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Road Chef Strikes Out with the Nashville Roadster

NOSA: If you’ve been out and about on the internet, you’ve probably seen RoadChef advertising their new sandwich - the Nashville Roadster.

NOSA: I’d normally ignore RoadChef ads, but this one caught my attention. A good looking chicken sandwich is a hard thing to pass up.

FOLLY: I never notice Road Chef ads - ever. I'm probably not in their advertising profile on Twitter or Instagram. 

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NOSA: On paper, the Nashville Roadster is a spicy crispy chicken breast + slaw + pickles + bun.

In reality, it’s ehhh…

FOLLY: To be completely honest, unlike Nosa I didn't hate it, which is surprising because I don't like RoadChef and don't allow Nosa to go to RoadChef even when everything else is closed.

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NOSA: First of all, the Cameroon pepper overpowers everything. You can’t taste the chicken or the slaw. We ordered it twice just to be sure it wasn’t a one-time thing, but it appears it’s by design.

FOLLY: It only overpowers everything when there's nothing else in your bite. Those times that I only bit chicken and bread were not fun but when I bit into chicken, 'slaw, and bread I actually thought the sandwich was alright. Then I bit into the pickles because I forgot to pull them out and remembered pickles are ewww.

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NOSA: The pepper wasn’t so overpowering on our second attempt at it. The chicken wasn’t a thing you could taste. The sandwich is more Yaounde Roadster than Nashville Roadster.

FOLLY: Fair.

NOSA: If you REALLY love your pepper, you’ll love this. Your dreams of eating bread and pepper have finally come true. If you’re expecting a standard chicken sandwich, prepare to be disappointed because the chicken isn’t there for you to taste it.

FOLLY: Before you eat it, open up the sandwich and make sure the coleslaw is evenly distributed across the bun then you'll likely enjoy it. 

 


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Road Chef Pizza? Abort Mission

RoadChef

Ascon Filling Station, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I, Lagos

0700 7623 2433

FOLLY: On Saturday, on our way to Nothing To Do In Lagos picnic and against my better judgment, I drove Nosa and myself to RoadChef and ordered a pizza. 

NOSA: Worst. Decision. Ever. 

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FOLLY: The lady at the drive thru ran through their pizza options and I chose chicken suya because I felt it was the least likely to be imported frozen because they don't make suya "over there".

I was wrong. 

NOSA: RoadChef imports damn near everything frozen, and for some reason Folly thought this would be different.  

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NOSA: Frozen Pizza, in itself, isn't the worst thing ever. Maybe top 5, but definitely not the worst. I mean, Rice & Stew is still out there frolicking and telling lies.  

My problem with the pizza isn't that it is frozen pizza. It's that they actually charge you a premium for frozen pizza. You might as well walk to Domino's and eat their rubbish. Some people like Domino's so they aren't all that terrible.  

FOLLY: Not only is RoadChef selling frozen bland chicken pizza disguised as freshly made, they sprinkled dry pepper on it as suya pepper because we must all be mugs. 

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NOSA: TL;DR What a betrayed!

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FOLLY: I don't see any reason why RoadChef thought it would be a good idea to sell pizzas. Compared to everything out there, RoadChef pizza fails on taste, quality, value for money everything. It's not even like it's cheap and terrible pizza; it's expensive and terrible pizza. Most Nigerians already think pizza isn't food, and then you throw 'expensive for nothing pizza' into the mix. In summary, it's a no from me. 

NOSA: They were good on value for money until the prices went up. Then, I couldn't rationalize buying a burger with a frozen patty when there are places like BBQ & Cravings and Urban Fuxion that do a better thing for less.

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Large Suya Pizza - N3500

 

PARKING

It's a drive thru so you shouldn't need to park. However, if you must, there's parking.

The Official IJGB* Guide to Lagos - 2015 Edition

*IJGB (I Just Got Back)
IJGB /eye-jay-gee-bee/ 
The official term used to denote a fresher in Lagos. One who has probably just hopped off a plane at Murtala Mohammed Airport and is ready to pioneer all possible rocks in Lagos. 

