In my family, it is safe to say that going to Abuja for the weekend during the summer is a norm. As far back as I can remember, we all (my folks, my two sisters and I) spent our last weekend together at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, before going back to our respective schools. I remember my very first time there; I was really young and because I was from a small and under developed city, which I had not left much, the Transcorp building was the most beautiful building I had seen. My exact words were ‘Perfection at its very best’.A few days back, on a very stressed note + after all the hassle at the British Embassy in Abuja, I decided to treat myself to a three-course meal. Transcorp Hilton being virtually the only place I know in Abuja, I took a taxi there. On getting there, I had to go through very stern security check, although it was inconveniencing, the staff were extremely polite about it and its better to be safe than sorry. I am sure we all know about the boko haram crisis.
When I eventually got in, the Bukka restaurant was right in front of me, so I just walked straight in. The waiter with a huge warm smile on her face said, “Madam, you are finally back, we have been looking forward to seeing you this summer”, and I smiled. Although they were busy, it did not take her long to find me a place to sit and I must say, my view was spectacular.
I picked up the menu, and making a choice on what to eat is one of the hardest things I have faced in life, lol. They had all sorts of delicacies on that menu, ranging from the traditional akpu and afang soup to continental dishes like Chorizo carbonara with catalan market salad. I remember the name because I made enquiries about the dish, just to find out it was just pasta.
Because of how hungry and stressed out I was, I decided to stick to the traditional dishes. For starters, I had goat meat pepper soup and bread, for main I had akpu and afang soup and for desert a fruit platter. The meals were so good, very spicy, served in a very attractive manner and they came much faster than I had expected.
All in all, the service was fantastic. The staff were very polite and gave the impression they were very happy working there. The only down about everything, was the cost of the meal. It was outrageous, but every other thing was perfect, like I said earlier, perfection at its very best.
In conclusion, if you decide to spoil yourself, there is no better place than Bukka restaurant.
P.S – Sorry, I did not take any pictures, I was too hungry all I could think of was eating. I was able to get a picture from the web of the setting of the restaurant.