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Craft Gourmet For Brunch

Craft Gourmet by Lou Baker

3rd Floor, Mega Plaza, Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

0703 265 2069

NOSA: It took some time, but Craft Gourmet is FINALLY open on Sunday's. It's at the expense of Monday, but I'm sure we can all live with that. We've already accepted restaurants don't open on Monday anyway. 

FOLLY: Mondays are basically restaurant owner's Sundays i.e. most people take it easy on Sundays and eat out instead of cooking at home.

An unfortunate camera incident caused us to lose our nice pictures. Nosa had these on his phone luckily and I'll update this post if my photo recovery is successful.  

NOSA: In addition to the new opening time, there have also been a couple tweaks to the menu too. For instance, our starter, the Hummus with Meat, is a very welcome addition. 

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The meat isn't ground beef like everywhere else, but rather little beef cubes. Folly didn't care too much for it, but I really liked it and I thought it was a nice touch. It gives hummus this faux fancy vibe. 

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FOLLY: Definitely can feel faux fancy when there are mimosas to accompany it. However, it's not that I didn't care much for it, I just prefer the minced meat. It may be the more pedestrian choice but I prefer it cause it's easier to chew and that's not because I have old people teeth. 

NOSA: The hummus at BL Restaurant shades it a little bit for me. It's very close, but the thickness of the one at BL wins it for me. 

FOLLY: I agree. Also, price wise BL's hummus is slightly cheaper than Craft Gourmet's. 

NOSA: For my main, I got another new addition to the menu: the Chicken & Waffles

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FOLLY: Snuck into Craft Gourmet last week and had this when I met up with one of my friends for lunch. He's still salty. This time, I stuck to an old faithful, the Scrambled Eggs x Bacon x Pancakes combo

NOSA: The waffles are so so good. I really appreciate the fact they went with regular waffles (well, not too regular, there's cinnamon in this one) over the Belgian waffle because the Belgian ones don't work too well with chicken. 

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FOLLY: Initially you think why is it brown, could it be whole wheat or some other healthy take on waffles but when you taste it you kinda understand the colouring comes from the added cinnamon spice. 

NOSA: The real appeal of Chicken & Waffles is how the flavour profile is an interesting juxtaposition of sweet and savoury. With the Craft Gourmet iteration, the chicken is a bit passive. It's delicious, but it could be so much more. The chicken feels overwhelmed by the waffle in a way. It's like when the most popular girl in school starts dating the shy kid in her class.  If we could just a little bit more personality from the chicken, we're on to a winner. 

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FOLLY: Speaking of winners, we've said this on Twitter, but the pancakes at Craft Gourmet at the best in Lagos, argue in your house, please. Every time pancake day comes around, we're inundated with requests on where to have the best pancakes in Lagos, now I have an answer. Shame pancake day is gone for 2016, but in 2017 an EDL x Craft Gourmet Pancake Day special has to happen. 

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FOLLY: Oh, and to drink we had mimosas and the pink prosecco (prosecco tinted with hibiscus flowers). For each jug, we got about 4.5 pours which, I think, is a steal (N667 per glass). 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: Craft Gourmet is an important addition to the Lagos Sunday brunch scene. Very important to the culture.

FOLLY: I love that they have good food and drinks as well as a gorgeous space. You actually don't have to compromise on anything here, which is extremely rare in Lagos. 

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

Mimosa - N3000

Pink prosecco - N3000

Chicken & waffle - N3600

Hummus with meat - N3000

Scrambled egg x bacon x pancakes - N3200

 

 

PARKING

Mega Plaza has the huge parking garage so you're sorted.

I Met Her...at Ice Cream

Ice Cream Factory

5 Admiralty Way. Lekki Phase I, Lagos.

0809 395 8099

FOLLY: So basically, right after Mama Ebo we drove down to Ice Cream Factory on Admiralty for a palate cleanser of sorts. Did you know the original Ice Cream Factory branch on Omega Bank close is now closed? RIP

NOSA: It was across the street from Pattaya, right? I wonder what happened. Do you know there's a Lynxxx song about this place?

Ice Cream Factory (ICF) used to be such an integral part of Noble's "Memoirs of a Slu...ssssh". The internet was so fire that year. I remember I used to make jokes about that blog in my other life. Good times. 

This place reminds me of those joints in Nollywood movies where the hero and his love interest go eat jollof rice & chicken for their first date. She's going at her chicken with her fork and knife, while Celine Dion plays in the background and his poor acting chops show up in the fake conversation he's supposed to have with her. I'm sorry, I have AfMag warriors in my house.

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FOLLY: So I ordered only my second favourite dessert EVER – Apple Crumble.  First is crème brûlée, then apple crumble, and finally cheesecake. In case you were wondering, there you have it.

Anyways, you know how you can be certain that this Apple Crumble is amazing?  Cause Nosa ate it and he’s a self-professed hater of fruits and so many other things,. It’s really so much easier for Nosa to hate things than for him to like them.  