FOLLY: This blog is really more than a year old sha. Obviously I knew this, but updating this post for the 2015 holiday season this post has just reminded me again. 

NOSA: Every day I'm surprised I haven't gotten tired of this thing like usually do with most things.

FOLLY: Anyway, why do IJGBs like denying their status ? Seriously, babygirls and boys you should never apologize for your privilege. I’d be glad I didn’t have to wake up at crack of dawn to commute two hours, on a good day, for a distance that ordinarily shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes.

NOSA: IJGB isn't an insult anymore tbh. I get it was started by locals to condescendingly refer to returnees, but the term has pretty much been reclaimed. Just like black people and N-word, if you get my drift.

You've been away for a bit and a lot of things have changed. Folly and I, the most reliable guides to Lagos rocks, have got you covered.

FOLLY: Churrasco is still a very bad idea and Radisson Blu has finally reopened. There was an unfortunate fire at Ebaeno, LASTMA stopped working, and if Quilox is your thing you just might run into the new Governor cause much like you, he's still a baby boy in waiting. 

NOSA: Quilox, and Escape, are disgusting abeg. 

 

RSVP

9 Eletu Ogabi Street, Victoria Island.

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NOSA: Technically, RSVP shouldn't be on here because it opened last year. But it opened in December and we had already published our December guide so I guess that makes it eligible for this year's guide. 

FOLLY: We probably sound like broken records on this RSVP matter, but in my books RSVP is always a good idea. 

NOSA: RSVP is still the "IT" spot. It's still expensive, the cocktails are still amazing, and the pool, at the back, is opening just in time for IJGB season.. Oh, don't forget to make a reservation too.

Crossroads

Eko Hotel, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island.

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FOLLY: Crossroads is Eko Hotel's newest restaurant. They  opened two this year, the other one is RED which sadly is no good, so let's focus on Crossroads. The space, just like RSVP's, is absolutely unique and is not the regular Nigerian four walled restaurant with meh chairs from Ultimate furniture or some similarly priced Chinese rubbish. 

NOSA: If you're looking for better-than-decent Tex Mex in Lagos, this is the spot. Lagos has been managing Bottles for far too long. We deserved this, fam. We deserved this.

FOLLY: Neck to neck with RSVP for my favorite restaurant in Lagos right now.  

Hans & René

Radisson Blu, Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island.

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FOLLY: These guys appeared out of nowhere and started blowing up Instagram. This is  the "agbalumo ice-cream place " all your friends told you about. Technically, it's an Agbalumo Sorbet and also, they don't sell ice-cream it's gelato. 

NOSA: Gelato dates are the new wave. Trust me, brothers. 

Lotus @ Pattaya

30 Adeola Hopewell Street, Victoria Island. 

NOSA: These guys aren't particularly new or anything. When 355 closed shop for 21 days, Lotus filled the 355-sized hole in our hearts and #LotusNights became a legit thing. If the 355 bouncers, in their infinite roid rage, decide to refuse you entry, all is not lost. Lotus is a solid pre-game alternative.

FOLLY: I don't know if they still do this deal, but the fishbowl is N5k on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

Urban Fuxion

Around and about, so call them on 0703 639 6469 or 0809 850 0512

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NOSA: This one is probably one of my favorite Lagos things right now. Partly because I always wanted to own my food truck. They have arguably the best ribs in Lagos. The fries usually need salt and the po boy tastes like ass, but the ribs are the one.

FOLLY: They've taken the Po boy off the menu so can you let them hear word!

Now this one is for those of you that mark attendance at SIP daily. You don't have to travel to Maroccaine to level your stomach before you go home, the Urban Fuxion food truck is usually parked a few meters away from the Sip Gate till 5am, you're welcome. 

Road Chef

Ascon Petrol Station, Admiralty Way, Lekki. 

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NOSA: Lagos hasn't really had a fast food spot in that McDonald's-type space for the longest time. Mr. Biggs has fallen off, TFC doesn't quite cut it, and Tantalizers is only good as a point of reference when giving directions. Road Chef, and it's 24-hour drive thru (yes, a real drive thru and you don't pay 120k for a table either), isn't a fine dining spot so don't go in there expecting that. Think Burger King, Taco Bell, or McDonald's.

