How are you all? The Nigerian circle on social media was agog this past week because Miss Kemi Adetiba, a renowned video producer was refused entry into Spice Route restaurant on Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island. She was refused entry because she was not accompanied by a male . Yes! You read right. I know they have a right to who they admit and all.. but biko , since when did we need to have male escorts to eat out or even get soial? Only in Lagos. Absolute balderdash! What’s your take on this? Kemi, (if you happen to see this), even though you are always taunting me with food pictures and harassing my eyes, me thinks you should sue the pants off them for gender discrimination. * straight faced*
I went out on a dinner date with my dear friend Fola of the stylefash25 blog. We went to the newly opened Basilico Italian Restaurant on Musa Yaradua street,Victoria Island. There was just something warm about the restaurant that drew me in. I tried to figure it out before we left the place, but I couldn’t . Probably because I was too carried away with chatting with my dear friend. I felt the room was a tad sterile with white walls and an odd painting here and there. They had traditional seats with nicely laid out tables. The best word to describe this would be Warm and Comfortable. OK, I know that’s two words. : ). There was also an outdoor eating area, this area would be my choice any day of the week if it the weather was fine. I have not uploaded any pictures of the interior of the restaurant because, the manger came to us and requested that we didn’t take pictures because management didn’t allow it.
For once in Lagos, an Italian restaurant is sticking to Italian foods only! No continental meals or a few Nigerian dishes to make the menu look “full”. They had straight up Italian foods. Even the wines and digestivos were Italian . The menu was loaded with Italian yumminess, from salads to soups, bruschetta, cheeses, spaghetti, risotto, ravioli, lasagna etc.
We ordered the Assorted starter – Basilico style, the artichoke ravioli with shrimps and basil sauce, Ossobuco creole sauce and saffron rice and mousse al cafe as our dessert. We also ordered 2 glasses of red wine~( I dont remeber the names ) whilst we waited for our food to come.
The waiter came with the bottle of wine, and asked if we wanted to taste it first. Hmmnn in Lagos? She gave us tasters and we said we liked it, she filled our glasses. The wine was served with complementary fish balls and cherry tomatoes. Oh Lawd, please don’t let this free fish balls be IGG,- if you don’t know what IGG is, I cant help ya … The fish ball was OFF THE HOOK! I don’t know what kind of fish was used but it was very well seasoned and it was piping hot! I kinda thought it would have been nicer with some sort of sauce with it, maybe a sweet chilli sauce , but then that’s hardly Italian right? With or without the sauce , it was all forms of amazing.
The Assorted Starter-Basilico way (N1500-$9) was a combination of Grana cheese cuts, Smoked ham, seasoned yellow bell peppers with cheese and a mini serving of chicken salad. Move over Dr Dolls, this chef is my new besto….yes I agree that i am a friend for food. This chef sure knew a way to my belly. I wish there was a picture of me savouring this starter, that would be some picture though. The yellow bell peppers was tossed in olive oil, shaved cheese and some black pepper and probably some secret seasoning, . the chicken salad was not a salad per se , it was well marinated chicken tossed with carrots. it was my first time having Grana cheese , i liked it . All these “elements” put together was one fantastic combination.
When we were placing our order for our entree , we requested that the entrees were to be brought together , uncle waiter brought the Artichoke Ravioli with the starter so we sent it back. On hindsight, we shouldn’t have, we should just have enjoyed it whilst it was still hot because by the time he brought it back, it was warm. The Artichoke Ravioli( N3,500-$20) was freshly made ravioli pasta that was stuffed with artichoke and shrimps, . it was served with basil sauce and some grilled tomatoes. I liked the plating of this dish. The chef added colour to it with the sauce stained plate, the tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. For me, this meal was an ACE! I had no complaints .
The Ossobuco creole sauce with Saffron rice (N3,500-$20) – this was browned and braised veal that was cooked sooo tender that it came off the fork without any hassles. The creole sauce was a first for me so I didn’t know what to expect. Alas! It was brown spiced gravy. I liked it. It worked well with the veal. I however did not like the Saffron rice. First it was cold and secondly, it was bland. Even salt and black pepper didn’t make it better. It was risotto-ish. I am not a fan of risotto so maybe that is why I didn’t fancy it. To me, risotto is soggy rice, unless I have never had it good. If i am wrong, can someone recommend a good place to get fab risotto in Lagos?
We called for the desserts menu and I was disappointed. There was no Tiramisu on the list. An Italian restaurant without Tiramisu? What a shame. They had about 3 or 4 items on the desserts menu, ice cream, creme brulee and Mousse al cafe. We opted for Mousse al cafe (N900-$5). I didn’t like the way it was presented but it was delicious. it was a chocolate mousse with a layer of what I suspected to be condensed milk , it was finished off with a dusting of cocoa powder. The contrast of the unsweetened cocoa powder to the sweetness of the mousse created a perfect balance to this dish. I would still have wanted my Tiramisu but this sufficed in this instance.
After all the food indulgence , I decided to visit the restroom. Hmnnnnn. I wasn’t impressed one bit. The restroom smelled musky, it was a full sized bathroom with a standard sized bath tub in it. Chai chai.…, this people fall my hand no be small! To make matters worse, when you finish doing your business in there, you would have to use the same towel that probably 10 others before you have used .Not a good way to end such foodie goodness. I hope their management will come across this post and do something pronto.
At a little corner in the restaurant, sat a delicatessen, where they had Italian goodies from savoiardi biscuits, virgin olive oil, espresso , all sorts of pastas. Well, since Tiramisu wasn’t available in the restaurant, I bought espresso and Savioradi to make my own Tiramisu at home.
We paid N 11,650-$67 for 1 starter, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, 2 glasses of wine,and a bottle of water. All taxes were inclusive. Be sure to have cash , as their POS machine wasn’t working on the day we visited.
Would i go back? ASSOLUTAMENTE!!! ( Thank God for google translation)
MY SCORE CARD
Layout / Ambiance / Aesthetics- 7
Quality of food- 9
Value for money- 9
Customer Service- 8.
BASILICO ITALIAN RESTAURANT
15, Musa Yaradua street,
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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.