Thursday, 10. 06P.M,
How have you been? I know I went AWOL yet again. I apologize, its been rather hectic at work . The life of an entrepreneur in this town is not for the lily- livered . May God bless the hustle.
I don’t particularly fancy reviewing new restaurants but quite a number of people have spoken to me about this restaurant so I finally caved in. I chose to go during the week because restaurants are generally calmer then, unlike weekends when the chefs have to work under so much pressure.
I asked my friends who recommended 355 Restaurant what they liked most about it and they unanimously said it was the theme. The decor is New- York themed- places, landmarks etc . The furniture and lighting were contemporary, with a slight twist with stone wall tiles. They had street name tags adorning the walls. At the reception, there was a large framed picture of the Brooklyn bridge with a backdrop of the New York skyline. The menu cards were done like New York subway map. This was quite ingenious in my opinion. I really fancied the fact that it was a No Smoking restaurant. Phewww! Good bye to the smell of stale dinning rooms. This is quite a small restaurant, but the space was well utilized. I felt it was kinda tight …. a little bit
We were met by a smiling waiter who introduced herself and showed us to a table, we sat for a couple of minutes and decided to change tables. We realized we were sat near the rest rooms. while it didn’t smell foul, it was quite odorous with a strong disinfectant smell emanating from there .
We were handed the drinks and food menu. The menu was quite extensive… hopefully they had everything they advertised. They had some Mexican , Italian and American staples. Breakfast was available all day too! Will it still be called breakfast though? hahaha. Anyway, I ordered a bottle of coke ( I had been craving this BADLY) with some corn chips and salsa. My date wanted nuts but they didn’t have any, so he opted to share the corn chips. For the meals, we ordered the Chicken salad, Prawns Aoili, smoked Salmon with mashed potatoes.
Our drinks , Corn chips and Salsa ( N700- $4) came together. I loved the corn chips, the salsa was a No-No, it was way too watery and it tasted off . I can’t explain it. I told the waitress who promptly took it away and replaced it with another bowl, this time less watery but just as off and bland. I had my corn chips plain.
The food took a bit to come. I was taken a little bit aback when the salad I ordered as a starter came together with the main course. we had to keep the salad aside to go for the mains otherwise they would both cake up. We decided to share both meals so that we could have a fair assessment of the meals
We started with the Prawns Aoili (N3000-$17), I didn’t particularly enjoy the pasta in this dish. It was cooked right but it wasn’t memorable . For starters, it was almost cold. I had to ask for salt and black pepper because it was bland. Could the chef have forgotten to add seasoning? The pasta was served with chili sauce. I don’t fancy spicy food per se but I decided to try some of this. It then dawned on me that maybe the chili sauce was meant to be mixed in. I added some to the pasta and it tasted much better. So what happens to people that don’t eat spicy food? Will they be forced to eat this too? I felt like I was eating pasta and stew with Prawns. Talking about the Prawns, I don’t know what the chef did to it, but it was delicious!
We promptly moved to the baked Salmon and mashed potatoes (N5500-$31) . When I was ordering this, I don’t remember the sauce she said it would come with it, but I know she asked me to choose. When the meal was served, it was without any sauce or gravy (see picture below). Was I supposed to chow down the mash and salmon like that? so I asked her. She came with the same spicy chilli sauce. My date asked me if the sauce was generic to all their meals. I didn’t have an answer oh. As always, I added black pepper to my mash. First bite- cold mashed potatoes with lumps in it! o ga oh, ( its possible that the mashed potatoes got cold because we did the pasta first) but then how long did it take to eat the Pasta? The mash was cold and lumpy but it tasted alright. The Salmon was BEAUTIFULLY done, moist on the inside and the outside was slightly crisp. I could live on this for days, I decided to try it with the spicy sauce. It was even better. I must have downed a 50 cl bottle of water just to water down the sting of the sauce. It was way too spicy for me but it tasted darned good.
After all that water and spice, my tummy could take no more , I didn’t touch the salad. I requested for it to be packed as take away. I had over done it. I didn’t bother looking at the dessert menu.
All that food ,water and spice had driven me to lazy mode. ( covers face in shame). I did not check the restrooms out but if I could smell the disinfectant from outside, I wonder what it smelled like inside.
Are you wondering why I didn’t write about the salad? Well, I was so high on water and spicy sauce that I forgot to take the packed salad. I remembered when I was miles away. I called the restaurant to ask why it wasn’t given to me. The gentleman I spoke to apologized and was nice enough to offer me another salad whenever I was in the neighborhood.
There is an outdoor lounge / smoking area. Right by the parking area. (I forgot to take a picture)
Would I go back there? For that Salmon, oh yes!
For 2 bottles of coke, 1 bottle of water, 1 starter, 2 mains and 1 appetizer, we paid N14,580. All taxes inclusive.
MY SCORE CARD
Layout / Ambiance / Aesthetics- 7
Quality of food- 7
Value for money- 6
Customer Service- 8.5
355 RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
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DISCLAIMER: These reviews are my opinion of my dining experiences at these places. They are not sponsored by any establishment unless otherwise stated.