Artist & Scientist Lagos
Artist & Scientist Lagos -The Dining Room
Artist & Scientist Lagos is a catering outfit and is focused on the love of good food that is fun, decadent, delicious and authentic. The name ‘Artist & Scientist’ is because one is actually an Artist and the other is a Scientist – Lol, cute. The ‘Dining Room’ is their recently launched baby by Artist & Scientist Lagos and is currently in soft launch phase by virtue of being an extension of the home of the owners and founders of Artist & Scientist.
The Dining Room Space is family run and that is made clear from its one-page menu which provides background. What I loved about the Dining Room NG is how small and intimate it is and the emphasis on making meals from scratch. The ambience is nice and artsy especially with its colourful focus wall that is totally instagrammable and should be on the list of instagrammable spots in Lagos
They are not a restaurant and are not trying to be one. Look at like you are going to dine at Tori and Dan’s for dinner where you can take off your shoes, sit back and relax – that is what the Dining Room is about. Bookings are made via a google form and opened on Thursdays & Fridays between 6 and 9pm
What is also interesting and clearly differentiating them from a restaurant is the presentation of the menu. Normally restaurant menu’s in Lagos and anywhere else will have starters, mains and then desserts. Instead, the format of the menu here is small plates, medium plates, street plates and sweet plates. For now, there is only one item under the street plates which is the ‘Aunty Lara’ – Ofada Stew with tender assorted meat, served with local white rice and plantains.
The menu is indeed interesting and watching Artist & Scientist Lagos, I have noticed they serve some interesting canapés, and some recently introduced street pots mostly served at functions.
Small Plates: Marrakech and Fire Cracker
Medium Plates: Brie Meat bread (1 creative Vegan option and full on Meat option)
Sweet Plates: Don’t Sue Me McDonalds (This made me laugh out loud when I saw this)
Drink: Zobo on the Rocks
Marrakech – Pan Grilled Lamb Cutlets with Mulberry Mint Sauce
Look guys, I am still drooling as I type this up. The lamb was tender, full of flavour and the mulberry mint sauce was the finishing move on this. No complaints here
Fire Cracker – Spicy Green Peppercorn Prawns & Calamari
Prawns and Calamari are one of the most expensive things to have when out in Lagos and I have tried to see the sense in it sometimes but other days I am like ‘nah’. Anyways, the lighting was quite poor and so getting a great image of this was a struggle. This was really good though especially the calamari – it was perfect and loved how it did not follow typical presentation for firecrackers. It needed no dipping.
Brie Meat bread – Medium Rare Rib Eye Steak Slices, Lettuce, Caramelised Onions, Brie Cheese, Bacon, Red Wine Mayo in Brioche Bun (freshly made from @xobakery) and some Avocado
This was a mad thing! This can make me come back here every week and actually I will go again this week. This burger was excellent! The flavour, the patty, the avocado, the cheese! See its not all this cheap cheese slices some restaurants include in their burger and call it a burger – This is a BURGER! Divine!!! This deserves to be on the list of best burgers in Lagos.
I feel like the medium rare steak slices and the red wine mayo and cheese were the best teammates to achieve this. I don’t even know how to explain but this burger was amazing and it is so easy to say this because I have had some burgers back to back and this tops the charts.
Had a vegan friend join us for dinner here and he does not eat meat but guess what, a vegan burger which was absolutely creative was made for him and he loved it!
Unfortunately, did not get a picture of the Don’t sue me McDonald’s – this is the Deep Fried Apple Pie with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream – the apple pie was crunchy on the outside and really soft and warm on the inside. This came out a bit delayed and they took some money off the total bill to compensate for that.
I really felt at home at the Dining Room and even had a little 3-year-old who was playing games with me. If you are looking for something different to experience in terms of dining in Lagos, the Dining Room should be your next stop.
Will I be going back here? Most definitely! You also get to choose the songs you want to listen to on their gramophone. Nice one for the Artist & Scientist Lagos team!
You can use the link to make a reservation
|Ambience||Artistic, Colourful & Relaxing- worth visiting|
|Food Quality||Zobo – 6/10, Marrakech – 7/10 & Brie Meat Bread – 10/10 & Fire Crackers – 9/10|
|Location||Parking is great and very sufficient|
|Price||Fire Cracker – ₦4,000 • Marrakech – ₦3,500 • Zobo – ₦800||Brie Meat Bread (with sides) – ₦5,500 • Dessert – ₦3,000||View Menu here|
|Service Delivery||The service was good and the food came out quite fast. Only the dessert took longer than it should but was compensated for.|