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Vote for Lagos' Restaurant of the Year 2016
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The year is running out so it's time to take stock and whatnot. 2016 was a pretty good year for restaurants in Lagos. We got a couple of exciting new additions to the scene. 

Here are the nominees:

 

1415

Consistent excellence. That's 1415 in a nutshell. If there ever was a manual on how to run a restaurant in Lagos, 1415 would author it. From the waiters to the quality of the food, they set the standard every Lagos restaurant aspires to. 

 

Craft Gourmet

They might have banned us from the premises, but Lou and Craft Gourmet have earned their spot among the nominees for Lagos' Restaurant of the Year.

 

Vellvett

Vellvett was pretty good last year, but this year, they got the revamp that finally put them up with Lagos' elite restaurants. The shrimp and lobster lasagne at Vellvett is still the most delicious thing we have tasted this year.

 

RSVP

The popularity might have waned a little but RSVP is still a very popular choice for dining out in Lagos. They also won our first ever Restaurant of the Year poll in 2015. 

 

That said, cast your vote on which restaurant should be crowned Lagos' Restaurant of the Year. If you think another restaurant is more deserving, let us know in the comments. 

We Visited Vellvett Again

Vellvett Lounge & Bar

19B Idejo St. Victoria Island, Lagos

0706 633 333301 792 7922


NOSA: It’s been a while since we originally reviewed Vellvett and had our Lunch Club here. In that time, a whole lot has changed. The Indian portion of the menu is out and the Lebanese offerings have trimmed a little. In, comes a selection of pastas (note this, for later), sandwiches, and burgers. For lack of a better term, the menu has been “Westernized” a bit. 

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NOSA: To start, we got the Arayes. I was bit disappointed with this. The one at Arabesque has set the bar so high and anything that beneath that isn’t good enough. 

FOLLY: Smelt funny, tasted funny. I did NOT like. 

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FOLLY: For my main, I had the Philadelphia Steak Wrap

The description said it'll be beef steak, mushroom, peppers and a special sauce. It didn't have cheese so I went for it. 

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NOSA:  ... and I got the Lobster and Shrimp Lasagne. Is it "Lasagne" or "Lasagna"? This thing confuses me so much.

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FOLLY: My main arrived and it had cheese in it. I contemplated sending it back but at this point I was very hungry (Nosa's fault cause his main had a 45 minute wait time). I decided to eat it cause cheese won't kill me but hunger could. 

NOSA: Abeg, don't blame me for your error.

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FOLLY: The wrap was very delicious. I don't have many words to describe it because it was pretty much perfect and there's nothing I would change about it - even the cheese. I love mushrooms and anything with them in it is perfect to me. 

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FOLLY: Same goes for the coleslaw which was a welcome surprise because I didn't know I would be getting any. The vegetables were crunchy and it didn't have too much "salad cream". 

NOSA: Now that I think about it, I really like their fries. 

FOLLY: The fries at the top of the basket were soggy and lacked salt, but the ones at the bottom were crispy and well salted. It was funny cause the fries improved in quality towards the end of the meal. 

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NOSA: Remember what I said about noting the pasta? 

I’m going to go on record here and say this is probably the best thing you’ll eat in Lagos this year. You guys will obviously go out of your way to prove me wrong. Like you did with the Chicken Logs at RSVP and the Truffle Mac n’ Cheese at Insignia. But trust me this one time, guys. I actually went with my coworkers to Vellvett the next day just so they could try it too. And yes, they do. 

FOLLY: I can't believe my inefficient digestive system is going to stand in the way of me enjoying this one

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NOSA: They weren’t stingy with the shrimp at all. Like, it was A LOT. Let me get my Food Network on, the lasagne is decadent. Shout out to Marcus Samuelsson and the gang. 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: Truth be told I didn't want to go to Vellvett. Nosa said they had updated their menu but I really thought to myself  "who cares", it'll probably be meh and expensive. It was expensive but not meh at all, absolutely loved it.

NOSA: Vellvett has improved by miles since our last visit. Mainly because of the variety. Look, the entire Blowfish business is solid. From Izanagi to Vellvett to Verandah. 

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

Arayes - N2700

Philadelphia Steak Wrap - N4700

Lobster & Shrimp Lasagne - N7000

 

PARKING

They only have like 4 spots and there are 2 restaurants in there. So yeah, parking isn't the best

The Lunch Club VIII: Vellvett

This one was so straight forward. No back and forth emails or debating over menu or the price. The entire thing got sorted in less than 30 mins. When he offered us the ribeye as one of the mains, we really thought there was a catch somewhere. This Lunch Club menu was an absolute steal.

