Lagos has one of the best dining scenes in Nigeria right now. Its not like any other city was really competing for the crown in the first place (alright, maybe Abuja). That makes sense given it is the financial capital of the nation as well as playing host to a growing number of IJGBs, Repats and Expats. As a result, we are seeing a new kind of movement in Lagos restaurant world.
The standards are rising with chefs getting more creative and a demanding clientele wanting more cuisine diversity – all very helpful in reinvigorating the restaurant scene in Lagos.
Here are the 7 Lagos Restaurants you need to visit in 2017:
11B Goriola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Often it is difficult to try to be everything to everyone – that is what the culinary team at Utopia want to achieve with its extensive menu covering a variety of beef cuts, seafood dishes and wood fired pizzas. They might just pull that off in 2017. The best thing about a new restaurant like Utopia is that not a lot of people know it currently exists. The booth is great for a romantic date or undercover moves with the side chick. Against the backdrop of the dining area is a spacious 28-seat long bar which is also an excellent place to dine or get after work drinks.
Arabella’s Place, 2 Emmamuel Abimbola Cole street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
Chef Nkesi set out to bring diversity to the Lagos dining scene and has certainly achieved that with HSE Cafe in Lekki. It is hard to pinpoint what niche HSE cafe is focused, however the Asian influence is evident across the menu. The decor of this quaint little cafe is very and yet inviting. Definitely a welcome addition to Lekki.
147 Younis Bashorun street, Sinari Daranijo Junction, Victoria Island, Lagos
BL Restaurant opened earlier in 2016 and there are many reasons why you should eat here. However if you need just one reason, come for the BL Plancha Seafood Platter or even thin crust pizza, one of the best in Lagos.
Plot 17J Freedom Way, Lekki 3rd Roundabout, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
After having good success with La Taverna in Victoria Island, Chef Cristian decided to add a Tex-Mex outpost in Lekki. For the un-initiated, Tex-Mex is not the same as Mexican. The key differences are the type of cheese used (yellow vs. white) and extensive use of ground beef in Tex-Mex which is completely absent across the border.
32a Ologun Abaje Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
The concept at Food Shack is relatively simple – outside space serving great barbecue chicken and cocktails (plus jelly shots).
Aaron’s Mall, Olubunmi Owa street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
2016 was the year Jamaican food made a head start in Lagos. Out of the 5 or so Caribbean restaurants that opened in the last 12 months – Mango Room continues to dominate based on authenticity, taste and relative pricing.
11B Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Only because you need a place in 2017 to get real zombie cocktails in Lagos. This spot on Akin Adesola Street is generally packed, and the outdoor area is perfect for shisha and of course people watching. Continue the party at the infamous Sip upstairs, effectively guarantees an entry.