08 Jan LET’S CHECK OUT TRIBE AFRIK, MAITAMA
First off, I deeply regret to say that my article is coming a lot later than they expected. Around December last year, I was invited by Vallerie Eats, alongside other Abuja food bloggers to this restaurant for a food tasting and review. As usual, my observations are focused on both the restaurant itself and their food standards.
So is this restaurant worth it? Let’s read on to find out.
When I got into Tribe Afrik, I immediately saw the place as a perfect spot for everything, from first date, to just lounging, to private dining to outdoor local vibes. They particularly focused on creating an atmosphere that promotes various types of dining, from fine dining to outdoor lounging, grills area, even local Amala joint setting and a really small swimming pool at the back just by the bar.
Their menu is divided into sections separating the continental dishes from the Chinese dishes and the local dishes which makes it so broad and almost confusing. It’s almost as if here is a sort of resort, but for food alone. Resting on a ginormous piece of land with large parking space, the owner has managed to maximize the potential of every square inch of this land. The décor of the main dining area is so mature and I will tell you with my full chest, this is definitely the perfect fit for group dining or family dining.
Just as any other food tasting event, we were offered a 4 square tasting meal that will be served in smaller portions.
- Pasta Alfredo
- Oriental Rice
- Club Sandwich
- Island Kiss Cocktail
Tribe Afrik Special Wings – ₦2,000
This happens to be among their specials. It’s usually served in 8 pieces, apparently it’s a food tasting hence the smaller portions. I found the wings and sauce to be delicious and acceptable by any Nigerian tastebud, very tender and easily slides off the bones. However, I think the wings are too tiny, they are like the size of my thumb. Yes, I know 8 pieces of it will be served, but even at that, I’d rather have 6 large pieces than tiny 8 pieces. Probably just my own preference because I don’t like prowling for flesh in my wings.
Pasta Alfredo: ₦4,500
Alfredo sauce isn’t usually everyone’s favourite, at least not for me. Apparently, my fellow bloggers didn’t like this because it lacked pepper and had somewhat a bland taste. Well, for me I think Alfredo is a creamy sauce and isn’t supposed to be peppery unless you ask for your order to specially made peppery. I loved the generous amount of topped cheese, the cheese was really pronounced, however, I must confess that the grilled chicken in it didn’t taste like it was seasoned at all. It felt like unsalted grilled chicken was just tossed into the Alfredo sauce then combined with pasta. And lastly, the mushrooms as sited in the menu was missing from everyone’s plate. Maybe it was mistakenly omitted but it just wasn’t there. Well, this dish isn’t enough to give a heavy bad criticism for an Alfredo lover to turn away from, but I hope they get to read this review and fix these little issues.
Oriental Rice: ₦1,800, Chicken Sweet & Sour: ₦4,900, Prawns Sweet & Sour: ₦7,500
Cinnamon isn’t my best spice, so I didn’t really like the rice. The rice isn’t bad at all, it’s just me. As for the sweet and sour sauce, I think it was the right extent of sweet and sour, but the others complained about it being too sweet and should be toned down. I most definitely loved the chicken and shrimps though.
Club Sandwich: ₦2,000
I couldn’t really see why everyone was overhyping the club sandwich like it’s some sort of difficult dish to prepare, anybody can make a really nice club sandwich 💁🏾♂️. Their club sandwich actually isn’t bad, just the optimum level of toast bread, right ratio of tomatoes to chicken to lettuce, but, I was just surprised at the way they kept hyping it.
Island Kiss Mocktail: ₦1,800
I was super impressed with the drink. Maybe it’s because I love Oranges which happened to have the most pronounced taste in the drink. I loved the fact that fresh Oranges were used rather than some other expensive restaurants making cocktails with packed orange juice 🙄, although I didn’t like the that I was removing seeds from my mouth. The drink tasted so original that I could even taste the zests from the orange pills and the sugarcane juice brought the sweetness out, while the ginger beer created a punch to the taste. I loved this combination and I have no regrets at all 👌🏾
In summary, I think everything about this place is fair enough, from their pricing to their décor, to staff, management, space etc. You may not get the entire “Wow” feeling but you most definitely won’t regret spending your money and time in this establishment 🙂