NOSA: Hating things really comes so naturally to me. Probably easier than walking. I probably learned to say "No" before "Yes" as a baby.

FOLLY: I, myself, am a former hater of apples but this dessert changed me. When I get married, my guests will probably be served more dessert than real food. There’ll also be no swallow at MY wedding, there’ll be swallow at my parent’s wedding though, aka my traditional wedding, I love you amala, but I have to bench you cause you could stain my white.

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NOSA: I actually prefer this one to the one we had at Orchid Bistro. The Orchid Bistro one was like cake and pap. Abeg, I'm not involved. 

FOLLY: Anyways, I  really do love Orchid Bistro and Ice Cream Factory’s Apple Crumble equally because although they are the same dessert they are made in two distinctively different ways.  

 Nosa prefers ICF’s because it’s served without “pap” aka custard.

But here’s what really makes them different: Orchid’s is a sweeter crumble, while ICF’s is a delightful oaty crumble with a cinnamon-y apple base.

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NOSA: The ICF one is a lot "dryer".

FOLLY: When I bake this dessert myself I use a recipe similar to ICF’s.

Okay, okay, if I had to pick Ice Cream Factory wins.

NOSA: While Folly got the Apple Crumble, I got the Belgian Waffle with Tiramisu Ice Cream. 

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As far as waffles go, this might be the best one I've had in Lagos. Better than the ones at Crust & Cream and Mico's House of Chicken & Waffles. This one got a couple more seconds in the waffle iron and that's the key thing for me. It might not work for you, but it definitely worked for me. 

FOLLY: Negative, Sir. Bistro 7's is the best I've had in Lagos.

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NOSA: Didn't hurt that it actually tasted like they used proper waffle mix not one of those "pancake or waffle, as the spirit leads" mixes. Helps a whole lot.

POSTCRIPT

NOSA: Let me not front, Ice Cream Factory is one of the better, if not the best, dessert places in Lagos. The place is actually not bad. I really thought Coldstone would take them out of business, but they've survived. As soon as that Hans & Rene joint opens full time, they might proper competition. 

DAMAGE

Belgian Waffle - N1700

Apple Crumble - N2100

The Chicken & Waffles Spot in Lekki

Mico's House of Chicken & Waffles

1 Victoria Arobieke Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

0909 215 9056. 0701 066 2215.

NOSA: We tend to get a bad rap for only going to "Western" places and while that's a fair angle to look at it from, I think it's a terrible one. Food in Lagos doesn't exist in a binary. There are various cuisines in our wonderful city and it's only right to celebrate them. It's not an "us vs them" thing. Lagos, in a way, is a melting pot of experiences. These restaurants are in your Lagos. Not London or Houston or even Abuja, but Lagos. So stop being grumpy smurf and live a little.

Anyway, one time for Meefer for recommending this place. 

FOLLY: Uh huh,  "reader of the week"

NOSA: I liked the diner-ish feel of the space and the red tables and the fact they photoshopped IHOP plates on their poster. Well, not that last part. I thought that was terrible.

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NOSA: Some lady actually came in here and ordered their apple salad and I was damn near ready to fight her. You came in a Chicken & Waffle spot, ma'am, why are you ordering an apple salad? It's like me walking into White House and ordering fried rice. Amala or bust, fam.

FOLLY: This was my first time having chicken and waffles. For how much I claim to be a southern belle, this is a major fail on my part.

NOSA: You get the benefit of doubt since this is an LA thing for the most part.

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FOLLY: I really enjoyed it. Nosa can tell you about how I smother by bacon in pancake syrup and then dip it in ketchup so I'm definitely all for innovative food combinations, and even more so those that involve pancake syrup. 

NOSA: That bacon thing you do is forever gross.

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NOSA: The waffle was a bit pancakey. Waffles should be airier and with a little crisp. It was almost like they put pancake batter in their waffle iron. 

FOLLY: Mico's should hire me to consult for them. I perfected the art of waffle making in the dining hall when I was in college. Mine never stuck to the waffle iron or got burnt, my friends used to ask me to make waffles for them.

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NOSA: The chicken, on the other hand, was great. Quality southern fried stuff. I respect it.

FOLLY: Maximum ratings for the chicken. I kept telling Nosa I could eat a bucket of the chicken. Mico's if you're reading this please add a chicken bucket to your menu - I'll never go to Chicken Republic again. 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: I won't lie, I wanted to hate on this place soooo much. I think the logo and title font are both rubbish, in fact. But, this place isn't bad. Lagos needs places like this tbh. Sure, Nigerians won't understand it at first but if you build it, they will come.

They even offer breakfast all day. What they really need to do is be open 24-hrs like IHOP. They'd kill it as drunk food. Well, they need to add a V/I location sha. 

FOLLY: Or a food truck, outside any of those dens of iniquity in VI. It'll change the game. 

DAMAGE

Chicken & Waffle Special - N2000

Waffle Drumstick - N600