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My Coffee Is Expanding in More Ways Than One
 
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NOSA: Perhaps we should have suspected My Coffee always wanted to be more than a plain ‘ol coffee shop. The space at Wings is something special and it goes beyond the decor or anything of that sort.

FOLLY: The "For Lease Sign" decribes it as a "bespoke coffee shop" - LOL.

NOSA: With that view, it’s literally the perfect location. As soon as Wings gets more tenants and foot traffic, that My Coffee location will explode. But, I digress. 

FOLLY: Since our original visit two years ago, My Coffee has expanded to four locations. Two grab and go (Lekki & Mega Plaza) and two sit in coffee shops (Wings & Adetokunbo Ademola).

NOSA: Additionally, since our original visit, My Coffee has got itself a full fledged menu. The food has always been where they beat out the competition and they aren’t loosening that grip anytime soon. Salads, breakfast staples, and even a couple nods to its Ukranian roots, the expanded My Coffee has about anything for everyone. Their roast beef bagel sandwich is still one of the best bites to grab on your way to work. 

FOLLY: Apart from it generally being dishonest, a restaurant should generally use only their own images on their Instagram page (Nigerian restaurants, I'm looking at you sideways). This is relevant because our entire order at My Coffee was made by looking at their Instagram page and picking out stuff that looked good.

NOSA: So to start, we shared the Mozzarella Sticks. 

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FOLLY: You don't often find mozzarella sticks on menus in Lagos, and most times event if it's listed they don't have it available. Mozzarella is one of the few cheeses I can eat and so I quite enjoy it. I found these a tad bit overcooked and as result, the cheese on the inside went a bit further north on the melting scale than one would like. 

NOSA: I agree that it could’ve done with a minute or two less in the fryer, but I liked it nonetheless. Also, most places with mozzarella sticks on the menu tend to be a bit stingy with the cheese. A bit of a shame because mozzarella is probably the cheapest cheese to get in Lagos. 

FOLLY: That I can definitely attest too, Mozzarella is pretty cheap at Hubmart & SPAR.

NOSA: For our mains, I went with the Caesar Salad while Folly got the Fish & Chips. 

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I really liked my salad, but they goofed a little bit with it. First, the bacon was a bit “hot”. The meats in a salad can be warm, but hot is a no for me. Why? Well, thanks to this thing called heat transfer, the top layer of your salad ends up just as warm. Ever had hot iceberg lettuce? 

FOLLY: However, the positive was that My Coffee used very thick cut bacon and gave a pretty generous serving. 

NOSA: I would have preferred bacon bits instead.

FOLLY: I don't know what this man is saying.

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NOSA: Anyway, the second goof was the croutons were tucked inside the salad. Sounds like a great idea until the croutons taste soggy and without crunch because they absorbed some of the moistness from the lettuce. You always want the croutons at the top.

FOLLY: Again, I don't know what this man is saying because I found the croutons sufficiently crunchy. I, however, didn't like that they were all tucked at the bottom for a much simpler reason because I kept having to go dig for them. 

NOSA: Complaints aside, I liked the salad. The vegetables were fresh, the parmesan was sharp, and most importantly, it had croutons. Croutons are my absolute fave.

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FOLLY: I'd rate the fish and chips a solid 7 out of 10. I'm only deducting points because the portion was a bit small relative to how much it cost, and the fish was ever so slightly over battered. Thankfully, the fish was still more than the batter but it could have done with a little bit less batter.    

NOSA: The fish and chips were surprising decent. Taste about as good as they look. It won’t transport you to a pub in London, but you’ll definitely not regret it. 

FOLLY: With chips, generally the bar is low. There are certain things you simply need to avoid to make a good batch of chips: don't undersalt or fry in old oil. Soaking the chips in cold water for several hours will take out the excess starch thus making them taste better but if you don't, we won't lose hair over it. Obviously, frying in oil that was used to cook fish is a grave sin - you should never do this. 

Long story short, the chips at My Coffee were fine and appropriately salted.

 

POSTCRIPT

NOSA: The menu has changed a bit. It's, I daresay, better now.

FOLLY: A lot better, and also more extensive. I should also add that the customer service at My Coffee is very pleasant - much better than the average you'll get anywhere in Lagos.

