EDL Weekender: A Pulled Pork Sandwich and a 7-Course Tasting Menu

NOSA: Issa weekend! Hope everyone had a productive week being cubicle warriors. You had no escalations and you reverted on all emails

FOLLY: I was late every day this week but today was the worst. The entire mainland was paralyzed no thanks to those damn trailers.

NOSA: Anyway, here's this week's playlist and a list of things to get up to this weekend. 


EAT: STR Burger @ BonGou

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We might disagree on execution but BonGou gets it. They know what great BBQ should be. It might fall short of great, but it’s good enough.
— Nosa

FOLLY: You know you've blown when...

NOSA: Am I quoting myself? Why yes, I am.

 

EAT: Jollof Wars: The Paradox

Saturday

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NOSA: 7-course tasting menu at NOK this weekend.

 

LAGOS: Breakthrough Blogging Masterclass

Saturday

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NOSA: People get to see what we look like. Yay!

FOLLY: Do I have to get an MUA so my 8rs won't say I look like plain Jane again?

 

LAGOS: MoveNic

Sunday

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EMEKA: It's been a while since we've been outside. Get outside with a picnic and a movie. Bring a bottle, food, and a blanket. Also, bring some games! Don't have games? See someone playing? Join them!

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Exploring the Continental Side of the Bungalow Menu
 

FOLLY: This past weekend, Nosa and I were in Ikeja for a meeting.

NOSA: Ikeja is apparently the next frontier in the Lagos restaurant business. Word on the street is that Bungalow and Rhapsody have been making killing in the area. Casper & Gambini have just set shop in Ikea City Mall, perhaps we’ll see a couple more Island restaurants making the move.

FOLLY: It was over just about lunchtime and we were considering our options on Isaac John that we could also review.

NOSA: I think we’ve been to every relevant spot on Isaac John.

FOLLY: I suggested Jevenik, mostly as a joke, cause I knew Nosa wouldn’t go for it.

NOSA: Only way I’m going to Jevenik is if we go to an Indian restaurant in exchange.

FOLLY: No chance. If he had said yes I’d have been totally in though, as I really would like to see those monstrous portions I’ve only heard so much about.

We ultimately decided to continue our Bungalow adventure and explore another section of their menu this time.

NOSA: Why do people call it "Continental" anyway?

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NOSA: To start, I ordered us some Chicken Tenders and Garlic Bread (sans cheese)

FOLLY: I was on the phone (I know, I’m rude) so Nosa placed the order for the starters. The only ask I made was garlic bread because people often list Bungalow as one of the few places in Lagos where you can get it so I felt we should check it out.

NOSA: Neither starter was any good.

FOLLY: I don’t know how he managed to pick out these dry as hell chicken tenders out of a list of more appetizing looking and sounding stuff.

NOSA: The tenders looked very good on that iPad, in my defense.

FOLLY: The tenders were honestly as dry as they look.

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NOSA: Maybe dryer. The less said, the better.

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FOLLY: The baguette used for the garlic bread was stale.

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FOLLY: My main was a big gamble. It caught my eye on the menu and it didn't have cheese so I went for it. That's rolled chicken stuffed with spinach, mushroom, peppers etc.

NOSA: The picture lied.

FOLLY: And now you are. Nosa and I disagree on how good this was. He definitely doesn’t like but I’d say it was a 5/10 and when adjusted for the Lagos factor they’d get a boost of + 2 for a total of 7.

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NOSA: The chicken was sooooo dry

FOLLY: The chicken was not definitely memorable. I really liked the idea but the execution was flawed and the stuffing was desperately needing for flavor. The mash was inconsistent texture wise, a few clumps here and there but the taste was just as I like it.

NOSA: Yeah, I liked the mash despite its flaws.

FOLLY: The cream was not too heavy if there was any, and the butteriness won me over. The spinach, I ate only because of my eyesight - I think spinach is good for healthy eyes and hair.

