Two nights…..two friends…..two beautiful experiences!
First night was with H-Baby, we had gone to stalk some popular snapchat babe and thought we might as well as just pass time with drinks. But I walked in and fell in love with the space, pretty dining area, fancy round bar (supposedly the longest in Nigeria) and a lounge-like setup that had some disco light situation I couldn’t stop looking at so we pitched our tent there. Took a picture at the bar though….
Our smart waitress brought the menu, oooo it’s a Mexican place so lots of Mexican dishes but very Nigerian friendly. We went with honey chipotle wings (favorite), buffalo wings, fries (perfect crisp), fried plantains (amazing combo with sour cream), nachos (perfect crunch) that came with three yum dips….guacamole, semi frozen sour cream (Heaven) and tomato salsa. We were extremely delighted by it all….check out our spread…..
The taste wasn’t so appealing to me though, apparently it is margarita based (and margarita isn’t my thing). So, I quietly took out my cute-sized Hennessy, had the barman hand over the cork and nicely tucked it in my purse….the thought of Henny and coke right before bed was definitely a better option than having it steep into a cocktail I wasn’t crazy about. Best decision of the night because for some funny reason….I began to enjoy the frozenness of my cocktail or maybe it was just the beauty of Latin hip hop songs bursting in my ears.
Sad part…..snapchat babe didn’t show. Consolation…..my bottle……
Next day, Ck mentioned that he was going to watch football at Crossroads and I thought to myself…..good food, good music, bar indulgence, conversation with my friend….. who says you can’t kill four birds with one stone? All roads led to Crossroads which by the way is nested in the comfort of Eko Hotel, Lagos.
First order of business….flaming shots! (B52 on their menu).
Three interesting layers….Bottom: Kahlúa (Mexican coffee flavored liqueur), Middle: Baileys (Irish cream) and Top: Cointreau (orange liqueur). After watching how carefully the bartender used the back of a teaspoon to create those layers and put it on fire, I felt very safe when he handed me a long straw and asked that I sip it all at once from the bottom.
All three flavor came bursting in my tongue distinctly and for a tiny second, I felt my eyes widen because it suddenly became one in my mouth then it went down my throat in one gulp leaving hints of each note behind. Such a rush! One more and my stomach was ready for food. Quick scan through the menu and I placed my order. The music helped with the wait as Mr. DJ made it his mission to play all the recent hit songs.
Prawns Brochette & Red Rice (No worries, you will find menu below). You know I love French-y words by now….it was so refreshing to see “Brochette” and not “skewer” or “kebab” on a menu in Lagos. It came dangling over my rice all fancy and the waiter helped get all my grilled goodies on the plate…..Every forkful of this meal was bliss in my mouth (maybe because I was terribly hungry). But what you can trust me on is that the prawns were absolutely tender and robust, the rice was deep in flavor but not overly spiced and there was this delicious tomato sauce on the side to even create another layer of flavor. Ck kept calling it Nigerian jollof rice *rolls eyes* instead of just allowing me enjoy my Mexican red rice in peace! Oooo the coleslaw was a delight too, had sparks each time I came across a raisin.
A visit to their bathroom had me sold on this place. You first walk through a shiny spiral staircase (yes ladies, I know it could be some walk in heels but perfect for pictures)…..Then you hit another picture perfect room with mirrors!The amount of mirror selfies I took here! *covers eyes* How is a restaurant bathroom also a chill zone with sofas? Amazing. I’m definitely going back to Crossroads to take more selfies here and have a proper date at their formal dining area. Ooo yes, smoke a Cuban cigar too….their bar stocks a collection.