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The Long Bar: Revisited After a Long Time Away
 

NOSA: On the drive to The Long Bar this weekend, I realized I haven't been to the place in over three years. For a place I quite enjoyed, if my memory serves me right, it feels a bit odd.

FOLLY: You actually got your classmates to meet up there for a reunion of sorts. LOL.

NOSA: I just forgot all about it for some reason. It only came to mind when we tried to kill time by driving around VI until 100 Hours opened up.

FOLLY: I really needed that Amala.

NOSA: The menu at Long Bar doesn't look like much has changed since I was last here.

FOLLY: They printed new menus with far fewer typos.

NOSA: The sections remain the same. For reasons best left unsaid, The Long Bar is quite popular with expats in Lagos. It appears Nigerians have gotten hip to it because there's a whole "African" section of the menu. You can't hide near pump price beer for too long.

FOLLY: I can imagine Nigerian men post work sweeping their ties behind their neck while going in for pounded yam and egusi with a mortuary standard beer in tow.

NOSA: Visually, there have also been some changes at The Long Bar too. The outdoor area has been completely redone and another bar added. The space is nowhere near as dingy as it once used to be.

FOLLY: The inside, where we sat, is still moderately lit, has booth like seating, and is mildly choking from all the cigarette smoke. The English Breakfast is more expensive than at Churchill’s Pub so I ordered it so I could compare the two.

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In summary, Churchill’s is better. I didn’t appreciate the eggs being put a mold - that just didn’t work for me visually.

I don’t take kindly to canned mushrooms and don’t know why I got chicken sausages but Nosa got beef/pork. I guess I should be glad I didn’t get franks right? The best thing on this plate were those hand-cut fries and it doesn’t even technically belong on an English Breakfast plate! They probably know this but just want to give you something that you’ll like, last last.

NOSA: I ordered the Mixed Grill as my main because at N6000 it looked too good to pass up.

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It was a combination of the most random assortment of meats is a skillet. Pork chops, chicken wings, sausages, some fried pork, and some baked beans in the middle. Oh, you get a side of hand cut fries as well. It sounds all over the place but it looks excellent when it's served and it comes together on the plate. Definitely one for the carnivore in you.

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NOSA: The meats weren't as tender as I expected. Not "tough" per se, but they stayed on the grill for a bit too long if you ask me.

FOLLY: The barbecue sauce on the chops had dried out that’s how long it stayed on.

NOSA: Part of me feels I got profiled and it was made this way because this might be how the Nigerian patrons like it, but I'll try not to overthink it. For the money, it definitely worth it


POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: I definitely want to go back again this weekend. I hear the chicken tikka and the naan is wonderful. Plus, word on the street that you can get apple pie off menu.

FOLLY: Eh, sounds like that will be a solo adventure. It was okay but not that good.

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

 English Breakfast - N4000

Mixed Grill - N6000

 

PARKING

Eh. It’s street parking.  

Adrenaline Sports Bar Flatters to Deceive

Adrenaline Sports Bar

Plot 9/10 Block 2, Oniru Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos.

01 448 9444

FOLLY: I first heard about this place a couple of years ago, when one of my guy friends moved back to Lagos and he was really into Adrenaline. That was until they broke his window when he was parked outside and stole his laptop; I don't think he's ever been back since. I also immediately lost all interest following that incident because in the evening it's hard to get a parking space inside Four Points.

NOSA: I have an immense unexplainable hatred for Four Points. From the point you have to pop your hood for security to getting through the metal detector at the entrance to not finding a power outlet in the lobby because it's for guests only, I hate everything.

FOLLY: I also feel like Adrenaline is also a little secret for those who are regulars because I don't think many people know it and there's also not too much noise on it. 

NOSA: I think people know, but Four Points is just too stressful of an establishment

FOLLY: I liked the decor at Adrenaline, particularly the dark wood. I wasn't a fan of the low chairs are and the tiny tables, however. 

NOSA: In its defense, it's a proper sports bar in every sense.

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FOLLY: I was trying to be a rebel and I ordered a concoction cocktail listed on their menu. It's called the Seven Step and it had in it: gin, vodka, tequila, rum, Cointreau, creme de cassis and white wine. 

You read that right, 7 types of alcohol and no mixer. I should kuku have drank rat poison since I wanted to die. I honestly thought the white wine would function as a mixer and make it drinkable but boy was I wrong.

NOSA: Because you definitely need to order it when you find out Mourinho dropped Martial for another senseless reason.

FOLLY: After exactly two sips, I ordered a sprite and diluted this drink and it became awesome. It's a lot stronger than a Long Island and if you're ever trying to get drunk very very quickly, this is the ONE.

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FOLLY: To eat I ordered the Famous Full House (aka the house special burger) which when it arrived looked like one of those burgers I see on food porn Instagram pages. I was very excited because we've been doing this for 2 plus years and little did I know I could find one of those burgers in little old Lagos. 