NOSA: Definitely worth a visit. 

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

Ceaser Salad - N4000

Fish & Chips - N4400

Mozzarella Sticks - N2200

 

PARKING

Wings has more than enough parking that you'd ever need.

Work Lunches: Michelle's Cafe
 

FOLLY: Michelle’s Cafe, to my understanding, started off as a salad delivery company.

NOSA: They still deliver.

FOLLY: Now they also have a small cafe in Fourteen 36 Mall on Sanusi Fafunwa. 

NOSA: In the same space Wrap City used to be. I wonder what happened to those guys. I actually kinda liked them. They just disappeared. I think the location is a bit of a winner because there are lots of finance companies in the area. Finance is one of the better-paying gigs in Lagos so being around white collar guys with higher disposable incomes has to be a plus. 

FOLLY: Before we visited, I had this idea that Michelle’s Cafe was like a super healthy focused space like Plant Planet. They make salads, which are obviously healthy, but they also have regular meals that aren’t known for their health benefits like noodles. 

English Breakfast

English Breakfast

FOLLY: We visited on a weekend for a light breakfast. We ordered the Veggie Salad (takeaway), English Breakfast, and a Breakfast sandwich.  I had the breakfast sandwich while Nosa had the English Breakfast. 

NOSA: You get what you pay for at Michelle's and it's best to judge it within that context. The Full English is simple and it just gets right to it. I substituted the toast for some pancakes (cost a bit extra) and it was absolutely worth it because the pancakes were super delicious. All fluffy and everything. The bacon is bit struggle, but you'll live.

The bacon is bit struggle, but you'll live.

The bacon is bit struggle, but you'll live.

FOLLY: The Breakfast Sandwich wasn’t very memorable, to be honest. It was simple: bread, patty, fried egg and a piece of cheese. Simple and straight to the point.

NOSA: It's a no-frills breakfast slider and for what it costs you can almost let it slide. 

Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast Sandwich

FOLLY: Taking into consideration both of our meals, Michelle's Cafe is great value for money and delivers what is expected.

 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: It doesn't cost you a lot (view menu here) and for that alone, it's a "yes" from me. I'd never crave it or anything, but I'd definitely pick up breakfast there on my way to work and I'm sure other people think the same. 

FOLLY: I ordered a salad from Michelle's for a potluck and my friends thought it was overpriced for what it was, but I thought it was pretty good.  

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

Full English - N2000

Pancakes - N600

Vegetable Salad (L) - N3500 

Breakfast Sandwich - N1000

 

PARKING

The mall has about 10 off street parking spots

Old Delis Is Back as D Cafe
 

NOSA: I feel weird calling them D Cafe. The name is not just razz, but the other guys aren’t deserving of the “Delis” name. 

FOLLY: I agree, the name is razz 

NOSA: In some ways, it’s an upgrade. Not the name sha, but the space is significantly nicer than their old digs. The parking is dog poop compared what they had and considering Delis doesn’t have great parking, you can just imagine how bad it is. The menu is a lot uglier and the prices are a bit higher. I guess someone has to pay for all this new shit.

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Anyway, I ordered the ribs with side of mashed potatoes while Folly got the salmon with a side of herbed pasta

FOLLY: The salmon was salmon nothing special per say. I did like that that the top was breaded and the skin side was crispy  

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NOSA: After much thought, I think i prefer my salmon cold. And thinly sliced. And in a bagel with cream cheese. Anything else is not for me, but that's probably because I think fish, on the whole, is boring as hell.

On a random note: I heard that if you're really popping in Lagos, you make your fish stew with Norwegian salmon. 

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NOSA: I probably should not have gone with the mash. The wedges might have been a better idea. The mash tastes nice but had so many clumps in it. 

FOLLY: The garlic buttery pasta was definitely a good choice. A bit salty at times but it complemented my main well

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NOSA: The ribs were pretty good, but absolutely did not taste how much it cost. If I can get ribs that taste similar for a significant fraction of the cost, like a quarter, what is the justification for this? Look, maybe I’m reacting this way because my week has been long, but this shit makes no sense.

