Places in Lagos: 5 Restaurants I’ve Been To, But Haven’t Reviewed

Sometimes, I visit a restaurant simply to experience the space. However, it’s not every time that my decision goes according to plan. There have been times I had no intention to review but couldn’t help myself and times when I planned to do a review, but the photos just don’t come out nice, or the restaurant is busy.

Here are five restaurants I’d like to review but haven’t reviewed yet.

1. Black Pepper SteakHouse

Black Pepper is a steak house located at Eko Atlantic in Victoria Island. It has a cabana set up on the outside and fine dining setup on the inside. I’ve been to the restaurant twice, and the food was excellent. If you order right, you may get a display of the in-house chef cooking your meal in front of you. The last time I stopped by, we were in a group, and two of our orders had displays. I especially loved the pineapple, cinnamon and ice-cream dessert, which tasted glorious. The chef played a little game of feeding us forkfuls of the meals when he was done cooking. The prices are on the high side so be prepared.

2. Zaza Restaurant & Lounge

Zaza is a new kid on the block. It occupies the same space where Casper and Gambini’s was, and brings a different vibe to Lagos’s already stifling hospitality business. You can easily be anywhere in the world as soon as you walk in. Everything is classy, from the attendants’ outfits to the ambience and decor, the lighting, the table arrangements and live performances. I stopped by Zaza recently for dinner, and I had a great time. Their drinks (cocktails and mocktails) are more expensive than the regular prices. I tried the Honolulu honey cocktail, and I loved it. The food was good too, but you have to be ready to spend before you stop by.

3. Ox Restaurant

When I heard the name ox, I thought the restaurant was going to serve mainly ox meals. However, besides the horns at the entrance of the restaurant and the photo of an ox in their logo, there’s barely anything related to the animal on the menu except the oxtail meal. Ox restaurant has a huge space (both outdoor and indoor), and the outdoor comes alive in the nighttime with cool lights. The restaurant also transforms into the “hangout spot” from Thursdays to Saturdays, and people actually dance. However, the food is very basic.

4. Eric Kayser

Eric Kayser is one of the ones you never forget. It’s a cafe and restaurant located in Victoria Island, Lagos. They make the best baguette in Lagos and serve french bistro dishes. The food is always fresh and the wait time is never long even though it’s always busy. They’ve been around for long and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The prices are fair and you can stop by for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. You can also work there too. I’m yet to visit their other spot in Ikoyi, but I plan to before the year ends.

Crispy Chicken Burger

5. Medusa Lagos

Medusa is a bar, lounge, restaurant and club located in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. It began operations about a year ago and is known for its beautiful space for great photos, soul food and live band nights. I’ve been to Medusa a couple of times, but I’ve never been in the daytime, and I’d like to experience the space during the day before my review.

A photo of me at Medusa

I may still do a “Places in Lagos” post for each restaurant soon, so don’t be alarmed if you see a full review. Which of these restaurants will you visit first?

header credit – @medusalagos

Mariam Shittu

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