Hey Lovely people.
I am rather looking forward to rounding up on this quest for a perfect meal . I have something exciting brewing…..I’m buzzing. Recently I reconnected with my beautiful friend whom I had not seen in such a longggggg time. We decided to have lunch in a serene place where we could catch up on our lives and we wont have waiters almost shooing us off. We decided on Talindo Steak House on Karimu Kotun on Victoria Island.
Talindo is probably Victoria Island’s best kept secret, there is no sign post outside and no form of advert to denote that it is a restaurant. It simply had No 7B gate tag on it.It did not have the fuss of the regular Lagos fancy restaurant, It was very neat and spacious . They also had a bar at the extreme. The first thing I noticed here was the number of expatriate diners.. I had to wait a couple minutes for Miss beautiful to make her grand entrance( a much awaited one) I was close to tears when she strutted in, oh how I have missed my Fola:).. I digress.
At this point, the chic in me was disappearing and Miss grubbido was rearing her somewhat horrid head, we were handed our menu and I was impressed! Something tells me the person that came up with this menu was European, the menu was a fusion of French and Italian dishes. It sounded nice….the taste of the pudding is in the eating yeah? And as if on cue, we both realized we did not have cash, we were both hoping to pay with our cards……we asked the waiter who was assigned to us and he was not sure if it was working, it took all of twenty minutes to realize it was not working…20 minutes because they took the POS machine to different spots to try to get it to work but it did not,(cashless Lagos my fat behind). We had to leave to find the nearest ATM to draw cash.
We returned to the restaurant and placed our order for our meals, I did not order any drink because I realized that of late I’d been indulging a bit too much and considering my recent encounter with restaurant cocktails I decided to steer clear and have water . Its never a good idea in my opinion to do pasta and water. have some red wine.( the indulgent ones here will definitely agree with me) Whilst we waited ,we were served a piece of bread roll each, and to my “wonderment” the menu stated that they would charge N100 extra for extra bread roll!!( You don’t believe me? See affixed photo) this was by no means a fast food place, it was a proper restaurant! Kai, dem fall my hand. I was going to ask the manager about paying for extra bread policy but I decided to hold my peace. It is just bread fa!
I am not sure it took that long but probably because I was sooo hungry, it felt like forever. Our food finally came, I ordered the chicken alla parmigiana served with mashed potatoes and my friend ordered spaghetti alla cabonara,we decided to split both meals and we started with the spaghetti alla cabonara it was almost perfect. It was cooked al dente with lots of bacon and it was quite creamy. I had a problem with the presentation though , it was served plain on the plate no garnishing of any sort. I would have liked some fresh finely cut parsley ….you know just to add some color to it.I ended up with adding freshly ground black pepper.
We cleaned out the first plate and moved on to the chicken alla parmigiana, I must say that this was quite a generous portion. It was 2 large chunks of chicken breast fillet, breaded and baked in cheese and tomato sauce , it was garnished with fried seaweed and slices of bell peppers. It was nice , the chicken was well seasoned. The mashed potatoes on the other hand was such a disappointment. It was rather lumpy and bland…..it lacked that rich smoothness that I knew it to be, perhaps I was expecting too much from there but hey its supposed to be a top notch restaurant. We could not have desserts because my friend had to rush off to meet up with someone. I am not sure I would have been able to eat much of it anyway
I must commend the waiters, they were courteous and the manager actually came round to ask how we liked our meal. I was quite impressed with their customer service. We called for the bill and it was promptly delivered, well Mr waiter that brought the bill did NOT return my change ….generally assuming that it was a tip( I would never understand why they do that)
To the pricing, I do not like to talk about prices of meals at restaurants simply because I am of the opinion that expensive or cheap is relative. However several people have requested for at least a price bracket. We spent less than N15,000($95) but more than N10,000 ( about $65)between us but remember we drank only water . would you say that is expensive or cheap? Over to you ….
Would I go back there? Most likely.
P.S: Be sure to visit the grill bar upstairs, I hear it is quite nice but I did not get to there because we had to rush off.
MY SCORE CARD
Quality of Food-7
Value for Money- 8
Have you dined there? I would like to hear you view…