as well (although half of it wasn’t available when i asked). One thing that turned me off with the menu was the fact that the menu had some corrections done on it with a pen which just seemed distasteful to me. I mean, i totally understand that prices are a bit unstable at the moment but there are honestly better ways to do things like this.

The food

For my breakfast i ordered the pancake stack served with strawberries and my sister ordered a chicken shawarma.

Pancake stack – NGN2,500

The pancakes took about 30minutes to arrive, which was a long time for just 3 very small pancakes. Other ingredients on the plate were ready made so i didn’t think it should take that long. When the pancakes arrived, i thought the portion was too small but then it also dawned on me that it costs N2,500 so heyy…. nothing to complain about right ? I dived right in because i was really hungry and the first thing that happened was a syrup attack. Let me explain, The pancakes were beautifully plated, and i’m a heavy syrup kind of girl so i immediately went ahead to drizzle syrup on my pancakes. What i didn’t stop to think of or realize was that these pancakes were served on on flat plate and as i tried to put syrup on it and it flowed right off the plate to the table and almost poured on my outfit. I immediately had to stop everything and start cleaning it up with paper towels. That happened and i just went on to eat my pancakes with little to no syrup. I’m so used to syrup that i just couldn’t continue without it, so i decided to add a little more, but tactically this time. As i did that, i noticed some kind of particles which was weird because i don’t know of any maple syrup with particles and i stopped to look further and realized they were not particles but ’ANTS’ i had to pause and call on the waiter to show him, so he can see the ants for himself and he was like oh no! it must have been a mistake let me us tissue to remove them from your plate and i was STUNNED!!!!!!! i was like is he joking right now? This is how he resolves dead ants being in a customers food? I was honestly just short of words and i realized it’s really not his fault. He is definitely not properly trained by his employer(s). I just shook my head and left it at that. I was honestly shocked and disheartened.

Chicken Shawarma – NGN1,500

Unlike the pancake saga, the shawarma was nice. It was very juicy, the chicken was tastefully seasoned and it was medium sized(very ok for the price). However, it was served wrapped in a foil which didn’t make sense to me because it wasn’t for take out. Why not chop it into 2 and serve on the board without being wrapped? I wasn’t so surprised to be honest because my expectations had already dropped to 0. I had to slice it into 2 myself to get a good and insightful image on it.

Drinks

I ordered the mixed fruit smoothie(small) and my sister had a sprite (soft drink).

Mixed fruit smoothie (small) – NGN2,000

The mixed fruit smoothie was honestly very nice. It contained watermelon, orange, pineapple, red apples, banana and ginger. My favourite thing about it was the taste of ginger. It was the single unproblematic thing about the restaurant.

Sprite – NGN300

TOTAL BILL – NGN6,300

General review

I left this restaurant dissatisfied and with a heavy sigh. First of all, i think it shouldn’t be called a restaurant, it should be called a cafe. Secondly, i cannot overemphasize the importance of properly trained staff and good customer service. Bad service and undertrained staff can really take a toll on a business no matter how good the food is. I mean the food is good and it is affordable, but with the quality of service, i doubt if i would ever be returning. The sad thing is that, after sharing a few pictures on my instagram page quite a number of people have narrated different unfortunate encounters at the restaurant. It cannot be a bad day or a coincidence. They need to do better if they want to stay in business.
If you’ve had a similar experience or even a good one at Palominos restaurant, please do not hesitate to share. Thank you for reading!

DISLAIMER – This post is in no way intended to demean or tarnish the image of the business above. It’s Just a narration of my experience.

Uncle T’s Diner – Jabi, Abuja.

Uncle T’s Diner is one of the blazing new spots in the city of Abuja. It was launched in August 2021. I actually anticipated it’s opening and was invited to the launch party but i couldn’t make it unfortunately. After missing the grand launching, i made a promise to visit soon and i guess ‘soon’ was January 2022. Of course i had to make it special and celebrate my birthday there because of the beautiful ambience and mouth watering menu options.
Uncle T’s Diner is located at 51 Alex Ekwueme Way, Jabi. Abuja, Nigeria. I had a splendid time and i’m excited for you to read all about it!

