Moorhouse Is Perfect If You Don’t Know Any Better

L'Aquarelle @ The Moorhouse Hotel

1 Bankole Oki Road, Ikoyi, Lagos

01 461 5409

FOLLY: I used to come here quite often a couple years ago, their club sandwich was bae and my family was in love with it. Visiting it for this review was like running into an old friend and noticing they've kinda flourished without you. The hotel is more beautiful than I remembered, especially the lobby and the bar area. 

NOSA: Might not be a popular opinion, but I actually think Moorhouse is the best hotel in Lagos. Only The Wheatbaker comes close. We get lots of "my expat boss/friend is visiting" emails, if you're one of those types, get your people in The Moorhouse.

(Oh...it's also a great spot to keep your side piece if you're a cheating Nigerian man. They're very discreet)

FOLLY: Maybe it's cause we visited during the day, but most hotel restaurants' in Lagos have a horrible dim, mood lighting so the natural light here was a pleasant surprise. 

NOSA: Hotel restaurants swear they double as clubs.

FOLLY: The starters on their main menu were quite boring (only soups and salads) so we ordered the Yuca Chips and Chicken Suya their bar menu as starters. 

NOSA: The menu is pretty damn boring. 

FOLLY: And ginormous. And dirty. 

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NOSA: Also, Fun Fact: Yuca chips are actually Cassava chips

 

FOLLY: Man, I don't know what I was expecting from Yuca chips as there was no description, but between you and me I didn't expect plain yam chips with ketchup and mayo. 

NOSA: What a betrayed!

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FOLLY: For what it's worth, these were some well-fried yam chips, neatly cut and fried in clean oil. Yup, I'm rolling my eyes at myself too. But you see that chicken suya there, that one is unforgivable. 

For my main, I didn't learn from my experience at the Intercontinental and I ordered the Kingklip fillet that was supposed to be served with a risotto.

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NOSA: While I got the house special, the Beef Rossini

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FOLLY: That is NO risotto, fam. It wasn't even the stubby risotto rice, this was long grain rice with cream tossed in.  I should have sent it back but I didn't cause our food took a very long time to arrive and I was famished at this point, so I accepted it as their best effort. 

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NOSA:  Yeah, I agree. It was more "white rice" than risotto.

FOLLY: On the fish, the lemon butter sauce was really good and I mixed it with the risotto to moisten that up a bit.

I had the option between pan fried and grilled fish and I chose pan fried. Overall, the fish was okay, I liked the edges because those parts were really crunchy. 

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NOSA: My beef Rossini was a wee bit disappointing; the second time I've gone with steak at a hotel restaurant in the last week and failed. No more for me. 

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The problem wasn't how it was cooked because they made it medium rare just like I asked. The real problem was the quality of meat and I'm blaming Buhari for it. Meat is on the "Not valid for FX" list, right? So yeah, Emiefele, it's your fault too. And Ben Murray-Bruce also because I know #BuyNigerian is involved.

Jokes aside, someone in the Ministry of Agriculture or whatever needs to look into why Nigerian cows provide pitiful beef. 

Seriously. 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: It's a really nice space with average food. Thankfully, the average food isn't exorbitantly priced. 

NOSA: Eh, it's ok. If you're staying in the hotel, why not. Otherwise, just get a drink from the bar and sit by the pool. The restaurant isn't worth a trip here. 

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Beef Rossini - N8600

Chicken Suya - N2600

Yuca Potatoes - N1700

Kingklip Fillet & Risotto - N5600

 

PARKING

It's a hotel, so there's parking

Ask Eat.Drink.Lagos LXVII

Subject: ICE CREAM OUTLET SUGGESTIONS IN V/I AND MAINLAND

Message: Hi,
Kindly suggest/recommend places to get nice ice-cream and chill.
Thanks
— O.A

FOLLY:

Mainland: Coldstone & Hans & Rene.

V.I: Coldstone, Hans & Rene.

