Medusa is a lounge with a restaurant as an add-on. It is not hard to find, especially if you use your map; it will take you directly to the building. It’s located in a residential area, which is a good thing in my opinion because dining in a noisy environment can be unpleasant.
I arrived not long after they opened up on Saturday, which was deliberate because I wanted to take some great pictures and dine in silence. The security guard was pleasant. Walking into this space felt nice; there was an outdoor sitting area with cream-coloured chairs and a bar. There was also an overhead glass-like roof which I assume was to block out the sun; the con was that it limited the natural lighting that flowed into the lounge.
After taking in the outdoor sitting area, I decided to walk into the main lounge, and a waitress briskly walked up to assist me in opening the door. Medusa is beautiful, and it felt wholesome. When I walked in, I saw a water fountain on the left side, with Medusa written on glass and white stones at the bed of the fountain. It’s a simple yet beautiful fountain.
There was a place for the hostess to stand on the right. When I looked ahead, I noticed a beautiful mural on the wall.
There’s a small sitting area to the left, right beside the indoor bar and another on the right. I liked the calm colours of the furniture. There’s a small space to the right that the waitress called a picture place. It had a neon sign on the wall with mirrors beside it – “Stop Thinking, Start Drinking.”
I looked up and noticed a few chairs through fog-like glass, and asked if I could check out the upper sitting area, but the waitress said that area is only open in the evenings.
While I was looking around, the waitress, Esosa walked up to me with the menu and asked me to place my order. She said the starter would take 25 minutes, while the main would take 40 – 45 minutes.
There’s also a small room with paintings on the wall; Pablo Escobar, Medusa (obviously), and a few others. Don’t forget to watch the YouTube video for the full tour!
This room led into a small porch where some DJ equipment was set up. I guess that’s where the DJ sets up when the lounge comes alive in the nighttime.
Medusa looks and feels like an upscale lounge, and there was work put into the interior décor. There was barely any natural light in the indoor lounge, so I chose to sit at the small sitting area on the left side of the bar. There was adequate natural lighting here for pictures, and I could look out at the outdoor sitting area. Most artificial lights were off, and I assumed they are turned on later at night; it makes sense since it’s a lounge.
Now for the food!
You should know that Medusa’s menu has just enough options, which is a big plus in my book. Too many choices make it tedious to choose meals, and a limited menu is just simply boring. You can view the menu here.
I ordered the chicken spring roll, which came with grated cabbage and a chilli sauce. Esosa was right on time with this, it was ready in less than 25 minutes. The spring roll was okay. Nothing mind-blowing, but it was good enough. The chilli sauce though? It was AMAZEBALLS. It’s the tastiest chilli sauce I’ve ever had, and trust me when I say it didn’t taste like the regular chilli sauce. I would love to get the recipe because combined with the spring roll, it was a perfect burst of flavour in my mouth. This cost ₦2,500.
For my main, I wanted the grilled lobster tails; sadly, this wasn’t available then, so I decided to go for the grilled jumbo prawns, which came with any complimentary dish of your choice. This arrived earlier than Esosa said it would, and that’s a plus for them because it means they are time conscious. I guess it’s also one of the perks of being the first to arrive.
I chose the special fried rice, which is made with basmati rice mixed with beef, chicken, chunks of assorted vegetables and spices. It came with pepper sauce.
I would rate this meal a 9/10, and that’s just because the salt in the rice was a tad bit much, but it was minor enough to be overlooked because it didn’t affect the overall taste of the rice. The vegetables were perfect. There were chunks of broccoli, carrot, and zucchini right under my jumbo prawns. I have had vegetables marinated in sauces before, but this particular one was great. Immediately the broccoli touched my tongue, I was ready to have a vegetable master class with the chef. I don’t know what the vegetables were sauteed in, but wow, it tasted amazing.
Something about the taste of the vegetables and the chilli sauce that came with my spring rolls told me that the chef definitely knows how to whip up soups that make you scream for joy.
The texture of the rice and chunky vegetables were perfect, while the prawns were almost there as well. I wish it was allowed to cook a little more, but I will still give it an 8.5.
The seafood gets a 9/10 for me.
As the true Yoruba woman that I am, I put a little of the pepper sauce on the rice, mixed it like rice and stew. I must say, it was delicious! It cost ₦10,000.
The name of the bartender was John, and he was alright. He wasn’t rude, but I won’t say he was pleasant either. Anyway, I ordered a frozen strawberry margarita, and it was lovely. My cup was full and melted while I ate, but it mainly stayed frozen until I was done eating. Esosa was quite observant because without asking, she got me a side plate, placed my glass of margarita on it and wrapped the base with some serviette, so I could be comfortable. No complaints! It cost ₦4,500.
I was delighted with the food and service at Medusa. They deserve accolades for not treating the food as an afterthought. I’ve visited lounges that happen to serve meals, and when you taste it, it’s almost like they don’t care about what the food looks or taste like.
The whole experience was a 9.8/10 for me. I’m sure Medusa looks extra beautiful towards the evening when they turn on all the lights. Will I recommend Medusa? In less than a twinkle of an eye. Will I visit again? You betcha!
|Ambience||Fair natural lighting. Simple and beautiful space.|
|Food Quality||The textures and flavours were just right. 9/10|
|Location||Easy to find. Parking space is limited. However, there’s enough space to park on the street. It’s a residential area, so I guess it’s pretty safe.|
Pricing is $$
Total damage came to ₦17,500
Chicken spring roll – ₦2,500
Grilled jumbo prawns – ₦10,000
Strawberry margarita – ₦4,500
Takeaway pack- ₦500
View Restaurant Menus here
|Service Delivery||It was great. The waitress was pleasant, patient, and very attentive.|
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