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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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.

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.

Cafe Dimanche – Updated review

Pheeww! it almost feels like i have taken 1 month to write this blog post but really i drafted it like a week ago. For some reason anytime i visit Cafe Dimanche i always drag my feet to write a review, but this time i’m fighting the demons and sharing it because it is totally worth the read!

Cafe Dimanche is located at Food City , Bangui street Abuja, Nigeria. I first visited cafe Dimanche with my girls when it first opened in 2021 and i wouldn’t really say it was excellent (check out the first review on my instagram page @rukky_ambursa). However, i hoped it would actually get better by the time i visited next, so i gave it some time and gave it another try this year. Here is how my latest experience went down.

Ambience

The ambience looks pretty much the same as the last time i visited, except for the bird cage chair addition on the inside and the umbrellas in the outdoor sitting area. The space is still nice and neatly maintained although it is starting to feel a bit crowded.

Menu

The cafe Dimanche menu has improved since my last visit and now offers quite a number of indigenous dishes which really stood out for me. I love that they tilted towards satisfying our Nigerian taste buds with delicious dishes. The labari grill stood out for me especially. The menu pricing is still quite affordable and can fit a N10,000 budget for two. It would also interest you to know that they are making a few more Nigerian friendly additions like uniquely made fried yam and plantain with egg sauce. I am looking forward to trying it out soon.


Food

Now here’s where it gets juicy, The food part! We ordered the labari jollof with fried chicken, plamb, french fries, combo bucket from the labari grill and sheet cake for dessert .

Labari jollof with fried chicken – NGN5,000

I’m starting off with this because it was the most tasty dish for me. It was a combo of authentic Palm oil Nigerian jollof, fried plantain, tripe and liver. It was served with fried chicken. The labari jollof costs NGN3,500 and the fried chicken costs N1,500. Before i get in too deep, if you spend N5,000 dish it may be the best N5,000 you will ever spend on jollof rice. The jollof rice checked all the boxes! It was not dry, it had adequate moisture, the plantain was freshly made so it was steaming hot. The liver and other proteins served with the jollof were tender and also tastefully prepared. one more thing i loved about this dish is the plating, the way it is served makes you droll even before you taste it. The plating style definitely make you appreciate the dish better.

Plamb – NGN5,000

The plamb dish is a combo of lamb and plantain sauce served with cous cous. This dish was surprisingly outstanding for me, I’ve never had cous cous quite like this before. I can’t fully describe the ingredients of the sauce but i know it was amazing and was a perfect pair for the cous cous. The sauce also had some mixed vegetables which i enjoyed.
Combo bucket(medium) – NGN4,000

The combo bucket is basically a medium platter with Balangu, chicken suya, beef suya and gas meat served with vegetables and nan bread. I was a bit disappointed at first when it wasn’t served in a bucket like the name implied, but i guess the tray like dish helps you appreciate what is served better. Everything served in the dish was a bit cold though but it was enjoyable. The gas meat was quite tough and hard to eat but every other thing was tasty.

Sheet cake topped with ice cream – NGN2,000

We ordered the sheet cake particularly for a friend celebrating her birthday and we were able to get it decorated with sprinkles and whipped cream on special request. The sheet cake was very moist and soft. I loved that it wasn’t too sweet and it paired nicely with the Vanilla ice cream. I will definitely be ordering it for dessert next time. (P.s i didn’t get a picture of it)

French fries – NGN1,000 per portion

Drinks

We had the iced strawberry mint lemonade and pina colada smoothie.
Iced strawberry mint lemonade – NGN1,500 The iced lemonade tasted pretty much the same as the last time i went. It tasted like an effortless drink really. I would not say i loved it, but i also wouldn’t say i hated it.

Pina colada smoothie – NGN2,000 The pina colada smoothie was quite rich. It had all the right ingredients and i definitely enjoyed it.

TOTAL BILL – NGN29,025 (including VAT and service charge)

General review

At my first visit to Cafe Dimanche, i totally liked the space but i wasn’t so sure about the food. The savory dishes i had were a bit bland, however the sweet dishes were nice. I felt like nahhh after the hype of the place dies down people definitely won’t be there a lot because the food wasn’t all that to me. Going back now i would say i am quite impressed. The upgrades to the menu were necessary. I absolutely love the new flavors and the efforts they are making to keep customers coming and happy. I would definitely be visiting again soon.

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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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A Class restaurant Maitama, Abuja.

Phew! First review of the year and boy am i excited to write this one. Happy new year to you all once again, i wish you a splendid year filled with your hearts desires.

So! to kick off the new year, my family and i decided to spend some time together eating good food, enjoying great vibes while reminiscing about 2021 and A class restaurant was just the place. It is located at A-Class Park Along Kashim Ibrahim Way Maitama Abuja, Nigeria. The place is quite huge and offers way more than good food and good vibes. Read all about it below;

Ambience

A class restaurant is quite beautiful on the inside and outside. They have an indoor space as well as outdoor sitting areas. The outdoor space is in 3 sections. There’s the Gazebo space, which is perfect for a small group of people, there’s another section which looks like a bar sitting area, and there’s a sitting area that features just trees and a few chairs and tables. The location of the restaurant makes it quite perfect for family outings because it is a safe and quiet environment with adequate parking, a play area for kids and even a male and female mosque for muslim customers.

