Hey beautiful people,
It was a long break and the girls and I decided to hook up ; as always, yours truly had to plan where we would have lunch…..again. ( I’m not complaining though , I quite enjoy these things). I did not think twice about suggesting Cafe Vanessa (part of Auto Lounge) I’d gone for drinks with another friend the previous Friday and I really enjoyed it save for a few hitches but because I wanted to share this review with you food lovers, I decided to go back…….this time with more people , people who love good dinning just like me.
When we got in, we were given the option to choose our seats because there were quite a number of free tables. We wanted where we could lounge & have fun , the major diva of the group did not like the seat we picked ( double eye roll; so we had to move to the main dinning area. The main dinning area did not have a lot of space but what they had was very well utilized with contemporary sofas and lights,the second section of the dinning room was a beautiful cozy setting where you could just lounge on the plush sofas with the collection of magazines.
We were handed the menu , it was quite tattered and it did not have a lot of variety. Considering the fact that it was a relatively new and nicely done up place, I had to ask the waiter why it was so and he said they were coming up with a different concept of ordering meals….an electronic form… time will tell. Well, I will strike that out, but i just needed to mention it to you all. The first time I went to Cafe Vanessa, my friend and I ordered the TEX-MEX meal. It was fresh garlic bread with fresh crispy side salad and the juiciest chicken wings ever, so when I went back with the girls and decided to try that again, so we ordered the TEX –MEX, Fettucini Gambretti, and the Combination Seafood. Four chics with 5 entrees , yup we roll like that, the girls will never admit to being grubbidos, but i know they are ( shoot me if you can). So we waited for our meals…..
After about 15 minutes, the meals did not come we asked the waiter if we could get nuts to hold belle because we were all very hungry, He brought some cashew nuts, we wolfed it down and the meal still had not come,we asked for seconds and he obliged. To me, he looked like he was waiting for us to finish the nuts because immediately the bowl emptied , he brought our food. Oh goodnessss!!!!it looked so nice….or was it the hunger?
We all decided to do one happy family, we all had our salads first, which was still as crispy as the first time we visited, then we shared the Fettucini Gambretti , it tasted as divine as it looked. It tasted like freshly rolled Fettucini to me …….it probably was not ( the price did not indicate it) but it was very well made. We did not stop oohing and aahing till the bowl was wiped clean.
We moved to the mixed seafood …chaii, I was in cloud 9, it was unbelievably good, we had to send some major compliments to the chef. The calamari and fish were too good to be true, I wonder what the “Italian chef” did to it, it was juicy…. yet crunchy. I could go on and on. I almost ordered a second but the magic would probably have been lost the second time.
We had the Tex –Mex meal last, it was different from the first time I ordered it. The first time it was toasted garlic baguette topped with some herbs, this time it was plain sliced baguette…it was not even toasted , I was not too happy about that, why do we lower our standards so easily…….
What is it with Nigerian bars / restaurants/ lounges and cocktails?… my simple suggestion is this, if you cant make nice tasting cocktails …DONT! The first time I visited, I ordered a margarita here and it was no where near what i knew a margarita to be. It tasted like something from a concentrate, who serves a margarita without a salty rim.I would score them just one point out of ten if i had to.The annoying part of this was the the cocktail was overpriced!(N1800)
For four adults, our final bill came to N23,000 (150 USD). ( We did not have any alcoholic drinks or desserts).
P.S: The Italian chef was not Italian after all. He was one of us….my dear brother from Ikot-Abasi. That Fettucini could have come from any trattoria in Italy.
Would I go back there?…… Yes
MY SCORE CARD
Layout/Ambience/Aesthetics – 9
Quality of Food – 9
Customer Service – 9
Value for Money – 7
Cafe Vanessa 89B, Agoro Odiyan street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +2348061230003
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