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There’s Another Wine Bar In Ikoyi

Liquid Hub by Spronks

2 Webb Road, Ikoyi, Lagos

0803 381 6508

NOSA: I “discovered” wine bars a couple of years ago in grad school. If I remember it correctly, that’s exactly the point I started becoming washed and began my slow transition to “get off my lawn” mode. Wine bars were the perfect spot to get hammered and hang out with my fellow olds.

FOLLY: He's not that old. 

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NOSA: From my little research, there are 4 wine bars in Lagos - Wine House, the one on Awolowo that no one wants to share with me, the one in Yaba, and Liquid Hub.

FOLLY: Yeah I didn't know there was one in Yaba, and I'm pretty sure the one on Awolowo road is an urban legend. 

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NOSA: What I really liked about Liquid Hub was that they have actual food on their menu. It’s not the most extensive menu, but it’s infinitely more than what Wine House has to offer.

FOLLY: The wine list is disorganized. There's absolutely no method to the madness. It's not arranged by colour, type, grape, year, nada. It's all listed in the order the person pulled them out of the carton or something equally as random. 

NOSA: The food took forever, but the waiter appeased us with cheese and crackers so I’ll let it slide. 

FOLLY: It's funny because they just out of the blue offered us complimentary cheese and crackers, promptiing us to ask for the food, and then they told us it'll be some time. I had the grilled tiger prawns with mashed potatoes, which according to the menu is the owner's special. 

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NOSA: The mash looks like eba. Tasted better, thankfully.

FOLLY: Eba with yellow garri. 

NOSA: It had some lumps in it, but on the whole, it was pretty serviceable mash. 

FOLLY: This consistency of the mash was very thick. It could have been smoother as Nosa highlighted, but the lumps were few and far between so I'd give it a 6.5/10. Yeah, I don't know why it looks so yellow either. 

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A better Yoruba Nigerian than me would have loved the tiger prawns because they were very hot and peppery. The menu said the prawns were marinated in a green pepper sauce and served with a green chili sauce. So, the lay(wo)man that I am imagined that the green pepper sauce was made with green bell peppers, and not the same green chilis that were going into the sauce that was served on the side which, because I fear God, I didn't touch.

NOSA: For my main, I got the Nigerian Platter, which consists of Ojojo, Akara, Dodo, Dundun, and gizzard. Basically, it’s everything you can buy on the roadside in Lagos. It’s a street food platter more or less.

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FOLLY: I only tasted two things from this platter: Akara and Dundun (which I honestly thought was sweet potato).

NOSA: Awks...it's not sweet potato?

FOLLY: No, Dundun is fried yam and fried sweet potato, is well, fried sweet potato. 

Anyway, growing up, I never ate Akara that much. I know in most homes Akara and Ogi was reserved for Saturday mornings but in my house, we had yam & corned beef. The Akara in this platter stood out for me. It had crayfish in it, and I've never seen that done before. 

NOSA: I hate akara, but I loved the Nigerian platter. This platter is everything I wish Wine House had. 

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FOLLY: I feel like we should also have reviewed Liquid Hub on the quality of its wine list considering it's a wine bar. However, I'm not going to pretend that I know whether they're packing or not. They do have wines for every budget, however, so if you do visit I'm sure you'll find something that works for your taste and also pocket as well. 

NOSA: You know what’s hilarious? Considering how often I went to wine bars, I could never become a wine snob. But then again, I drank boxed wine…so yeah.

FOLLY: I've never drank boxed wine. 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: There’s a little to be desired but I think Liquid Hub is our little diamond in the dirt. There’re some things that I wish were a lot better aesthetically like the mash and the menu, but there is something to this place. 

FOLLY: Liquid Hub has pretty good service. Our waiter was attentive and when he wasn't knowledgeable on certain things, he went to find out instead of BS-ing. 

NOSA: This spot would be perfect for post work drinks. Get a bottle of wine and a couple of platters, and your group is all set. 

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Nigerian Platter - N3500

Pineapple Daiquiri - N2500

Grilled Tiger Prawns - N4000

 

PARKING

Liquid Hub is in a complex with a large parking lot. 

BarBar Got A Completely New Menu


BarBar

Cinnamon Gardens, Victoria Arobieke Street, Lekki One, Lagos

NOSA: A couple of days ago, we noticed BarBar got a completely new menu and we decided to check them out. 

FOLLY: "A few days ago" is actually last week when you went to get a haircut. 

NOSA: The menu, itself, is pretty streamlined. Just 4 items on it and for science, we ordered them all. 

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FOLLY: And we still weren't full, so we ordered some more chicken wings because they were by far, the best of the lot. To drink, I had the Dreadlock (rum, ginger beer, brown sugar and lime). don't think they actually used brown sugar.

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NOSA: The BarBar By The Sea is their seafood platter. Ok, it’s not really a platter but a plate of like 5 shrimp and a couple calamari. A shame the serving size is so small because I thought this was pretty tasty. 

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FOLLY: They should have breaded the calamari and shrimp because this was pretty basic. 

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NOSA: The wings were the best thing for me. Absolutely loved them. Might be hard to find anything better in the Lekki area and this includes Urban Fuxion.

FOLLY: Slow down. I still prefer Urban Fuxion's but these were really good and we even ordered a second portion.

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NOSA: A bit of a random note, all the sauces tasted like they were heavy on Maggi. Not a fan at all. 