The indoor space is quite unique and classy, just like the name implies. It is perfectly lit and stylishly decorated with a moody tone to it. the combination of wood and burnt orange really gives it a serene kind of vibe. The indoor space is actually quite large and can conveniently fit a 100+ people. I personally think it can be suitable for a small wedding reception. Another remarkable thing about A class restaurant is their nice and spacious restroom. The restrooms have nice large mirrors and are very convenient. 

The Menu

The restaurant menu is packed with a whole lot of options, ranging from starters to drinks to salads, burgers, soups, desserts and so much more. Their food options are also quite affordable. 

The Food

For the food, we had starters, main dishes and desserts. Jointly, we ordered –  chicken strips, chicken spring rolls, Prawns fried rice, Penne Arrabbiata, mixed grill platter, chicken in hot chili & steamed rice, brownies, 2 molten lava cakes.

Starters

For starters we had chicken strips and chicken spring rolls. The starters were the first to arrive, and it took about 15minutes for both starters to be ready. 

Chicken strips (4pcs) – NGN2,200 

The chicken strips arrived with a side of delicious mayo dip and a little portion of salad. The strips were great, except for one that was falling apart and didn’t  taste as good as the others. As a sucker for mayo dips, i absolutely enjoyed the one served and the salad was nice.

Chicken spring rolls (4pcs) – NGN2,200 

         It was the most chicken, chicken spring rolls i’ve ever had, lol. The were very very generous with the chicken. The spring roll had nothing but soft, juicy chicken in it. I absolutely loved it! It came with a sweet chili sauce dip, which didn’t excite me too much because i was so focused on the chicken spring rolls. 

Main dishes    
  For our mains we ordered, Prawns fried rice, Penne Arrabbiata, mixed grilled platter, chicken in hot chili & steamed rice. 

Prawns fried rice –  NGN5,000 

        It was a combination of fried rice with shrimps,  eggs,  carrots, bell pepper, onions and spring onions. The rice portion was quite much and could feed 2-3 people depending on your appetite. The rice dish was simply perfect. 

Penne Arrabbiata – NGN3,800 

  I’m going to be very honest, i was quite disappointed when the pasta arrived. I know what you must be thinking, but thats not it. I actually wanted to eat Fettuccine Alfredo, and i was telling my sister how i didn’t want arrabbiata because i already had spaghetti bolognese the previous day and i feel like eating anything with tomato sauce because it might stir up a nasty feeling.  Well it turned out the waitress heard me saying arrabbiata and took it down and while she confirmed the order, i nodded my head in agreement because i was carried away.  Anyway my sadness changed after i had a tasted of the dish. It was amazing! It had the right amount of heat and spice and wasn’t over cooked. The portion of the pasta was also quite much, i think it was the equivalent amount with the shrimp fried rice.

Mixed grill platter – NGN6,800

The mixed grill platter was ordered by my mum and as mama Bear, everyone had to have a share in it. The platter was a mix of chicken skewer, beef skewer, fish skewer, Lamb kofta skewer, served with grilled vegetables, pita bread and french fries. The platter was a whole lot and it was definitely  very satisfying. The only thing i would take out of the platter is the side dip it was served with. I have no idea what it is called and i didn’t taste it enough to know the flavors and ingredients used because it was very distasteful. 

Chicken in hot chili & steamed rice – NGN4,500

        SPICY! thats the first word that would come to the tip of your tongue after you have this. If you have a very low tolerance for hot and spicy food like me, it will be too spicy for you. If you’re the type that can take the heat, it will be averagely hot. I didn’t get a picture of the steamed rice but the chili sauce was packed with chicken cubes, hot sauce, cucumber, carrots, bell peppers and onions. It was a great pair with the steamed rice. 

Dessert

For dessert we had, brownies and molten lava cakes. Unfortunately, i didn’t get a picture of the cakes, but i dod get one of the brownie. The molten lava cake cost NGN3,000 each 

Brownie obsession – NGN2,800

Holy mother of Fudge! This brownie was very very fudgey. It was crunchy on the outside but very moist and chocolatey on the inside. The brownie was only served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream,  whereas on the menu it was stated it would be served with ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate fudge and caramel.

Drinks

We had Oreo milkShake (not photographed), Chapman and strawberry Daiquiri. We also ordered some bottles of water. The Oreo milkshake cost – NGN2,800 each. It would be good to note that the A class restaurant do not offer alcoholic options. 

Chapman – NGN2,000

The chapman was a mix of Grenadine,  Lemon, sprite and Fanta. It taste just like normal chapman does. It was alright. 

Strawberry Daiquiri – N2,800

         I absolutely enjoyed the strawberry Daiquiri from the beginning to the end. It was just the way i like it. 

Total bill – NGN53,662  (including 7.5% VAT and service charge of N2,385).

General review

A class restaurant is definitely befitting of its name. It is a great and family friendly environment, with really good food at affordable rates. It is perfect for date night, family treat or even a solo treat to a great meal. My family and I had a great time and i look forward to visiting again soon to try out more amazing dishes. 

         Kindly let me know if this review was helpful in the comments, and do not forget to share your experience if you visit A class restaurant, Abuja. 

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