In this article, we’ll be looking at 10 Lagos restaurants that you should visit when they fully re-open. As the state continues to work on models on how to control the COVID -19 pandemic and planning measures on how to ease the lockdown fully, lots of people will like to take out some time outside their homes to enjoy the beautiful restaurants around the busiest city in the country.
We round up 10 of the best wine-focused restaurants in Lagos which you should make a beeline for when they reopen.
Ocean Basket might be one of the pricier places to eat on the Lagos mainland, but it’s also home to the best seafood platter in Lagos. Add to that the aesthetically pleasing space — think handwritten food notes on a white-chalk wall, pastel furniture, and chandeliers hanging from a ceiling that mirrors a sea wave — and the rooftop dining-area restaurant, and suddenly the bill doesn’t seem so bad. The full-deck platter with prince prawns, mussels, calamari, calamari steak strips, and fish is ideal for a party of five or more, but there are smaller versions too if you’re splurging solo.
Address: 58c Isaac John St, Ikeja GRA Lagos, Nigeria.
Street-food vendors in Lagos, with their makeshift kitchenettes under large umbrellas, are referred to as bukas. Bukka Hut, although not a street-food vendor, serves Nigerian meals that its proprietors swear are prepared the same as street-food bukas, and so have the signature flavors that make them so irresistible. Try the ofada rice at Bukka Hut, a locally grown rice which, because it is not overly processed, is slightly brown when cooked. The rice is served with an accompanying sauce called ofada sauce, which is prepared using fermented locust beans, assorted meat, smoked fish, palm oil, bell peppers, and Scotch bonnet peppers.
Adress: Gbagada – Oworonshoki Expy, Gbagada Lagos, Nigeria
This is an amazing restaurant where you can enjoy the best of Nigerian local cuisine and the restaurant also serves delicious continental dishes blended with a localized service that makes you feel at home.
Jevinik Restaurant is a favorite restaurant chain in Nigeria that offers the best of Nigerian delicacies like melon soup, draw soup, cow leg, catfish, pounded yam, and many more. Located in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Aba and Owerri, Jevinik is the best place for visitors to taste Nigeria cuisines in a truly Nigerian setting. The legendary warm hospitality of Nigerians is exemplified by the superb service that adds to the flavor of the meals. Continental dishes are also on their menu.
Chef Eric Kayser’s restaurant may be known for its Italian offerings, like the delicious pasta, but you should visit for the freshly made pastries. His eponymous franchise is a French bakery and patisserie, but its Lagos debut is a full-fledged restaurant with starter and main-course dishes. Make sure to try the quiche and award-winning croissants. [$$ – $$$]
NOK Garden by Alara
Alara is a high-end African fashion brand that has expanded its luxury aesthetic to African cuisine via its fine dining restaurants, NOK, and NOK Garden. Chef Pierre Thiam is behind dishes like abula, which it only serves on Thursdays. Abula is a more luxurious version of amala, a light brown or black fluffy meal made from cassava or yam flour. Also in the service offering is thiebou Jenn, the Senegalese version of Nigerian Jollof, served with a generous portion of flavourful steamed onions.
Orchid Bistro is another cozy restaurant and the perfect getaway from Lagos hustle. The food is excellent here and the waiters know to appear when needed. And if you’re feeling outdoorsy, there’s a gorgeous garden full of tulips to express your perfect love. OK, maybe not on the first or second date – something to look forward to.
Address: 58A Issac John Street, Ikeja, Lagos
Sky Restaurant & Lounge, Eko Hotel
Sky Restaurant located in the penthouse of the Eko Hotel has the best view of the Atlantic Ocean and Eko Atlantic in Lagos. Seriously it doesn’t get better than this. Making it a prime spot for popping the question (please find another proposal location). Whilst the decor is somewhat dated and traditional, everything else makes up for it. From the scenic view to the amazing food and impeccable service, everything is notably top notch. Make sure you pick a table by the window.
Address: Eko Hotel and Suites, 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Elephant Bar Restaurant
The elephant bar is one of the favorite restaurants in Lagos. It has several delicacies on its menu like grill croaker fish, mixed grill, and cocktail. It is a popular restaurant with an extensive menu, from cocktail and mixed grill and grilled croaker fish. The bar also offers assorted drinks with live bands to soothe your soul while you savor the taste of their chilled beer.
Marcopolo Oriental Cuisine
This amazing restaurant offers the best of Asian and Chinese dishes including seafood and noodles. Marcopolo is one of the most favorite Chinese restaurants in Nigeria. The restaurants are stylishly designed and they are suitable for family gatherings. The menu combines a variety of Asia cuisine and the restaurants also boast an exceptional dining experience.
Address: 9A Karim Kotun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
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