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Buka Week: Iya Eba

FOLLY: We came here straight from White House and I didn't actually think anywhere could be worse than that but I was promptly proved wrong. 

NOSA: We should have gone to Fowler instead, but you didn't want to listen.



NOSA: The most watery okro soup I've ever seen in my life. Like, ever.


FOLLY: Cold pounded yam and draw-less watery okro to boot. 

NOSA: Shouts to them for having a streamlined menu though - Eba, Poundo, or Amala.



FOLLY: Worst food I've eaten at a Lagos establishment.

NOSA: I already had food poisoning so I didn't eat.

FOLLY: One of my friends stans for this place, so I'd use this forum to apologize to her cause it's not all that. 

NOSA: People come from far and wide to frequent this place so it can't be all bad.



N100 for a wrap



Why do you even want to go there?

Ok, there are like 5 parking spots

Buka Week: White House

White House

Chapel Street, Yaba, Lagos

FOLLY: Let me save you your time, I hated this place.


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FOLLY: Okay, I will explain in three bullet points.

NOSA: I didn't eat anything here because my body didn't let me put amala in my mouth.

  • The people selling the food are incredibly rude.
  • The amala is chalky at best and cold AF
  • The ewedu has more 'fillers' than ewedu leaves itself, what's up with that.
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FOLLY: I mean look at the ewedu it's mostly transparent with egusi globs and little to non-existent green.

NOSA: Why do people rave about Whitehouse amala so much? I don't even like amala and even I know Olaiya is miles better.

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FOLLY: I've been here two or three times now and I can now safely conclude that this is my last visit.

NOSA: I had jollof rice from here not too long ago. Work takes me to Yaba a bit these days and my boss wanted to show us the streets. The rice was pitiful.



FOLLY: It's a flat out (and also irrevocable) NO from me. 

NOSA: Folly is an amala champion so if she says "No", it's a "No" from me too.



Goat Meat - N400

Amala (per portion) - N100




Limited and you'll have to settle someone.

Buka Week: Bank Olemoh

Bank Olemoh Designer Rice

Bank Olemoh Community, Surulere, Lagos

NOSA: Today is Day 2 of our quest to get food poisoning, i.e. Buka Week.

FOLLY: We covered Olaiya on the blog yesterday. Today, it's Bank Olemoh's (a 4-minute drive away from Olaiya) turn.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

Buka Week: Olaiya Food Canteen

Olaiya Food Canteen

109 Akerele Street, Surulere, Lagos

FOLLY: I love how all the bukas we visited are on Google maps are were extremely easy to navigate to. Some might say that says a lot about the types of bukas we visited on our mini tour but tbh I don't care about the opinions of some. 

NOSA: Actually, when Google opened up shop in Nigeria, their main business was getting local businesses online. So whenever you open Google Maps, you'll always find bukas listed.

I think the one thing that shocked me the most was how "spacey" Olaiya is. Maybe it empties out on weekends, but I expected something a lot grimier.

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FOLLY: Buka women are so stingy with ewedu my God. I already don't like buka ewedu because it's of how "cheaply" it's made and by cheaply I mean they mise the ewedu leaves, and make it so thin and add fillers e.g. okro and egusi to make a little go further.

Even if you offer to pay, they still won't give you more. It's so annoying. 

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FOLLY: I don't like Gbegiri even though I've never tasted it, the colour has always put me off so it was a very hard pass. The stew was a bit peppery for me, but nonetheless, it was my second best amala I've had from a buka.  It didn't taste chalky aka when there's too much elubo than water and the entire thing is dense af and sticky like eba.

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NOSA: As you've probably guessed, I got rice. I went with rice & stew for the blog, so you can never say Nosa has not done anything for you

I hate rice and stew on most days, but I actually liked this one. It wasn't clumpy like the one I got at Mama Ebo. This was also my first experience with "local rice" and I was pretty impressed. Why do people complain about local rice anyway?

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NOSA: The moin-moin tasted like party moin-moin. The one where old women sit on stools and make it? Yeah, that one.

FOLLY: I was also pleasantly surprised that I could still chew the fried meat here, normally it's either I allow the meat or sacrifice my teeth for the cause. 

NOSA: Oh yeah, the meat was really tender. Can't forget that. Tiny, but tender.



FOLLY: The stew was basic compared to that at Bank Olemoh but more on that in the Bank Olemoh post. 

NOSA: I disagree. The rice was significantly superior, but more on that later.



Moi Moi - N100

Meat (per piece) - N100

Rice (per portion) - N100

Amala (per portion) - N100




Street parking. N100

Buka Week on Eat.Drink.Lagos

It’s finally happening: Eat.Drink.Lagos’ first-ever themed week starts this week. All week we’ll be reviewing the more popular Lagos bukas and debating important stuff, like, is it “buka” or “bukka”?

The whole idea came from a Twitter conversation about bukas and we thought “why not do a themed week?”

Have your own thoughts or pictures that capture the essence of buka culture? Email and we'll share them during the week.