R.S.V.P. is easily #1 in terms of service I’ve received in any restaurant in Nigeria (as of 1/02/2015). Their food is good and cocktails are delicious!
A good friend of mine had recommended I visit RSVP and her recommendations are usually on point so I planned accordingly and was at RSVP a few weeks back.
Parking – Street parking is available and the street was kind of dark so I wasn’t too excited about this.
Ambiance – RSVP has a contemporary interior with dim lights and
rubbish subtle music playing in the background. There’s a bar section and then the restaurant area which isn’t too spacious but was just fine. I think it’s a great ambiance for like a first date, romantic dinner, dine-alone-kinda-evening, drinks at the bar, etc, and not so much a family outing (I did visit in the evening though so might be a different feel during the day)…
Drinks – I’ve steered clear from cocktails and been drinking more
beer wine of late, but the cocktails at RSVP were highly recommended. I had the Bartender’s Bluff (cost 2,000 naira) which was made of white wine, mint and lemon and it was soooo good! It almost tasted like a mature version of a mojito without all the sugar. My friend got the African Spice cocktail (cost 2,300 naira) which was made of rum, ginger, bitters, lime and sugar….and that drink was potent! I mean looking at the ingredients it was expected so she paced herself really well 🙂
Food –Thanks to the folks over at Eat.Drink.Lagos I’d gone into RSVP to have their burger and the chicken logs..and I wasn’t disappointed. The burger (cost 4,900 naira) was delish (the patty was medium-rare and well seasoned). The chicken logs (cost 3,000 naira) were nice as well, but I felt like it’d taste better with spicy mayo so I asked our waiter, Sunny, if I could get spicy mayo. It appeared Sunny wasn’t too sure what that was but he offered to go and check with the chef, and to my surprise, he came back with some combo that tasted like spicy mayo! I was toooooo impressed!
I’d honestly go back for the burger but not the chicken logs (with all the cheese and oil it’s not really a healthy option).
Service – Very prompt! We were seated pretty quickly, delicious food and drinks arrived in less than 20 minutes and our waiter, Sunny, really took service to the next level for us (we had to “report” his outstanding behavior to his manager).
Overall RSVP is a great place. Ambience, Food, Drinks, Service easily an A grade, and I hope they can keep up the good work (they’ve been open since November 2014 and I’m hoping they are able to remain consistent).
Couple of things though:
1) The Menu – With all the proper packaging at RSVP I was a little disappointed that the menu wasn’t put together properly. I had to keep adjusting the stringy thing in the center to get an unobstructed view of all their food offerings
2) Still on the menu – Dessert Options are lacking a bit. I’d have liked some assortment on there (think creme brulee, bread pudding, etc).
3) Parking Situation – There’s only street parking available! And you might be directed by some people to park in front of some gates…don’t do it! I’d parked in front of one of the gates and when it was time to leave, someone else had parked behind me! Found out it was the owner of the house who was vexed that cars were blocking the entrance to his house..LOL!
Shout out to Sunny our waiter! He was very attentive the whole time (despite having to attend to other guests) and did such an amazing job making sure we had a great experience. I know our tipping culture in Naija is still evolving, but if you get Sunny and are impressed with his service please tip him well and encourage him to keep up the good work 🙂
R.S.V.P. menu as of 01/02/14