09 Mar LET’S CHECK OUT CLUBHOUSE, AGAIN
Last week, I wrote an article about Clubhouse and it appears the Founder at Clubhouse wasn’t impressed at all! In fact, I think she took it a bit more personal. She could have sworn that I was paid by another company to bring them down, but of course you know this can’t be true. My complaint then was mostly about the pasta and the pizza, they just didn’t get it right so it’s my job to talk about it 🤷🏾♂️
But what is better than a business owner that makes mistakes is one that is willing to prove themselves or improve their service. So I got invited by the founder of the restaurant, Stephanie, she had a lot of defense about their food and of course, so I took the courtesy to revisit, mostly because she invited me through a mutual friend, Waka Waka Nnena. To aid in her defense, I asked her to bring me the same dishes I gave a bad review on.
Ordinarily I wouldn’t even write about this place again but I found it interesting because there was a lot of difference, and her explanations made sense, so here I am writing about the restaurant again with a couple of additional food items.
So here are the items I had this time around.
- Penne Pesto
- Salad with Chicken
- Malay Rice
- Hummus with pita bread
Penne Pesto with Chicken: ₦3,900 + ₦900
As my dish was arriving, just the sight and smell alone could tell that this was exactly what was expected of a pesto dish. This particular one was ridiculously good! So I will tell you the difference, and what caused the previous one to be that flawed.
Firstly, you can see the richness of the green, that’s because this was strictly a basil-based dish.
Secondly, this had chicken in it. She said that chicken is usually an optional add-on that the customer could chose between chicken or shrimps. Apparently, it wasn’t stated that way in the menu I used then, hence, why it was served without a protein, their new menu now fixes that. I was sha glad that the owner agreed there shouldn’t be cream in a pesto sauce, that defeats the entire purpose of pesto. The owner confessed that they were out of basil on that day, hence, the chef improvised a different recipe. She further explains that their basil plants are planted fresh in the chef’s backyard, so they get freshly cut basils everyday strictly for pesto. She was completely displeased with the previous pesto that was made for me and she regrets that I was ever served that. This particular one truly forgives their past mistakes. She assures me that this is their original standard and this is exactly what anyone will get if they order for pesto.
Naija Shawarma Pizza: ₦4,200
My main issue was the burnt edges and the very thin crust. Now, as you can see, the edges of this my new order isn’t burnt, but the crust is still very thin and easy to lift off. Stephanie also understood this and explains that it’s difficult in Abuja to find the exact type of flour that can be used to producing that puffy edged pizza that could make lifting up easy. I also noticed that the Ketchup was removed from this new pizza that was served to me, I hope their recipe/creation hasn’t been altered because of me 🙈
Chef’s Salad: ₦3,500
Beetroot, apples, feta cheese, croutons, bell peppers, lettuce, vinaigrette dressing. She kept on pushing for us to try this salad and I could tell why. This is one hell of a unique salad. My taste buds were literally dancing with excitement. It was like I could get a different kind of feel from every little bite I had. I could taste sweetness, sourness, tanginess, crunch and mild all in one plate. The salad is usually served without chicken, but if you’re not a vegetarian, you can choose to order separate grilled chicken on the side to top on it.
Malay Rice: ₦4,500
This is a new item on the menu that she kept pushing for us to try. It’s almost like Nigeria friend rice. I loved it! It was so rich in turmeric, eggs and vegetables.
How I knew that the chef was very proud of this creation is because when I was taking my leave, I saw him eating this same dish with such happiness. Lol.
Hummus with Pita Bread: ₦2,200
I’ve never really had the need to properly review hummus because I’ve always seen this as an easy dish to make. I mean, it’s just blended chickpeas and olive oil. However, the hummus was really smooth. I think that’s all I can say about this dish.
Fresh Pineapple Drink: ₦1,000
I loved that it was served with the ginger on the side. As a matter of fact, I was asked if it should served already combined or if I’d like it regulated, so yes, I found this thoughtful.
To conclude this, I will now recommend this restaurant with my full chest! Not because they’re the best out there, but for the fact that a restaurant owner is determined to write their wrongs already says a lot about their management. People make mistakes all the time, but your willingness to make amends is what makes you better than the others.
Read the previous article here.