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.

Gelato and pizza with my babes at – Nosta cafe and Galaxy pizza.

So you might be wondering, how did she have pizza and gelato from two different spots at the same time? Well, the answer is actually quite simple, a food court! Nosta cafe and Galaxy pizza are both located at No. 2 Atakpame street, chocolate mall, Wuse 2 Abuja. Prior to the launch of my blog, I had visited Nosta cafe a couple of times but I have never actually tried the galaxy pizza or burger. This time around I decided to try both and get a good review for my readers.

Nosta Cafe – Gelato

Nosta cafe is a nice little cafe spot at the chocolate mall food court that sells amazing cakes, pastries, shakes, hot & cold beverage as well as my fave, ice cream. As I mentioned earlier, I have tried out Nosta cafe before and it was amazing! this time wasn’t any different. They serve a unique variety of ice cream flavours that are very rich and creamy. some of them include; mango, salted caramel, cookies and cream, coffee, strawberry, white chocolate, cotton candy, blueberry and so much more.

There is no menu for the ice cream so you are to choose from any of the available flavours on display. A scoop of ice cream costs NGN800. You can have as many scoops as you wish in a cup or a cone(the cone costs N200). I had 2 scoops of ice cream(NGN1,600) – Salted caramel and coffee with broken waffle toppings because I do love me some crunch in my ice cream. It tasted marvellous, I totally recommend this combo. The coffee ice cream had tiny Hershey chocolate bars in it and my heart literally melted when I realised.

My sisters had the Amarena/salted caramel with broken waffle topping(second frame) and the chocolate flakes/salted caramel combo (third frame). I had a taste of both and I totally recommend these combo’s.

The only problem I had with the cafe was their service. It’s not that the customer service was bad, the staff were actually very nice but I think they undercharged me. Firstly, they charged me for 1 ice cream instead of 4(8 scoops). I had to go back to them to let them know and I think they also forgot to charge for the toppings. It’s not the fist time I’ve had this experience at Nosta cafe, it has happened more than once.

Galaxy pizza – Pizza

It was my first time trying galaxy pizza and I just want to say they have officially become my pizza plug in Abuja. I ordered the BBQ CHICKEN SPECIAL PIZZA (family size) and it cost NGN5,000. It was marvellous! The pizza was not greasy and I loved how it wasn’t flat. They were definitely not selfish with the ingredients. The pizza was very rich and filled with a lot of everything. It had cheese, bbq chicken, tomatoes, onions, green pepper, garlic, red pepper and bbq sauce.

Another thing I loved about galaxy pizza was their menu. Although I didn’t get a picture of their menu, I can still remember it quite vividly. They have a price range of about NGN3,500 – NGN10,000. Their menu also features a wide range of options like arabica piazza, Hawaiian pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken shawarma pizza, cheesesteak pizza and so much more. I also liked the fact that each item on the menu had a picture of it on the side which gives you a visual representation of what you’re about to order.

I will definitely be visiting both places again soon and I’ll be sharing an update about my experience.

Lunch at Charme Restaurant | Chinese cuisine

Hi guys, it’s been a minute since my last blog post and I’ve really missed writing on here. Today i’ll be sharing my experience at a new Chinese restaurant located at No 41. Gana street Maitama Abuja. Prior to my recent return to Abuja, my friend and I made a list of places/restaurants/dishes we wanted to try out and charme restaurant was one of them. Well quite frankly it wasn’t officially on the list but it sorta was. We actually just wanted to visit tea charme and get bubble tea (I’ll be sharing more details in my next blog post). Turns out ‘charme’ also has a supermarket, take out tea spot, and a Chinese restaurant. So we went ahead and checked it all out and we had an awesome experience.

Read all the juicy details below.

The charme restaurant ambience

The restaurant ambience was very beautiful and impressive. Walking into the restaurant you’ll be welcomed by a beautiful mural on one side of the wall and some beautifully placed 3d wall flowers. The entrance sort of looks like a lobby/waiting room and there’s a receptionist placed there to welcome you into the restaurant. Moving from the lobby area, you move into a beautiful white space decorated with a beautiful painting and the most beautiful Chinese lantern inspired light decorations that leads into the restaurant.

The restaurant is quite spacious, you can actually have an event of 50+ people conveniently. Like I said earlier the place is really beautiful and stunning. Although its not very ‘Chinese’ looking, the space combines a very contemporary and elegant look with a touch of modern china. Its very bright and well lit because of the large windows and white paint choice. It honestly looks like a showroom because every corner had a different design which was carefully put together. In general, I would say it’s a really minimal, carefully designed, and family friendly space. It also features a small outdoor area for those who want a breath of fresh air.

The menu

Their food menu features a couple of Chinese cold and hot dishes, as well as some Chinese desserts. The food menu is actually quite affordable but the drinks are over bit over priced in my opinion.

The food and drinks

The ambience was delightful I must say but you see the food, I can confidently say it was the highlight of everything. It was absolutely delicious! I initially wanted to try out the dumplings but it wasn’t available so here’s what I and my friends ordered instead.

Shredded chicken in garlic sauce – NGN4,000

I totally loved this dish. It was everything and more. I didn’t eat a lot of it, but the little I had was really nice. I paired it with the chicken rice and I liked it. I totally recommend it.

Handmade fried noodles – NGN3,500

I had a swell time eating this. As expected the noodles were uneven because they were handmade but it definitely didn’t stop it from being delicious. It was stir fried and as such it was a little bit greasy but it wasn’t really a turn off for me because I like my stir fry noodles a little greasy because it keeps it kinda moist, lol.

Kung pao chicken – NGN3,500

I liked the kung pao chicken just as much as the shredded chicken but I think I prefer the latter. It was delicious and had nuts in it, but I didn’t like the boiled cucumbers because I like my cucumbers crunchy. It’s actually not the first time I’ve had kung pao chicken at a Chinese restaurant that had nuts and cooked cucumber so I guess it’s a thing.

Chicken fried rice – NGN2,500

The chicken fried rice was the best thing I had, I loved everything about it. It was definitely a 10 for me.

Chicken spring roll – NGN1,200

The chicken spring roll was not the regular dry ass, really crispy and empty spring rolls most restaurants often serve. It had the right amount of crunch and they weren’t stingy with the filling. At first I honestly thought it wouldn’t be crunchy at all because it didn’t look like it, it actually kinda looked like meat filled pancake but it eventually turned out to be nice after the first bite. As the saying goes, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

The drinks

I had a taste of the chocolate milkshake and mojito.

The chocolate milkshake was the bomb. Very creamy and rich, it also had Maltesers in it which I liked.

The mojito was not great at all! I didn’t like it. It tasted like soda water, mint leaves and lemon. It was tasteless. I tried stirring from the bottom to see if it would be better but it wasn’t. At first it seemed like there was sugar settled at the bottom but nahhh I don’t think there was any. I actually think a mistake occurred while making it. It was the only thing I didn’t like.

General service review

All in all I would say Charme restaurant is a great restaurant. Definitely one of the best Chinese restaurants here in Abuja. Their ambience is great, the have good service and most of all, they have delicious food. I think their food is quite affordable and their serving portions are really great. I’ll definitely want to visit again and try out more dishes from their menu. It’s a restaurant suitable for meetings, family lunch/dinner, dates and even mini events.

Total bill

Our total bill was NGN32,899 including a 10% VAT and service charge

Total number of people – 5

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