To put it in perspective, the cheapest steak on the Vellvett menu is the sirloin. We got it when we visited Vellvett and that's N7000. Our 3-course Lunch Club ticket with the ribeye (most expensive Vellvett steak) and lots of wine, was N9500.

Crazy stuff. 

Anyway, our we got a good mix of old and new guests this month. Only one guy got a ticket this time. The men are really slacking. You might meet the love of your life at one of our lunches, uno? Speaking of love, one of our guests is having an 80-person wedding. Like, only 80 guests invited to the thing. That's so amazing. 

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A big thank you to everyone who came through. We've met some awesome people in these 8 months and we hope it continues.

If you'd love to join our little club, sign up HERE.

Eat.Drink.Love

UPDATE: We have a winner! 

Congrats, Meefer!


Roses are red
Violets are blue
and we have a surprise for you

Over the Valentine's period, because it's a whole weekend, Vellvett will have three different special Valentine's Day menus over the three days.

FUNFACT: The chef at Vellvett trained with Gordon Ramsay so he's legit.

Anyways, dinner for the winners will be a 3-course meal at Vellvett and you'll be chauffeured both ways by the good folks at Uber. 

To enter,

  1. Download the Uber app and create an account (if you already have an account, skip this step).
  2. Enter EATDRINKLOVE as a promo code
  3. Leave a comment below with the email address associated with your Uber account AND your favorite love song.

The end. Oh, don't forget to follow Uber on Instagram.

This offer is redeemable for dinner between February 14-16 and the winner will be selected in a random draw on February 13. 

May the odds be ever in your favor!

 

The 5 Best Spots For Valentine's Day In Lagos

NOSA: Valentine's Day is almost here again. Here you are sitting on your ass and out of ideas, again. The Food Court at the Palms is not a date so you better take that rubbish idea out of your head. Being single is no excuse either. #TreatYOSelf2015 is in full effect. As usual, we're here to help you make better decisions. 

FOLLY: This is a PSA from me to all Nigerians (male and female): February 14th is still Valentine's Day, you can "make a date with Nigeria", Fe-Buhari, and all of that but you can still "vote and val".

NOSA: These five spots are sure winners for Valentine's Day. Bae or Baeless. 


Izanagi

NOSA: Folly and I did this for New Year's Eve. They had these little heart-shaped confetti type whatever sprinkled all over the table. It was the cutest thing. 

FOLLY: The food at Izanagi is quality. It's not one of those places that's hit or miss. However, don't expect to go here and get a bargain, it's not "affordable" like that. 

NOSA: If you're really looking for a "cheap" date, check out our little guide to "Dating On An NYSC Budget".

Vellvett

FOLLY: Vellvett is going all out for Valentine's Day this year. They'll have three different Valentine's Day menus over three days.

NOSA: Folly & I have come here a couple of times and we've really liked it for the most part. Like Izanagi, it'll definitely tension your wallet. But it's Valentine's Day so stop being a cheap bastard. #TreatYOSelf2015, this is the move. 

PS: You can win a dinner for 2 at Vellvett on Valentine's Day. Enter our competition HERE

Uptown @ Avenue Suites

FOLLY: If you start the evening a bit earlier, you're likely to get a great view of the sun setting. Then later if Nepa doesn't fall hand and the street lights are lit on Adetokunbo Ademola and Ahmadu Bello, you'll also have another great view as the evening progresses. 

NOSA: I agree, the view is gorgeous. The food isn't bad, but you should go here off the strength of that view. When you're done, you should take a little stroll on the beach too. Hopefully, you don't get robbed

FOLLY: Don't take a stroll please, you'll certainly get robbed. 

RSVP

NOSA: You already know how much I love RSVP, I don't need to reiterate. I'm calling it early, RSVP will be THE Valentine's Day spot this year so you better make your reservations now. Don't be a walk-in on the 14th and prove to your girl that you have NO hands. 

FOLLY: Yeah, if I were you, I'd go in a bit early for my reservation and grab a drink or two at the bar with my date. The drinks are FAB (I'd recommend the Copa del Lebanon) and I think it'll be the perfect way to start the evening. 

Grillroom @ Wheatbaker

FOLLY: Great food and ambience. And with all that dim lightning, it'll be the perfect backdrop for a romantic dinner.

NOSA: I've never been so you're just going to have to trust Folly on how romantic this place is. 

FOLLY: I know a couple that got engaged here. 

NOSA: Fair enough.