Black Pepper Steakhouse is the latest addition to dining at Eko Pearl Tower at Eko Atlantic in Lagos. The last time I was at Eko Atlantic which was like two years ago, I think I got lost trying to find Pearl Restaurant. I remember the food then not being so memorable but with the addition of Black Pepper Steakhouse to the building, dining is definitely better.
Getting here can be a bit confusing as there is now a separate entrance to access Black Pepper Steakhouse and most like Pearl Restaurant. It seems residents at Pearl Tower were not loving external dining guests mixing in their residential car parks and all. The first thing I noticed as I came up the lift was the external dining space – the cabanas, the focus wall etc were definitely an interesting touch. The outer dining area seems very targeted at large groups or for parties while inside seems cosy for an intimate dining experience.
The Black Pepper menu is also not bad. If I could eat it all just to review for you lovely people I would but had to respect my pocket you know because the price is not cheap one bit lol.
Have a look at the menu here
The indoor dining space at Blackpepper Steakhouse somehow screams fine dining. Took a walk around to take a closer look and found a private area at the back close to the bar as well as a cellar which can also be used for an intimate dining experience. However, there is a dry ager (steak aging fridge) which if by chance it is opened when you are indoors at Black Pepper, you won’t like the stench so just know that. When I opened the fridge not realising what could happen after, the wait staff were quite swift to spray air fresheners. The steaks are on display in the fridge drenched in butter to dry age the beef – this is like the ultimate hack for that luxurious taste in beef. The manager at Black Pepper explained that their beef is aged for 28 days and tagged appropriately. Dry aging beef gives a much richer flavour and more tender texture and of course this is Lagos and also applicable globally for a heftier price tag than its fresh-cut counterparts. The cuts in the fridge are so beautiful sha – Tomahawk, T-Bone and Dallas
Now on to the food at Black Pepper Steakhouse which is why you are here reading this.
Went a bit heavy on the starters because I was sharing with a friend and it just made sense to have a variety (see, more suited for larger dining parties). For starters, we had the Smoked Beef & Cheddar, Butter Fry Shrimp, Cheesy Baked Potatoes and Beef Rocket Salad.
I’m a huge cheese lover and this was an easy starter to have. The smoked beef and cheddar at black pepper are smoked topside slices topped with melted cheese and paprika. This tasted so good. The waiter kept telling us to have it hot but the content had to be made lol. Regardless I loved this and easily inhaled this.
This could have tasted better IMO. It tasted like something I could make at home. This was simply shrimp tossed in green and red peppers. It did not have that much flavour in it but was also not bad but I expected more after it came in a sizzling hot plate. It’s very hard to manipulate the taste of seafood sha. I liked the presentation though and that was it, nothing fab.
This was nice but having one serving was fine and filling but two felt like too much. It could have been a bit tastier though. I hardly tasted any beef slices even though the menu mentions smoked beef slices as toppings.
I really wanted my greens and this was an option. Rocket salad with steak slices – this was quite tasty.
For the mains, we went all out (lol) and had the Black Pepper Special with a show from Chef Murat. I mean, at a hefty price of ₦26,800 gats get a show. This was the grilled tenderloin with a special fire show served with sliced bread and Rocca.
Honestly, this Steak show deserves a post on its own but I don’t have energy. Check out the Reels on Instagram and tell me that this does not make you want to go and spend all your coins at Black Pepper Steakhouse
After that disaster of beef I had here, this was beautiful. The combination of the Steak and bread melted right in my mouth. The steak was tender af. Infact, I sat for an additional 15 mins just wondering wow! I wish I was exaggerating and I really do hope this is the same experience for others at least for this special because it was so good!!!! (yep I’m screaming) – it was everything for me! If anything would take me back to Black Pepper, it was this steak!
TLDR – This Steak is mad nice!
Desserts. The Manager offered complimentary dessert which also had a show by the Chef – The Pineapple Show. See ehn, Food is life! I’ve never had a pineapple this good and I am not even a huge pineapple fan but this was lovely. The Pineapple show is Grilled Marinated Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream and a special Cinnamon and Coconut Mixture. The portion was huge even for two (2), we just could not finish it.
Also ordered the Tralice – which is essentially a milky base tres Leche/sponge cake with strawberry toppings. While this was nice, it could get tiring – definitely not for lactose intolerant folk. At the time of typing this up, realized this was also given complimentary when I looked at the receipt. How nice.
The whole experience at Black Pepper Steakhouse was a solid one and I was so happy that I was not disappointed. This is so far my best steak experience in Lagos. If you go to Black Pepper, it has to be for the steak and not just any steak, dry-aged steak! And maybe other small additions but YASS for the steak.
This was an 8/10 just because the shrimp and baked potatoes were not omg-worthy. I had a cocktail too but nothing memorable. The steak was it – I can still taste the Black Pepper Experience.
|Relaxed outdoor sitting. Cosy interior – fine dining
|*chefs kiss* – amazing experience here. The steak is so good!
|Inside Eko Atlantic. Just use google maps. Loads of parking too
Pricing is $$$$
Total damage came to ₦65,682.50 (Incl. ₦4,582 service charge)
Smoked Beef Cheddar: ₦7,100 Cheesy Baked Potatoes ₦6,800
Butter Fry Shrimps: ₦6,500 Beef Rocket Salad ₦7,400
Black Pepper Special: ₦26,800 Dragon Ball (Cocktail) ₦5,500
View Restaurant Menus here
|Waiters had a good understanding of the menu and were readily available to serve. The manager was also very hands-on and attentive to ensuring a good experience.
Have you tried Black Pepper Steakhouse in Eko Atlantic in Victoria Island? What was your experience like? Share your review with us in the comments.