Hotel Brunches: Protea Hotel - Victoria Island

Protea Hotel Victoria Island

 Plot 1700 Violet Yough Close, Victoria Island, Lagos.

01 448 5693

FOLLY: Protea and VCP are two of the deadest hotels in VI. Deadest in terms of how very little they are talked about or visited, I think. I just don't hear anyone talk about them. 

NOSA: I had no idea that this Protea existed until about two weeks ago. My old work commute had me drive past the building every day and I never noticed it.

FOLLY: I've been to both once each for work functions but never for anything social. That said, maybe both their niches are corporate clientele. 

NOSA: They both look like old insurance offices so it makes sense.

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FOLLY: This past Sunday, Nosa and I checked out the Protea Brunch. Now that I think about it, the staff were waiting on me hand and foot and kept asking if I had everything I needed. We thought it was because they wanted to pack up but since they didn't offer the same service to Nosa I think they thought I was a mother and were trying to celebrate me...

NOSA: Happy Mother's Day!

FOLLY: ...which was awkward. 

NOSA: Reverse sexism?

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FOLLY: The omelet was decent, eggs were fluffy and the cheese was stringy just the way I like it. Although, I'd have like a little bit more mushrooms but that's my fault cause I wasn't standing by while they made it. 

NOSA: I had a couple bites of Folly's omelette and I concur, for a boring hotel buffet, the eggs weren't bad.

A bit of a side note: is it "omelet" or "omelette"?

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FOLLY: I was busy stocking up my side plate with pastries. I picked the croissant, pain au chocolat and something which I call the chocolate twist. For a small hotel, their pastry selection was decent. They also had cheese danishes, doughnuts, bread rolls and a couple of other things. 

The "chocolate twist" was great but the pain au chocolat much like the croissant was way too dense. The layers were so thick with zero flake.

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NOSA: I got a bit of a random plate - bacon, chicken sausages, potatoes, and mushrooms. The options weren't really bountiful like other hotels, which is understandable given the price point and the size of the hotel.

The potatoes were a bit flat from sitting outside for so long, which is the major reason I hate buffets. I get the greed angle, but the quality of food is never at the a la carte standard so I can't understand people love buffets so much. This buffet rant is for another day, however. 

The bacon and the chicken sausages were pretty well made, on the other hand.

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 FOLLY: As I mentioned earlier, even though it was a buffet the staff kept coming around to offer me stuff. Of the items they offered, I accepted fruit, yogurt, and tea. 

NOSA: You were probably glowing because I got none of this excellent service.

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FOLLY: It's really hard to review a buffet restaurant because my experience is really based on what I picked and consistency might be harder to maintain with the batch cooking style of buffets. That said, I think on the day we went Protea delivered excellent value for money. 

NOSA: Protea is a "meh" as far as I'm concerned, but Folly has overruled my verdict. You get what you pay for at Protea. That's the best way to put it.

FOLLY: I do judge Protea (but not hold against them) for not having a better selection of juices or even freshly squeezed juices. 



Breakfast Buffet - N6500 pp



The hotel has a small parking lot.