FOLLY: The prices are wild, I couldn’t believe how much everything came to when the bill was presented 

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NOSA: Maybe my memory is failing me, but i do not remember it being this expensive in their old place. 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: Rant aside, D Cafe has lost no step from when it was still called Delis. Good, not great, but better than most. It's priced like its better than most though. I like it, but maybe i'll get a salad next time because their mains don't present value for money.

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

Salmon - N10,000

Ribs - N14,000

 

PARKING

Terrible

Delis Cafe Transitions to Delis Coffee Shop
 

NOSA: We explained the whole Delis situation on the blog last week. But if you missed it...

They didn't even change the name!

They didn't even change the name!

FOLLY: Word on the street is that the supermarket downstairs and the restaurant upstairs did NOT have the same ownership as was thought. The supermarket gave the restaurant the boot, took over their space and started their own restaurant with the SAME name and some very similar menu items. 

NOSA: Well, there is a big difference. New Delis is SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive than Old Delis.

FOLLY: We tried to visit last weekend but it was completely full and these new owners made the rookie mistake of taking out the bar stools that were used as a waiting area. 

NOSA: I don't think the new owners took it out, I think the management of old Delis took their chairs with them. All the furniture is brand new. The only thing left is the wine fridge.

FOLLY: I meant design wise. They still have a bar but opted for no stools. 

N1900 for THIS cookie

N1900 for THIS cookie

I was really torn between having the Delis Club Sandwich or the breakfast. I eventually chose the club sandwich because I felt readers would be more interested in knowing how this tasted because we're a club sandwich-loving nation. 

NOSA: Someone on Twitter said my sandwich from Coffee Plus was weak and I'm still hurt.

FOLLY: But first, Nosa and I were a hungry so he ordered a cookie from the jar on the bar. There is no way innocent Nosa and myself would have ever imagined that this humble cookie was ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED NAIRA (N1900) for one single cookie. 

NOSA: I could've sworn the menu said N900.

FOLLY: One thing you'd immediately notice when you order a sandwich at the new Delis is that the sandwiches here come with sides.

NOSA: Old Delis gave you just a side salad, but also a considerably cheaper sandwich.

FOLLY: Yeah, the wedges do not justify the ridiculous price tag.

Club Sandwich

Club Sandwich

NOSA: Another thing is that they didn't keep the artisanal vibe that Old Delis gave their sandwiches.

FOLLY: For some people, this is good because fewer calories and what not, but the sandwich needed more bread. Yes, more bread or at least thicker slices. The slices were much thinner than regular sliced bread and so, got mushy really fast and my sandwich began to disintegrate before I was done eating it.

Another thing you'd notice that's different than most other club sandwiches that you'd order in Nigeria is that this uses fried eggs as opposed to boiled ones. I prefer this because the yolk can still be a bit soft.

No boiled eggs in this

No boiled eggs in this

FOLLY: The moisture in the sandwich was too much especially since it came from three sources - the mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and cheese spread. I could probably have done without the cheese spread. 

NOSA: For my main, I got the Prawn & Calamari Seafood Salad. I really wanted to get the salmon one like I did when we reviewed Old Delis, but I got greedy when I saw all manner of seafood listed in the seafood salad menu description.

FOLLY: I also discouraged him because the salmon one was also all manner of too expensive.

Prawn & Calamari Seafood Salad

Prawn & Calamari Seafood Salad

NOSA: In retrospect, I let my greed get the better of me. I really didn't need all that seafood. i should've just gone with the salmon one like a normal well-adjusted person. This doesn't mean the seafood salad was bad, but it was just so overwhelming at some point. By the time I tasted grapes on my third bite, I knew I had made a massive mistake. That said, it's actually a good salad if you're in the mood to be greedy.

A little too much seafood

A little too much seafood

FOLLY: The dessert "window" is the first thing you see when you walk in (just like Crust & Cream).

NOSA: I believe they call that thing a "showcase".

FOLLY: Shrug. When Nosa went to fetch that cookie, he saw that they had sticky toffee pudding and I'm not one to have regrets so I had to try it. 

I asked for the ice cream to be served into another glass so Nosa could eat it but I still ended up topping the dessert with the ice cream for a photograph. This was perfect because it was as moist as sticky toffee pudding should be. I don't like seeing chunky dates so I was very happy that this didn't have any.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

NOSA: Sticky toffee pudding is not really my cup of tea, but this one was actually good. I wonder who handles their baking because I know, for sure, they don't do it.

