Lennox Mall, Admiralty Way Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
Jollof is one meal that cuts across West Africa...so much so, that it has become world acclaimed for the “Jollof wars” saga that permeates between Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. There are many factors that distinguish this dish, the rice quality, quantity of pepper and spices, additional protein pieces to add variety and taste but one thing for certain is this dish must have the distinct firewood cooked aroma that cannot be excluded if one must have an authentic jollof rice tasting experience.
Dooneys Kitchen has proved that it is possible to have this authentic tasting jollof rice without having to wait to be served from the usually few waiters at a typical Lagos "Owanbe" party. Harrowing...especially if you’ve waited to eat.
The thought put into the interior of this restaurant would have one wondering if it were local or international cuisine being served. It is elegant, cool and quietly tucked away at the back of the mall.
Dooneys kitchen is known for "redefining Nigerian food" and we are reviewing two famous dishes which have the same baseline when cooking: Jollof rice and Yam porridge. Both dishes can be absolutely delicious when done right and extremely horrible when wrong! Ugh!!
The waiter hands out the menu which is downloaded on an iPad. Certainly saves on paper, I would be careful not to drop it though. The meal came within minutes which is a relief especially if you do not have time to waste. The portion was sizeable; relative if you are not a heavy eater.
Moment of Truth: The jollof rice had the smokey flavour ,the right amount of heat ( pepper) came with additional plantain and the chicken was well spiced!I felt like I was at a party!
Next dish: The yam porridge...I wonder...is it porridge or pottage? We get this mixed up a whole lot in Nigeria. However, as we say, it’s the taste that matters not the name. LOL!
Moment of Truth: This meal was absolutely enjoyable to eat! Why? Nothing beats those mini chunks of beef and fish that makes you pause and savour the different flavours popping in your mouth. It was a bit spicy, in my opinion, I do prefer less heat in my food so I can taste flavours...pepper sometimes has a way of masking them. I guess for those who do take spicy foods, I probably would get a knock on the head for saying this dish was! Let me know when you try it out! Overall, it did give that home cooked satisfaction when I was done, and that tops it for me!
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️☆
Jollof Rice N2000
Yam Porridge N2000
If you are looking for somewhere quiet to eat good Nigerian food this is the place to go. If you have expatriates or “repatriates” who are also visiting in the lekki/victoria Island ikoyi axis, Dooneys kitchen will give them what they promise...create lasting food memories. And to quote Prince Charles of Wales, "Naija no dey carry last"!