Nok By Alara

LAGOS, NIGERIA

The Nigerian food scene has really surprised me so far I must say. Growing up, I never really explored what it offered because well, I was not really ever let out for an abundance of reasons but I shall not go into that in this write up. I am questioning if I will ever share that with you all at any point in time but I have not decided yet… stay tuned. When I was looking for restaurants to visit on my trip to Lagos, I was not sure what to pick but I found Nok by my standard search for a fine dining restaurant. I have to say that at the end of the meal, they certainly did not disappoint. There was something so sleek about the entire experience starting all the way from the entrance with the bold signage. The arrow beneath this signage pointing to the right just set a mood in my brain that registered, “Yes Fisayo… you are going to have a good time tonight”. 

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Chapter Lagos

LAGOS, NIGERIA

I have to say that I am REALLY IMPRESSED with what Lagos is doing with interiors and ambience of restaurants and Chapter Lagos is another gem in this forte. With large palm fronds surrounding the decor from being painted on the walls to actual fronds in the room of different varietals, they have created and transported me into a tropical paradise. I am particularly fond of the uniforms that the servers wear. They are white on black with one arm having a funky pattern. I find it somehow to be very cute and cheeky. 

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RSVP

LAGOS, NIGERIA

I had no idea about this restaurant. It was mentioned to me by an old high school friend when I said that I was coming in to town. I had looked at the menu online and was not particularly impressed by it because there were too many options from diverse cuisines. Now you might think, “what is wrong with that?” The answer is nothing. In my personal experience dining out at restaurants like this, I have found that they pull in a number of options across the board and are just okay in what they deliver on execution. While the food might taste good, it just does not wow me. There is a difference between this and fusion restaurants when different cuisines are pulled in and combined together creatively… now those I thoroughly enjoy when they are done right. 

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Hawksmoor

New York, NY

There is an abundance of steakhouses in New York but I have to be honest that I find most of them rather dated and overly “serious”. When I go out to eat, I definitely judge restaurants by how stiff I have to be so to speak when I go in. You might think that as someone who goes to fine dining restaurants on a regular basis, I would encounter this sort of environment but that is truly not the case with the places that I visit. The feelings that I have with the others is just overly serious, overwhelming and over abundant and you must well understand that this is not an experience that I want to have on a frequent basis. That said, I do love the taste of a beautifully seared slab of cow… ribeye being my favorite cut

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Sixty Three Clinton

New York, NY

Hello ladies and gentlemen… I am back!!! I was brought out of my semi unintentional retirement by a restaurant that absolutely had to be written about. Let us just say that real life and what funds this lifestyle of mine had a dramatic change that needed my complete focus. The name of the restaurant that brought my hiatus to an end is Sixty Three Clinton and they are in the Lower East Side (LES). Honestly, I cannot remember the last time I was in the LES as it is a place that I generally have “interesting” and generally unpleasant experiences so I tend to shy away. This restaurant though is a small comfortable and chic space that completely transformed the feel of the street that I walked in on. With its low lighting, off white wall color and leather brown seating, I knew that I had walked in to a new addition to my “home” restaurants and where I would become a regular. Well I can only do that if I can get a reservation of course as it is a little impossible right now to get one. The feel of the clientele is grown, classy, sophisticated and mature. They are a group that gets dressed up for dinner but not in a showy manner that you would for a Michelin star restaurant… well at least not yet. 

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