EDL Weekender: Election Weekend...for real this time

Ok, another go at this election thing. Let’s actually do it this time. No rough play, INEC.

Weekender!

 

DRINK

National Margarita Day at El Padrino

Happy National Margarita Day!

Celebrate at El Padrino tonight. 5k for unlimited margaritas, which sounds like enough to make bankers like myself overlook the casual shot in the caption.

National Margarita Day at Eko Hotel

Lara Rawa, of Lagos Cocktail Week, is putting this together so we’re supporting. Get 20% off Margarita pitchers, free Don Julio shooters, and enjoy good music and tacos.

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LAGOS

Playlisters by Adey

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Vegan Meetup at Toasties

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That’s all from me this week. Have a good weekend!

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The Metaphor Looks Better Than it Tastes
 

NOSA: The first thing you notice as soon as you walk into The Metaphor is the space (Well, duh). It’s literally someone’s house that has been refurbished into a restaurant. It doesn’t totally do away with the house-y elements, however. The furniture, for starters, makes you feel like you went to visit an aunt somewhere in Lagos. I wonder what the story with the space is. Did the owners move to Banana Island or Lekki? Or maybe Canada?

FOLLY: Nah, you can’t tell me some people still don’t live in that house. I kept seeing a guy with EarPods walk in and out of the rooms. I think renting it out to other people would have been more profitable than the restaurant business (especially because based on my experience they aren’t very good at it)

NOSA: I guess the neighbourhood has gone beyond residential so this makes sense in some way. And they’ve really done a good job with the space. It really does feel like a home-turned-restaurant and I mean that in a very good way.

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FOLLY: Good job with the space, but horrible at the food and experience.

NOSA: Yeah, that’s where all the good things about The Metaphor end, unfortunately. That home-turned-restaurant thing takes a terrible turn in the kitchen. They probably kept the cook from the previous residents and it shows. Ok, I don’t mean that literally but yeah, the food sucks. They definitely need all sorts of help in the kitchen.

FOLLY: And also in the service department, the waiters and waitresses are clueless.

NOSA: The food took forever. We stopped by just before “COB” and it turned dark before our first item came out. My main never even came out and the waitress told us it was “almost done” on our way out. For reference, I ordered a pasta and not some slow cooked goat tongue.

FOLLY: I should also add that the first couple of items Nosa ordered weren’t available.

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NOSA: We probably could’ve stayed thirty more minutes without my main coming out. Folly’s did, thankfully. It wasn’t any good, but it came out so I guess I should be grateful for the little things.

The Loaded Fries were loaded… with onions.

FOLLY: Raw onions…

NOSA: It definitely could’ve been cheesier and a little less dry. It’s like the omelette the cook in your house makes, but sub the eggs for fries. The less said about it, the better.

FOLLY: I also think using rolled smoked ham in their loaded fries wasn’t the best idea.

NOSA: The less said about the “Penne Pesto”, the better too. But if we don’t say anything, we don’t really have content. So we’ll just have to trudge through it.

FOLLY: There was nothing pesto about this pesto. Like absolutely nothing, okay they shredded some basil in there.

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NOSA: Last week, I put some peppers, onions and tomatoes in my pesto as some part of some weird experiment. Turned out disastrous, but I learned my lesson. The “Chef” at The Metaphor surely didn’t learn that lesson because he did the same exact thing and produced the same useless result. This is like the pasta your cook makes at home and when you’re not paying, you don’t complain much. It’s edible after all. When you’re paying for it, however, you tend to judge it with a different lens.

FOLLY: I mean some could argue that they attempted to combine a red pesto and a green pesto to make a Metaphor Pesto but I know for a fact that’s not what they were thinking, and they didn’t even have the right elements of either.

NOSA: Maybe they were going for a spicy pesto, but HSE does something similar and the pesto isn’t lost in the process. We couldn’t taste any pesto in The Metaphor’s version. Oh, and the pasta was slightly overcooked too. Pasta should be easiest thing that restaurant makes so I don’t get how they mess it up all the time.


POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY:  It feels rushed giving them a review off two items but honestly I don’t think they’d do much better even if we ordered five times.

NOSA: I’m sure the Jollof is good, but I’d complain about paying 5k for jollof. Then again, I paid 2.5k for Ewa Agoyin so maybe I’m not the one to be saying this. That said, you can spend the same amount of money at BL or South, on the same street, and get more value. The Metaphor is a complete bust.

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

 Loaded Fried - N4000

Pesto Pasta - N6000

 

PARKING

On street parking mostly, wouldn’t be enough on a busy night.

EDL Weekender: Election Weekend

It’s election weekend so stay safe and vote your conscience. Here are a couple other things to do after voting.

Weekender!

 

EAT

Chef Sia is back

Sia is back in Lagos and she’s popping up this weekend. For those of you new to this, the day(s) after Valentine’s Day are the best days for a romantic dinner. For starters, it’s back to reasonably priced dinners and the traffic isn’t as bad. If you were stuck in traffic yesterday, blame the noobs.

