So my #1 alobam and I went to Ikoyi Club to grab lunch some time in January, 2015. Ikoyi Club is basically a country club and I hear it’s quite the process to become a member (since it’s supposed to be an elite kinda club). I think non-members can be accompanied by members for a fee. Feel free to visit the Ikoyi Club website for more information on the club.
Moving along…I’ve eaten at the Ikoyi Club Golf Section before and I thought the food was actually quite good. However, my dad thought it’d be a better idea to review my experience dining at the “Main Kitchen” vs. the golf section. As a side note, each section within the club has a different caterer and I hear the squash section serves the best dishes.
Parking: There’s ample parking within the Ikoyi Club compound, however, on a busy day, one may have to resort to parking on the streets.
Ambiance: Ikoyi Club as a whole looked a little run-down in my opinion, however, this review is not on the club but the Main Kitchen restaurant so I’ll skip right to that. The Main Kitchen restaurant wasn’t bad at all. There was a bar section and a bunch of lounge chairs which were quite comfy. The interior was painted Orange for the most part. I was quite happy with the ambiance; very colorful and welcoming!
Service: Our waiter was an elderly man who was pretty attentive. I felt a little uncomfortable having such an older person do the serving, but couldn’t do much about the situation. We’d tried to order a bunch of items from the menu but were informed that the items we’d selected were not available. We ended up just asking the waiter to let us know what was available and his response was quite disappointing! There were only a few options which we could order, however, the menu was quite extensive.
We also had to deal with the “flies situation”. Our waiter had tried his best to make us comfortable but there was only so much he could do. There were just tooooooooo many flies! It was super ridiculous and wayyyyyy beyond my understanding. There was a fly zapper which appeared to be working but for some reason the flies were still very many in numbers. I was quite disappointed to be honest.
Food & Drinks: Two words: Dirt Cheap! And very well worth the price!! We ordered a glass of chapman (cost 250 naira), a couple of beers (a bottle of Star cost 200 naira…#unbeliveable!), and a bottle of water (cost 60 naira).
We ordered the curry chicken and fried rice, and spicy chicken with chips (each meal cost 1,000 naira). Both options came with slaw and were pretty good. I probably wouldn’t mind having the curry chicken again.
Yup, our bill was approximately 3,000 naira and we both couldn’t believe it!
Overall, my experience would have been great, especially with the dirt cheap prices of beer and food!! But the flies were too many and ruined my visit for the most part. My two recommendations for the Main Kitchen are:
1) Eliminate those flies as much as possible (even if it means spraying the space with insecticides every night and airing it out in the morning before patrons arrive).
2) Ensure food options on the menu are actually available (even if this means condensing the menu)
I’d definitely recommend Ikoyi Club as a good place to grab a quick bite (not sure where else one can get food+beer on the Island at such a cheap price), however, I’d say to either sit outside of the Main Kitchen restaurant or try eating in a different section of the club.
Ikoyi Club Main Kitchen Menu as of January 2015