Yesterday, my friend and I were in serious need of some local food. Usually, I like to make all the food I eat especially the local dishes, but I didn’t have any time to get in the kitchen. Plus I saw it as another opportunity to do a review on another restaurant. The big question arose, which restaurant do we visit? Another friend of ours that was in on the conversation suggested that we visit Browns Café & Restaurant located on Akin Olugbade street in Victoria Island, so we decided to check them out. I also learnt they have a branch in Ikeja.
We arrived at about 7:28pm and immediately went into the restaurant and as soon as we took our seats, a good looking waiter approached our table, welcomed us with a kind smile and handed us the menu. On the menu they had both local and continental dishes, which are put into categories that include; Breakfast Menu, Starters, Entrees, Traditional Fare, Sandwiches, Extras, Desserts, Coffee/Hot Chocolate, Teas, Bar Menu and this helped us locate what we were looking for with ease.
My friend already knew that he wanted to have Amala and Gbegiri before we even got to the restaurant because according to their website, it is a legendary meal and he wanted to see if it was really worth all the hype. I on the other hand didn’t know what local dish I wanted, so I looked through the menu and decided to go for Semovita and Eforiro, because that is my favorite local soup. I also ordered a tall glass of freshly squeezed pineapple juice, just because I love pineapples. The waiter politely told us our orders would be ready in 15 minutes. The prices were reasonable; my total order rounded up to N4, 000 only and my friend’s order came to a total of N3, 500 only.
After placing our orders, I had enough time to look around and in my opinion, interior decoration was good but not fantastic, the ambience was totally non-satisfactory and sitting arrangement was okay too. There was no music playing in the background but the Tennis game showing on the TV screens was enough to keep us company. I got really ticked off when i saw a fly bouncing around the air like it owned the place. It was a big distraction because I was burdened with the fact that I needed to get it out of the way so it doesn’t disturb my meal time. After minutes of battling with this fly, it suddenly vanished into thin air; i guess it got tired of me.
The pineapple juice and water arrived few minutes after placing the orders but that was really not our main focus, so we ignored it and waited patiently for the real deal to arrive. Our order finally arrived 20mins after as against the 15 minutes the waiter told us; anyway, the food came and that was what mattered most.
I was so excited as soon as I saw the food, mostly because the soup looked like it was well made and i immediately hoped it tasted as good as it looked. The soup had a lovely aroma that filled the atmosphere immediately. The food was well plated and i specially like the way the soup was heaped up in a soup-bowl. I was given the option of using a cutlery to devour the meal but I decided to do justice to it with my hands and I didn’t really care that I was in a public place. So I washed my hands thoroughly with the water provided and began to eat the food. Truth be told, I have eaten a lot of Eforiro made by others in the past and I must say that this beats them all hands down. My words cannot really describe how good this soup was but believe me when I say it was really good. It had lots of diced kpomo, shredded stockfish and dry fish in it and the quantity of red oil used was just perfect. The texture of the Semovita was 100% perfect. Note that at this point, I had even forgotten that I came with a friend; my whole focus was on the food. LOL!
I am not in any way a fan of Amala and Gbegiri, so I couldn’t taste it but when I asked my friend, he immediately gave the food a 10-star rating; meaning that it met and surpassed his exceptions. LOL! He immediately said the meal deserves the description given to it on the site. But what I didn’t really like was how the Amala was served; it was covered in Ewedu and Gbegiri and had tiny bits of assorted meat scattered all around it but I was later told that it is the traditional way of serving the food. Maybe that’s the real reason I don’t like the meal plus the fact that the colours of the Amala, Ewedu and Gbegiri all jammed up together don’t really appeal to my eyes…I know I’m missing out on a lot.
Generally, we had a great time and its safe to say that Browns Café and Restaurant serves the best Amala, Gbegiri and Eforiro Soup in Lagos. If you doubt it, go and experience it for your self.
Browns Café & Restaurant please and please, deal with the fly situation so your customers won’t have to be distracted by such a tiny creature.