Tulip Bistro Abuja – Out with the old and in with the new!

Mirror mirror on the wall, where is the fanciest restaurant of them all? Tulip Bistro? hmmm, I do not think so! But you’re about to find out for yourself. Hi guys, Welcome to my very first (procrastinated) blog post of the month. As usual, I have all the juicy detailed jist about your favourite spots and today I’m back with Abuja’s Elite favourite, Tulip Bistro!

Tulip Bistro is one of Abuja’s old gems. The restaurant has existed for almost a decade or more and it is no secret that it has always been an elite favourite since day one. The restaurant was formerly located at No 7 Atakpame street abuja. Recently they had a total revamp/rebreand and relocated to a 141Ademola Adetokunbo crescent, Wuse 904101, Abuja Nigeria. The restaurant rebirth was actually beautiful to witness. The restaurant team definitely made a recognisable effort in improving not just the restaurant image but the brand as a whole. They relaunched a whole new space, menu and even staff.

I recently got the opportunity to check out the NEW Tulip Bistro and I will be sharing the details of my experience below.

Ambience

The restaurant features an indoor and outdoor rooftop spaces. The restaurant is located on the top floor of the building so there is an elevator access as well as a stair access as well. The indoor and outdoor spaces of the restaurant are very distinct and not directly connected which I find a bit weird but here’s a look at both spaces at the restaurant.

Indoor space

The indoor space is quite eye catching. It is very bright, spacious and modern. The restaurant space is very aesthetically pleasing and looks really really good on camera. However in reality, I did not find it as appealing as I did on camera. There was really a lot going on with the space, There were a lot of beautiful and unique pieces fused into the interior of the space but they just weren’t connecting. This made it feel like just a very open space with a Bunch of stuff thereby making the ambience seemingly rowdy and not very exquisite for fine dining. The indoor space features a bar and can fit a totality of 50 people or more.

Outdoor space

On the other side of the indoor space is the beautiful rooftop outdoor space, Preceding the outdoor space is a small lobby that allows access to the space as well as the beautiful restrooms. The Looby is very exquisite and beautiful, It has a very homey feel to it. The outdoor space is absolutely beautiful and very relaxing. It is beautifully designed with comfy contemporary seats and tables and beautiful plants that give the outdoor space an elevated feel of nature.

The outdoor space is quite spacious and can fit up to 20 people. It is very chill and less intense than the indoor space. It is a good spot to unwind and hang out with friends.

The menu

The restaurant menu is not too small and not too big. It is just right. It features all international dishes from starters to dessert. The menu pricing is quite high so it requires more than the average restaurant budget if you choose to dine here. The restaurant budget is about N15,000 – N25,000 per person depending on your choice of food.

Food and Drinks

We had quite a lot to eat to be honest because I definitely couldn’t move comfortably after my meal. My intention was to have a 3 course meal at restaurant so I could have the full tulip experience but after the main course I had no option but to stop. For starters we had the Philly cheese roll and charcoal wings. We subsequently had chicken Caesar salad, oriental chicken, spaghetti Bolognaise and chicken Louisiana. I tried everything except the spaghetti bolognaise. It was plated really nice though.

STARTERS

For starters we had the Philly cheese roll and charcoal wings. The cheese roll cost N5,000 for 3pcs and the charcoal wings cost N4,500 for 3pcs as well. I did not get a picture of the Philly cheese roll but it was very good! I loved it. They were very generous with the filling of the roll and the wrap wasn’t thick so you can adequately enjoy the deliciousness of the roll. It is really a great starter and very satisfying too.

Charcoal wings – N4,500

The charcoal wings tasted much like bbq wings to me. The wings were very juicy and big in sizes. I totally enjoyed it and I recommend it as a great meal starter.

Chicken Caesar salad – N6,500

I ordered the chicken Caesar salad because I’ve heard so much about it. Almost everyone who has visited Tulip bistro has recommended this salad so of course it was the first thing I ordered. The chicken Caesar salad was a mixed bowl of delicious ingredients like lettuce, croutons, grilled chicken, parmesan and apple slices. The salad came with a delicious salad dressing. The salad portion was quite adequate, so much that after I devoured the bowl of salad I found it hard eating anything else. The salad was really delicious and meets up to its hype. The salad was crunchy, flavourful and satisfying. It is also quite affordable for its wholesome content.

Oriental Chicken – N15,000

The oriental chicken is a STUNNER! No really, I was stunned when approached with it. I never expected it come in such a large portion. I mean, most fine dining restaurants have a habit of serving food in very small quantities so i expected same in this instance but to my surprise this was different. It was a grilled boneless chicken served on top oriental rice. The oriental chicken also came with beef broth on the side. The chicken was SUPERB! It was very tender and tasty to the last bit of it. The chicken cuts right through, that’s how soft it was. It tasted like it was marinated for a while so every bit of it was tasty and juicy. They were really heavy on garlic while spicing the chicken and I absolutely love it. It is hands down one of the tastiest grilled chicken I have ever had.

The rice on the other hand was giving off biryani vibes because it had a lot of spice and ingredients. It had a cinnamon and cardamon taste. The rice also had minced meat and some nuts mixed in it. The minced meat made it more unique and enjoyable to eat. The nuts gave the meal a crunch and I liked that, I always enjoy a little bit of crunch in every meal. My only problem with the rice is that it was little bit dry. I would have preferred it with a little more moisture.

The beef broth that came with the oriental chicken was an absolute no for me. I hated it. It had a tamarind-ish flavour and it just tasted bad to me. I didn’t even go further after the first taste. I just tossed it aside.


Chicken Louisiana – N9,000

My sister ordered the chicken Louisiana and I just took a couple of bites from it. The pasta was beautifully plated and packed with deliciousness. The pasta was rich, creamy and had a satisfying portion. If you’re a creamy pasta lover, the chicken Louisiana is definitely worth the try.

DRINKS

For drinks, I had the tropical twist and because my sister is a copy cat, she had the same thing too. before I dive into the taste of the drink, I must actually commend how cheap the drinks at the restaurant are. The price range of the drinks is from N1,000 – N4,000 which is very affordable. I also noticed that there is no alcohol on the drinks menu. Just hot, cold and soft drinks.

The tropical twist cost N4,000 each. The drink was made up of mainly pineapple, ginger and mint syrup. The drink was pretty decent. The syrup was really sweet so it blended well with the sour taste of the pineapple. I wouldn’t particularly call it a tropical drink, but it was quite nice.

TOTAL BILL – NGN65,868 (including 12% service charge)


GENERAL REVIEW

Tulip Bistro is indeed an upscale restaurant and indeed quite fancy. It might just take the title of ‘the fanciest of them all’. Their oriental international fusion dishes, upper class ambience and good service will have you wanting to visit again. It is a great spot for fancy dates, proposals, business meetings, family time, small events and also hanging out with friends.

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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