Lekki: Ice Cream Factory, Coldstone, Hans & Rene

Subject: Shisha

Message: Please tell me shisha spots in Lagos that does not cost more than 6k
— L.L

NOSA: I don't think I've ever seen shisha over 6k in Lagos. 

Subject: Suggestions for Surprise Birthday

Message: Hi guys,

My boyfriend’s birthday is next Friday (September 2), and I’d like to plan a surprise thing for him. Since Friday is a weekday, this would obviously have to be after work, and I’d like it to be in an inexpensive place (Yaba, FESTAC, VI or Ikoyi, please not Lekki) where ~15 people can chill, drink and eat cake (and order good food if they want) before going clubbing or whatever else they want to do with their Friday night. Could you please suggest something?

I’ve read a number of your responses to similar questions but those are usually for restaurants, not lounges/bars. In case I overlooked any posts that speak to my specific issue, could you please send me the link(s)?

I’ve also read your reviews of The Long Bar and Pat’s and they both sound like what I’m looking for but I’ve also gotten the impression their seating is more suited for cozy groups of <5. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Thanks for reading this, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
— Anon

FOLLY: Long Bar could work. It's inexpensive and it has a very pub-y feel but there's enough space in the outside area for your group to colonize a couple tables or three. I'm not sure of any spots in Festac but I'll ask on Twitter for suggestions for Yaba and ask people to leave comments in this post.

NOSA: I don't know why you said "not Lekki", but I'm assuming it's because Lekki is the hood and in that case, I agree with you. Even if that's not why you said so, Lekki is still the hood and full of ruffians. 

Message: By Bae I mean myself.lol. I have my mind set on the hardrock cafe mainly cause of the environment but about the food I’m not too sure. I’m not too Africanised so I can handle a steak all I want is for you to rate their meal for me from 1-10. if it’s below a 5 please leave names of restaurants you would rate 8 or 9. Please. My budget is 10-20k.

P.s. I love places with good musical backgrounds
— Y.F

FOLLY: Hard Rock is a 5. 

NOSA: If you like "musical backgrounds", I don't know how you can avoid Hard Rock. It was pretty much built for you. Otherwise, there's always Rhapsody, which was our Hard Rock before Hard Rock came to Lagos

Message: Hey Guys,

Weldone! You guys are doing a good job.

Bae and I intend having dinner (on a Weekday, not Friday), need somewhere a bit private (but not dead) where we can get to talk. Food should be great as well.
Please advise.

Thanks.
— T.B

FOLLY: La Taverna.

NOSA: Go to 1415 and ask for the VIP section. That's where Capital Oil eats when AMCON releases names of debtors.  

Like Food, Hustle Brings People Together...

One of our sponsors from our the #EatDrinkFestival last month, WorkStation, have done a bit of reflection and wrote this little piece on the festival from their perspective. 


There were 31 vendors at the second edition of #EatDrinkFestival and it was inspiring to watch them do what they love – Workstation went round to ask why they chose this form of hustle.

From also speaking to guests, it was clear - self-employment, side hustling and freelancing are rapidly growing as Millennials are devoted to projects that could be the next best thing.

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In Lagos, maximizing productivity is not an easy feat for anyone. The cost of a secured office space, reliable internet service and electricity are some of the challenges to be faced. The options are one, set up your laptop at a restaurant/coffee shop or pay for an expensive office space.

For an inexpensive option with benefits of an office life, co-working spaces are the new wave in Lagos. These group office spaces combine the modern services of an office (reliable internet, printing, conference rooms, etc.) with a lush community experience. And it’s all about the vibes for ideas to come to life right? With a range of prices and plans, members can reserve workspaces at somewhat affordable rates. 

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At Workstation, to co work means to have a diverse network of positively driven coworkers who are eager to share knowledge and experience to assist your business when required. This collaborative energy presents priceless networking opportunities. Besides, professional banter is essential. In addition to learning from fellow workers; coworking spaces host sessions to train members on useful skills for a growing business in the 21st century. Coworking spaces also partner with organizations and initiatives; like digital and financial agencies to facilitate growth of member companies.

