27 Oct LET’S CHECK OUT A CLASS, MAITAMA
This is by far the best dining experience I’ve had in this Abuja. Like there was little or nothing here to get me upset all through my time here.
On this good Sunday, myself, @vallerieeats and @therealbettybutter picked this restaurant for lunch. Telling from their Instagram page, I thought it will just be another upscale casual restaurant, but no, I can tell you that this is fine dining in Abuja at its finest. It is simply A Classy restaurant 👌🏾.
A Class restaurant is housed inside A Class Park in Maitama. The restaurant features an outdoor patio, an outdoor bar and an indoor fine dining space. I’d like to see this outdoor bar as a sports bar as well. Right from the entrance, we could see how sparkling clean the entire space was (maybe it’s because they’re still new). Also, the patience and professionalism of the waiter that attended to us was top notch. She very well answered complicated enquiries like she is even the owner. I could tell that she knew everything on the menu. The restaurant features an outdoor patio, an outdoor bar and an indoor fine dining space. I’d like to see this outdoor bar as a sports bar as well. Right from the entrance, we could see how sparkling clean the entire space was (maybe it’s because they’re still new). Also, the patience and professionalism of the waiter that attended to us was top notch. The menu was very well explained and even had a section for the kids. As a matter of fact, this place is very family and kids friendly. It’s so kids friendly to the extent that there are provisions for children’s swings just outside of the restaurant in the park.
For a fine dining restaurant, I was shocked to see how super cheap the items on the menu was. I was shocked that you could order for a main course meal for as low as ₦2,000 while mocktails for as low as ₦1,800. Oh lest I forget, there is no alcohol in this restaurant, not even a beer. Wow!
As usual, we ordered for a starter platter to share, and main course dishes for everyone.
– Combo Starter
– Fish and Chips
– Beef Fried Noodles
– Ginger Drink
Combo starter – ₦5,400
The plate contained 2 pieces each of the following items; vegetable spring roll, Tempura Prawns, Cheesy Baked Potatoes, Breaded Chicken Strips and Chicken Wings.
Apparently, the menu indicated that Spicy Mediterranean Chicken Balls was to be among this platter, but it was omitted. It’s at the point of writing this post that I realised it was replaced with Tempura Prawns. Tempura prawns is even more expensive than Chicken Balls on the menu, yet they replaced it. In my opinion, this has scored the restaurant a high points because most restaurants will just conveniently leave that out and serve you what they have with the hopes that you don’t notice.
Every item on the plate was just on point and tasted really great! Considering that all items were fried, I couldn’t even sense so much oil, the food must have been air-fried or something. The platter was just made to absolute perfection 👌🏾. Although I could have wished that the spring rolls were a little bigger in size, cos I’ve seen bigger spring rolls and this one was literally finger sized. The baked potatoes was my best item because of the melted cheese in it topped with beef chunks. Valerie didn’t like that it had its skin on, but I didn’t mind.
Compared with the 5K platter I had at Urban Air, this one was extremely better value for money, especially if they make the spring rolls a little bigger 😒
Lasange – ₦3,800
Not many restaurants get lasange right so I always look out for the flaws in this dish. Lasange is a very time consuming dish to prepare so when a restaurant promises you 30 minutes ETA, just set your mind for about an hour plus and that was exactly what happened with this one. The moment I had my first bite of the lasange, I wanted to heavily criticize it for having milk in it, but then I saw the menu specifying that it contained Béchamel sauce, so that makes it acceptable. However, the sauce ratio was too much and the lasagne sheets (the waiter said it was 3 sheets) were very soaked and appeared soggy. I keep telling people that lasagne is meant to be firm and easily cut, just like pie or cake. If you try to turn lasange into a plate and it scatters, just know that it isn’t great lasange. I’ve only had one good lasagne in this country from a restaurant in Lagos. This one tasted really good to be honest but the defect of that firmness didn’t sell it for me.
Fish & Chips – ₦4,500
Breaded fish fillets served with fries, tartar sauce, coleslaw and a slice of lemon. I like it when restaurants consider detailing in their dishes. Most restaurants leave out the lemon but this one didn’t. Because the fish is the actual salt water fish (I presume salmon), the lemon helps balance the briny taste of the seafood. This was Betty’s food so I only had a little taste. I loved the texture of the fries, crunchy all the way, this is exactly what fries should feel like 👌🏾
Beef Fried Noodles – ₦2,600
Valerie wasn’t feeling so fancy so she went for noodles, and of course, I had a taste from it as well. She wasn’t so impressed that it didn’t look as advertised on their Instagram page but she said it tasted better than it looked.
Ginger – ₦1,000
I purposely ordered for a ginger drink because I’ve never been to a restaurant where plain ginger is served as a drink on the menu. So I asked the waiter if she’s sure it’s only ginger and she confirmed it’s purely ginger. I first thought it was mixed with pineapple but it really wasn’t, just pure blended ginger!
However, for a fine dining restaurant, I think I have an issue with how it was served. It was served in a plastic bottle and a straw. When I asked the waiter why, she said she can turn it into a cup and re-serve, I told her not to worry but I just still found it strange that she brought it this way in the first place.
Fura – ₦1,000
The fura was also served in a plastic bottle with straw. Betty had the fura because unlike me, she’s a fan, and apparently she knows what good fura tastes like. She said the fura wasn’t thick enough like the original ones. I had a taste of Fura for the first time, and I’m happy to let you know that it’s something I can drink, but it’s not something I can buy with my money. Lol
My final verdict about this restaurant is, if you want to impress your babe, bring them here. If you want good value for money, come and eat here. If you want to get good alcoholic drinks selection, do not come here.
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A Rare Photo of Betty, Valerie and my humble self 🙂