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So Cheap, Yet So Expensive

Five Cowries @ Oriental Hotel

3 Lekki-Epe Express Way, Lagos

01 280 6600

NOSA: The original plan was to go to Radisson Blu, but for some reason we found ourselves at Oriental Hotel. Chalk this one up to old age and/or my inability to read. 

FOLLY: I'm always complaining that Nosa doesn't  pick out places and always leaves me choose. This might be the first time I completely left him to plan and execute. It all makes sense now, homeboy is getting old. 

NOSA: That aside, has anyone noticed how cheap the cocktails are at the poolside bar?

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FOLLY: Ignore the N2600 cocktails. We mean the ones priced under N1200. On the next page, the margarita was  even N1800

NOSA: I don't think I've run into cheaper cocktails in Lagos. If you've found any cheaper, drop a line in comments because I'm genuinely curious. It's also really weird because the food is silly expensive.

A grilled cheese for $17? And I'm being super conservative with that conversion. 

Like, more or less this thing...

...for $17?

Absolute madness. 

FOLLY: It's with chips and coleslaw noww. Jk it's still daylight robbery.

NOSA: Anyway, we respected our wallets and got their Suya Trio (Chicken, Beef, & Shrimp Suya) and the Buffalo Wings. Were you ever proper broke in college that when you went out with friends you only ordered an appetizer? They ask if that's all you're getting and you go, "Yeah, I'm not too hungry". Meanwhile, you're shedding mad tears on the inside. 

FOLLY: Bruv, I sometimes used to leave my wallet at home when I was going to class so I won't do mistake and branch at somewhere I can't afford while I was out. 

NOSA: Good times. 

NOSA: The Buffalo Wings weren't too Buffalo-y. Like, it was just fried chicken with a side of bleu cheese, which is cool but that's not we ordered. 

FOLLY: In the chicken's defense it was neither tough nor fried in weeks old oil, so it tasted you know, fresh.

NOSA: The suya was pure garbage though. That's all I'll be saying on this matter. 

FOLLY: I'll elaborate. It came cold so we asked them to microwave it. It also tasted like no suya an aboki ever made, a Chinese chef made that suya. 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: If we went to Glover Court, we could have gotten proper suya and pump price Star Radler for way less than we spent here. SMH

FOLLY: I was unimpressed because we wasted our money. We even paid N1000 for Star Radler, it's N200 for crying out loud. 

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DAMAGE

Suya Trio - N2500

Buffalo Wings  - N2500

Finding Star Radler
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NOSA: Finding Star Radler in a Lagos bar is like searching for BigFoot. We went to like 3 or 4 bars before we finally found it. It's a full on adventure.

No way this is by design. Can't be.

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FOLLY: I wonder why  this is. Perhaps  most bar owners aren't yet convinced on the drink, and so they don't want to stock too much.

In fact, when we finally found it at Pat's Bar, they only had 5 in their fridge. We bought two and then some other ladies came in and bought two, we had to hustle to reserve the last one for our friends that were joining us later. 

NOSA: Maybe I should start selling Star Radler on the black market or in a speakeasy and be the Nucky Thompson of Lagos. 

FOLLY: If you go into any major supermarket (like Shoprite, Spar, Ebaeno), you can find it there by the truck load. 

NOSA: For some reason, I thought it would taste like Blue Moon. 

It didn't.

The taste reminded me of the special Star + Sprite mix I used to make at NYSC camp. Like, the same ratios and everything. Clearly someone  stole my idea.

 Star Radler is more fizzy drink than beer to be honest. 

FOLLY: I feel that's what the beer drinker would say about Star Radler. However, if you're not a regular beer drinker like myself as far as you're concerned this will be beer as you know it and you'd probably like it.

NOSA: Yeah, if you're a regular beer drinker, this might not do it for you. It's a little, umm, light on the alcohol compared to the average beer, but that's the trade off. If you want a beer but don't want the pain and suffering that's the crux of a regular beer, this is the one for you. 

FOLLY: The drink itself is a very pale yellow and has less foam than regular beer when it's poured. Is there any beer connoisseur that knows why that is the case. Is it because of the mix of orange juice and the lager?

NOSA: Might be a connection. Most blonde lagers tend to be fruity, see Blue Moon.

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FOLLY: That said, I was a HUGE fan. If the bar didn't run out of Radler I probably would have had at least two more, no lie. 

NOSA: That's something the bars or Star themselves need to fix. 

FOLLY: A couple of our friends were supposed to join us for this taste test, but didn't make it. I tried to lure them on the premise of free beer on EDL - but somehow that wasn't appetizing enough.

Awks for them, cause they'd have gotten free dinner too  but they'd have had to come to find that out. My cousin, "Lanzz" (lol, yes) , did join us on our little adventure.

LANZZ: It's nice. Very nice. 

Love it.

NOSA: Star Radler might be a hit with girls, uno. It's not super sweet like Smirnoff so you don't have to worry about jedi-jedi

LANZZ:  Just enough beer, just enough citrus and it goes down really well. 

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