OLIVER'S CAFE, BAR AND RESTAURANT.
26 Ladoke Akintola Avenue, New Bodija, Ibadan,
Oyo State. Nigeria.
Parking: Quite okay.
This is one place I've been meaning to try out. There has been so much fuss about the place so I was excited.
Really warm welcome from the waitress. This was important as I earlier had a terrible costumer service experience at one of the banks I shall not mention but starts with an A.
Moving on, we had a choice of sitting inside or outside, both looked really cosy but it was a rainy day so seemed like a good idea to sit inside. We were directed into a small cosy room, I loved the decor - warm and inviting. On getting there though, there was this colourful room which didn't seem to be used for anything.
But back to our beautifully decorated room. It was a small room for around 25-30, beautifully decorated with a green and blue theme, well lit enough to see your food and be intimate.
There were two menus, Chinese and their main menu. With Chinese meals in Nigeria it's either rice or noodles and sauce so I wasn't interested. The main menu looked pretty, it included some pictures which was nice, I like to know what the food is supposed to look like before ordering.
After much deliberation and due to unavailability of 4 meals on the menu, I settled for French pancakes (Crepes) and Oliver's special rice with chicken in green pepper sauce from the Chinese menu.
French pancakes - 4 neatly folded pancakes with syrup. It tasted really nice. For crepes they were quite filling. Craving them again while writing this, that's how good it was. I would have preferred the syrup in a bowl on the side (I'm sure if I had specified it won't have been a problem).
Oliver's special rice with chicken in green pepper sauce - like most Chinese meals you order the rice and sauce differently, this wasn't an exception. It was well presented though. Could have ordered the rice without the sauce because it was full of life. It contained minced meat, prawns and chicken. It had this spice I couldn't figure out but someone seems to think it was cinnamon. Maybe this unknown spice is what makes it a 'special rice'. It tasted different but nice still. The sauce, just as the name describes it, was some sort of gravy with diced chicken and green pepper. Nothing fancy to it
Crepes - N1,000
Oiver's special rice- N1,800
I was upset that four meals I ordered off the main menu weren't available. The excuse was that it's not a popular order. One of the reasons I eat out is to try something I won't usually have at home and the didn't really get that.
Service was okay. Not for fine dining as the waitress didn't have dining etiquette. But she was quite nice, almost too nice and too in my face.