A friend was heading back to school and we decided to meet up for dinner. After vacillating on where to go for dinner, we settled on Bottles, a Mexican Restaurant off Karimu Kotun in Victoria Island, Lagos. You can get detailed address and contact info here. Karimu Kotun is the previous home of Bambudha, one of our favorite restaurants in Lagos, which has, unfortunately, closed down. Bottles Restaurant was previously at a location off Ligali Ayorinde street in Victoria-Island by the Mobil House.
Bottles Restaurant is a clearly designed for expats that want to “feel at home” in Lagos. There is no obvious signage outside the gate and the only indication that a restaurant exists within is a couple of bottles outside the gate. When you walk into the compound, there’s the usual display of over-priced African art, clothing and jewelry. Inside the restaurant, the walls are decorated with murals and hispanic-like paintings to align with the Mexican theme.
The food was decent and quite expensive; average of N3,000 /entree (~$20). My friend and I split the chicken burger, beef fajita and mexican pizza. As a chapman connoisseur, her verdict was that the chapman was a little too sweet and didn’t have enough bitters. The menu generally offers a broad selection of mexican fare, with a few standard continental dishes.
The service was fair, but the restaurant was also quite empty, so the servers probably had more time for the few customers. Overall, my friend and I were content with our experience at Bottles. We certainly didn’t object to the couple of margaritas sent our way, complement of a group of older expat men at a table next to us. It made the parting hugs a little easier!
You can get recipes of authentic Nigerian food like Fried rice, soups like Ogbono Soup (also called apon soup), accompaniments like moyin-moyin (also spelt moin-moin), or pastry snacks like meat-pies with pictures and detailed directions at Bulk Bananas.