After a nice, relaxing Christmas and New Year holiday, as well as a forced 7-day sit-at-home caused by the strike, I was actually looking forward to going back to work. This rarely happens as I’m just as lazy as the next person, but I have high hopes for 2012, determined to finally stick to my New Year resolutions and I couldn’t wait to get started!
However, I quickly realized that life does not stop simply because one has decided to take a break and I was trying to dig myself out of the work pile as fast as I could. So, it was a relief when a couple of friends suggested having a business meeting outside the office. I was glad to take a break from the glass walls of the office.
Lunch at Bogobiri Restaurant in Ikoyi, Lagos was decided upon and I eagerly awaited my appointment with a sense of anticipation. Bogobiri Restaurant is a boutique guest-house, with a bohemian, artsy sense, and a generous dose of African culture thrown in. You either love or hate this place. The entrance is decorated with African art, authentic wood carvings and almost evokes a sense of entering a shrine. The interior decor is an extension of the described exterior.
We ordered Jollof rice and deep fried chicken, fried plantains with roasted chicken, and plantain with peppered goat meat. We had to wait for 45 minutes for the food to arrive. However, we were not disappointed when the food finally came. The roasted chicken was tender and well-seasoned and must have been delicious judging by the speed with which my colleague wolfed it down. The fried chicken was not too greasy and the peppered goat was just right. The meal would also have worked with fried rice or cooked beans. Bogobiri Restaurant has an eclectic, yet casual atmosphere for a meal with friends, but note to self – do not plan a quick business lunch at Bogobiri Restaurant.