Recently, I came across an article about a deli owner closing his restaurant briefly for attitude adjustment of his staff. Read here . Attitude adjustment?! Is that remotely possible in this clime? I am not sure about that. I came across an acquaintance’s rant on twitter some time ago on a highbrow restaurant she went to in Lagos. Whilst dinning, a fat rat ran across the dinning room. Her friend who went there at a different time had a similar experience. she said the restaurant offered them 10% discount on their meals which they declined and business continued . Question is, what stopped them from closing temporarily to fumigate their business premises? Things you see and hear in this town.
I recently discovered what I would like to call the best kept secret in Lagos. A friend of mine told me about it actually. The Harbour at the Westforsters . It was a bit tricky getting to the location because the numbering is quite haphazard and it is tucked away on Queen’s Drive , Ikoyi. Initially, I thought it was a hotel, I later found out that it was short let serviced apartment whose restaurant and bar were open to the public.
This building reminds me of those charming mansions on Bishops Avenue that make you drool and think of how big you would like to be when you “ grew up”. The dinning room was not particularly large, it would probably sit about 30 people, what it lacked in size , was made up for in the simple Victorian décor which was tastefully done. The lounge music playing and low lights here gave off that romantic vibe. You know the kain place wey na wantintin thoughts go full your head? It was that kind of place. The view was amazing! They also had an alfresco dinning section overlooking the Lagos lagoon and the swimming pool.
A smartly dressed waiter introduced himself and handed us the drinks menu. It was not extensive , just bit and pieces of different kinds of drinks. Mr U & I ordered soda……double side eye. After ordering drinks ,we were given the food menu. They had sandwiches, salads, pizzas and soups , pastas , stuffed chicken, and a few desserts. In as much as I was not particularly pleased with menu listing, I quite appreciated that they kept it simple enough i.e no fancy name that I couldn’t pronounce.
For the starters, we ordered the Prawn Salad with grape fruits. For the mains, we ordered Seafood Pasta and Baraccuda fish with sautéed potatoes and vegetables.
The Prawn Salad (N3,000-$17) came first. I liked the plating, simple yet interesting to look at. This salad was sautéed prawns served on greens, with a side of grape fruit and oranges. I asked the waiter for the dressing and he said there was none. Hmmnn . He said we should try it first to see if we needed any more dressing. The chap was sure right. The salad had just the right amount of dressing. I don’t know the exact dressing but it worked so well with the salad. He came back to ask if we still wanted it and we said No. He had this “yeah we got them” look on his face as he walked away. The salad was served with toasted baguette.
The main courses came together. We decided to start with Seafood Pasta (N,4600-$26). You know when you look at food and your mouth waters? That’s what happened when I saw the seafood pasta. The plate looked like it had too much going on but believe me when I say it all worked well for this dish. The pasta was tossed in spicy cheddar cheese sauce and Asian sugar snap peas,carrots, shrimps, mussels and broccoli. Right in the middle of this was a sauteed jumbo Prawn with a side serving of cheese. Tres delicieux !! I would definitely give it an ace.
The Barracuda with vegetables (N4000-$23). The fish was pan seared and served atop seasoned fresh vegetables. It was served with herbed baked potatoes , garlic butter and some pepper sauce that I refused to touch out of fear of it being spicy. The fish was a bit under spiced on its own but the garlic butter and a bit of salt perfected it . The herbed baked potatoes was nicely done. slightly crispy on the outside and and soft inside. And those vegetables, crisp and nicely seasoned!
Worthy of note here is the portion sizes, it was just right. By the time I was done sharing the three dishes with Mr U, I didn’t have room for water not to talk of dessert. Yes I skipped on dessert. Even I was taken a little aback about that decision. Besides the desserts menu, was quite uninteresting and expensive. Why should I buy 2 scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream for (N2,200–$13)? The jazz no catch me reach. I am beginning to think I need emoticons for such situations as this. Ishhh.
For 1 salad, 2 main dishes, 2 bottles of soft drinks , we paid N 14,735. ( Taxes were included) And NO! the waiter didn’t bring my change! After such nice service? Booooo.
Would I go back there?…. Absolutely.
MY SCORE CARD
Layout / Ambience / Aesthetics- 9
Quality of food- 9
Value for money- 8
Customer Service- 8
70, Oyinkan Abayomi street ( Formerly Queens Drive)
Tel: 07046126577, 014484100-3
DISCLAIMER: These reviews are my opinion of my dinning experiences at these places. They are not sponsored by any establishment unless otherwise stated.