Understanding your work ethic will help decide where to set up a laptop and plug in your earphones. However, the perks of being part of a coworking community and utilizing the resources could be important to the growth of your business. So what are you going to do now? 

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Visit www.workstationng.com, sign up with your email and look out for more interesting information about our upcoming location and activities!


Sponsored Content

Someone Brought Subway to Lagos

Sub Delight

Arabella's place. Emma Abimbola Cole street, Lekki One, Lagos

0817 197 1297

NOSA: ...okay, not really. 

FOLLY: One of our own finally ripped off Subway and we couldn't be happier. 

NOSA: It's the most blatant of ripoffs. From the sandwich artists to the "Would your sub toasted?" to the bread options. Everything. 

Before you fight me in the comments, this is not actually a bad thing. Just keep reading. 

FOLLY: Actually not sure if Pret A Manger was the owner's vision because they have similar taglines "Here today, gone tomorrow". Anyway, Sub Delight opened over the weekend and Nosa and I were very excited to check it out, so I borrowed a big jeep for the day as Lekki was underwater. 

NOSA: I've actually had one of their subs for lunch before they opened this. They deliver so this counts as a "Work Lunch" also. I got the women in my office to order it everyday for a week too! These guys should pay me for referrals. 

Anyway, bad parts first...they didn't have any water. Like, no drinks at all. Well, they had their smoothie but it was warm because there was no ice either. Apparently, they haven't received supplies yet. But should you really open for business if you don't have water at all? That's essential and whatnot. 

FOLLY: I'll forgive them since it was their second day of existence but fam, I was parched and really needed water. I'm nice so I'll forgive them. 

NOSA: I'll give them a pass, however.

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FOLLY: The Subway comparisons start from as soon as you place your order and you're given a number of bread choices. I went with a 6-inch peri-peri chicken sub on herb and cheese bread and Nosa has the roast beef.

NOSA: The sandwich artists fold the ham EXACTLY like the subway ones do. They even have those little things to store the chicken portions like Subway does with their sweet onion chicken. 

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FOLLY: Although the server deprived me the opportunity to get this toasted, I absolutely enjoyed it. Every component of the sandwich gets a thumbs up from me: the bread was legit, the chicken was tasty, and the veggies were fresh and crunchy and weren't wilting or anything funky. 

NOSA: Shouts to them for having roast beef on the menu. The veggies were fresh and they had ranch too. Beyond all that, the sub was actually pretty good. I know it's really easy to make a sub, but this was actually good. Better than the one I got when I ordered to my office. Clearly they've stepped it up a little. 

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POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: It's a surprise no one else thought to do this first. I hope they do really well, if anything they are off to a good start. 

NOSA: It's a very well done Subway ripoff so they get ALLLLL the props. 

FOLLY: I do wish they had a better location with better visibility like something in the middle of Adeola Odeku close to offices and things but Lagos real estate is expensive so I can't knock it. 

VERDICT

DAMAGE

6-inch Peri Peri - N1500

6-inch Roast Beef - N1800

 

 

 

PARKING

It's within one of those Lekki malls so there's parking.

EDL Weekender: There's An Alcoholic Drinks Exhibition

EAT: Delis Is Still BAE

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FOLLY: Remember when we used to go to Deli's every weekend? We've stopped now but I met some of my friends there last week ad yup, it's still as good as I remember. 

NOSA: Funny enough, I haven't been to Deli's in forever. I need to fix that this weekend. Or tonight.

Yeah, I'll fix that tonight.

 

DRINK: Palm Wine & Other Local Drinks At Studio of Mode

FOLLY: There are eleven drinks you get to try, ELEVEN let that sink in. 

NOSA: I think I'm going for the Asun. Palm Wine might not be my thing.

LAGOS: DrummerFest (The Talking Drum Festival)

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EMEKA: Free pickup and drop off busses from Ikeja Mall (ICM) , Unilag New hall and Palms Lekki From 11am -12pm prompt. Seems they also have a Bonfire that starts 5pm. Bonfire on the beach? We're there!