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Work Lunches: Food Truck by My Green Apron
 

NOSA: Our first experience with My Green Apron wasn’t the greatest and if we’re being completely honest, I was not particularly eager to give it another shot. But they just got a food truck, a more expansive menu, and the owner acknowledged our issues in the comments of the initial review. . 

FOLLY: Yeah I’m not going to lie, that experience kept ringing in my head as we took a leap of faith with their newly launched food truck.

I was expectant because the menu and the pictures of the food looked really good on Instagram.

NOSA: So yeah, why not give it another shot?

FOLLY: There was quite some traffic in Lekki and I was lazy so I placed an order for delivery from the truck within Lekki Phase One.

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FOLLY: On Nosa’s advise, I ordered the Grilled Chicken Suya Breast & Jollof Bulgur

FOLLY: I see my coworker eating bulgur all the time but I’ve never tried it. In fact, I don’t even know the health benefits of substituting bulgur in place of rice but hey all the healthy kids are doing it so I jumped head first.

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NOSA: It tasted a bit like rice, but then again, I ate Folly’s leftovers.

FOLLY: The jollof bulgur was absolutely tasty. The texture and consistency of bulgur was more similar to pasta than rice, but a hell of a lot starchier and chewy.

NOSA: Now, that you mention it. I definitely see the pasta thing. A bit like orzo in some ways.

FOLLY: I did enjoy it and I will definitely consider making it at home. The chicken suya breast was also great. The chicken was so lean and smoky. You could taste that this was made on charcoal grill or at least charcoal smoked.

NOSA: The chicken suya didn’t do much for me, but again, I ate Folly’s leftovers so take my comments with a pinch of salt. What I really liked was the sweet potato mash and I can’t believe we didn’t get a good picture of it. Anyway, it’s not much of looker but just know it’s a slept on star on the MGA menu.

Largely because of the guacamole, I ordered the Steak Wrap. If you want to sell me, you should definitely go with guacamole.

Like the wrap from The Health Kitchen, the steak wrap did leave me filled with guilt and regret. The steak strips weren’t tasteless and the guacamole wasn’t lacking in salt. It sounds like a minor thing, but lots of people think they can just mash up some avocados and tell you it’s guacamole. No, sir. 

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I probably should’ve ordered a side with it because the wrap didn’t particularly fill me up and I probably should not have expected it to. I mean, I’m a big boy.

What I really liked, even more than the food, was the price point. Eating healthy in Lagos is not just a struggle but it’s expensive as hell. MGA serves an incredible menu at a ridiculously affordable price point. In our last review of MGA, I complained a lot about how the pricing wasn’t sustainable. All of those complaints are out the window now. They’ve definitely hit the sweet spot.

Or maybe I’m just paid better now. Either way, point stands.

 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: Despite forgetting to send me the bill until COB, I’d definitely go back to MGA Food Truck. It appears a whole lot has changed and I’m a fan.

FOLLY: I agree with Nosa, I’m a huge fan of the MGA Food Truck and Lekki desperately needed this. The sweet potato mash is delicious and even if for nothing else, I will be back for that.

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

Jollof Bulgur - N800

Steak Wrap - N2000

Chicken Suya Breast - N1000

 

DELIVERY

Victoria Island - N700

Work Lunches: The Health Kitchen
 

FOLLY: We’re continuing the healthy series today also known as Folly is working from the Island so order from all the place that don’t cross the bridge. This is one place I’d been really dying to order from based of their Instagram. I’m so glad that we finally did because, spoiler alert, The Healthy Kitchen did not disappoint.

NOSA: Disappoint? What’s that?

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FOLLY: Ordering was simple enough, I called in stated my order and my delivery address. I specified the time I wanted my order to arrive and it was delivered with 9 minutes of said time. I call that timely and also impressive.

NOSA: My order came in very “on time”. Asked it to be delivered at 2pm and it got to me 15 minutes early. Warm too. I get the feeling that their kitchen is not too far from my office.

