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Valentine’s Day in Lagos: Where to Eat

NOSA: Valentine's Day is almost here, friends. There's probably only one question on everyone's minds.

FOLLY: Where should you eat?

NOSA: I was going to go with "Will I roast?", but that works too.

FOLLY: Well, as usual, we're here to help.

NOSA: ...with food recommendations, not where to find bae.

FOLLY: If you still email to ask where to take your "beloved", I will reply with a link to this post because I don't have any other "more special recommendations".

Kindly, bookmark it now. 


For The Food

Casper & Gambini's

Budget: N15,000 - 25,000

FOLLY: I’ve only been Casper & Gambini's once so there’s not a lot riding on this recommendation. I really feel the need to put that out there. 

NOSA: I've been here twice so you can take my word for it. C&G is the new "IT" spot in Lagos for good reason. 

FOLLY: After Orchid Bistro, this is the second most laid-back restaurant on this list; we’re obviously not counting Hans & René as a restaurant, please. I had a great time here and if feedback from readers means anything at all, I imagine you would too.

NOSA: The menu is pretty extensive and I really liked it on both of my visits.

Eat.Drink.Lagos Review

1089 Agoro Odiyan St., Victoria Island, Lagos

0700 227 73770816 761 7005 

For The Ambience

Nok by Alara

Budget: N20,000 - N30,000

FOLLY: Definitely for the romance

NOSA: The decor. The lights. Yeah, defs for romance.

FOLLY: The restaurant already feels intimate on a regular day, it may be the dim lighting or the glass window that allows you to see the night sky, but there’s just something about Nok that’s quiet and romantic. 

NOSA: I'll tell you this for free: don't come to Nok if you're trying to stuff yourself with food. Big error on your part. If you're an adventurous diner however, Nok will be absolutely perfect. The menu is African fare that you're familiar with, but with a fine dining twist.

FOLLY: Their cocktails are also delicious.

Eat.Drink.Lagos Review

12 Akin Olugbade Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

reservations@nokbyalara.com

 

For The View

Sky Lounge

Budget: N25,000 - N35,000

FOLLY: The only reason Sky Lounge made this list is because sometimes you can’t win it all.

NOSA: Nope, you can't. 

FOLLY: Nosa has said something on this blog before about a direct relationship between higher altitudes in Lagos and average food, he is right. The food at Sky Lounge isn’t fantastic but it’s passable because, and only because, the backdrop is beautiful. 

NOSA: If you're going to be corny and propose on Valentine's Day, you might as well do it here.

Eat.Drink.Lagos Review 

1415 Adetokunbo Ademola St. Victoria Island, Lagos

01 277 2700

For The Wallet

Hans & René

Budget: N2,000 - N5,000

NOSA: Gelato dates are the move for 2016. Major 🔑

FOLLY: If I had to choose somewhere on this list to go to for Valentine’s Day, it’d be a tie between Nok and Hans & René. Nok really just makes it because I’m still fascinated by the building’s architecture and the restaurant’s menu, so it’s another chance to visit again. 

NOSA: A Hans & René date takes out all the stuffiness of a traditional dinner date and adds a bucket fun.

FOLLY: I like the idea of a casual Hans & René date because I can (and will) have 3 desserts, each one representing a course in a 3-course meal. 

The Palms (Lekki), Ikeja City Mall (Ikeja), Radisson Blu (Victoria Island) 

0808 777 3333

For The Mainland

Orchid Bistro

Budget: N10,000 - N15,000

FOLLY: Without a doubt, Orchid Bistro is my favourite restaurant on the mainland.

NOSA: It's really not competing with a lot, tbh

FOLLY: What I particularly like about this café is the consistency. Certainly, it won’t blow your mind but it’s good food every time. The cherry on the cake for me – pun intended duh – is their dessert selection. I particularly like their Apple Crumble and Red Cherry Cheesecake. 

NOSA: Orchid Bistro is the only restaurant I've found in Lagos that has a BLT sandwich on the menu. It's a quality BLT to boot.

Eat.Drink.Lagos Review

Green Village, 58A Isaac John St., GRA, Ikeja

01 773 9090

BONUS

For The Singles

The Lunch Club

NOSA: We aren't done with planning, but following conversations on Twitter, we've decided to have a Valentine's Day Lunch Club. Why singles? Well, no one in a relationship wants to spend Valentine's Day with a group of strangers. Well, unless you're in a long distance relationship. In that case, you might as well be single. 

Jokes aside, this should be a lot of fun. 

FOLLY: If you're actually interested in coming for this, please subscribe to our Lunch Club mailer in the sidebar.

Lagos Gets a Casper & Gambini's Too

Casper & Gambini's

1089 Agoro Odiyan St., Victoria Island, Lagos

0700 227 7377. 0816 761 7005

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.

Mad ting. 

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.

It's not, though. If anything, I'd liken the menu to Chili's or Applebee's. To start, we got the Grilled Baby Calamari. 

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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 is 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. 

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. 

salad at casper and gambinis

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. 

new restaurant casper and gamibinis lagos

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. 

POSTSCRIPT

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.

Easily.

And it's not a sham like Hard Rock. 

FOLLY: I'm coming here on February 1st for their dessert menu. 

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Grilled Baby Calamari - N3700

Chicken Under A Brick - N4700

Chicken & Spinach Salad - N4200