Sunday 9.11 p.m
Salut des Gourmandes!
Recently, I put up a post of sweepstakes and some thought I was faffing about. In the name of awuf, some people begged, some threatened, some even bribed me to choose them as the winner but I had promised to be fair , and fair I was in my choice! My randomly selected winner was Mr Yemi Okanlawon who was accompanied by his wife , Damilola. Better luck next time folks. We were to review restaurant X but it was being renovated. Quickly, I whipped out my ever growing list of places to review ( May I never declare bankruptcy because of these reviews oh…Amen). We finally decided on Bistro 7. Everyone that has told me about Bistro 7, has said one similar thing- it is easy to miss the location and yes we missed it too! Thankfully, I had saved their telephone number , so I called them and I was given apt directions. Voila! we were there. The first thing that struck me here was the layout. There was a coffee shop ( The Beanery), The flower shop ( The Rose Garden), then the restaurant. The restaurant was nicely laid out with uber chic furniture and the lighting created a romantic ambience to it. There was a little set up for alfresco dinning. I was instantly attracted to the corner with the cutlery chandelier ( really nice piece of art). There was just something about the ambience that drew you in. The drinks menu was not particularly extensive but it had a little bit of everything. Cocktails are off my list for a while, so I settled for wine, I looked at the prices of the wine and I did a double take…. these dudes that drink wine are real cashogies. The wines were priced between N 8,000- N 30,000 ($53- $200). Its not small something at all. We ordered from the house wine list . Dami & I ordered the Arra Blanc et Noir 2011 (Rose) and Deyemi ordered the Torres san valentine(white). Each glass cost N1,100($7). Were we served what we ordered? We would never be able to tell. The wines were not poured in our presence. Wine enthusiasts in the house, help a novice out please. Is this the norm? I learnt quite a few things about wine here. a.Torres san valentine. b. Arra Blanc et Noir Rose.
Deyemi: As we stepped in, we were greeted by a waiter who didn’t seem to match the upscale environment and I was to find out soon enough that he knew next to nothing about the food being served. Luckily , a supervisor was on hand to answer our questions and give recommendations about the menu. Another thing I noticed was the cluster of other waiters who paid us absolutely no attention. I found it interesting when the waiter confessed the white wine listed was not available and there was a substitute. On Peju’s insistence he showed us the bottle AFTER pouring our wine from the bar – I’ve always suspected most restaurants list fancy named wines and serve something else.
On to the food menu, for our appetizer we requested the Ravioli, whilst we waited, we were served delicious warm bread…..it tasted more like cake. I would love to steal that recipe. Then the Ravioli came, for how quick it came, I reckoned it was not freshly made. If it was freshly made,the cheese filling in it would have been somewhat stringy and the spinach would have greener and not that wilted. It was served with some sort of gravy ( efforts made to know the name of the sauce were futile). It was delicious nonetheless. We unanimously scored it an 8. The food menu had quite a number of Italian staples. For our entrees, we ordered The Prawns Thermidor, Fish in Saffron Sauce and Chicken Cordon Bleu. We did not have to wait too long. The three came at the same . For a couple of secs , when the meals came, I was just transfixed, the three plates looked “scrumpdelicifantasticalllllyyy” good!
First up was my Prawns Thermidor ( N4800-$33), this was cut up sauteed jumbo prawns served in baked cheese sauce, with 2 sides- sauteed vegetables and mashed potatoes. As always, I asked for black pepper for my mashed potatoes, and I dug in..first question I asked was why it had to be one jumbo prawn because it was so dang tasty! Talk of foodgasm. The prawn was perfectly seasoned and that cheese it was baked in took it to a different place of perfection. The mashed potatoes was smooth, rich and creamy. The vegetables can best be described as perfectly sauteed and seasoned mushrooms, peppers and the juiciest cherry tomatoes. The three dishes had the same sauteed vegetables.I grudgingly let Dami and Deyemi taste it. I had a problem with the plate my entree was served in, it was a bit too small and my food was almost spilling out.
Deyemi: For my entree, I had The Chicken Cordon Bleu (N 2,900- about $20). This was served with mashed potatoes sauteed vegetables and a creamy mushroom sauce. Having tasted everyone else’s meal, My meal was in my opinion the tastiest. However it was slightly more salty than I thought was necessary. The chicken was tender and nicely seasoned. The vegetables were really nice too.
Damilola: I had the Fish in Saffron Sauce (3900-$24). I had it with herbed potatoes and a bright yellow sauce ( apparently the saffron sauce) My meal was colourful and tasty with the most delicious vegetables ever. The fish and sauce portion was quite generous. I did not like the fact that my meal was served in such a small plate. I did not want it to finish.
After our entrees, we were handed the desserts menu. It had seven desserts on it out of which only 4 were available. Did u say hmnn? Well, that was not the problem, the problem here was the prices of the desserts. The cheapest dessert here was N1,500($9). For desserts kwa? So I respected myself and said no but for the sake of our review we had to order at least one . Finally, we settled for the Triple flavoured frozen panacotta (N1,500-$9) and the Butterscotch Crepes with banana (1,800-$12). This desserts had better take me to cloud infinity or else…. The desserts arrived and three of us gasped! gasped because of the portions. What? The more you look the less you see!! This is extortion simple.
The triple flavoured frozen panacotta was almost none existent on the plate. This was 2 mini cylindrical Panacotta on a bed of strawberry coulis garnished with halved grapes. I liked the presentation. but it did not live up to the billing. The menu described this as layers of vanilla , chocolate and coffee in a cream based dessert, it was not this, the coffee and chocolate were lost on me. It was rubbery…too much gelatin? The strawberry coulis was delicious though. We scored it a 4. (based on taste and portion). It was not worth that price!
Damilola : When it was time for desserts, I chose a Panacotta, expecting a nice dish of creamy goodness, I was more than disappointed to see two tiny cylindrical globs in the middle of a big plate in the name of desserts.Waste of money. This picture must have been magnified like a gazillion times.
The Butterscotch crepes was nicely presented. Yet again, I did not think it was good value for the money. It was 1 slice of crepe and a scoop of ice cream filled with overripe banana and drizzled with butterscotch syrup. Did it hit the mark? No. it was regular …a little dry. The ice cream was grainy and the over ripe banana it was filled with was not exactly appealing. We all felt we should have stopped at the entrees. We scored it a 4.( based on taste and portion).
After the meals, the supervisor came round to ask how we enjoyed the meal, we commended the nice meals and also mentioned the portions and the quality of the desserts we were unhappy with, he apologized. there was no offer of a replacement .
Dami: Bistro 7 needs to increase the size of their plates, reduce the prices of their desserts (or increase the portions) and also put a sign outside that makes the place stand out on the road.
We paid about N 24,000 for one appetizer, three entrees, two desserts, and three glasses of wine. What saith thou? Expensive or OK?
As promised , I reviewed the restroom. It was well maintained and things were kept tidy in there.
Would we go back there? Yes
MY SCORE CARD
Layout / Ambience/ Aesthetics – 8
Quality of food- 7
Value for money- 6
Thank you for always reading.
273B, Kofo Abayomi street,
Victoria Island, Lagos.