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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Krispy Kreme – Best doughnuts ever!

Hi guys! so I know I’m a little late on posting this review but you know what they say, It’s better late than never. I was initially reluctant to write this blog post because I knew it was going to be short but I decided to share it anyway because y’all just needed to read about my experience.

Nearly a month ago, my sisters and I decided to go on a last minute vacation (we called it Eid-cation lol) because it was just about two days before Eid celebrations. So, because we took the trip to cool off, I promised myself I wouldn’t be doing any work, business, blog & content related things. However, deep down I knew the foodie in me won’t let that happen but hey! at least I tried right?

Krispy Kreme was the final icing on top my perfect Eid-cation. It was conveniently located at the departure hall of the Murtala Muhammed Aiport Lagos (MMA2) Ikeja. Before getting to the full details of the delicious doughnuts I’d like to first of all applaud Krispy Kreme’s customer service because it was super efficient. There’ll be more details on this at the bottom of the post.

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The Doughnuts!

First of all it might help to know that in Nigeria Krispy Kreme shops can only be found in Lagos. They have about 4-5 outlets around the city. However I have heard from a little birdie that they’ll finally be opening an outlet for the people of the buj’ (Abuja).

Now, let’s talk doughnuts! They have about 3 variant sizes of doughnuts(from what I saw). The regular sized doughnuts, mini doughnuts and doughnut holes. The regular sized doughnuts cost NGN600 each and NGN3,400 for half a dozen. The mini doughnuts cost NGN4,200 for a box of 16 doughnuts. It is also worthy to note that asides from doughnuts, they also sell hot and cold beverages which I couldn’t try unfortunately because they weren’t available at the time. There are also a couple of Krispy Kreme merch available at the store.

I ordered half a dozen doughnuts (NGN3,400) with the following combinations ;

  • Coconut ring – This was an automatically instinctive selection. Anytime I order doughnuts from a new place, I always go for coconut flavour because I feel like you can’t go wrong with it. I was right because it was delicious! It was the first I tried and I couldn’t believe it. It was so rich, extremely soft, like really really soft because it felt like I was biting into foam. The coconut shavings were a great + because it made everything just perfect.

  • Crunchy peanut butter – The crunchy peanut butter doughnut was really yummy. It was all round peanut. Definitely not for someone with a peanut allergy but I loved it. It was different and quite frankly my first time ever trying out a peanut butter doughnut.

  • Original glazed – I couldn’t leave Krispy kreme without trying the world famous original glazed crispy kreme doughnut. I mean, it’s the reason they are famous. Well now I know why, it’s SPECTACULAR. I honestly do not know how to give a detailed description of it but its just great. Really sweet as well. I loved it.

  • Orignal oreo – Oreo lover for life! Yeah, that’s me! It was my favourite doughnut out of the box. It had a nice and creamy Oreo filling in it so when you take a bite, it unveils delicious Oreo cream. It also had broken Oreo pieces on the top which added a nice delicious crunch to the doughnut.

  • Red velvet cake – This was honestly my sister’s choice. She totally loved it but I on the other hand wasn’t really a big fan of it. It was nice but just not for me.

  • Strawberry cheese cake – The strawberry cheesecake was just as delicious as the rest of the doughnuts. Just like the Oreo doughnut, it had a cream filling but it was strawberry based this time around. It didn’t have a very pronounced/harsh strawberry taste which didn’t really turn out badly because the doughnut was yummy regardless.

General Review

To be very honest with you all, going into Krispy kreme I went in prepared for disappointment. This is because I’ve read countless reviews and blog posts on how their doughnuts are just diabetes waiting to happen. I expected the doughnuts to be all sugar and no quality at all. To my surprise I actually really enjoyed it. It was a quite sweet but not in a distasteful way. If you’re a sweet tooth like me you’d definitely enjoy it. If you’re not that into sugar I would advice you go for the coconut ring, red velvet cake or crunchy peanut butter flavours. But one thing is for sure, they really do sell the most quality doughnuts I have ever tried and I am really really looking forward to their store opening here in Abuja, hopefully I get an exclusive launch invite…lol.

