Scrolling through my Instagram feed, minding my business and I see this…..
I had been seeing posts on the @lostinlagos page about getting discounts on select restaurant meals but I was never interested because I feel there’s always some scam involved whenever I see/hear the words “discount” and “promo”. But the puff-puff in that picture was calling my name plus I always wanted to go to Nok By Alara so why not give it a try on the last day!
Off I went with my dear friend 007 who finds it hard to eat. *laughs* We arrived just after 5pm and walking in was a beautiful experience. I love love the outdoor area of this place…..a true celebration of culture and colors!
Thankfully dinner starts at 6pm so we had to sit here to wait for the restaurant to set up. While soaking in the view, a really pretty lady (the Manager, I think) with a beautiful Northern accent walked up to us to ask if we were okay and then informed us that bar outside was open. She got us the drink menu and directed a waiter to our table.
I went with “Eko Traffic” just because of the name (it’s not everyday Lagos traffic looks this appealing)….
Honestly, this cocktail was striking to me….tasted like an unusual sweet martini but with some tartness. I couldn’t quite place if I liked it or not but the taste definitely grew on me before I was done with the glass.
As usual, 007 was having water but tasted my Eko Traffic and liked it….
6pm finally arrived and we were ushered into the restaurant, I forgot to take pictures for you but it was really beautiful, almost romantic; the ceiling had some dim ball lightings, candle lights on each table, flowers….just beautiful. We got settled in and I noticed that even the salt and pepper cans had drawings of people wearing traditional cloths *big smile*
We placed our orders and the food came really fast….
My starter- Braised Duck Parcels
This is the kind of parcel you want to have every day. I bit into one not knowing what to expect and YUM….juicy shreded duck meat! Next bite had to go with the sauce….even better yumminess! 007 tried one and we both loved it very much.
007’s starter/Only plate- Tamarind Glazed Chicken Wings. (I just need this kind of self control and hello skinniness *rolls eyes*). I had two of these wings dancing in my chair, licking my fingers and wanting more.
Look how clean my bones were left….
Main Course- Lamb Mafe with Peanut Sauce and Nok Naan
Who doesn’t love hot bread? Even 007 couldn’t resist the aroma and had a bite. This was my first time having a mafe (West African peanut/groundnut stew) or any form of nut sauce and now I wonder why. Extremely rich and the lamb was cooked to perfection. I scraped my plate feeling very inspired, definitely going into my kitchen to try this out next week. I wish I had an extra Naan to clean up my mafe bowl properly *wink*
Dessert- Coconut Rice Pudding with Honey Roasted Mango
Even though I came here for the pof pof, this rice pudding couldn’t pass me by. I wanted 007 to order the pof pof but No, too much fitfam and who was going to look like the fat kid with two desserts? Definitely not me! But yes, my pudding was such a delight, the chews of the honey roasted mango came like a pleasant surprise each time. I can have this every Sunday!
I really couldn’t believe this experience was over, would have been nice to just sit there and eat till I couldn’t move. *covers face* Can we have a 7 Course Menu at Nok by Alara next year please!
Now my “plot twist” (please allow me a moment to feel like deep writer)
We were actually handed the usual menu and not the Visa Retaurant Week one because apparently Nok by Alara had stopped serving dinner at the discounted rate of N12,000 the previous week. The waiter told me he would have his supervisor explain to me why but no one came to me till I left.
Because I really wanted to be part of the restaurant week thing, I asked to order from the menu but at the original cost. The total bill was just under N19,000 though and very worth it….
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I love duck! The parcels sound delicious. And rice pudding is big in southern Louisiana where I live, but I was once in Seatlle, WA., and we are at a Thai restaurant. They served a black forbidden rice rice pudding made with coconut cream. I will NEVER forget that! It was delicious.
You had me at black and forbidden 🖤
I need to try it! 😭
Lol @ plot twist. Lovely write-up as usual and beautiful pictures to go with it. You really did justice to those wings. Keep em coming.
💪 Wings Master! Thanks Michael 🙏🏽
😂 Are you running to me?
Looks like a nice chillout place. Will drop by when next visiting Lagos. Btw, thanks for following me. I enjoy reading your blog and find it very handy in planning my Lagos visit. Looking forward to more reviews n recipes! 😉
😉 We are waiting for you!
great write up ify. i wish i had the nerves to experiment with food like you. but ahn! ahn!!. it is however, a delight reading your blog and getting to see how experemental & creative you can be in the kitchen. you go girl!… 💯
Thank you 🙏🏽 I still have to make sure you try some icecream though 😉
Love chicken wings and rice pudding 😊beautiful chairs and table..
Truly beautiful….Thanks for reading Gracie 😘