FOLLY: Pro-tip, skip the chicken burger and the chicken strips too cause they are both flavorless. They have a breakfast wrap and a breakfast muffin too, both are pretty good and are as close as you'll get to a McDonald's breakfast in Lagos (in case you find yourself craving it). 

NOSA: Oh, they have American-style sweet potato fries btw.

BONUS - The EAT.DRINK.FESTIVAL

There's only one place you should be on December 20th, our Food Festival! The goal of the festival is to create an unmatched culinary experience with the city's best food and drink vendors. "Online Restaurants" don't get a restaurant week so this is like that...kinda. 

Look, if you've been to any of our Lunch Clubs you'll know the most important thing to us will always be the food so this should be fun. Check out the festival website for more information, updates and the vendor line up. 

Another New Restaurant

RoadChef

Ascon Filling Station, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I, Lagos

0700 7623 2433

NOSA: I fully expected this to be shit.

FOLLY: Dawg, calm down now. 

NOSA: I'll explain. 

A lady suggested we check it out on our Facebook wall (yes, we have one). We always get recommendations, a lot of the time from readers and on rare occasions from PR/Marketing agencies. With time, I feel like I've learnt how to discern  between what's a reader recommendation and what's from a PR/Marketing agency.

Reader recommendations tend to be a lot more personal and genuine. More of "hey, i like this place and i want you guys to try it". PR/Marketing agencies come off as contrived and devoid of any real emotion. You can almost tell someone got paid to send the email. I mean, look at this one for example: 

I just had this super meal at Roadchef in Lekki Phase 1. I'm a sucker for good food and this was just too awesome! Almost too indulgent ... lol. But I think Nosa and co need to check this place out and review it too on Eat Drink Lagos blog.

Indulgent? What exactly did you have? 

I totally understand the need to generate a buzz around a new product and there's nothing particularly wrong, but this approach will always be weird to me. More often than not, when we follow through on recommendations like these, the places are usually terrible. 

I digress. 

Road Chef has breakfast burritos and an actual breakfast menu like McDonald's. I HAVE to try it. Absolutely HAVE to. 

FOLLY: Well since it's near my house and Chicken Republic doesn't like making my meat pie at the crack of dawn I might have to try this too. However until that happens, I got the Crispy Chicken Roadster Meal aka a crispy chicken burger and a side of sweet potato fries. 

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NOSA: I got the RoadChef Classic Burger Meal and I went with sweet potato fries as my side. 

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NOSA: Yes, those are "American" sweet potatoes. Your eyes tell you no lies. Importing it has to be expensive as hell, but I really want to find the owner and give him/her a hug. 

FOLLY: Someone once said they sold them at Deli's in VI but in the volumes that Road Chef's probably need them in, I'd also imagine they import it themselves. 

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NOSA: The sweet potato fries were obvs excellent. You can't put in all this hard work just to fuck it up at the end. They had to be excellent. 

FOLLY: Nosa's were excellent, mine were burnt which made me sad. If I wasn't so lazy and I'd have taken them to the counter and asked for a replacement.

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NOSA: The burger is not a bad fast food burger. Dare I say better than Johnny Rockets. It's a plain 'ol burger, not fancy like BBQ & Cravings or gourmet like RSVP. I mean, it's fast food. Think of it as a McDonalds or Burger King burger. That'll put it in perspective.

FOLLY: Hmmm, my burger was spot on meh.  It's also hard to eat a huge piece of chicken sandwiched between two bread pieces. I obviously didn't think about the logistics before ordering, cause if I had I'll probably have gone with the tenders. 

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NOSA: I really hope it evolves it into something like a Sonic. My fear is that they will not be able to sustain the price point. For a fast food joint, it's pretty expensive but it's for good reason. Getting in those sweet potatoes must be hell.

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Crispy Chicken Roadster Meal - N1800

RoadChef Classic Meal - N2700