Right now I'm on my way back to Lagos. I was away for a somber occasion (everyone please hold your family and friends tight, and let them know you love them today). The journey there went well, so thank God. I spent Saturday just chilling and resting, because I really needed it. But yesterday, I went to Asia. :)
As in, Asia Town.
The restaurant in Port Harcourt.
Oops, did you think I meant Asia, the continent? My bad.
Anyways, I grew up in Port Harcourt, and when I first moved back to Nigeria, I lived there with my dad. Then in 2012, I moved to Lagos for NYSC, met Cakes, got a job, yada yada yada. I used to visit PH very often (once a month) in 2012. I once thought I'd want to live here because it's my hometown (well, one of them), but after living in Lagos, sorry o. I like to have fun. PH doesn't have a wide variety of fun things to do. And no, clubbing every single weekend is not my idea of fun (occasionally, yes, regularly, no).
Where was I going with all that long story? Oh yeah, so last year, or maybe 2013, I heard of a new restaurant in Port Harcourt, that everyone was excited and raving about. In my last few trips here, I didn't get a chance to check it out. But yesterday, my mum suggested we have Sunday lunch there. So, I packed my bag, put on some makeup (because SHE was wearing makeup and I didn't want to look like her housegirl/driver), and off we went.
We drove up, and I went "oooooooooooh" as soon as we got in the gate. It looks so nice and pretty from the outside, innit?
And then you walk in, and you gasp over how pretty it is inside. I was very very impressed with the decor.
|This is with camera effects|
|The ceiling has this sky motif. I'd love to see it at night.|
|Very nice buffet area.|
The ambiance is on point! You might even forget you're in Nigeria for a second.
Apart from the dining area, there's a large lounge area, that I expect is full at night. I could totally see myself just going for drinks whenever I'm in PH.
Okay, enough with the decor and ambiance, right? Let's get on with the foooooooooooooooooood!
Something I have to mention is that Asia Town has their branding down pat. Everything is branded. While ordering our drinks, we asked for a large bottle of water to share, and our waiter told us they didn't have large bottles of water. I thought this was weird and ordered small bottles. When the water arrived, I figured out why there were no large bottles of water.
|Yup, even their water bottles are branded. There's no way you'll forget where you are :p|
My chapman was nice. It was sweet, cold, and did the job. Now for the food.
|Funny story about the chicken. I'll tell you about it at the end.|
|Oops, I didn't realize the picture was blurry. I guess I was too hungry to notice or care.|
|This is supposedly chocolate mousse. It didn't look moussey to me|
FOOD I ACTUALLY ATE
|The prawns were succulent!|
So this chicken... It's called Congo Chicken or Chicken Congo. I asked why it was called that, and the closest waiter said "It's just regular marinated chicken." At that point, I asked, "Why not just call it marinated chicken?!" But I will tell you that this was the absolute best thing on the whole menu. I couldn't stop eating it.
All the food looks really good, right? Well, it mostly stops at looking good. Apart from the chicken, prawns and cake/ice cream, everything else was just bleh! I was so confused. How can an Asian restaurant mess up Chicken and Corn soup?!?! My mum said I was being a diva, and that the food wasn't bad. But I asked some of my friends who live in PH, and they all said that the major thing Asia Town has going for them is the ambiance, and not much else. I was really disappointed, honestly. Will I ever go back there to eat? Sure... but only for the Congo Chicken abi Chicken Congo.
Well, that was the "bright" spot of my weekend. What did you see, do, eat, buy, watch, etc?
P.S. If you haven't nominated me for the Nigerian Blog Awards (Best Humor, Personal/Lifestyle, Overall Nigerian blog), then I'll force feed you Chicken and Corn Soup from Asia Town. So, let's get to voting!
Have a berry pretty, restful, and productive week!