Lagos is the melting pot of everything Nigerian; a city brimming with color, magic and energy. From the ever-bustling thoroughfares of Idumota in Lagos Island to the absorbing lush and quiet of Banana Islands as well as the pulsating slums that spread across the city, Lagos is every adventurer’s dreamland. Just as the people are diverse, so are the various places to eat and unwind after a busy day. But for most Lagosians, there are certain food spots that just stand out of the pack.
Our team of local experts have put together the following food spots where you can enjoy amazing delicacies.
Owned by celebrity fashion designer, Toyin Lawani, this spot is a famous hideout for most Nigerians working on the island, especially around the Lekki/Victoria Island axis. Contrary to what the name suggests, the outlet offers much more than amala – a popular Nigerian food made out of yam or cassava flour. Located in Tiannah’s Place Empire building in Lekki Phase I, this restaurant offers a diversity of local Nigerian foods that won’t dig holes in your pocket.
Ghanaians are not only popular in Lagos for their world’s famous mashed beans (ewa aganyi), they also occupy a special place in the heart of most Lagosians, thanks to a thriving eatery popularly called Ghana High. The joint, located at the Ghana High Commission and run by Ghanaian nationals, is a place where business executives defy their social status to seat across a table over a plate of food with ordinary folks on the street.
It is located on King George V Road, Onikan, Lagos.
The Yellow Chilli
Great Nigerian local meals don’t have to be found only in shanties. The Yellow Chilli is part of a larger revolution to redefine how Nigerians celebrate their own local dishes with panache. Here, yummy pan-Africa delicacies are what you get in an ambience that is calm and inviting. Located in Ikeja and Victoria Island respectively, their signature Seafood Okra and Jollof Fiesta are particularly a must-try.
This food spot offers a mix of continental and local dishes that are as appealing to the eyes as they are arousing to the taste buds. Its offerings are quite diverse – from American specialities to Thai curries and Malaysian varieties. Local Nigerian classics are not left out too as guests can also relish their favorite nkwobi, asun, suya, etc.
Away from the high-tempo, giddy pace of Lagos city is this quiet haven tucked away in the serene Tiamiyu Savage Street in Victoria Island. This 12-year old repository of art and culture boasts of a vibrant food court where everyone is a judge of household Nigerian meals and pan-African dishes.
This food spot is a higher version of the Royal Vegetarian on our list of top places to eat on a budget. While Royal Vegetarian has a modest ambience, Veggie Victory is classy and regarded as Nigeria’s first vegetarian restaurant. Situated at Freedom Park on Broad Street, this vegan hideout offers a broad selection of dishes, using wheat protein and tofu to create the Nigerian version of various meals.
And there is an interesting twist. Instead of soft drinks, guests are treated to smoothies, juices and tasty shakes as a way of promoting a healthy lifestyle.
For most Nigerians, ofada is a special staple not only because of its unique taste, but the fibre content of the rice. And one spot to enjoy this local brown rice the African way is the Ofada Hut located on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi. Interestingly, this spot is not all about ofada rice alone. Meals like moi-moi, yam pottage, pounded yam, wheat meal together with an extensive range of local soups can be eaten here with delivery services available.
Seven Eagles Spur
After a day of combing through the sprawling chain of stores at the Ikeja City Mall, it makes a whole lot of sense to dash into this lounge to pamper yourself to some Nigerian delicacies. Owned by South African based Spurs International Eatery, this spot is the favorite of every steak lover.
This restaurant is your perfect home away from home. If you are bored of eating processed foods that bow fly around, this food spot should top the list of your options for local, gourmet cuisines to remind you of home. Local varieties like ewa aganyi (mashed beans), tuwo, cow leg, gbegiri, ofe nsala (white soup) and ofada are some of the condiments on hand to recreate the village experience for guests. If you are a home kitchen buff, this is might be one of your places to eat in Lagos.
Come and See Restaurant
This is not your glossy, heavenly sent restaurant brimming with stars, but there are quite a number of things these guys have got going. Their foods– which are 100% Nigerian – tastes magical and highly affordable too. Their local soups have this lip smacking feel coupled with excellent customer service just to get you asking for more. Located on Sebuff Plaza along the Lekki-Epe Expressway, most people prefer to call it Sebuff.