Thanks for reading…..Xoxo

Lagos Bistro – A piece of Lagos brought to Abuja.

A year ago I badly wanted to visit Lagos bistro but I couldn’t. What I didn’t know at the time was that it was actually a good thing because this year they relocated to a bigger and better location with an incredible new menu. When I saw this I knew 2020 wasn’t going to end without me visiting it.

Lagos bistro Is located at no 7 Hombori Street Wuse 2, opposite best premier hotel, Abuja Nigeria. It is a restaurant/cafe that serves quite a large number of dishes ranging from traditional African, English, and of course some famous Lagos dishes like Ewa-agoyin, ofada rice and so much more. The restaurant features a beautiful outdoor and indoor space. This blog post will cover both spaces, the menu, the food & my general Lagos bistro experience. So, grab a seat, relax and get comfortable because its going to be a long read.

Outdoor space

The outdoor space is actually quite larger than indoors which has a lesser seating capacity. It features a garden section for drinks, shisha & private dining booths. There’s also a kids play area which is very safe for little kids. Generally, the outdoor sitting area is quite neat and is beautifully decorated with several murals, flowers and lights.

The one thing that stood out for me outdoors was a series of private booths located in the garden area. It’s like a tiny air conditioned box that is beautifully decorated with lights and flowers. It has a sitting capacity of 6. Out of my raging curiosity I decided to ask about it, I wanted to know if they were to be reserved or they are open to the public. I was told that the booths are to be reserved for a maximum of 6 people and reservation for each booth costs NGN5,000 for 2hours.

Indoor space

I have one word for the Lagos bistro interior, STUNNING!!!! The entrance alone speaks for itself. Inside Lagos bistro is in two parts – upstairs and downstairs. Both are equally beautifully designed but with slightly different themes.

Downstairs has to be my favourite because of the vibrant colours. It has a lounge/chill/cafe kind of vibe. Both up and down spaces have large windows but downstairs appears much more brighter because of the vibrant colours used in the interior. I have never seen so much patterns in a space working together so perfectly. From the ‘sis eko’ mural on the wall to the aztec print chairs and marble table tops, everything was a 10 for me. Each table had this really cool call to action button that you can press whenever you need something from the waiters instead of yelling out to them or having to stand up and find one. What I couldn’t get over were the floors. Naturally I would say the busy tiling on the floor wouldn’t fit in with all the print but they found a way to make it work. Another admirable thing about the space was the fact that they were sockets at almost every sitting point which comes very handy. They have very large windows but didn’t fail to put blinds that you can pull down if the sunlight ever becomes a problem. The space was quite cozy and well air conditioned. The male and female bathrooms are also downstairs together with the kitchen. The downside to this part of the restaurant is the size, it’s quite small. Even though the space was efficiently utilised, it had a seating capacity of less than 25 people.

Moving up to the other part of the restaurant I have to say its my least favourite space. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like it’s horrible but it’s just a little bit confusing and hmmmm I don’t know the word to use. On one side there was a bar which had upholstered booth seats, and on the other side was a formal dining area. The bar was pretty cool because it was on old bus converted into a bar. The other side with the formal dining area had noting exciting about it, it was just dull. there was an old Mercedes Benz which was converted into a kind of buffet serving area which was cool but I wasn’t really feeling it in that particular space. In my opinion if they wanted to go for a full on formal dining space, they should have excluded that part and just gave it a fancier and more formal look.

The Menu

I have to be honest, Lagos bistro has one of the largest restaurant menus I’ve seen in Abuja. The menu features a ton of varieties from local Nigerian dishes to international dishes. There’s a pizza menu, food menu and drinks menu which totals to about 12-15 pages.(tough one right!)

The food

When you place an order at the restaurant, you are given a complimentary bowl of puff puff to keep your mouth busy while you wait.

After several minutes of deliberation, here’s what I finally settled for;

Go Slow (salad & platter) with fried yam – NGN6,000

The go slow platter is a platter for 2. It had a combination of chicken wings, peppered gizzard, suya with a choice of either French fries or fried yam(I opted for fried yam).

