Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Saymama's Best in City Series - Lagos v.1

Hi folks! I know, I know...
So! I’ve put together what will become one of many series based on my personal reviews and recommendations of certain things or places. This is my Lagos series highlighting where to find the best of certain things. These are my favorite things in Lagos that I can’t live without.

Best Cappuccinos in LagosCandies on Kofo Abayomi in Victoria Island; Orchid on Isaac John in GRA Ikeja

Best Croissants in LagosLa Saison - off Awolowo Road in Ikoyi (Tosan Cakes’ café); Chocolat Royale - Etim Inyang in Victoria Island

Best Breakfast in Lagos – (rankings 1-4 with 1 being the highest) Orchid on Isaac John in GRA Ikeja; 2. Candies - Kofo Abayomi in VI; 3.Chocolat Royale on Etim Inyang in VI; 4. Robert’s Café -Akin Olugbade Street, VI

Best Bread in Lagos – Hands down! And the award goes to Oasis Supermarket -Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way, Ikeja; 2. Agoyin Bread from the clay ovens of central Lagos -off Igbosere Street; 3. Chocolat Royale in VI

Best Ofada Rice Lunch in Lagos - And the award goes to Terra Kulture - Tiamiyu Savage Street, Off Bar Beach Road, Victoria Island. Check out their newly updated website above. This is an arts centre that comes with a restaurant, art gallery, book store, to name a few. The rustic ethnic theme of the restaurant sets a somewhat cosmopolitan tone for the authentic nigerian cuisine on the menu. When in the mood for a lunch of very good Ofada rice in particular, this is the place to go as they have managed to maintain a consistency in the quality of this item on the menu. This is a great place for lunch with the girls or business meeting and get this -they actually have reliable WiFi! - in the event that you want to lunch and cyberwork on your lappie by yourself. Ofada and the internet go very well together.

Best Bookstore - Quintessence - Falomo Shopping Centre, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi - This is a unique Oasis that meshes art, books of African and Nigerian origin, magazines, ethnic nick-nacks, music with mellow but rich ambience that makes you forget the bustling madness that is Lagos. This is a favorite haven of mine. Don't be surprised if you go in there just to look around and you end up spending all the money in your purse or pockets. Perfect place for unique book or gift items too for friends local and abroad. Trully worth it.

Best Unique Shopping Experience in Lagos -(if you just wanna get that dress and go and possibly wear the same day or night ‘prêt a porter’)- Tiffany Amber -Palms Mall, Victoria Island(I must say though, that for that unexpected pleasant surprise in an outfit is what one gets on the off chance that you find yourself in a Tiffany Amber store. It beats me though as to why the company still does not have a website, even after 10 years in business! Even if its just for general information with a nice picture of an outfit on the main page. It's almost 2009 people!); Tae in GRA Ikeja; Jewel By Lisa - Ikoyi

Best (favorite) Cafes in LagosOrchid Bistro (can the real Dr. Robert please stand up!)in GRA Ikeja; Chocolat Royal (best and most courteous service); Candies on Kofo Abayomi (best salads and sandwiches in town; the waiters are a bit grumpy, but once you smile they soften up and smile back – usually. Also, it has a decent window view if you want to look out on to bustling Victoria Island will you eat or sip.

Best Chin chin in Lagos – The mama with the big boobies and extended derrière on the corner of Moloney Street in Central Lagos. They have the franchise of the very best chin chin this side of the equator on lock.

Best Plantain chips in LagosLaide’s on Adeyemo Alakija Street, across from Citibank’s old offices (Commerce House), under a big faded Celtel umbrella. She’s got attitude though, so watch out. When your car is slowly moving in traffic as you approach her, she’s quick to tell you, “I can’t run o, I’m not a young girl”. Nor does she deliver (which is quite narrow-minded for a small/micro entrepreneur in Lagos, given the fact that these days, “everybody” delivers for the right price; even the guy selling telephone credit will be happy to deliver to your house if you so choose, since everybody has a mobile phone these days! But you can call her to place large orders and pick up yourself. BUT, her chips are THE BEST. Take my word for it.

Best Cosmopolitan in townOrchid Bistro in GRA. To my utter surprise, I finally found a place in Lagos where cosmos are made the way the gods initially intended and designed, and served in the martini glass that it deserves to be in. At other bars and spots, whom I shall have mercy upon and not mention, if you order for a cocktail drink, especially for something as simple as a cosmo or a spin of martini origin, it will come in a fugly drinking glass (big and unwelcoming), chock full of nastily shaped –looking ice cubes, all watery and nasty* with a big ol’ oversized straw crassly sticking out of the glass. SMH. So if you are ever thirsty for a real cosmo in Lagos, drive down (or up) to Orchid’s Bistro. They have it all figured out.

Stay tuned for new updates in theses series!


Saymama :-)



I can't believe you have been blogging for this long and I only just found your site. Nice recommendations you have here. Will definitely check these places out when I return to Lagos.

Take care and have a happy new year!

In my head and around me said...

I agree with most of what you have here. Never heard of Orchid istro. Just because it kept coming up, I am going to have to visit. Have you been to Bambuddha? Its a lovely place too.

Ofada in Terra Kulture? i have to go there o! I hope it is the brown kind...I have only found that in one place. everyone else seems to have the red sort made with ripe tomatoes.

Saymama said...

@In My Head..yes been to Bambuddha quite a few times and drinks are quite good but that's about it for me unfortunately :-(. But Ofada at TerraKulture is not the brown type o..but it rocks nonetheless. Order it with their side of dodo in cubes :-).

@Solonsydelle..thanks and belated new year wishes to you too. Pls keep checking back at Saymama!

Dreamyetty said...

My my I can't believe you did not rate the bread by Shoprite. That's one of my all time bests as breads go. But the queue is always horrendous.

Tannaz said...

Thanks for the suggestions. I wanted to also add my two cents:

First, I agree with Orchid Bistro having the best breakfast. It's great. But I would add Ocean View Cafe as having the best Croissant, and Jazz Hole has great cappuccino.
But I think Chocolate Royal has the WORST service. I've walked out twice and waited for 30 minutes for a coffee and muffin once. I have vowed never to go there again!
Bishops Cottage has a great cafe. There are a lot of new places popping up.

Anonymous said...

Been reading plenty about preservative lately and figure that's why Shoprite bread last so long without getting moldy...even the fungus are finicky...just my 2 kobo.

Saymama said...

@Tannaz - I have heard many vehement reports that Chocolat Royal's service and treatment of certain types of customers is terrible. I have been slightly annoyed by them once or twice myself. Clearly they need some 'real' competition.
Regarding Bishop's Cottage? Where is that? Never heard of it. Clearly I have to write an update on this series! You're right, new and cool places springing up everyday in Lagos.

@Anonymous - I have never had Shoprite's bread, but those that swear by it, really swear by it. That's scary about the bread taking forever to spoil! LOL.
Thanks for stopping by!

Lifelover said...

Now I have to agree with your analysis but truly shoprite bread is awesome!!!!!
Ofada rice at terra kulture was simply amazing,couldn't believe that I had finished eating when I did though the WiFi didn't really impress me that day. Good work

Tannaz said...

Hi there Saymama, Bishops Cottage is on Bishop Aboyade Cole Street near Nail Studio, # 17b. Also try the Chai Latte, it's amazing :)

missbalance said...

My google search for orgasmic cheesecake in Lagos has directed me here. Not the exact keywords tho.