I was asked to recommend some restaurants on Lagos mainland and I realize that most high-end restaurants are located on the island, which I think is quite weird. So imagine how excited I was when I heard of this cute new place on the mainland called Soul Food. Of course, I decided to try it out and this is how my experience was.
Soul Food Restaurant is located at 51, St Finbarr’s Road, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos
It’s pretty close to the University of Lagos, so you can be sure that it will be a spot for the students – when they finally resume school. Soul Food is located on the first floor of the building which it shares with other shops.
It was absolutely COVID compliant, with all the waiters wearing face masks and customers were required to wear face masks as well.
Although it’s small, it’s a nice and cosy space, with gold and white furniture, and an organic feel to it. There are booths, with faux leaves entwined around the top of each.
My favourite part; and it seems the same for many people who have visited, is the photo booth. With a yellow neon sign that says Soul Food, against a green background entwined with leaves, provides the perfect Instagrammable photo booth for customers.
I love it here, the only drawback is the church downstairs that was playing music loudly, complete with drums and stuff. I went there in the afternoon though, so maybe it’s different at night.
After taking a look at the menu, which is quite simple, I started with a mocktail called the Pina Mix. It was a mixture of Pineapple, Banana, Sweet and Sour Syrup, Coconut Milk and Exotic Juice. It cost ₦2,000.
This particular drink I wasn’t too impressed with, it just tasted like Pineapple Juice, with none of the other flavours coming through properly – Nothing exotic about this. I also had the Prawn Pasta which was priced at ₦4,200. This was quite good and did not take long at all. I waited for about 15 minutes before it arrived.
The Prawns were very well spiced, the Pasta cooked perfectly. The accompanying tomato sauce was great too and it was a lot of food because I couldn’t finish the Spaghetti. I asked the waiter who served me and this dish can be made with Linguine if one prefers that option.
All in all, it was an alright experience, the waiter was courteous and kind, the food was good and arrived quickly. The only drawback seems to be its location. It is just by the main road and has a church on the ground floor. Parking is very limited as well.
|It is a nice space, but a little noisy because of the ‘church’ on the ground floor.
|The food was great.
|Easy to find, although parking is limited.
Pina Mix- ₦2,000
Prawn Pasta – ₦4,200
Total Damage was ₦7,035
(VAT 5% included)
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|Service was great. Friendly staff, quick and efficient delivery.