Am I right? It was sautéed but I think they could have done a little to help with some seasoning in that regard.

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NOSA: I got the Penne Pesto as my main. The penne leaned on the soft side and the pesto was terribly underwhelming. Maybe I’ve been spoilt by La Mango, but this was a let down.

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It tasted like that one time I tried making penne pesto with cheap pesto sauce. The color was great, but the taste was far from it. In situations like this, you have to give your pesto some umph with your own spices because cheapo pesto sauce is getting you nowhere.

 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: I like Bungalow, but this Continental menu is not the one. Or maybe I’m harsh. It’ll work for a lot of people, but your palate is a bit more discerning, it isn’t for you.

FOLLY: The Mexican menu at Bungalow is wayyyy better. I also found the food to be more expensive than it's worth. My cocktail, the west Indian yellow something, was basically pineapple juice. 

 

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Garlic Bread- N2000

Pasta el Pesto - N6000

Chicken Tenders - N2800

Kiwi Caipiroshka - N2500

West Indian Yellow Bird - N2200

Stuffed Rolled Chicken - N6200

 

PARKING

 Good enough at lunch time but I'm sure it gets busy at night. 

NOK invites you to their Chef’s Table – Jollof Wars: The Paradox

While planning our NOK Lunch Club, this event came up in the discussions and we secretly hoped it would happen after our JOLLOF weekend. Didn't work like we hoped, but better late than never.

NOK will be hosting a one of a kind chef’s table titled Jollof Wars: The Paradox, on Saturday, 23 September, 2017 at 7:30pm.

This culinary experience takes you through West Africa and diaspora celebrating the iconic rice dish, exploring its origins, its travel and its adaptation to the palette of the different countries. It promises to be a night full of excitement and wonder, guests will be treated to specially designed cocktails and curated music from the various regions for a complete culinary immersion.
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Starting right here in Western Nigeria all the way to New Orleans, Jollof Wars: The Paradox will be a cultural experience like none other. So join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the culinary journey of a dish that unites us as West Africans.

All the important deets:

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UPDATE: The menu is out! 
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For a Month, BonGou is Accessible to All

BonGou

Cinnamon Gardens, Victoria Arobieke Street, Lekki One, Lagos (14/9/17 - 13/10/17)

0903 600 7170, 0908 569 3080

FOLLY: BonGou is one delivery business that I feel like has been evading me. I can’t quite place a finger on why I have not been able to order. I mean it's something on my part oh - nothing to do with the restaurant but every time I was supposed to order so that we could review for the blog, something always came up that prevented me from doing so. 

NOSA: I ordered BonGou once.

About 2 years ago, I think.

Ordered at noon and my order didn’t get to me until I was done with work for the day. I remember being incredibly upset, but they offered me a mini bottle of champagne as consolation. I guess the bribe worked because I just didn’t bother with the review. Just mentally blacklisted them and moved on with my life. Blocked number and everything. Didn’t need that kind of negative energy.

FOLLY: Actually, one time, it was BonGou’s fault that I didn't get to try their food. That was at Fiesta of Flavours where I was at their stand a couple hours into the event and they had not set up yet.

NOSA: Since then, BonGou has shut down the “daily deliveries” and now all orders need to be placed well ahead of time. 24 hours, for orders below N10,000, and 3 hours, for orders above N10,000. It’s not ideal, but it’s an acknowledgment of the issues they have with logistics. Maybe I’m overestimating the relevance of my experience and my situation was an isolated incident, but I like to think it wasn’t just me.

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NOSA: Anyway, I was open to checking out BonGou again when i saw their instagram about their pop up. For the next month, BonGou popping up at MiniBees Bakery in Lekki.

FOLLY: I was pretty excited by the fact that they were having a test kitchen at the Minibees Bakery in Lagos. On one hand, I thought it was a great idea on the part of the owner so that she could get her business in the face of more people and secondly I thought it was awesome because it gives people the opportunity to get an even better (read: fresher) BonGou experience. 