Valentine’s Day at La Mango

Valentine’s Day at La Mango also spills a couple days. This weekend they have the following planned:

  • Friday 15th - Guest DJ Party Night

  • Saturday 16th - Surprise Saturday Night

  • Sunday 17th - Live Band

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LAGOS

House Music at Danfo Rooftop

If you like house music and you’re in the Ikoyi area, yeah, why not give this a shot. 

 

That’s all from me this week. Have a good weekend!

OtherNosa OweekenderComment
Casper & Gambini's Keep the Consistency Award
 

I remember driving down to the Casper & Gambini’s street a while ago and turning back when I saw that they had closed. Also remember thinking they had fallen victim to the 3-year curse Lagos restaurants face, until Twitter people asked that I chill since they just moved down the road. Anyway, back after their odd rebirth at a new location with a “new” menu, I was excited to see, well, taste if they had remained the Consistent Komolafes that they are.

Casper & Gambini’s Asian Spicy Shrimp

Casper & Gambini’s Asian Spicy Shrimp

(Had a funny thought about them moving to another location on the same street – like dying a Nigerian and then being reborn in this same Nigeria instead of Canada. God forbid).

Okay, okay, on to the food. You know how you scroll through a restaurant’s menu but still order the same thing you ALWAYS get? That was me when I ordered a seafood starter and pasta – the Asian Spicy Shrimp and the Chicken Pesto Pasta.

The Asian Spicy Shrimp starter was pretty much tempura prawns tossed in sweet chilli, sprinkled with sesame seeds and spring onions – tasted nice but it really didn’t give off that spiciness that the name promised. I mean, it’s cool not having to stress yourself dipping tempura prawns in sweet chilli since the chef has done it already but, what else, sir? Where is the spice?

For the price, I think I expected 2/3 more prawns on the plate but Casper & Gambini’s seems to be selfish with the shellfish. Also crazy that this was more expensive than my main dish… “seafood”, I guess.)

My main, the Chicken Pesto Pasta was lovely! Not too dry, not too creamy, good texture tossed just right with the most appropriate pasta selection for pesto – fusilli, and the toasted pine nuts were just enough to not distract me from the actual dish.

Casper & Gambini’s Chicken Pesto Pasta

Casper & Gambini’s Chicken Pesto Pasta

Side note: Something that grinds my gears is when supposedly sophisticated and high-end restaurants that should know better prepare pasta dishes with the wrong pasta selection. Thank goodness C&G got it right. Might be extra but those that know, know. For those that like to experiment, and for the chefs in Nigeria that need a refresher, check the BBC GoodFood article on perfect pasta pairings out.

Reminiscing about the meal, I can’t remember that many chicken strips in the pasta, so a little more generosity with that would’ve been nice. This might be the secret to staying alive as a restaurant in Lagos tbh - stinginess with proteins.

Hmmm… I think I should have asked for bacon to come with the pasta for extra… oomph. Might go back just for that. :)

Casper & Gambini’s Chicken Pesto Pasta

Casper & Gambini’s Chicken Pesto Pasta

Overall, an okay starter, better main, reasonable portions (not trying to starve me like some restaurants we know, and didn’t have to overcompensate for mediocre food with a large serving), calm ambience with mood music and spacious seating area for group dinners if you’d like.


POSTSCRIPT

Can’t remember why I stopped visiting C&G’s after a good run ages ago but they really have kept it consistent! Arguably one of the top places for pasta in Lagos.

(Missed the past two Casper & Gambini’s articles? You’re welcome: “Lagos Gets a Casper & Gambini’s Too”, “Casper & Gambini’s Refreshed” )

VERDICT

Ed. Note: We’re currently in the process of rejigging our ratings. Restaurants that are downright awful simply don’t get rated. Restaurants that we’ll never revisit get the frown-y Larry David while the smile-y Larry David is reserved for truly excellent restaurants. Everyone else goes in the middle - not great, but will revisit.

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DAMAGE

Asian Spicy Shrimp - N6000

Chicken Pesto Pasta - N5800 

 

PARKING

Decent parking but it’s a shared building so 10/15 cars 

Valentine's Day at La Mango
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Valentine's Day is fast approaching and to take the stress off choosing where to treat that special someone to dinner, La Mango want to help you spice things up a bit. There a couple solid reasons to go with La Mango on the 14th. For starters, La Mango’s romantic four-course dinner comes with champagne for you and your special someone. La Mango will also have a couple of giveaways on the night. From food and shopping vouchers to a stay at the executive suite. 

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Dinner will be backed by a live band at the poolside, a comedy show and an amazing playlist to keep you in the mood. And if you propose, La Mango will be there with something special just for you.

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Valentine’s Day at La Mango comes in three different packages for couples:

  • Classic Package: Four course meal with chapman for ₦15,000

  • Gold Package: Four course meal with special bottle of wine for ₦20,000

  • Platinum Package: Four course meal with a bottle of champagne for ₦25,000.

Tables are limited so early reservation is advised.

The Valentine promo will run from Thursday 14th February to Sunday 17th February 2019.

  • Thursday 14th – Comedy Night AND LIVE BAND

  • Friday 15th - Guest DJ Party Night

  • Saturday 16th - Surprise Saturday Night

  • Sunday 17th - Live Band

La Mango

3A Adekunle Fajuyi Street, Ikeja GRA, Lagos.

 

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