FOLLY: I was quite excited by the menu and I wanted a fuller experience so I ordered an appetizer (Parmesano Mushroom Bites) as well as a main (Warm Red Cabbage Salad).

NOSA: Ordered the Chicken Avocado Tortilla Wrap with sweet potato fries as my side. The sweet potatoes were tasted delicious in ways that the adjective doesn’t do it enough justice. 

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Chicken Avocado Tortilla Wrap - Grilled chicken breast sliced with bell peppers, caramelized onions, chopped tomato and a fresh avocado spread served in our home made gluten free tortilla bread

NOSA: Now that I read the description on the website, I don’t think I can recall tasting any onions or peppers or tomatoes. No wonder it tasted so “healthy”. The avocado spread was so overwhelming. You can tell from the pictures too. It’s literally popping out fo the tortilla wrap.

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FOLLY: The mushroom bites were glorious and the exact kind of thing Nosa would like. As I ate them, I felt a little bit bad that Nosa didn’t get to experience them too. The stuffing in the mushrooms were stuffed with onions, green pepper, and a blend of hard salty cheeses i.e. the best!

Parmesano Mushroom Bites - Button mushrooms flipped and stuffed with scallions, garlic, bell peppers and a mix of cheeses

NOSA: Yeah, I’m a bit jealous of those. Might order those some other time.

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NOSA: About my tortilla wrap, I didn’t think there was any difference, taste wise, between a gluten free tortilla and a regular wheat tortilla. I was wrong as hell, boy! When I ordered the wrap, I thought I’d feel some guilt while eating it because of the tortilla. Nope. Felt no such thing. The tortillas had this weird texture that I can’t quite explain with words. Almost dry or “dusty”. If you ever order it, it’ll all make sense. 

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NOSA: Speaking of guilt while eating, since cleaning up my diet a bit, I feel so terrible when I fall off the wagon. Just looking at myself all disgusted like, “why did I have to eat all that?”. This is why finding The Health Kitchen feels like the Lord sending me a message. They have zoodles and gluten free pizza on their menu. It’s like striking paleo gold.

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Warm Red Cabbage Salad - Served with raisins and sunflower seeds topped with feta cheese

FOLLY: I picked this salad because red cabbage and rocket are my preferred salad bases but this was such a monochrome salad that I tapped out halfway through. In addition to the red cabbage, the salad had raisin, sunflower seeds and feta. The raisins contributed a consistent general sweetness to the salad and the dispersed sunflower seeds, thankfully broke that up every time I got one in a bite. The feta was also great while it lasted - I think the limited amount of that also contributed to me tapping out a bit earlier than planned.

 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: Like The Healthy Salad Company, The Health Kitchen is also on the pricey side. Why does healthy food have to be so expensive? For the same outlay, I can stuff myself with shawarma. It’s definitely worth it, but its hard to rationalize the spend if it’s a daily thing. They really do need to get a physical space though. I know it’s not as easy as just saying it, but the menu definitely deserves sit down treatment. 

FOLLY: Loved! I will definitely order again. The Health Kitchen has such an exciting and streamlined menu.

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DAMAGE

Parmesano Mushroom Bites - N3360

Warm Red Cabbage Salad - N4100

Chicken Avocado Tortilla Wrap - N4900

 

DELIVERY

Victoria Island - N300

Work Lunches: The Healthy Salad Company
 

NOSA: We haven’t done a lot fo Work Lunch reviews in a while because of Folly. She just had to work in the middle of a delivery dead zone also known as Ilupeju. For all the amazing exotic restaurants that place has, it’s the absolute pits when you’re ordering takeout. Island vendors won’t cross the bridge while mainland vendors think it’s “too far”. If it’s “too far”, what is Apapa, eh?

FOLLY: Ilupeju has the worst food selection of any neighbourhood I’ve spent an extended amount of time in Lagos. There’s Chicken Republic and Gypsy’s and that’s all.

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NOSA: Anyway, I’ve been meaning to order The Healthy Salad Company for a work lunch since I tried their potato salad at our festival in December.

FOLLY: While I’ve been lusting since I saw the glistening pesto on their Instagram page.