NOSA: This is definitely the best looking worst burger in Lagos

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FOLLY: Sadly, the burger looked much better than it tasted. The sum of the whole wasn't great so I'll break it down to its parts. The onion rings and the patty were a bit bland, and the patty in particular, was very dry. 

NOSA: The onion rings were really soggy and the patty smelt off.

FOLLY: I liked the bacon and the bun, and I felt they should have grilled the mushrooms instead and had a little bit more cheese. 

NOSA: Yeah, the mushrooms were straight from a can.

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FOLLY: They definitely forgot Nosa's fish on the fire. 

NOSA: For a second, I thought it came out looking like that by design, but nope, they burnt it.

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NOSA: The plating left a lot to be desired, but on a scale of important things, I think that's at the bottom. There were more important things at play here, like the fact the fish was BURNT again.

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: A nice place to grab a drink with friends. Their food is not amazing but it's good for what it is. 

NOSA: It's the sports bar equivalent of putting lipstck on a pig

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Seven Step - N3000

Fish & Chips - N6500

Famous Full House - N6000

 

PARKING

There's parking inside and outside, but be advised that parking outside is at your own risk.

Zenbah Wants To Be The Cocktail Bar Lagos Deserves

Zenbah

11B Akin Adeola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

0803 855 5557

NOSA: Late last year, Paris Deli "packed up" and reinvented itself as Sip & Bite. A couple months ago, Sip & Bite "packed up" and reinvented itself as Zenbah.

If you've been keeping up,

Paris Deli -> Sip & Bite -> Zenbah

This time, it's a bit different. They've ditched the whole "let's open a restaurant" thing and gone a different route. Zenbah's big play is alcohol.

Lots of it.

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That said, i think Zenbah falls a little short on the alcohol front. The drinks are decent, at best, and at the price point, it makes little sense.

FOLLY: I disagree. As long as you stay away from all of that Tiki nonsense, you'll be great. Take their mojito for instance, I didn't have any of that tiny leaf wahala like the one at La Taverna, nor did it have stockpiles of sugar at the bottom like most other Lagos bars. 

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NOSA: The cheapest cocktail on the menu is N3000 and if you're paying a pretty penny, you expect a little more. Cafe Royale, for instance, makes better cocktails at a fraction of the price.

FOLLY: While N3000 for a mojito isn't very cheap or affordable, I can say this is one of the best mojitos, if not the best I've had in Lagos.

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And for all it's worth Zenbah still doesn't have the most expensive cocktail in Lagos, that crown belongs to the Terrace Bar at Filmhouse Lekki. 

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NOSA: I'll give Zenbah one thing though, the drinks are perfect for Instagram/snapchat.

FOLLY: All facts. 

NOSA: It wasn't all drinks, however. We tried out the food menu at Zenbah.

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NOSA: Started out with the seafood platter.

FOLLY: Fisherman's Basket, actually. Aside: Zenbah is very Vellvett-esque with their presentation. 

NOSA: I wasn't the biggest fan of the calamari. I felt it needed quite a bit of salt.

The fish, on the other hand, I didn't mind. A little too "maggi" but I could live with it. Same thing with the prawn.

FOLLY: Now, see I really liked the calamari and didn't notice the lack of salt. The fish, sadly had all the seasoning packed in one corner so it was "salty". The prawns tasted like Falomo market i.e. very fishy. 

NOSA: Wow. We're disagreeing on everything today.

NOSA: The prawn came with a little surprise lol

NOSA: The presentation was really pretty though. Almost like they got tips from Velvett.

You know what was really good though? The quesadillas.

Quesadillas are so simple and easy to make that it absolutely blows my mind when I find a terrible one. I literally always want to walk in the kitchen and speak to the chef.

FOLLY: Now, something I finally agree with Nosa on. The quesadilla was absolutely amazing. The cheese especially was really good and the guacamole on the side surprised me.

FYI: the Quesadilla is actual an appetizer on their menu. 

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FOLLY: The burger was meh in comparison to Nosa's quesadilla. It had all the makings of a good burger and the meat was properly seasoned, I just didn't like that it didn't have any sauce in it. 

NOSA: I really think Velvett gave these guys tips.

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: I won't lie, Zenbah isn't that great on the whole. But Lagos doesn't really have better so I guess they'll slide today.

FOLLY: Good enough if I'm in the area but not something I'd particularly crave. 

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Mojito - N3000

Mai Tai - N4500

Classic Burger - N4000

Fishermans Basket - N4500

Chicken Quesadilla - N3500

 

PARKING

For six cars only.

BarBar Got A Completely New Menu


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Cinnamon Gardens, Victoria Arobieke Street, Lekki One, Lagos

NOSA: A couple of days ago, we noticed BarBar got a completely new menu and we decided to check them out. 

FOLLY: "A few days ago" is actually last week when you went to get a haircut. 

NOSA: The menu, itself, is pretty streamlined. Just 4 items on it and for science, we ordered them all. 

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FOLLY: And we still weren't full, so we ordered some more chicken wings because they were by far, the best of the lot. To drink, I had the Dreadlock (rum, ginger beer, brown sugar and lime). don't think they actually used brown sugar.

