My hobbies include eating and also thinking about the next time I will be eating. So I am always on the look out for new restaurants and good food. While in Lagos, I stopped by “Noir” – a modern French restaurant located at 4a Akin Olugbade Street, to see what the hype was about. If you keep reading, you will soon find out what I thought and if it is worth your bucks.
Well, let’s start with the ambiance. The ambiance at Noir is contemporary, it is a nice space for couples to get all loved up and take pictures. Definitely your to go spot to get cute pictures with your friends too. I particularly love the paintings seen through out the restaurant, one of which is pictured in the drink shot below.
Speaking about drinks, let’s get to that. As usual, whenever I visit a restaurant, I am always unsure what to eat or drink. We got recommendations and settled for this gin cocktail which could be had sour or sweet. I tried both and I loved them both so it really just depends on your mood and taste at the moment. Sweet or sour, it tasted great. My sister on the other hand had a chapman, which I tried out of. I am addicted to chapman and I am that person that gets chapman everywhere I go, but the chapman at Noir was a no for me. It tasted more of a punch than actual chapman.
The starters on the other hand were good. I had the prawn bisque and he had the pork dumplings. The dumplings paired well with the sauce on the side, while the bisque was flavourful and well paired with the bread that accompanied it. However, bisques are usually much thicker and this was thinner than what I am use to. Also, I wish the bisque had more prawns in it. Other than that, the taste was good.
For mains,he had the lamb chops and I had the grilled prawns. I love my seafood, so I decided to stick to seafood again, but I was disappointed with the outcome of my grilled prawns and had to send it back. The prawns came with a watery sauce, thinner than the bisque and was served with boiled potatoes. The dish didn’t look whole to me and was very bland (if you look closely, you can see it pictured in the bottom of the top shot). The lamb chops on the other hand was also full of flavor and we got some fries for an extra charge to accompany that.
My sister joined us, and she had the Mushroom risotto. I tried out of her meal, again thinner than risottos usually are but it tasted good. My only turn off, was that it was too mushroomy for me, but what did I expect? It was a mushroom risotto duhhh. Some protein added in would finish this dish off right. If you’re a mushroom lover, the risotto is definitely for you.
For dessert, he had the tarte tartin and I had Tiramisu. The tarte tartin took about 20-30 minutes to come out, because I guess it is made to order – so it was hot when it came out. The tiramisu on the other hand was cold, like it was store bought. With tiramisu being one of my favourite desserts, this didn’t quite make the cut for me. I preferred his tarte tartin and ended up eating more of that. I also didn’t like the fact that the ice-cream was already half way melted by the time it got to the table. It also didn’t taste like it was made in house.
Overall, the service while I was there was really good and the people were always ready to help and see if you were having a good time. The waiter always paid attention to when he was needed and the staff were all so pleasant. Customer service was a plus for me. So there you have it guys, my review on Noir Lagos. Would I visit again? Yes, but not on my tab and I will definitely try other things on the menu on my second visit.