Buka Week: Bank Olemoh
I had heard about "Designer Rice" in Surulere and Bank Olemoh rice but I didn't know they were one and the same.
NOSA: I worked in Surulere at some point in my life so I was pretty familiar with the name, but never actually tried the food.
FOLLY: First of all, I liked Bank Olemoh because it was relatively clean and quiet.
FOLLY: Secondly, I like that they are "focused". Restaurants/QSR/Bukas etc. that have a streamlined menu with just a few key offerings that they specialize in are always better than the generalists. This is why I believe Toasties is soo good, I hope she never changes and adds jollof rice, except it's in a sandwich).
NOSA: Yeah, I found this fascinating. I know it's called "Designer Rice", but I actually thought they'd have other stuff. Shouts to them for focusing on their strengths.
FOLLY: The food at Bank Olemoh didn't necessarily taste cheap. The stew wasn't watery and the plantain wasn't almost rotten.
NOSA: The stew was tasteless and the meat was a joke. You're missing that part.
FOLLY: Nosa prefers Olaiya's stew but I found it to be just fried pepper and oil. I liked Bank Olemoh's because the flavor was more dimensional.
NOSA: More dimensional? The thing had ZERO dimension.
FOLLY: It was thick and smoky. The stew at Olaiya was even dull in color, Bank Olemoh's glistened.
FOLLY: I cleaned my plate, Nosa was kinda shocked.
NOSA: I'm convinced wash put is a thing because there's no way Folly and I were eating the same thing. I absolutely hated this place.
FOLLY: If I worked in Surulere, I'd probably add my name to the list when everyone is asking to office cleaner to help them buy food.
NOSA: The stew is trash and the meat is pitiful
Meat (per piece) - N50
Rice (per spoon) - N100
Beans (per spoon) - N50
Plantain (per piece) - N20
Very limited street parking