Craft Gourmet (by Lou Baker)
3rd Floor, Mega Plaza, Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
There’s a multistory car park just opposite the plaza.
Craft Gourmet is this really cute place at mega plaza. It’s so fascinating how the ambience changes abruptly as you push through the door, Almost as if we’re pushing through the doors of “Narnia”. Like the mall hall way is all business, noise, and Lagos filter...and all of a sudden, Narnia!
At first glance, the place looks like a breakfast/brunch restaurant. I mean with the numerous tea/coffee cups and machines making all sorts of latte, it wouldn’t be totally wrong to assume that.
The dining setting here is simple, with well crafted chairs and tables that match the background color of the place. There are a lot of plants here too. Cacti and stuff. This is common here in Lagos, almost as if it is some sort of unspoken rule of restaurant decor. But what do I know? it seems to work well, everywhere. The waiters here were super polite and even sometimes, tried to make me laugh with a joke or two. Everything seemed to be going well.
Glanced over the menu and it had a lot of breakfast/brunch options (as I initially assumed), but it’s not limited to that. There were also sandwiches, seafood platters, BBQs, pasta, and soup/sauces, from different ethnicities. I was in the mood for sauce, so I settled for the Chicken Yassa and the craft coconut curry chicken.
Chicken Yassa, (known as yassa au poulet according to Wikipedia), prepared with onions and lemon, is a specialty from the Casamance region in the south of Senegal. Craft serves her Yassa as a Senegalese rice dish with marinated pepper chicken in sautéed onion sauce. They offered basmati rice but I preferred just steamed rice. I’ve never had Yassa before so I have no relative scale to compare this to but I don’t think Yassa is for me. I thought it had quite a lot of onions (which is how it’s supposed to be actually) and the sauce just didn’t go well with me. It had three chicken thighs which was the only upside of this particular dish for me.
The craft coconut curry chicken was way better to me. And it’s surprising I’d think this cause curry based sauces are usually boring to me. The sauce had slices of marinated chicken breast served in curry sauce, with a side of pineapple salsa. Very much enjoyable
Chicken Yassa: N5500
Craft Coconut Curry Chicken: N5500
Craft Gourmet is such a pretty place. Everything here is just cute... even the waiters try to be cute. It’s not really a large space but you could have almost any type of gathering here. It’s not really the “I’m hungry let’s eat out” type of place, looks more like a place I’d bring a date to.