Nosa's Birthday Dinner
1415 Italian Restaurant @ Eko Signature
01 277 2700-25.
NOSA: So for my birthday, my coworkers got me a voucher to 1415 because they know how much I love food. I'd preferred an iPhone 6, guys. This worked too though.
NOSA: For our starter we got the Delicate puff. It wasn't bad, but we definitely should have gone for the calamari. Rookie error.
FOLLY: This was definitely my mistake. I envisioned a light puff pastry roll loaded with mozzarella and parmesan. I wholeheartedly regretted this decision then and now, because if the rest of the meal was any indication the calamari would have been glorious.
NOSA: I told the waiter that I'd like my filet butterfly'd, it wasn't but I'll admit I was doing the most. In my head, I was thinking of how awesome the instagram picture would look. Yup, that's my life now.
FOLLY: Our waiter was so confused by Nosa’s request. He came back to ask “they should butter-FRY it ?”. I was dying on the inside.
NOSA: The filet was absolutely excellent. I'm not going to pontificate about how you should get your steak like I usually do, just know that medium rare is the way to go. I really wish I got good picture of the filet because the ones we took didn't do it justice.
FOLLY: White sauce pastas are usually my go-to but for a tomato based sauce it’s “alla vodka’’ most of the time. Like, I’d never order marinara anything. It’s so bland like a Jollof Rice base without salt, magi, etc.
NOSA: I loved Folly's penne alla vodka. Had a little plate envy to be honest. The vodka sauce was so so good. Penne alla vodka used to be my go-to in college. There was this little Italian place on the first floor of my apartment that made the most delicious one. I OD'd on that thing until they shut them down over some health code violation.
FOLLY: This might behave been the first time I noticed penne alla vodka on a restaurant menu in Nigeria so I just had to get it.
Here’s my own little back story on how I got hooked on penne alla vodka: I spent a summer in New York and my uncle would frequently order it for us for dinner from Pizzeria UNO. I also tried to make it myself a couple of times using the Pioneer Woman’s recipe.
Anyways, my pasta was a perfect 10. The penne was al dente and not hard. It’s also very rare that I don’t add black pepper or salt to my pasta dishes and I didn't add any to this.
NOSA: A little side note for you savages out there: no, vodka sauce won't get you drunk. Bailey's ice cream won't get you drunk either.
FOLLY: This Caipirinha will get you drunk, however.
NOSA: Because no birthday is complete without cake, I got a tiramisu, aka BESTTHINGEVAR.
The tiramisu was pretty decent, not as good as the La Taverna one, but quality nonetheless.
NOSA: I loved 1415. The service was excellent and the manager was super cool.
Unfortunately, 1415 will burn a massive hole in your wallet. Don't do this unless you have the hands or you'll end up soaking garri for the rest of the month. If I start touching that Oil & Gas money though, this will definitely be my spot.
FOLLY: When I was driving home from work a couple days after we went here, I randomly found myself musing on how perfect the meal was. I can’t place a finger on what it was exactly; there was a certain air of freshness to everything we ate. Only minus I’ll say from this trip was that the margarita wasn’t the wave, the other cocktails were good though.
Delicate Puff - N3000
Filet Rossini - N8500
Salmon Pasta - N4500
Tiramisu - N2500
Short Cocktails - N2500
Long Cocktails - N2900