NOSA: I’ve “been meaning” because I’ve had a hard time convincing myself to spend N4000+ on a salad. Oh, and I can’t expense it to the EDL account if Folly isn’t ordering too. So you see how much of a toll this thing is taking on me. 

FOLLY: You’re just being dramatic.

NOSA: As luck would have it, Folly is working on the Island this week and the stars have aligned. If you’re ordering from The Healthy Salad Company, you’re advised to do it the day before or super early on the day. The terms are really clear so you don’t start with the usual “I ordered today and it delivered the week after” complaints. The owner is also pretty clear on the delivery window too. For me, I was told to expect my order after 2pm (I ordered on the day).

FOLLY: I also ordered same day and my delivery window was after 12 pm. I’d have liked it a little bit more specific but I know how much trouble delivery companies are so I understand.

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NOSA: It’s good to have expectations clear from the get-go so I know what metric I’m using for my disappointment. Also, post 2pm worked because I’m on this intermittent fasting thing so late lunch is the new lunch. And you don’t even need to call to order. There’s an order form on the instagram page, which I found too late - https://thsc.typeform.com/to/LMnVa0 

FOLLY: Now let’s get into the food.

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NOSA: I ordered the Grilled Prawns on Wholewheat Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Olives tossed in raw green pesto. Typed that out so when you look at the damage you’re not too shocked. It’s not your razz carrot and cucumber salad, you get?

FOLLY: I ordered the Pan Cooked White Fish, butterbean, avocado, and tomato salad on Romaine topped with raw green pesto. Yeah, there’s no short version of the item on the menu.

NOSA: The salad was, for lack of a better word, luxurious. Look at all that prawn. Way more generous than your average Lagos restaurant. Oh and the olives were a great touch too. Added some “saltiness” to the whole thing. The roasted tomatoes provide the opposite effect and balance it all out with some “sweet”.

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FOLLY: Likewise, I thought it was luxurious but sadly I didn’t enjoy it. I blame the fish and the dill in the pesto. I could barely eat the fish because it was slathered with the pesto. The pesto had dill in it - I hate dill. The ripple effect was that I then found the rest of the salad meh without the pesto. I get that dill is an anti oxidant and has all these positive benefits but yeah get thee behind me you evil herb.

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NOSA: I don’t think you can consider my order a salad, to be honest. I was expecting a cold pasta salad, but I don’t think this was the plan. After a couple bites, I shoved it in the microwave and accepted I was eating pasta - Prawn pesto macaroni. No point lying to myself. 

FOLLY: In mine, I did like the avocado and the butterbean. I wish there was more avocado. You never ever get butterbean in regular salads from most lunch delivery companies - you’ll have to go to a proper restaurant to find that in a salad.

 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: The Healthy Salad Company is a bit pricey and I probably won’t order it with ridiculous frequency unless my salary is doubled. But I see why it’s so expensive. The ingredients are of the best quality and the salad is pretty good to boot. The only problem here is that they don’t pay us enough in Lagos to regularly partake.

FOLLY: The prawn pesto salad looks great and I honestly would like to try it but the possible thought of dill being in there is giving me hives.

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

Grilled Prawn on Wholewheat Pasta - N4500

Pan Cooked White Fish on Romaine - N4000

 

DELIVERY

Victoria Island - N1000

Plant Planet Expands Healthy Options in Lekki
 
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NOSA: Plant Planet is nestled in a cute little space across from the IMAX in Lekki. By “cute”, I mean it’s pretty little. By “pretty little”, I mean it can only seat two people. It’s not an entirely bad thing because they have a delivery service. And also, rent is too damn high in Lagos.

FOLLY: Way too high. 

NOSA: The salad bar isn’t the most exhaustive, but it suffices. There are a couple things I expected but didn’t find.

FOLLY: I understand what Nosa was saying because I struggled to pick my 4 toppings, it seemed like everything was a variation of the other. I wouldn't have minded some grapes/raisins because I love a little bit of sweet in my salad. 

NOSA: They had a limited selection of greens. It might have been by design now that I think about it a little more.