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NOSA: The BarBar By The Sea is their seafood platter. Ok, it’s not really a platter but a plate of like 5 shrimp and a couple calamari. A shame the serving size is so small because I thought this was pretty tasty. 

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FOLLY: They should have breaded the calamari and shrimp because this was pretty basic. 

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NOSA: The wings were the best thing for me. Absolutely loved them. Might be hard to find anything better in the Lekki area and this includes Urban Fuxion.

FOLLY: Slow down. I still prefer Urban Fuxion's but these were really good and we even ordered a second portion.

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NOSA: A bit of a random note, all the sauces tasted like they were heavy on Maggi. Not a fan at all. 

FOLLY: We had three different little pots of sauce with each item we ordered, each with varying intensities of Maggi. This was probably not by design, just probably the unfortunate consequence of not shaking the container. I didn't hate the sauce, but it was a bit pedestrian. 

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NOSA: The Chicken Chopped And Screwed was a massive disappointment for me. It tasted like shitty chicken suya. Avoid this one at all costs. 

FOLLY: My friend thought it was undercooked. 

NOSA: The sliders were the other thing I liked on the menu. There’s only so much you can do with a slider and I think BarBar did all of that.

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FOLLY: The bun and the patty were good so it's a thumbs-up from me. It's hard to be very descriptive when you had only two bites of something (we cut it in half)

NOSA: It tasted like a burger you’d get at a cookout and for a slider, I think that’s pretty good.

FOLLY: I was most glad because they didn't use the Maggi sauce in it. 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: The sliders and wings are the only things worth it and they’re cheapest on it. For a what they are, Barbar is pretty good if I'm being fair. So yeah, give them a shot if you're trying to get a haircut or your partner is.

FOLLY: It won't fill you up but it's okay food. More importantly, guys get a free drink with a haircut so tag along and you can drink the free drink while he cuts his hair :) 

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

The Wings - N1700

Barbar Sliders -N1700

BarBar By The Sea - N2000

Chicken Chopped & Screwed - N1500

The Dreadlock - N2000

 

PARKING

It's in one of those "mall" things, so there's a lot of parking

Eko Hotel Has A Pretty Sweet Rooftop Bar

Sky Lounge @ Eko Hotel

1415 Adetokunbo Ademola St. Victoria Island, Lagos

01 277 2700

NOSA: A while ago, some guy emailed us about a location to propose. That very rooftop I recommended has been turned into a pretty sweet rooftop bar. 

FOLLY: I love the space now but liked it when it was a secret. 

NOSA: It's a bit less romantic. For the vibe, think RSVP Poolside without a pool and on a roof. The menu is also completely different from the main Sky Restaurant menu, which is good because Sky is scraps. The menu is pretty much finger food and cocktails.

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FOLLY: Cocktails which cost a lot of money and so we constructed our own. We asked for the shots, ice, the mixer and the lemon/lime. 

NOSA: We got the sharing platter, which is probably the best looking platter I've seen in Lagos. 

FOLLY: We actually spent some time trying to do math to see if we were getting a good deal by getting a platter instead of individual pieces. We were, so we went for it. 

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NOSA: It comes in a slightly larger version of the dim sum boxes.

FOLLY: Which I thought would be perfect as a storage unit for my for make-up or any other nik-naks. 

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NOSA: The shrimp tempura was favorite of the lot. I thought it was so delicious.

FOLLY: The batter on this was dope. It also wasn't too oily and so didn't weigh the shrimp down. 

NOSA: The spring roll wasn't bad either. It wasn't your small chops spring roll so shout out to that.

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FOLLY: The spring roll tasted really nice with the mayo dip and the other one that was not the soy sauce - lol. 

NOSA: The beef skewer was a bit cold. Arguably the worst thing in the platter too. Just look at it as a necessary evil.

FOLLY: It was the first thing I tried from the platter so I know for sure it came cold and it wasn't because it had been sitting out while I ate something else. 

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NOSA: The chicken lollipops were my next favorite thing. I think I ate pretty much all of it. Left only one for Folly.

FOLLY: This dude ate the last chicken lollipop talmabout he thought it was his. Thank God the chicken bones were there to prove how many he had and how many I had. Even though I sadly only had one, the chicken lollipop was definitely my favorite. 

NOSA: The dumpling was in there with a shout. Got points taken off for the lack of structural integrity.

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FOLLY: Zero structural integrity on this. Both my dumplings broke when I was trying to dip them into the soy sauce. Nosa says it's because I was greedy though

NOSA: Compared to the scam at Maison across the street, I didn't feel cheated at all.

FOLLY: It was definitely a good amount of food for two people, it also might satisfy a group of three. 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSAWorth it overall. Perfect spot for a chill evening. 

FOLLY: I loved the vibe and the food. I'm already looking for an excuse to come back.

NOSAOne thing though, the drinks are expensive so get a shot of Jameson and Sprite. It'll save you like 2k 

VERDICT

DAMAGE

The Large Platter - N15500

 

PARKING

It's Eko Hotel, there's a lot of parking