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FOLLY: The menu was simple but not exciting. Three chicken options, one burger option and one ribs option.

NOSA: I went with the burger.

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FOLLY: I still don’t know why I didn’t simply get the BBQ wings because in choosing the Spicy Roast I really and truly overplayed my hand. My side was the Afro Asian Fried Rice as opposed to boring fries like Nosa. This, too, was on FIRE from pepper.

The rice felt like it was seasoned with crayfish but I’m not 100% sure but there was something ever so subtly crayfish-y about it. I considered asking the server to confirm and to do this, I hatched a plan. I was going to pose as though I had a shellfish allergy and ask to know definitely if there was any crayfish in it. I got carried away people watching and forgot to carry out my plan.

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FOLLY: The rice was topped with a tablespoon of shitto - as if the pepper in the rice wasn’t enough. Ultimately, the spiciness of everything was a tad too overwhelming so I tapped out early and didn't finish my food, both the chicken and the rice. This probably speaks more of me than BonGou's food as I'm quite pepper intolerant, someone else may like it but I thought it was pretty meh. 

NOSA: Probably should've ordered the fries like a normal person

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NOSA: The pork was a bit dry. This is a wild guess, but I think they went with dry rub over marinade. Or maybe the marinade was just insufficient. Whatever the case, the pork could’ve been a lot juicer. That said, the pork was very tender and credit to them for that.

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NOSA: The chef/cook/owner and I have some philosophical differences on how a pulled pork sandwich should work. For starters, it DEFINITELY does not need cucumbers in it.  No need for tomatoes either. It also should have more coleslaw than BonGou had. That mix of barbecue sauce, from the pork, and coleslaw dressing is EVERYTHING. It’s like they were made for each other, but whoever crafted the sandwich at BonGou clearly disagrees with me.

The fries were great though.

 

POSTSRIPT

NOSA: We might disagree on execution but BonGou gets it. They know what great BBQ should be. It might fall short of great, but it's good enough.

FOLLY: Ditto. It's too spicy sha.

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

Spicy Roast Wings - N2900

STR Pork Burger - N1850

 

PARKING

Not a lot, but it exisits

EDL Weekender: Celebrate Chilean Independence Day at La Taverna this Weekend

This might be the least productive week that I, Nosa, have had all year. ICYMI, Folly checked out IKOYI while she was in London and gave us the lowdown

Playlist for the week is on Soundcloud because it's all about this new wave of Nigerian music. The last time we had a wave of independent Nigerian music this good, they all ended up with desk jobs when they grew up. Smh Nigeria is always happening to people.


DRINK: Chilean Independence Day

Saturday

We know about 3-4 Chileans in Lagos and they all like their drink. If it's any indication, a Chilean Independence Day celebration will be the most lit rocks you'll find yourself at this weekend.

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EAT: Shrimp Pad Thai from Thai Thai

If you're looking at a long sleepy weekend, i.e. you have no rocks, you should try the shrimp pad thai from Thai Thai. It's delivery only and delivery is limited to Lekki, VI, and Ikoyi. If you're within the delivery radius, it's absolutely worth it.

Read our review HERE if you need some more convincing

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LAGOS: Cinèma Mon Amour - "UN PROPHÈTE"

Sunday

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Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena cannot read or write. When he arrives in prison, alone in the world, he seems younger, more fragile than the other prisoners. He is 19 years old. Straightaway, he falls under the heel of a group of Corsican prisoners, who’s laws rule in the prison. The young man learns quickly. He hardens and gains the confidence of the Corsicans. But, very quickly, Malik uses all his intelligence to discreetly develop his own network.

EMEKA: Great film! It's free! And you can brush up on your french.

  • Time: 4:00 PM

  • Fee: Open to All

  • Location:  Bogobiri. 9a Maitama Sule, Ikoyi, Lagos

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