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 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 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.
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!
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.
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;
“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 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.
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.
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.
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*
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.
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
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.
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 wasawesome! 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our total bill was NGN32,899 including a 10% VAT and service charge
Hello readers, its been almost three weeks since my last blog post and I have really missed writing. I have been quite overwhelmed with series of shoots, meetings and of course school preparations. I am starting with Cluck’n chicken and waffles because it was my very first food shoot for the year and I have been obsessed ever since.
Cluck’n chicken and waffles is a brand new chicken joint located at No.2 Bangui street, Wuse 2 Abuja. They sell amazing chicken which is served in tasty little waffle cones. Asides from serving waffly good chicken, their menu also include different drinks, a tasty apple crumble dessert and shisha.
In this blog post, I’ll be giving an insight on the Cluck’n space, their menu, the food and of course my favourites.
The cluck’n chicken and waffle space is definitely one of the most beautifully designed food spots I’ve been to lately. Its a small space, but every corner was definitely effectively utilised. I am no design guru but I can definitely tell if a place is beautiful and this one is. My favourite thing about the entire place is the burnt orange coloured stools, they really give the whole place a unique and popping flair which makes the place 10x more beautiful. There is also a prep counter inside, where you can see all the BTS action going on with the food. Another thing to love about the cluck’n space is that it comes alive at night. It is quite beautiful during the day but even more attractive at night when the decorative lights come up.
I didn’t get as much pictures of the space as I would have wanted, but here’s a glimpse of what it looks like.
As I mentioned earlier, the cluck’n menu includes tasty waffly chicken, chicken wings, drinks, water, dessert and shisha. There are however some things not listed on the menu yet which are available and there might be some future changes/additions that would be made so stay tuned for a blog update. The food prices at cluck’n are super affordable and I love how the menu features some Nigerian elements like kuli kuli, yaji and so much more.
The food at Cluk’n honestly tastes as good as it looks. I had the opportunity of shooting the entire menu but I didn’t get to try everything though. I tried the dessert first and it was really sweet, literally perfect for a sweet tooth craving. I also had a taste of the cluck’n burger, waffle burger (not on the menu) and the plantain sandwich.
Here’s a look at what I had and what I thought of it.
Most of the things I tried were not listed on the menu yet so you guys are lucky i’ll be spilling exclusive tea. Both the Cluck’n burger and the waffle burger cost NGN3,200 and they come served with chips. The burger is by far the best thing on the menu in my opinion. Not that everything else isn’t really tasty but I’m a sucker for a nice burger. The burger was extremely delicious and I’ve never tried something like it before. It had chicken, egg, salsa, some nuts, cheese and it was spicy. I’m not really a fan of hot and spicy food but really quite enjoyed this one. If you go to cluck’n be sure to order this burger and thank me later.
The plantain sandwich isn’t on the menu and I don’t know if its going to be in the future but I found it really creative and delicious. While I was awaiting the food for the shoot, the chef really wanted me to try something and he whipped up this masterpiece with the ingredients available. I honestly wish they’d add it to the menu because asides from being delicious it’ll be a very unique addition.
The apple crumble was nice and really sweet but I generally wish it had more moisture because it seemed a bit dry, but it was still nice regardless.
Here are some other things I covered for the shoot but are available on the menu that I didn’t get to try.
Cluck’n chicken and waffles is a really beautiful place with great chicken, lit ambience and good vibes. I love that they are bringing something new to the table. They are also super affordable and have different amazing deals on different days of the week so be sure to follow them on Instagram @clucknabuja so you won’t miss out on amazing deals. I truly enjoyed woking with them and I look forward to working with them again in the future.
Finally, to answer the first initial question, cluck’n chicken and waffles is not the first of its kind in the city of Abuja. It’s actually the second. The first chicken and waffle place launched in Abuja is called wfl.ng. It was launched earlier in 2020. Im still yet to check it out but when I do I’ll definitely be giving all juicy details on my blog.
If you loved any of the pictures from my shoot and you’d like to work together, kindly reach out to me through any of my contact options.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 CAKE – NGN1,200
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;
I’m really looking forward to visiting again when things are more settled. Watch out for the blog post.