Monday 9.54 P.M.
Hey beautiful people,
Oh gosh , can it be September already? My little madams are driving me bananas. I have new found respect for teachers and minders who stay with these children for long hours. For this review, I had to go with them or no review this week again…. little did I know! My food probably digested before I even left the restaurant.
I have been itching to review Restaurant La Provence. In my previous posts, it was referred to as “Restaurant X” . My first sweepstakes winner and I were supposed to review it but it was being renovated. The second attempt was when my date stood me up… so finally I got the chance.
Restaurant La Provence shares the same building with Casa Lydia on Glover road, Ikoyi . If you missed my review of Casa Lydia, please find it here. It is a small cozy restaurant that sits about 40 people. There is no specific theme here, it is just a mix and match of different chairs with basic table settings. To a corner is a bar with contemporary lighting.
A pleasant looking waiter introduced himself and offered us a table for 4. He brought the drinks menu but I did not even so much as have a look at it because I did not want to have that horrid cocktail experience yet again, so we opted for water especially as my kids had been overindulging with all that sugary and fizzy drinks. Well, the waiter tried and tried again to get me to order a cocktail. I then shared my last cocktail experience with him and he shocked me…. he said, ” I’ll mix you a cocktail…… on the house”. In Lagos?! I am always wary of freebies in this town. I took him up on it. I did not choose any. I told him to fix anything nice. And I waited…
Owing to the name of the restaurant, I was expecting to see provencale or french dishes but they had mostly Italian and inter-continental dishes with a dusting of french staples. It was quite extensive. For our starter, we decided on Chicken salad. For the main course , we decided on Barracuda poached in Champagne sauce served with mashed potatoes and the New Zealand Lamb with sauteed potatoes. I knew we would not be ordering desserts because I had promised my mini mes we would take them somewhere to eat ice cream, also because I had an unpleasant dessert experience at their sister restaurant and they had the same dessert menu.
Mr waiter “the mixologist” came back with my yellow cocktail, Hmmnn mango or orange I figured. I am not a fan of ripe mangoes. Infact I often get teased about eating goat mango (green/ unripe mango). Well, for one it was not served in a tumbler. It looked nice. I tasted it , it was Mango Daiquiri…the good type I was pleasantly surprised, it had just the right touch of everything. Mr U tried it as well and gave it the double thumbs up. The minis-mes wanted some but selfish mummy would not share…. they did not understand that I was not being selfish , I just didnt share because it had alcohol.
The Chicken Salad (N 2,000- $12) came next, this took about 35 minutes from when we ordered, this was eternity considering how hungry we were. One of the little misses had started asking for ga-ga-at ( groundnut). The salad was well worth the wait… The chicken breast was deliciously marinated and grilled. it was served on a heaped bed of lettuce , tomatoes, zucchini and cabbage. There was some sort of dressing drizzled on it. It worked perfectly for me but the menu stated that it came with Mayonnaise dressing I did not see any. I know it was just a starter but the portion was not commensurate to its cost. When the plate was empty, Lil miss 2 wanted more. Wahala dey o….
The main dishes came next, first up was the New Zealand Lamb with sauteed potatoes and some sort of gravy ( 4500-$28 ). i liked how the plate was put together. The sauteed potatoes was awesomely delicious. I could go on and on about this…the lamb and the reduction sauce….all shades of awesome… in three words, I’d say tender, well seasoned, and delicious….did I say delicious before? yes it was worth mentioning twice. For me, this was an ACE.
The Barracuda poached in champagne sauce (4000-$25 – where do they get all these fancy names from? ) It was served with mashed potatoes and some sort of tomato sauce. for someone that eats with her eyes first, this was very well put together. The mashed potatoes was garnished with a carved tomato flower with an olive as the bud. it looked quite appealing to the eyes. it was smooth and fluffy but it lacked the creaminess I was expecting. The fish on the other hand was well seasoned and crisp,not overcooked as with other staples in this part of the world. We gobbled it down in no time.
Little miss 2 still wanted her salad .. the waterworks was in full operation . When the waiter came to the table to clear plates, he asked why she was crying, we said she wanted more salad… mummy and daddy were going to be mean because at this point, we had had more than enough to it, the salad would have wasted if we had ordered another. To my astonishment, Mr waiter came back after about 5 minutes with a mini bowl of salad for her. This is full of surprises. The smile she gave him could have lit up a hundred watt bulb. I had to ask him his name again… His name was Kelvin. He became her Uncle Kelvin instantly…….talk about FFF ( friend for food). Here is Kelvin’s picture below.
When we were leaving I asked if they enjoyed the meal, they said they loved it and asked when we could go to see Uncle Kelvin again….. chai they can thief this my shidren with food oh. I hope a member of Restaurant of La Provence will read this post . ” Uncle Kelvin is a fab waiter and mixologist … Thank you for the extras. I am of the opinion that they need to get toddler chairs to make it more child friendly.
We paid about N12,000- $75 for 1 appetizer and 2 entrees. The mango Daiquiri and mini salad were on the house… lucky us right?
Would I go back there? …. A Resounding Yes.
MY SCORE CARD
Layout/ Ambience / Aesthetics- 7
Quality of food- 9
Value for money- 9
Customer Service- 10.
RESTAURANT LA PROVENCE
19 , Glover Road, Ikoyi.
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