The brunch club | All day brunch restaurant.

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

The Ambience

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

The menu

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

The food

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

SOUFFLÉ PANCAKES – NGN4,000

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

BRUNCHED JOLLOF – NGN5,500

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


The drinks

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

BRUNCH LOTUS SHAKE – NGN3,500

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

STRAWBERRY SHAKE – NGN3,000

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

Total bill – NGN18,562

Total bill includes VAT and service charges.

General service review

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

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Amazonia Restaurant | Nigeria’s first rainforest themed restaurant.

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

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

The Ambience

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

The Menu

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

The food & Drinks

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

NAPOLITANA PASTA – NGN7,500

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

TACO- NGN7,500

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

Drinks

FLAMINGO – NGN3,200

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

PASSION FRUIT MARTINI – NGN3,500

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

TAKEAWAY

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

Total bill – NGN25,762.50

*Total bill includes VAT and service charges*


General Review

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

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


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Work and Connect | A fusion of work and food

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

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

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

WORK AND CONNECT – Full review

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

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

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

Connect Bistro and Grill – Full review

Ambience

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

Food/Drinks/Menu

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

For my meal, I had ;

Lunch time chicken sauce – NGN2,600

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

Vegetable rice – NGN800

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

Hustlers chapman – NGN1,300

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

General Comment

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

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

Tea charme – My first bubble tea experience

For those who do not already know, bubble tea is a special kind of tea/drink that has its origin from Taiwan. It is made with boba balls, which can also be called tapioca balls. The boba balls are kind of soft and chewy in nature. Now as a Nigerian local who has never been to Taiwan before, I obviously have never tried it before. However, I’ve had tapioca a number of times before. I have always fancied bubble tea but I never really knew where to get it because I obviously wasn’t going to Taiwan anytime soon and Nigeria is nowhere near Taiwan. Luckily for me there have been some improvements with different food franchises coming to Abuja. Restaurants now are more focused on bringing in something new/foreign to customers so there’s a lot of room to try out different cuisines other than what we are already used to here.

I have actually noticed a growing number of bubble tea vendors here in Abuja (which I’ll definitely be trying out soon). I decided to try tea charme first because I just kinda felt like it would be coming from an authentic Taiwanese source and not just someone trying to Mimic something they’ve had. Although it might actually be the case but I really don’t think so.

Tea charme is a cute little take out tea shop that not only sells bubble tea but also coffee, drinks and ice cream. As a take out spot, there is obviously no sitting area. I would have honestly preferred it if they had like a little space where you can sit and wait for your order most especially because of the sun. Your only options if you have to wait are; sitting in your car, standing for as long as it takes for your order to get ready or climbing up to the charme restaurant upstairs which in my opinion is not very wise because there’s no means of knowing if your order is ready.

Their menu is quite big for a small take out shop, but I love the fact that it gives you a variety of options including non-dairy options.

What does bubble tea taste like?

Well, to answer the question we’ve all been dying to know, It tastes like a nice milkshake with boba in it. I ordered the medium sized chocolate dirty tea (because when I’m not sure I go with the safest, most delicious option – CHOCOLATE!) It cost NGN2,300. I initially wanted to order the milk bubble it but someone said it wasn’t rich and creamy enough.

The chocolate dirty tea was honestly delicious! I wanted to finish it in a single sip. It was very rich and creamy. I got carried away sipping and forgot about the boba at the bottom of the cup so when a single bubble slipped into my mouth I almost screamed that there was a giant bug in my tea but the it was chewy so I immediately remembered what I was having. The boba at the bottom if the tea were not too soft and sticky neither were they hard to chew. I must add though, that I do not think the boba adds any special kind of flavour to the tea. I think its just there for chewy purposes.

I definitely loved it, and I can’t wait to try out more flavours and most probably more vendors too.

Tatte Pāstrē – A Valentine’s Day Speciale

Tatte pāstrē is a brand new pâtisserie company that is specialised in selling yummy grazing boards and exquisite pâtissarie gift boxes. Their grazing boards & boxes range from sweet to savoury. it combines a selection of fruits, nuts, chocolates and baked goods. It is not only unique, but it is also super affordable.