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: Way too expensive for me to form a Delis habit. I can't afford it and I'm looking forward to D-Cafe opening soon. 

NOSA: I'd visit again, but not anytime soon

 

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Capuccino - 1600

Delis Club - N4900

Delis Cookies - N1900

Prawn & Calamari Seafood Salad - N7100

 

 

PARKING

Not a lot and if the supermarket downstairs is really busy, it will frustrate you. 

It's More Than Just Coffee at Coffee Plus
 

FOLLY: It’s 'cafe week' on EDL. We decided to hit up two cafe type places where you can grab a bite, have a meeting, workspace for the day... you get the drift. On Monday was Simply Green and today is Coffee Plus. 

It’s 2017 and going by the timeline of this blog Cafe Neo is 3ish + years old. My Coffee is also so last year, Art Cafe has stressful parking, so cue Coffee Plus.

NOSA: Art Cafe has the worst parking in Lagos

FOLLY: The location is very unlike all the other typical VI coffee shops as it’s located in a mall on a moderately quiet Victoria Island Street. We wouldn’t have found out about them without Instagram. 

NOSA: Reason #93820920 you need to an Instagram for your business

FOLLY: What stands out about Coffee Plus immediately is that they have a printed menu card (most coffee shops don't have this) and they also serve alcoholic cocktails. If I dissect the name, I would assume that the owners/management are trying to imply that “it’s more than just coffee”. 

The menu isn’t extensive however, they have about 4 different sandwich options and a variety of crepes too. 

NOSA: I'm guessing the "Plus" didn't reach that side.

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FOLLY: I was struggling with a hoarse throat on the day we visited I settled for honey and ginger green tea. I don’t know why Nosa didn’t order coffee, I had a good excuse. 

NOSA: Because it was a hot Saturday morning.

FOLLY: For breakfast, I had the chicken sandwich on a white baguette. 

NOSA: While I got the raspberry chicken sandwich.

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FOLLY: It was a good sandwich, significantly better than Cafe Neo’s. My Coffee’s or La Pointe but definitely not as good as what you’d get at Art Cafe. 

NOSA: Eh, I don't know about Art Cafe. Their sandwiches are ok, but I'd say Coffee Plus has them beat.

FOLLY: The price point was decent and the tomatoes weren’t soggy. I remember watching this Rachel Ray episode where she gives a hack on how to avoid soggy tomatoes in sandwiches. I can’t remember how she did it but I know it had something to do with salt.  

I also know that some types of tomatoes are more appropriate cause they are firmer. 

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NOSA: I was feeling real adventurous when I ordered my sandwich.

FOLLY: Nosa’s sandwich really surprised me. I don’t know why I was thinking we were going to get a sandwich with muddled raspberries. Seriously, raspberry syrup or jam really didn’t cross my mind. 

NOSA: It was more like a vinaigrette. If you've ever had a Monte Cristo, the juxtaposition of sweet and savoury flavors is very similar

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NOSA: The sandwich was very fresh and I'd definitely recommend it.

FOLLY: We finished with something sweet - the Kinder Crepe. The crepe is definitely pricier than what one would expect but it’s bigger than Deli’s and the chocolate is “imported”. 

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NOSA: This was so so good.

FOLLY: An odd thing about the crepe is that it came out much more crispy than I’m used to but I still quite liked it. Very enjoyable. It had both melted Kinder chocolate and grainy peanut butter. A perfect combination if you ask me

NOSA: Crepes shouldn't be crispy, should they? Not like I cared, to be honest. If the crisp was on purpose, shouts to them because it worked.

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NOSA: Maybe I should have got that coffee. The crepe would work oh so well with coffee. I got a mint lemonade instead and that tasted like a mojito without the alcohol. Bleh!

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: It’s a really nice coffee shop. I’m definitely going to schedule the next few meetings there so I can try out more of their crepes. 

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Flavoured Tea - N700

Minted Lemonade - N1100

Kinder Mix Crepe - N2900

Chicken Sandwich - N2500

Raspberry Club Sandwich - N2500

 

PARKING

The mall has decent parking and I guess if it’s completely full (very unlikely) street parking will be available.