Places in Lagos| Plant Taine

Plant Taine is a new Caribbean restaurant in Victoria Island, Lagos that began operations in November 2021. I was intrigued by the restaurant because of what they did with their name Plant Taine (plantain), and I checked it out during the holidays in December, but they were not open. I stopped by again last weekend with my friend, A and here’s what I think of the place.

AMBIENCE
We could tell that an old house was converted to a restaurant from the outside. As soon as we walked in, we got a cosy and inviting feeling. There’s a waiting area where we were asked if we had reservations before we were ushered in. The space is pretty with a combination of colours and furniture that gives an old (antique) vibe. There are three sitting areas indoors (by the bar, opposite it and up the stairs), and then there’s a sitting area outdoor (down the stairs) which I love. The purple details are too pretty, and I just had to dine there.

MENU
The food menu is organized into six categories. There aren’t a lot of options, but it’s enough to choose from. The prices are affordable and not as overpriced as the new restaurants on the block. The drinks menu also has some interesting options with an obvious Caribbean twist.

WHAT WE ORDERED
For drinks, we chose Jamaican Mule, Soda Water and regular water. Then, we chose Plant Taine Corn Fritters to start and Curry Goat, Jerk Lamb and a side of Plantain for mains.

Jamaican Mule

Moscow Mule is one of my go-to cocktails, so I thought Jamaican Mule wouldn’t be too far off. Unfortunately, I wasn’t impressed with the cocktail. It tasted watered down, and I was happy A thought so too. The Fritter was sweet and filling, and the vegetables it was served with were fresh and crunchy. We both liked it.

Our mains were served next. The Curry Goat came in a casserole dish, and I was excited to open it. When I did, the meal looked inviting, but I was disappointed about the portion. Trust me; the pictures below don’t show how small the serving is. However, it was spicy and yummy, and the rice and beans were perfect.

Plant Taine Corn Fritters
Jerk Lamb

A’s lamb looked nice, but he wasn’t impressed when he bit into it, so I tried it too. The beef was chewy and not particularly tasty. He wasn’t happy with his food because he chose the most expensive meal on the menu and expected it to be the best. The sweet potato mash was good, and I ate most of it because I was still hungry😂. According to A, the vegetables was the best thing on his plate.

SERVICE & CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
We received a warm welcome, and our waitress was helpful and always available. The wait time was decent though the restaurant was semi-busy. The manager came by to ask how we liked our meals and took our complaints down for the kitchen. All in all, it wasn’t a bad experience, I liked the music and could see myself there again. Hopefully, it’ll be a better experience next time. Parking is outside and limited.

DAMAGE
Jamaican Mule x2 ~ N8,000
Water ~ N800
Soda Water ~ N800
Corn Fritters ~ N3,800
Curry Goat ~ N8,500
Plantain ~ N900
Jerk Lamb ~ N11,500
Our total damage was N38,587.50 inclusive of VAT and consumption tax.

Plant Taine is a beautiful place to hang with friends and family when you’re interested in trying something different. The outdoor space is beautiful and suitable for a small private party.

Out of 10, I rate Plant Taine a 6.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions expressed were not influenced.

If you loved reading this, check out my other restaurant reviews.

Mariam Shittu

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