FOLLY: We had three different little pots of sauce with each item we ordered, each with varying intensities of Maggi. This was probably not by design, just probably the unfortunate consequence of not shaking the container. I didn't hate the sauce, but it was a bit pedestrian. 

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NOSA: The Chicken Chopped And Screwed was a massive disappointment for me. It tasted like shitty chicken suya. Avoid this one at all costs. 

FOLLY: My friend thought it was undercooked. 

NOSA: The sliders were the other thing I liked on the menu. There’s only so much you can do with a slider and I think BarBar did all of that.

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FOLLY: The bun and the patty were good so it's a thumbs-up from me. It's hard to be very descriptive when you had only two bites of something (we cut it in half)

NOSA: It tasted like a burger you’d get at a cookout and for a slider, I think that’s pretty good.

FOLLY: I was most glad because they didn't use the Maggi sauce in it. 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: The sliders and wings are the only things worth it and they’re cheapest on it. For a what they are, Barbar is pretty good if I'm being fair. So yeah, give them a shot if you're trying to get a haircut or your partner is.

FOLLY: It won't fill you up but it's okay food. More importantly, guys get a free drink with a haircut so tag along and you can drink the free drink while he cuts his hair :) 

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

The Wings - N1700

Barbar Sliders -N1700

BarBar By The Sea - N2000

Chicken Chopped & Screwed - N1500

The Dreadlock - N2000

 

PARKING

It's in one of those "mall" things, so there's a lot of parking

Best Seafood in Lagos?

Ocean Basket has closed the Tiamiyu Savage location and moved to 35 Akin Adesola St, Victoria Island, Lagos

 

Ocean Basket

1392 Tiamiyu Savage Street. Victoria Island, Lagos.

0816 059 1821

NOSA: Did you know Ocean Basket isn't just a Nigerian thing? It's actually a South African franchise. Oh, you knew? Well, no one is talking to you, smartass!

FOLLY: After a failed attempt to eat at the Lagos Grill Fest last Sunday, Nosa and I decided to revisit Ocean Basket, because despite having visited here a couple of times we had never actually reviewed it for the blog. 

Thankfully, it hasn’t fallen off yet. 

NOSA: I'm still burnt Grill Fest was a disappointment. I was so ready to drink myself silly and eat my body weight in bbq, but alas, it wasn't meant to be.

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FOLLY: We were trying to day drink on Sunday, so we ordered a pair of Strawberry Daiquiris to start as there were no margs on the menu. 

It was overwhelmingly sweet and I don’t think there was up to a single shot of rum in it. It also took forever to come. Thank God, I had red wine in Nosa’s trusty flask to refuel. Wait, before you judge me the flask was intended for the Grill Fest.

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FOLLY: Since we were also trying to be greedy, instead of going for the modestly sized Platter for Two, we went for the Solemate, cause you know life is short …

NOSA: Hey! You reading this. That thought you just had. No. 

FOLLY: The Solemate platter consists of 18 Prince Prawns, 2 Calamari Heads, Calamari Rings, Mussels, and Jollof Rice AND Fries.

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...and yes we ate it ALL.

NOSA: I thought the calamari rings were absolutely fantastic. You can definitely make the argument that Ocean Basket has the best calamari in Lagos. Seriously, just think about it. Sounds a bit funny because it's a franchise, but I don't think you'll find better calamari anywhere.

The calamari head on the other hand...

FOLLY: Calamari head is like a tough fish fillet. You know how hard it is to bite into a piece of calamari and so you just have to usually take it in one go - or is that just me? This was even difficult to cut into using a knife. I don't know if this is characteristic of calamari head in general or how it was made at Ocean Basket. 

NOSA: It's a better idea on paper than it is in reality. A large slab of calamari, what could possibly go wrong? Well, a lot. It's way too much calamari per sq-ft. All your excitement is done in your second bite when it becomes tedious. It's almost like a punishment for your greed. Greed isn't always good, Mr. Gekko

FOLLY: I'm just going to stick to calamari rings and strips going forward. 

NOSA: Agreed. Calamari OD.

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FOLLY: The prawns were very well seasoned, and a bajillion times better than those at Coral Blue

NOSA: Please can we not talk about that disaster. I just want to leave it in the past.

FOLLY: The Jollof rice was a pleasant surprise; it was like smoked party rice.

While a spanish type rice or even fried rice may have complemented the meal better, the Jollof was so well made that I can't even complain. 

NOSA: Exactly! This surprised me as well. Maybe they adjusted it to fit the Nigerian palette and it's such a good call. You can never lose with party rice. 

The fries, on the other hand, were pretty meh and needed salt. Largely forgettable, just like the mussels.

FOLLY: Last time we were here, our waitress recommended the sticky toffee pudding as dessert. It was my first time having it and I loved it. However, I was way too full this time to have it again. So sad. 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: Ocean Basket might be the only decent seafood restaurant we have in Lagos. And for a coastal city, I think that's a godamm shame. I've never been here as an individual but I think the prices are great for groups. 

NOSA: As much as it pains me to admit, Ocean Basket is probably the best seafood in Lagos. For a coastal city, it's a bit of a shame we can't get anything better than a soulless franchise. Food-Industrial Complex, guys. Fight the power!

DAMAGE

Solemate Platter - N8750

Strawberry Daquiri - N2000