Ambience

The ambience is lovely both on the inside and outside. It is very spacious, unlike the box sized spaces we are used to in Abuja (especially Wuse 2). There is enough space inside and outside, with quite a number of sitting options. Walking through the gate you are welcomed by an outdoor sitting area shaded with beautiful, tall palm trees. Amidst the sitting area is an outdoor bar/grill which seemed to come alive in the evenings or night time. The outdoor space is suitable for smoking, hanging out, events, grills and more.
Approaching the indoor space, there’s a nice usher to help you navigate the place. The indoor space is dark themed with neon signs and warm toned lights to go with it. The space is quite artistic and give off a relaxed high class but casual vibe.
I must definitely commend their beautiful bathroom, It is indeed a stunner. An additional thing to note about Uncle T’s diner is the inadequate parking space. I mean, there is a place to park but I’m not really sure it is designated for the restaurant or even very safe. It just looked like someone’ s Undeveloped property which just happens to make a Convenient parking space at that moment.

Outdoors

Indoors

The menu

The restaurant menu is perfect to me. It is not too much and it is not too small. the menu options are just adequate. As expected, they have different meal courses with a variety of options. The price range is in between budget friendly and expensive. Depending on what your income is.

The food

We had Sliders to kick off our dining experience and Afterwards we ordered creamy prawn linguine, mongolian chicken and bombay chicken. we didn’t order any desserts because we already had cake (thanks to @wakagirlng who baked me one of the most delicious chocolate cakes i have ever had).

Sliders – NGN4,000

For those who do do not already know, a slider is a mini burger. Same burger ingredients, same fire taste but in mini sizes. It serves as a great starter. The sliders were 3, each packed with the-same ingredients and deliciousness. It was honestly the most tasty thing i ordered of the menu. The cutest thing about the sliders was that each burger bun was marked with the name Uncle T’s. I normally do not enjoy pickles in my burgers but i definitely enjoyed this one because all the ingredients were balanced and the pickle literally enhanced the taste of the sliders. The bun & patty were perfect! Now the wow factor about these sliders were the fact that it has Mango in it! (well i’m not entirely sure how accurate this is) but i could almost swear there was a sweet mango flare in those sliders and they made it even better!

Creamy Prawn Linguini – NGN8,000

I’m usually a penne Alfredo regular but i decided to tilt away from the usual and order creamy linguine. The serving portion of the past was a lot honestly. It was clearly tastefully made and nicely plated. You could instantly tell from the first bite that it was carefully prepared with the best ingredients. The pasta was great! Although it could have used a little more prawns.

Mongolian chicken – NGN7,000

The Mongolian chicken was made of caramelized chicken cubes mixed with sweet Asian sauce and served with steamed Basmati white rice. Now i know it says in the meal description that it is sweet but i might have underestimated the sweetness because it ended up being a little too sweet for me. It tasted like white rice and sugar, I’m not even gonna lie, the Nigerian girl in me was not having it. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the dish, it was tastefully made, quality ingredients, nice serving, but not for me. I would have definitely preferred ordering something more accustomed to my taste buds, but i did enjoy trying something different.

Bombay chicken – N6,500

The Bombay chicken was a serving of grilled boneless chicken, marinated in oriental spices, topped with Bombay sauce, served with a side of Basmati rice. I always enjoy boneless chicken with rice and this wasn’t any different. My Bombay chicken experience was similar to that of the Mongolian chicken. It was tastefully made, quality ingredients, nice serving, but not entirely for me. On a different day, i would have absolutely fallen in love with it because it tasted nice. But i guess that wasn’t what my taste buds were searching for at that moment. The chicken was tender but not overcooked, it went really well with the rice. The Bombay chicken sauce was a bit sour, it tasted like mayonnaise and a whole lotta lemon.

Drinks

For drinks we had Virgin Mojito, Oreo milkshake and water.

Virgin Mojito – NGN2,000

The virgin mojito was great, truly one of the best i’ve had. I loved it and it was quite cheap.

Oreo milkshake – NGN2,000

The Oreo milkshake was rich and creamy. It also had actual Oreo’s in it (long story). It wasn’t like the bad excuse of a milkshake some restaurants normally serve. It definitely makes it to my top Milkshake list.

Mineral water – NGN500

Total bill – NGN34,750 (including 7.5% VAT and 5% service charge)

General review

Uncle T’s diner has to be one of my favourite new places right now. They won me over with amazing customer service and quality food. Their staff are very friendly, attentive and well trained. They have one of the best customer services, right after Art Tech District. The space is lovely, it is obvious that their chefs are well trained. I love the attention to detail in every aspect of their ambience, food and service. The definitely did their research before launching and that is what i love to see. I look forward to visiting again, hopefully next time i would get to try out the cookie in the pan dessert. I have heard so many great things.

Do not hesitate to share your own experience if you visit.

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