Recently I came across an article posted on NY times.com . It weighed the odds of tipping against service charge. Find the article here . I am almost sure this rules don’t apply to Lagos but it kinda evoked a thought in me…to tip or not to tip? Has it occurred to you that in Lagos we pay premium for dining at casual restaurants, we pay service charge, consumption tax, VAT and then we are expected to tip again?…yet we get crappy service from some of these “restauraneurs“. Please fill the poll link in this post(below). It would be good to know your thoughts on this… Thank you in advance.
Now, let’s get on to this week’s review.
Una see me see trouble? My phone finally packed up and “the new list” sef don go with am! Now I am lost, please help this grubbido here. Send me places to review ( places I have not done yet please).
Last weekend, we went to La Cour Restaurant for dinner. La Cour restaurant is part of La Cour Hotel ( I did not know it was a hotel initially). We were shown the restaurant by a sully looking receptionist. Just after the entrance, there was a sign that read ” For hotel guests only” I was taken a little bit aback. I had to ask if it was alright to go in. If they were opened to the public, why was the notice there in the first place? The restaurant proper is rather small, it probably sits about thirty diners. I was drawn in by well laid out tables.
There is not much to say about the decor…..its just blah but the lighting and soft lounge music playing in the background gave off a somewhat romantic ambience. I liked it. I would like to categorize this as a romantic spot. I am of the opinion that the decor can be done better than it is presently.
We were handed the wine and cocktails lists. I badly wanted a glass of wine but Mr U did not want , so I ordered a bottle of water. So thumbs down to Mr U for being a parry pooper this week. The wine list was not so extensive but I liked the fact that there were recommendations on which wine to pair with what dish. Did they have a sommelier in-house? The menu was not vast, they had soups, salads, steak , chicken and seafood. pizza , pasta and an almost non-existent desserts list. I liked the fact that there were no fancy names . For our appetizer,we ordered the goddess salad with yogurt dressing. I can just imagine the look on my mum’s face If I told her I went to a restaurant and I ordered the goddess salad, LOL . Why the name goddess salad though?
For the main entrée, we ordered the Chicken Pasta and The Seafood Platter. For desserts, We requested the Chocolate mousse. Whilst we waited, we were served peanuts and bread rolls with sesame seeds and butter. What is it with Lagos restaurants and almost stale microwaved bread? This is like the third time in a row! As a paafun connossieur , I know what I am talking about. We sha ate it.. gulu -incorporated. ( covers face). When the goddess salad ( N 1200-$7) came , I did not see what was goddessy about it. All I saw was sliced eggs and tomatoes….. till I dug in. The salad was fresh and crunchy but the sautéed shrimps and croutons with the yogurt dressing were outstanding. I did not understand why it was served in this kind of bowl though. It did not do much for presentation.
We waited for about twenty minutes for the entrees to come. When it came, there was a mix up! I ordered 2 entrees, the waiter came with 3. Yes I love good food but where was all these food supposed to go? After going back and forth, his supervisor asked which of the dishes we wanted to take and we chose the 2 we ordered . Case closed. How could a mix up happen when he wrote it down? We started off with the creamy chicken pasta (N 2,300-$14). As always, I added black pepper to it. It had just the right amount of everything, lots of chicken chunks, cream and the pasta cooked to perfection . It tasted like home food. we gave it a right swoosh!
When the Seafood platter (N 6,500-$40) came , I could not wait to dig in, it looked like something from a food feast. It was fried rice with different kinds of seafood garnished with vegetables and pepper sauce. I don’t fancy spicy food….I decided to try a little of it with the rice, big mistake…. I quickly cleared that bit with the sauce away. I took some of the rice and it put a damper on the nice pasta. It was bland, even my black pepper and salt could not remedy it. Then, I took a bite of my grilled prawns and I was in heaven. It was delicious… beautifully seasoned and grilled, I tried to bargain with Mr U to let me have all the grilled prawns and he could have all the fish but he did not agree, meanie!!!. Then I had the Calamari OMG . It was soooo good…. crunchy and soft …ooh! I think this chef’s strength is his grilled seafood. The grilled fish was unbelievable. Am I rambling?.. errrrrr,… the food caused confusion ….in a good way. The seafood was excellent. That rice robbed it of an ace.
Then came the Chocolate mousse (N 800-$5)…hmmnn , let just say he failed…woefully. I took a spoonful and I was almost forced to swallow it with a sip of water….Mr U said it was like he had to swallow a pill. It was a grainy gloopy mix coloured a nasty dose of cocoa powder, topped with a grape. Why can’t restaurants whose chefs are not desserts savvy just outsource it to people who are able to do it or train the chefs? This was a waste of money. It was such a damper on the seafood and pasta. I sent it back and the waiter asked me why I did not eat it, I said it was not nice and he apologized and the next thing he said threw me off ..” he said “You know we are still going to charge you for this” …yeah, welcome to Lagos!
We paid 12,960-$75 for a salad, 2 entrees, and 1 dessert.
I did the rest room check and it was sparkling.
Would I go back there ? …Yes.
MY SCORE CARD
Layout/ Ambience / aesthetics -6
Quality of food-7
Value for money 8
Customer Service – 6
LA COUR RESTAURANT - 33, Glover Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. 08064735224
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