Circa Lagos Lekki
Circa Lagos is a cute aesthetically pleasing contemporary restaurant, bar and outdoor lounge in the quiet end of Lekki 1. If you are familiar with Lekki, you do know it can be quite chaotic and unnecessary traffic that cannot be explained. However, Circa Lagos is in a strictly residential area and also within the premises, is a guest house. Circa Lagos is quite intimate, cozy and well suited for romantic dates.
Now Circa literally means ‘around’ or ‘about’ typically used to approximate figures especially in writing so this could be easily translated to ‘Around Lagos’ – cool. By the way you can access the menu for Circa Lagos here
Now the day I came to Circa Lagos, I was on my way home from trying to get an outfit for a wedding and had been badly treated by some makioba clothing store (the absolute worst) and food was the quickest fix for me to pipe down all that annoyance. I did not plan this at all and I guess the best things are unplanned. From the parking lot, you can see the big transparent windows into this minimal space and I was so pained that it was not a daytime visit to get in natural light. Guys, if you do come here during the day, best believe the natural lighting is coming in from angles including the ceiling which is plain clear and open. They also have this huge full mirror for all you mirror selfie gang – so go ahead and knock yourself out. Moving on and enough about ambience and aesthetics in Circa Lagos
11 tables, 30 seats (3 sofa seats, 6 couch seats & 17 individual dining chairs). Extended seating is available in a private area but is quite tight in terms of mass. The bar has 5 stools and the parking in the compound is not so generous but street parking is also available.
Fruit Punch for drinks and something called the Chicken Yassa and Naan Bread and Smoked Chicken toppings for starters.
The Naan bread took about 20 minutes since it was freshly baked and had bbq sauce for dips. Loved how fresh this was and the sweetness of the sauce.
For the main, which was the Chicken Yassa, it is actually a spicy dish prepared with onions and could be with Chicken or Fish. The meal is originally from Senegal but has grown some popularity in West Africa.
The portion of the rice was a bit disappointing and I did feel it could have been more. However, the Chicken was a lot and quite tasty with some pepper sauce which was not the usual Lagos style presentation. If you are not someone into Onions, this may not be for you as it is ALOT of Onions so be forewarned
The food is good no doubt and the pricing is affordable. Nothing jumped out at me from the menu in an ‘OMG’ or ‘yepa’ type of way and that’s great. The portion could be better though. The menu (which you can find here) is straightforward and limited and not over the place wanting to do everything. Even the toilets were sparkling clean so I’d say an 8/10 – which is pretty good
|Ambience||Clean, beautiful decor, romantic vibe|
|Food Quality||Fruit Punch – 7/10, Naan Bread – 8/10 & Chicken Yassa – 8/10 – Could do with better portions|
|Location||The parking is really limited to about 5/6 cars but street parking is available|
|Price||Fruit Punch – ₦1,500
Homemade Naan Bread & Smoked Chicken – ₦3,800
Chicken Yassa – ₦6,000
|Service Delivery||Courteous staff, speedy preparation and good service in general|