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6 Restaurants in Lagos to Reserve Today

The Coronavirus outbreak resulted in the lockdown of restaurants and a careful re-opening, making us think carefully about our movement to certain places. You wouldn’t want to get to a restaurant and find it filled to its maximum capacity. As people stretch their limbs to explore more after being cooped up, it is smart to ensure places you intend to visit can accommodate you. 

Another thing the pandemic did is make restaurants acclimate faster to the digital environment. Restaurants offer contactless deliveries for orders placed via online platforms, and many offer reservations to track capacity in a bid to enforce social distancing. 

While you plan a get-together with your friends for food and drinks, note these restaurants in Lagos offer online or call-in reservation options.

 

  1. Hard Rock Cafe
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If you like a mix of great cuisine, live music events, and a calming ambiance for the little ones (if you have any), Hard Rock Cafe is a perfect fit.  You can make table reservations via a contact number on their website; or make inquiries about other services they offer without being in their outlet physically.

Ease the stress of the day with Happy Hour.

 

2. Cactus 

The sweet tooth has a home in Cactus. From pastry like macaroons and croissants, ice cream in different flavors, gluten-free and vegan options to vegetarian meals, Cactus covers this all. With a great view to add to the list, this is one restaurant you should make an online reservation for before you leave your home.

 

3. Ocean Basket

source: Trip Advisor

Ocean Basket has outlets in Lagos Mainland and Island where they serve a gourmet of seafood and other Mediterranean dishes. If you don’t want to place an order for takeaway or delivery, you can always make reservations to dine in and enjoy the treats of the Sea.

 

4. The Grid Restaurant and Winery

The Grid Restaurant is a hub for African dishes. They also have a selection of continental dishes as well as an extensive drink menu. With murals depicting the Lagos environs and Nigerian Art, the ambiance is satisfactorily cozy. 

For safety reasons, The Grid Restaurant requires making reservations first. It is also open for order deliveries.

 

5. Samantha’s Bistro & Grill

source: Cassie Davies

When we talk about reservations opening doors, Samatha’s Bistro & Grill is high on this list. Her doors are open daily only by making reservations which can be done via their website. 

Meals from Nigerian, Italian, and French cuisines are prepared fresh; this gives you a wide range of options to choose from. Samantha’s Bistro & Grills also has a food delivery system.

 

6. Maison Eric Kayser

With dine-in, takeouts, and reservations available in Eric Kayser, you have the luxury of planning for a magnificent time here in whatever way you prefer. Eric Kayser is both a cafe and a restaurant and the menu spans from hot chocolate and ice cream to lasagna and other pasta dishes. It also has both indoor and outdoor dining options.

 

Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja, now open.

The wait was definitely worth the while, as the newly constructed Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja, officially opens its doors to the public!

 

 Setting an almost unbeatable standard in the Nigerian hospitality industry, Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja stands out with 206 guest rooms and 44 suites, inclusive in all rooms are 55′ inches smart televisions, complimentary WiFi, exceptional Marriott luxury bedding, and many more amenities. 

Marriott brand, making a debut in Nigeria will definitely remain a lucrative move considering the population and level of travel in the country. Also, the location of the hotel is the heartbeat of Lagos making it close and accessible to a wide range of individuals.

 

The newly built hotel also has specially designed amenities for it’s guests including the Great room, the M Club for elite club members, a luxury spa, a fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool, making it perfect for business and leisure and the modern-day travellers.  

Volker Heiden, the Marriott International – Sub Saharan Africa area vice-president stated: “We are excited to have opened the Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja, bringing ‘Marriott Hotels’ transformed vision to Nigeria.”

 

“Lagos is a vibrant and bustling city with much to see and do for leisure and business travellers.

 

“What better place to debut the Marriott Hotels brand in Nigeria with its thoughtful service and intuitive spaces that enable guests to be inspired during their stay.”

Marriott brand has a whooping 580 Hotels and resorts in over 60 countries across the world! The Marriott brand is of USA origin and is among one of the most popular hospitality brands in the world presently. 

Popina fine-dining restaurant of Ebonylife place is back!

Exciting news for Lagosians as Ebonylife Place located in Victoria Island, Lagos, well known as the classy multi-purpose event venue has reopened it’s luxury dining restaurant, Popina.

Popina fine-dining restaurant is one of a kind and will continue to have the attention of gourmet lovers! It was temporarily shut down on 19th March 2020 to comply with covid 19 precautionary measures and ensure customer safety.

 

Now life is slowly returning to normal and having fewer covid-19 cases, Popina fine-dining is back to steal the show!

 

Famous visible artist, Gerald Chukwuma put together the incredible style and design of the posh restaurant. The interior has a touch of elegant foreign features and a fusion of colorful African culture. There is also an enchanting poolside terrace for those who prefer fresh air and the outdoors.

       

Gavin Blaauw who is the chief chef elaborated on the unique menu having a rich blend of French methods, Italian flavours, native ingredients, and a top-notch meal presentation. 

Now the tip of the iceberg which a lot of people do not know of yet is that there is a 50% discount on three-course meals ordered from the common menu! This offer kicked off on Saturday 22nd May 2021 and lasts for seven days. The final day for this offer will be 28th May 2021.

 

Who wouldn’t want to be present at this glamorous dining with delicious cuisines at just half the original prices? Make those reservations on time now!

 

To book and for enquiries, +2349139264355 and also connect to them via Instagram on @popina.lagos

 

Turkish tea

 

 

Most mornings when I wake up, my favourite way to start the day is with a hot cup of black tea with a Turkish blend.

