The other day a few of us in my social media circle planned on linking up for Indian food at Gypsy’s Restaurant. Of course I went with my paddy of life Olupitan to capture good visuals for proper documentation 😌
So Gypsy’s is another Indo-Chinese restaurant in Lagos. Indian restaurants are now actually becoming many in Lagos though. I’ve noticed that some Chinese restaurants in Lagos are actually owned and managed by Nigerians, even have Nigerian chefs… But you see Indian restaurants, their owners are always deep Indian rooted. Gypsy’s is deep rooted with Indian owners, Indian chefs, even the Nigerian Manager lived in India before coming back. The menu here has Indian on the front side, and Chinese at the back. The thing is, Indian and Chinese foods have something in common, most of their rice dishes can actually be enjoyed without the sauces, and they are always heavily spiced and with lots of vegetables. Also, almost all their dishes tastes the same 😂 True talk.
As for their condiments/sauces, I don’t know if it’s just me but any time I visit an Indian restaurant, condiments are always served in large portions, I never get to use them even. We really didn’t even need any of them that much, especially for that condiment with lots of onions (Chutney).
In Indian culinary, the three main types of condiments are chutneys, raitas, and pickles. (tomorrow I will post about them individually)
Overall, Gypsy’s is that kind of restaurant you just want to go to for a first-time date, or group dining like we did. It’s the perfect spot for Indians on the mainland, but as a Nigerian, trust me, you will enjoy some Indian foods too, especially their breads. You have nothing to lose.
While we were there, I actually spotted a Nigerian guy with his babe, and they knew what they were ordering, so I really don’t understand why some Nigerians shy away from Indian food.
So here’s a lirru about the dishes we had.
I was only able to take note of a few dishes cos I obviously couldn’t eat everything. Unfortunately I’m a human, I have only one stomach 🤷🏽♂️
Both our starters and main dishes were served like we were in a feast. Dishes came in very large portions, and we were served a whole lot of dishes so I will only cover some of them.
CONDIMENTS – ₦700 (for extras)
- Chutneys (3 types) – Two of them were peppery, one was kinda honey-like sweet
- Raita – Basically yogurt mixed with (ask gypsys)
- Kachumber – Basically onion pickles dipped in (ask Gypsys)
Fish in Dry Chili – ₦4,000
I should have asked for the type of fish used, God why did I forget? 🤦🏾♂️ But what I know is that it was very dry and very crispy. Even the chili was crisp but very very very hot, like Cameroun pepper hot. This starter will definitely go well with the Raita. You are warned! Do not try this with the peppery Chutney condiment, you will burn your tongue.
Cheese Garlic Naan – ₦500/pc
Naan is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread of Indian origin. There are usually various typed of Naan bread served in restaurants. They can either be plain Naan, Buttered Naan, Veg Naan or Garlic Naan.
We were served the Cheese Garlic Naan. Naan breads can never go wrong, it’s always made fresh in restaurants, so there’s no negative review I can give about it.
But what I can never understand about Naan is that, why it is always shaped like pizza? 🤔
Our Naan bread was served as a starter, and it also came in as complementary for our main course.
Seafood Special Fried Rice – ₦5,000
Seafood Special fried rice is high-heat stir friend rice that consists of generous portions of shrimps, and a little portion of beef, and chicken along with the eggs and vegetables.
I’ve had Chinese special fried rice countless times, Gypsy’s special fried rice tasted good, but I have to tell you, there was something off about its texture, it was a bit soggy, possibly overdone. The texture wasn’t welcoming at all. Nigerians like rice, yet many of us actually didn’t eat that much of it.
Non-Veg Pot Rice – ₦5,000
To be honest, this pot rice was very delicious. I think it was basmati rice that was mixed with mushrooms, and a little meat. This tasted really nice but only one thing though, if you order for pot rice, expect a very soggy dish to be served. Pot rice is so soggy that it even looks like pepper soup from the top. I think pot rice is cooked by dumping every ingredient at once in the pot and allowing everything steam together and looks almost as if the rice is entirely mashed and soaked in hot boiling broth.
Chicken Tikka Masala – ₦3,200
This is more like a sauce best eaten with Naan bread or plain rice. So roasted chicken chunks is a spiced curry sauce, then served with Naan bread. Think more of this dish as bread and stew, except well, their stew is curry based.
This sauce is heavily spiced, so eating it with garlic Naan bread didn’t go well for me, but I bet I would have enjoyed it if I ordered the plain Naan bread instead.
Overall, I know many of my readers here have never tried Indian food, you need to. And if you try it at Gypsys, later come to this comment section and let me know what you think about their service 😉
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