At first, when the platter was brought to me I was a little bit disappointed because it looked small and my first thought was is this supposed to be for 2 people?? My perspective definitely changed after I dived in. I tried the suya first and I was instantly amazed because it tasted great. The suya wasn’t dry like I expected, it was quite moist and tasty, like it was dipped into a special kind of sauce. The gizzard was equally tasty and I loved the inclusion of bell peppers (because I’m a veggie kinda girl). The wings were honestly quite small even though they tasted nice. Generally, I do not enjoy thick yam slices. I prefer my yam slices thin and crunchy but this yam right here was different. Although it was thick it still had a crunchy texture on the outside. I didn’t know when I went from one bite to eating four yam strips.

House burger – NGN3,600

The house burger was made of a bistro burger bun with a double decked patty chicken, beef, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, fresh lettuce, cucumber, butter, mayonnaise, bistro burger sauce ketchup, honey and mustard. The house burger comes with a side of French fries and ketchup.

The minute this burger arrived, all that was in my head was ‘Siri play juicy by darkoo’ because…….. this burger was JUICYYY! First things first yeah, thank God it had no pickles in it because I’m not a fan. A lot of restaurants tend to add pickles to their burger and I really do not like it. Not only was this baby beautiful to look at, it was also delicious. It had a perfect amount of everything ingredient used and it was so satisfying. I instantly went into a food coma after this burger. I would totally recommend it for anyone searching for a great burger in Abuja.

Drinks; Bistro starter & Bistro booster – NGN5,000

The bistro booster & bistro starter were both natural smoothies. Each smoothie cost NGN2,500. The bistro starter which is in the first slide is a combination of apple, banana, sweet pear, pineapple and watermelon. The bistro booster on the other hand is a combination of apple, banana, pineapple & beetroot.

The bistro starter was quite delicious. It had the rough and unfiltered texture of the blended ingredients which is expected of every natural smoothie. The most significant taste was the pineapple. The other ingredients weren’t really obvious but they added a sweet and unique taste.

The bistro booster also had the same texture but with a different taste. Beetroot usually has a very pronounced flavour when used in anything really and this case wasn’t different. Beetroot being the queen bee of vegetables overshadowed the other ingredients used in the smoothie and there wasn’t really a taste of other ingredients. It was great regardless and I preferred it over the bistro starter.

Sundae brownies – NGN3,000

You know how they say you’re never fully dressed without a smile. Well a lunch date is never really complete without dessert! (wise words from Rukky Ambursa). After ordering that juicy burger and going into a food coma I honestly thought I was done, but after one more look at the menu I just knew I couldn’t leave without having a taste of these brownies. As a sucker for brownies I’ve tried out several brownie recipes and I’ve always preferred my brownies with a hard/crunchy crust with a little moisture inside and I got just that. The brownie plating was really superb. It was topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and banana pieces.

The brownie had a hard/crunchy crust, just a little while longer in the oven and it would have turned out too hard. Inside the brownie was moist but not too moist, it was just alright to be honest. The banana topping gave it an extra sweetness and it really complimented the ice cream topping.

Water – NGN420.00

Nothing like a glass of water with a lemon slice to finish off a great lunch right? The water is served at room temperature with a glass of ice cubes and a slice of lemon to go with it. A bottle of water costs NGN210.00. (Its a small bottle by the way)

Total bill

The sub total bill was NGN18,020. However there was an inclusion of 7.5% VAT (1,257.21) and a service charge of 5% (838.14). Making a total of NGN18,858.14.

General service review

All in all I would like to say that I was pretty impressed with Lagos bistro. Their service is great, they have well trained and polite staff. However, the one thing I didn’t like was how much time it took to get my order. When you place an order it takes about 30-40 minutes to receive the order. I also recent learnt from @abujacitytourist that its a general complaint from most of their customers. I must say, they really hit the nail on the head with their restaurant. Their ambience is 100% , they have amazing food, and I must really add that their chefs have good plating skills. I would really love to work with them in the future to create something amazing for my followers. You can check out a vlog of my visit to Lagos bistro on my instagram page @rukky_ambursa.

I hope you all enjoy reading this blog post as much as I loved eating at Lagos Bistro.

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