Anyways, as you know, over the weekend, Cakes and I went to lunch with my parents to L'Afric Restaurant. It's located at #1 Adeola Hopewell Street, but the entrance is on Sanusi Fafunwa Street, in Victoria Island. Funny enough, when I first moved to Lagos, I used to go there quite often and ate only 1 thing on their menu - Special Fried Rice which comes with Shrimps, Shredded Chicken and Plantain. It really appealed to my taste buds! Another thing I liked was the ambiance. It was the first time I was eating in a restaurant that served mainly Nigerian food that I actually liked and felt comfortable in. I would take myself out, with a book or magazine, head to L'Afric and have a Chapman and my usual Special Fried Rice.
When you get seated at L'Afric, you're given a small bowl of groundnuts to start off with. We were extremely hungry, so this was very welcome! Our waitress was just okay - we had to call her several times through the course of our stay there. It would have been nicer if she was more attentive and came to check on us. We ordered our starter, which is a meal on its own, and we were informed that it would take 25 minutes to be ready (I wanted to cry). While waiting, we ordered drinks - I usually get water or Chapman at restaurants.
True to word, our Special Platter came in about 25 minutes. It had fried plantain, fried yam, fries, 2 chicken wings, 2 butterfly prawns, 2 peppered snails, and 2 fish thingies (not fingers but close). It came with a pepper sauce, and we asked for ketchup to add to it. Everything on this plate was YUMMY!!!!! It's large enough for two people to share as a meal, so keep that in mind. Price - N6000, which was expensive in my opinion.
For our entrees, my dad ordered the Seafood Okra, which honestly tasted more like tomatoes than anything else. None of us were impressed.
My mum ordered the Yam Pottage (which came with bits of Snail). She liked it, but I didn't. Don't take my word for this because I don't like yam pottage in general.
Cakes and I ordered the Special Fried Rice (comes with Shrimps, Shredded Chicken and Fried Plantain). The plantain that came with our dishes was not soft, and we had specifically asked for soft plantain. The rice was too spicy - as in too much pepper. Neither Cakes nor I could eat the food, and opted to pack it up.
Overall, we wished we had gone to Yellow Chili instead, as their food is a guaranteed hit. L'Afric was just okay - the drinks were okay, the platter was great, and the entrees were blah.
Our food, plus 2 large Chapmans, 1 Tonic Water, 1 Club Soda and 2 small bottles of water, came to N23,000. The truth of the matter is, for 4 people in Lagos, that's not too bad. I just don't think the quality of the food was good enough to match the price.
Point to note: They have a separate room for if you want to have small group events. Additionally they have a Members Only area. I'm not sure what it takes to be a member, or why they need their own separate space to eat.
Address: #1 Adeola Hopewell Street (enter on Sanusi Fafunwa)
Hours: Open 8am to 10pm (Monday to Saturday); 10am to 10pm (Sundays)