07 Feb LET’S CHECK OUT THE CORNER CAFE, MAITAMA
Last week, I was invited for another food tasting alongside other Abuja food bloggers, hosted by Waka Waka Nnena. We visited this Café to try out a couple of items from their menu. As usual, my observations will be focused on both the restaurant itself and their food standards.
So is this café worth it? Let’s read on to find out.
The Corner Café is a small restaurant but with quite a diverse and organised menu with pictures of their dishes in it. This place is like your friendly neighbourhood restaurant where you could stroll with your house guest if you don’t intend hosting in your house. As a matter of fact, this place could also be the perfect spot for a first date, that is if you don’t want to be to fancy, yet remain elegant, here is just in the middle. The restaurant houses an indoor space and an outdoor patio with a white-wooden feel décor giving it a little bit of beach vibes and there are provisions for board games, something to pass the time with as you wait for your food.
Just as the other food tasting events, we were offered varieties from their menu, but in tasting portions enough to fill our bellies and catch their distinct tastes.
Here’s what we had in little portions
– Basil Bruschetta
– Peppered Chicken wings
– BLT Sandwich
– Lamb Burger
– Chicken Pepper soup
– Fried Rice with beef sauce
– Hibiscus Tea
– Moscow Mule Cocktail
Basil Bruschetta: ₦2,200
Toast bread topped with tomato sauce and served in small portions looking like canapés. This is a starter dish that isn’t really common in many Nigerian restaurants. I could pick a pretty much ripe and rich taste of fresh tomato, although, we couldn’t help but to point out that the right type of bread wasn’t used in making this, it would have been more interesting and authentic if rather made using slices of French bread. That French bread look could even make you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth as opposed using our regular sliced breads.
Peppered Chicken wings: ₦2,200
Loved the sauce and vegetables bathed in it, and a plate usually consists of about 8-9 pieces. However, I will keep saying this, I don’t care the number of wings being served in a plate, I just don’t like eating tiny wings and these ones were pretty tiny 🤦🏾♂️, but they were nice though.
BLT Sandwich: ₦2,900
I loved the sandwich, so did everyone. It was rich enough with everything inside, very succulent 👌🏾
Lamb Burger: ₦3,000
The burger would be my same review of the sandwich. The beef patty was juicy but not juicy enough to drip. The bun was soft to the touch. You won’t regret trying their burger.
Chicken Soup: ₦2,500
Only had a few spoons of this because it was a hot afternoon and I can’t be having something hot and spicy under the scorching sun, but I tasted it and loved it anyways.
Fried Rice with beef sauce: (wasn’t stated in menu)
Honestly, we didn’t have much nice things to say about the rice. There was just something off about this, it was over seasoned and too oily. If you like your rice over-seasoned and oily, then maybe this is for you. About 3 others said they liked the rice, but for me, I just didn’t. The beef sauce was also heavily seasoned something with what the owner called “anise”, I don’t think it was well ground because I kept on having to remove pieces of it off my tongue. As for the beef, for beef that is already shredded, it was actually quite tough.
Hibiscus Tea: ₦1,200
I loved the presentation of this 👌🏾 It was served in a cup with a brew in it. I advised the owner to make the hibiscus leaves a bit more distilled or concentrated because I didn’t get the richness of the hibiscus leaves. But overall, it was really nice to try.
Moscow Mule Cocktail: ₦2,800
Just nice enough 👌🏾
In conclusion, reception here was great, the owner gave us time and was attentive, polite and receptive to our criticism. She took real caution to making this small Café the perfect spot for relaxation and I highly recommend here, but except for the rice 😊