Don’t look at it as your regular tea mix because it’s famous around the globe, rich in ingredients, tasty like none other, and has great health benefits! Whether or not you’ve visited Turkey, you most likely must have heard about Turkish tea. 

 

Turkish tea is made with black tea and is drank differently from how the British take theirs. Turkish locals take their tea black without milk or lemon but with sugar.

Turkish tea is produced in Turkey, in Rize province, and is actually prepared as black tea however it is world known for it’s rich red colour. The unique tea came about to be in the late 1930s, from a plant called Camellia Sinensis and a fascinating feature of the tea is that it’s produced without any additives or chemical substances.

 

Traditional Turkish tea is usually made in a double teapot, the bigger pot is used to boil up water, then it’s poured into the smaller teapot containing the tea and it’s allowed to brew for 15 minutes before drinking. 

This tea remains special and has stayed popular because of its many health benefits. One of the many ingredients in Turkish tea include flavonoids which have antioxidants and can help prevent high cholesterol, heart attacks, weight gain, stroke, high blood pressure, etc 

 

According to British dietician, Lesley Reid~ “The common cuppa is well-known anecdotally for its stress-relieving properties, but scientists have found that it can actually reduce anxiety levels by up to a quarter. Research has also shown that black tea may even help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in adults with mildly high cholesterol levels.”

Modern-day Turkish tea bags can easily be found in local supermarkets around you but any day you find yourself in the beautiful country, Turkey, be sure to try out a nice cup of traditionally made Turkish tea. 

 

Virtual Tours by Concept3D

Technology will blow you away and catch you right back. Waking up to a new reality every day is amazing and in a special way, it gives us hope for a better tomorrow. Picture walking through hotel pathways, restaurants, resorts, bars and so much more without being physically there! Pretty fascinating, isn’t it?

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it somewhat difficult for travel agencies, tourism, hospitality, and so many more companies to find a reasonable balance in revenue.

Concept3D is a world-known company famous for it’s online success with virtual experiences via it’s 3D modelling techniques. A digital leader in creating interactive maps and virtual tours for it’s clients,  so their audience can have an intense feeling of being present in a particular destination or place without actually being there physically.

With so much travel and movement restriction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these virtual tours and maps are quickly becoming essential power tools for professionals in the hospitality, theme parks, educational, travel, and tourism industries, as it serves as a virtual trip advisor for travellers who are yet to visit a place and want to have more detailed information about their destinations before visiting. 

Concept3D was founded in 2006 with the main aim of optimizing virtual sales success. This software was designed to make realistic virtual experiences, so people anywhere on the globe can view and learn about their destinations in realistic form, helping them to make clear decisions and plan ahead.

 

Gordon Boyes, the CEO of Concept3D stated  “With people staying home and unable to travel, the tourism and hospitality industries have been hit hard, and we’re hopeful that this offer and our software can help make a difference as hotels, resorts, restaurants, and many others are doing whatever they can to bounce back,” 

“If a virtual tour or interactive map of your grounds and facility would help, our team is ready to make it happen.”

This means good news to companies in the hospitality, aviation, and tourism fields hit badly by the on-going pandemic, as Concept3D has announced they will be offering their software free of charge to assist such companies in these trying times! This will run throughout the month of December 2021.

For further details on this offer visit their website.

Lagos Restaurants to visit on a Budget

My friend Vanessa and I sat in silence trying to count the places we had visited in Lagos in the last three months. This yielded abysmal results, but we comforted ourselves with the thought that Lagos is an expensive place to even breathe in. 

It didn’t change the fact that we were slowly becoming inept in social interactions and our outdoor lifestyle was suffering greatly, and this couldn’t be blamed on Coronavirus alone. We sat with plain sheets in front of us and our phones keyed on the Instagram page of a food blogger, Foodmap, to create a list of places to visit in Lagos with a five thousand naira budget.

O’Shey Bar & Chops

The first thing Vanessa and I agreed on was we were going to celebrate our re-entering into society with drinks, music, and generally a good time. And because drinking is more fun with company, in the nighttime, and on Fridays; it became a group outing on a Friday evening.

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O’Shey Bar & Chops offers a spill of cocktails, mocktails, and chops ranging from #500-#45,000 with a cool ambiance, funny wall notes, and great music to crown it all. 

With our 5k budget per head, it was more than enough to call it a successful outing back into society.

MyYa’s Cafe

Excluding the fact that I am obsessed with the word ‘Cafe’, MyYa’s Cafe was high on our visit list because it teleports you into Saturday no matter the day of the week you are in.

With waffles made straight up on your order, you get the privilege to watch the waffle iron heat up and dazzle your nose with the batter preparation. Also, choosing the toppings for your waffles has never been more exciting with the variety on the list.

A 5k budget couldn’t get you anything better or in a more cozy setting.

The Chops Factory

One undeniable fact is that a lot of Nigerians love small chops. We were on that list, so imagine a place where their forte is small chops, finger foods, and grills. It was terribly hard not to hide in the kitchen and haunt it for life.

source: the chops factory

The Chops Factory menu was as exciting as the taste with combo prices ranging from #600-#12000. A splurge could not be resisted, but one can definitely sit comfortably amongst the cute greenery and enjoy one of Nigeria’s favourite menu on a 5k budget.

So Fresh

Vanessa periodically is on some kind of fruit-based or green diet, and that is why it made sense to add a healthy meal place to the list. 

source: sofresh.ng

Parfaits, fresh-pressed juices, salads, sandwiches are So Fresh’s territory, and having a filling bite that doesn’t make one smile while chewing and spit it out behind in the presence of company is a feat for ‘healthy’ dishes for me.

You can definitely fill up while being healthy and still be on track with your spending budget.