Lagos Gets a Casper & Gambini's Too
NOSA: This place is really hard to miss if you're driving on Adeola Odeku. Folly was away for Christmas so I came here solo over the holidays. The exterior is so well done and it stands out immediately in the same way ALARÁ stands out. Like, someone brought a nice building from another country and dumped it right there. The interior arguably nicer than the exterior too.
I like how we've gone from RSVP as THE Lagos restaurant with a tasteful interior to Nok by Alara, Hard Rock, and now Casper & Gambini's. Lagos is on the come up, beloved. Lowkey, it's hilarious how all of this is happening in middle of, what is more or less, a recession.
Anyway, the one day we choose to go to Casper & Gambini's is the day we decide to start our Whole30.
FOLLY: The dessert menu was the MOST painful thing to look at.
NOSA: You know how restaurants give you bread/chips to nibble on as you wait for your food? Just look at what got dropped in front of us.
NOSA: They don't want you survive your Whole30. They evil.
Casper & Gambini's have been in Lagos for a minute, but mostly as catering outfit. When I went in, for some stupid reason, I expected the whole thing to be small chops like Ping Pong.
Silly question: Is baby calamari like the asun of seafood?
FOLLY: I expected the small chops, abi canapés menu too.
NOSA: As you can see, there's cheese all over that shit, which isn't Whole 30 compliant. We had to scrub each individual calamari. I mention that part because I know Dami itching to blast us on WhatsApp.
The calamari, itself, was delicious. it was a bit heavy on the tomato, which overwhelmed the calamari-ness of it all. I didn't mind that lowkey because I've realized I don't really fuck with the actual taste of calamari like that. Like, it has to be breaded or something.
FOLLY: The calamari was interesting. I think it was pan fried/sautéed with balsamic vinegar – I really liked it. For our mains, we got two to share: Spinach & Chicken Salad & Chicken Under A Brick. I have a feeling the name of the second didn’t quite translate well from Arabic/Lebanese (not sure if the owners are Jordanian/Lebanese).
NOSA: The chicken was absolute quality. Not dry, although it could have done with a little more flavor. The potatoes were delicious too. If you're on some weirdo diet like us, this should be your go-to.
FOLLY: The Chicken Under a Brick was delicious. I will not randomly crave it tomorrow but it was really good. Nosa and I (more so Nosa) avoid ordering chicken at restaurants because it’s always dry and tasteless, thankfully this wasn’t. The sides (vegetable and potato sides) were too few though.
I don’t blame them though, a tiny Zucchini will set you back N1000 plus at Deli’s Supermarket in VI.
NOSA: Just yesterday, I complained about how hard it is to find a quality salad in Lagos.
Finding a decent salad in Lagos is incredibly difficult. Ay dios mio!— Eat.Drink.Lagos (@EatDrinkLagos) January 4, 2016
...and that thing with carrots and cabbage is not a salad.— Eat.Drink.Lagos (@EatDrinkLagos) January 4, 2016
NOSA: As fate would have it, I bumped into one of the better salads I've had in Lagos - the Spinach & Chicken Salad at C&G.
LOOK. AT. GOD.
The thing had almonds and I love the shit out of almonds. Oh, and bacon and ham strips and fresh avocado slices.
Of course, I loved it.
FOLLY: I did NOT know it had almonds. The salad was a great idea; and the avocado was fresh unlike that one at smh. It’s interesting that bacon is whole 30 compliant, I think that’s the only reason Nosa has no reservations doing it.
FOLLY: What was funny was that we ate the top three-quarters of the salad and left a bit of the leaves underneath. My excuse was that I was full sha, I don’t know what Nosa’s was. I would still have had space for dessert, however, but #whole30 so I drank water and went home.
NOSA: I really like this place. In another country, you'd have something of this quality on every block, but we're in Lagos so you learn to appreciate these things.
C&G is easily one of the better places to eat in Lagos.
And it's not a sham like Hard Rock.
FOLLY: I'm coming here on February 1st for their dessert menu.
Grilled Baby Calamari - N3700
Chicken Under A Brick - N4700
Chicken & Spinach Salad - N4200