Eating Chinese and other continental dishes can be very tiring and boring, so it’s advisable to switch your style once in a while. I was craving some nice local food and wasn’t trying to cook it myself so I checked out Dealdey as usual. I was so lucky to find a deal for Ofada rice and stew at Ofada Boy Lounge Surulere. For the purpose of the review, lets call it OFBL.
The deal was for 2 plates of Ofada Rice and stew, Palm wine and Complementary Garden Egg and groundnut for 1,500Naira (what an interesting combination, right?). I called them up and made a reservation for my friend and I one hour before our arrival.
It was quite difficult locating OFBL as there is no signage or any form of identification. I had to ask around before finally locating the restaurant.
There is really no parking lot, maybe for like one car or you end up parking on the streets which didn’t look like a good idea.
I got in, and immediately showed them my dealdey receipt before any questions were asked and for the very first time ever since I’ve been purchasing deals from dealdey, the attendant immediately understood and got to work.
I was really impressed with the décor. It reminded me of a king’s palace, with the traditional mats and the Ankara prints. The cutlery was kept in an Ankara purse and I felt that was really creative.
We had to wait about 20-30 minutes for our food to arrive, and tbh, it was worth it. The food arrived in leaves placed on flat plates, 2 rounded scoops of rice, with ofada stew and small pieces of meat. I was in the middle of my enjoyment when palm wine arrived in a calabash and that completed the meal. The rice and stew was wonderful and I totally enjoyed it. The pieces of meat were tender and easy to chew. I was deep into the delicious rice, with palm wine that I forgot to remind them about the garden egg and groundnut.
We got 2 Bottles of water for 100 Naira each (so affordable), and a bottle of Mirinda for 100 Naira as well.
The service was very good. The attendant was very reassuring and attentive. He tuned the Television to a music channel to lighten our mood, as we had just finished our exams for the year. I’m only sad that he forgot the garden egg and groundnuts.
I was so glad that I didn’t have to explain the whole dealdey process, and how I had paid online. My bill was 300 naira for drinks and I tendered 500 bucks and they had change! Praise God!!! They also have POS so don’t be scared, but its naija sha, network can be terrible at times.
I will rate OFBL a 9 over 10. The décor is extraordinary, the food is delicious, and the service is wonderful. I will definitely patronize OFBL as their food is delicious and very affordable.