I had a chance of working with the brand last month and it was such a spectacular experience. Putting together a beautiful grazing board is no easy task I must say. A lots of thought, time and precision goes into it. My shoot covered different unique grazing boxes in different sizes, a grazing board that serves 1-2 peoples and of course a valentine special offer box.

Here are some of the beautiful images from my shoot.

Grazing boards

Grazing boxes

Valentine special boxes

Price list

Heres a look at the tatte pāstrē price list.

(check out their page on instagram @tattepastre for more information).

I hope this post helps gifting your loved ones this valentines day so much more easier.

A TRIP TO TROPIC GALLERIA; Abuja’s finest mall yet.

Post lockdown, I yearned to go out so much I made a list of places I wanted to visit. At first I didn’t add tropic galleria to my list because I didn’t know of its existence. Late one evening I saw a story post on my instagram time line of a really beautiful spot and I decided to take a look. Behold! it was one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen here in Abuja. As a foodie, I decided to check if there were any restaurants there and UR cafe caught my eyes. The one thing that really caught my eye there was the customised cappuccino coffee they served. So I decided to check it out with my sister and my best girl Habiba.

UR cafe experience.

UR cafe is centred right in mall’s middle, its the first place you set your eyes upon as you enter the mall.

The first thing that caught my eye at UR cafe was the classy white interior. I went ahead to grab a seat and check out their Menu.

UR cafe menu

The menu was made up of a couple exciting things that I wanted to try but they weren’t available. The menu was pretty much not helpful especially when it came to choosing pastries because it was only the items displayed on the counter that were available, so its easier to check what is displayed at the counter and make a choice of drinks from the menu only. At the end of the day I ordered for the white forest cake, creme doughnut & cappuccino. My sister had chicken pie and a glass of chapman, Habiba on the other hand had a lemonade with caramel cake.

Here’s a taste of what I had;

WHITE FOREST CAKENGN1,200

I ordered the white forest cake because it looked beautiful and seemed different from my usual choice of cake. It was indeed beautiful but sadly, I didn’t enjoy it. It’s not that it wasn’t a delicious cake but it wasn’t my kind of cake and I really didn’t like the large chunks of fruit in it.

CREME DOUGHNUT – NGN400

The creme doughnut was simply amazing! I’ve never had so much cream filling in a doughnut ever. I truly enjoyed it and I would totally recommend it for any doughnut lover.

CAPPUCCINO – NGN1,800

The cappuccino tasted basic, just like any regular cappuccino. What was unique about it was the option to write something on it

CHICKEN PIE – NGN700

Guys! This is the best chicken pie I’ve had in Abuja so far! There’s actually chicken in the chicken pie unlike most places that serve disappointments.

I loved that it didn’t look like the regular chicken pie that we are all used to here and it had a nice crunchy crust at the end. I’m surely going to get more of it.

CHAPMAN – NGN1,600

The Chapman was basic Chapman but pricy.

CARAMEL CAKE – NGN1,300

So I actually didn’t order this caramel cake but I really wish I did, but I had a taste of it.

I honestly loved it! It was creamy and crunchy which was my favourite thing about it. But Habiba complained about it being dry and I kinda agree but I personally feel it’s nothing major and it had something to do with where it was stored. But all in all it was Nice.

A deeper look into the tropic galleria mall.

Tropicgalleria has become one of the hottest spots in Abuja RN mainly because of the amazing ambience and aesthetics. I personally think it’s absolutely beautiful and it’s the prettiest mall we have currently in the Nation’s Capital. It has a greek inspired look. there are several sculptures and artworks featuring Ancient Greek history. However, it is still in progress, a lot of things haven’t been finished yet but it’s still beautiful regardless. Currently some of the finished spots include;

@urcafeng

@thehivebywingist

@georgeokoroselect

@casade.luxury

@theballroomabuja

@brooklounge_abuja

I’m really looking forward to visiting again when things are more settled. Watch out for the blog post.