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FOLLY: I think that they have more on other days because the attendant said: "for today we have just lettuce". I think my favorite thing about the salad was the sweet potato balls - they were a bit lemony and herby.

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The chicken was also SOLID. You can probably tell from the picture that it was not devoid of flavour. 

NOSA: Anyway, I got my salad in a wrap. Oh, and they had guacamole, which is a huge plus for me. I really liked the wrap. Close to excellent, in fact, which goes back to my point about the limited salad bar being intentional.

FOLLY: I was pretty jealous of Nosa's wrap. It was glorious. I never thought a wrap without cheese and even more so a healthy wrap without cheese could taste so good. I think the secret is the guacamole dressing. 

The salad could be improved my shredding the chicken so when the salad is tossed the chicken can be adequately distributed. This is important because Plant Planet doesn't offer knives. 

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NOSA: Nice cream is definitely not for me. The texture is just so so weird and grainy. Fat is not the worst thing in the world abeg. Just walk across the street to Hans & Rene and get your life.

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FOLLY: I liked the nice cream. It tasted pretty darn close to a Cinnabon which was the flavor we chose. As I'm lactose intolerant it felt really good to know that I was eating something that wasn't bad for me.

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If you're curious at the how it's made. It's churned coconut milk sweetened with stevia. 

 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: If I had the money, I’d invest in Plant Planet because I really think they’re on to something. A bigger space would go a long way.

FOLLY: I absolutely loved it.

 

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

Salad - N2000

Wrap - N2000

Nice Cream - N500

 

PARKING

They have more parking than they could ever need.

Work Lunches: Britts Foods

Our "Work Lunches" series focuses on your non-traditional food establishments, the ones without brick and mortar locations. For nomenclature purposes, we'll call them Online Restaurants


Britts Foods

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FOLLY: Before we go on, what's up with the name? I don't think Britts Foods is a really descriptive or good name for a health food company. I think maybe then that the name is sentimental or Britts is an acronym for something, and if that's the case that's something the about us section of their website should tell us.

Anyway...

As I was ordering this salad for a review, I wasn't particularly feeling like eating 'grass'. In fact, I was craving carbs so when I saw the pasta salad on their Instagram page, I was like yeah this is what I need to get. 

NOSA: Same thought process here lol.

The packaging on their salads is the first thing that caught my attention. Well, apart from the fact it took forever for me to get my salad.

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NOSA: Does anyone else put nutrition info on their stuff? Nobody else comes to mind right now. My coworker thinks the information is all made up, but I'm giving Britts the benefit of doubt.

FOLLY: I thought this was a great salad. I added bacon and chicken to mine. I really appreciated that the bacon was thick cut and that the makers weren't stingy with the quantity. Chicken in salads is also usually dry, I don't know if it was the dressing that helped this but this wasn't dry at all. 

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NOSA: I agree with Folly, the salad was pretty pretty good.

FOLLY: I loved the use of the tricolour rotini, it added some colour to the salad.

NOSA: What I didn't like, however, was how layered the salad was. It's a great for aesthetics, but terrible in practice given how little room there is to move your salad around.

FOLLY: It did get a little cabbage-y towards the bottom as a result of their layered approach so I took that as my cue to exit eating this salad and store the rest in the fridge. 

NOSA: Would be nice if they gave you the option to get the salad "mixed" before delivery

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FOLLY: Presentation wise, the stacked bowl with the salad is cool cause it allows you to see in layers everything that's in the salad but practically, if you're eating directly from the bowl like I was it does not allow you toss it all together because there's no space. 

NOSA: Exctly what I was getting at earlier.

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POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: It took about an hour between when I placed the order and when I received my food. I think Britts salads were very good value for money and I'd definitely order again. 

NOSA: My order took forever to get delivered. The owner apologized, but poor form still.

FOLLY: Salad dressing is also free here, I'm looking at you Green Grill House.

NOSA: When you factor it all in, I bet they cost the same.
 

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Bacon & Chicken Pasta Salad - N2800

 

PARKING

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