I’m still in Abuja and I was eager to try out a restaurant called The Charcoal. There is a Charcoal in Lagos and I was not sure if they were the same (they are not). On Saturday I was feening for some pancakes so my brother and I decided to have breakfast at Charcoal. I was all excited and dressed up to go when I started feeling ill. To top it up, my brother bailed out at the last minute, saying he was not in the mood as he had already eaten.
I was not about to let a little thing such as dizzyness, nausea and cramps keep me away from pancakes, so I whistled for a cab and when it came near, the license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror. If anything I could say that this cab was rare, but I thought nah forget it, yo holmes to Charcoal!
I pulled up to Charcoal around 2pm and I yelled…okay I’ll stop.
I staggered into The Charcoal half conscious hoping that food would give me strength. I was greeted nicely by the waiter and given a menu. I didn’t take any pictures of the menu because I did not feel like. They have meat, seafood, salads, burgers, pasta e.tc.
I did take two rubbish pictures of the interior.
I did not walk into the main establishment, I just looked for the first place to sit. I was given complimentary popcorn which was heavenly. I don’t mean heavenly as in the best popcorn I have ever had but heavenly because it kept me from fainting.
I got there around 2pm but I was told I could still order from the breakfast menu. My default breakfast order is pancakes and scrambled eggs, no more, no less.A serving of three pancakes with just syrup costs N800.The waiter suggested the the 2 by 4 pancake option which is four buttermilk pancakes with syrup and 2 eggs in any style. It cost 1400 without tax and I decided to order it.
Verdict: I did not like it at all. I have had better pancakes, hell I’ve made better pancakes and that is saying something. The scrambled eggs tasted like nothing. I forced myself to eat it for a little while, but I couldn’t forge through any longer and I asked for the rest to be packed. The takeaway container cost N200. I debated ordering something else from the menu but I eventually decided against it. I walked next door to Chicken Republic and ordered my trusty roasted chicken and chips.
The Charcoal is located in a mall which also houses Tutti Fruity, a frozen yoghurt place. I hadn’t had frozen yoghurt in a while, so the next day my brother and I went to check it out.
I did not take any pictures inside. It is a cozy space and there were families in there. You have to serve the yoghurt yourself, tell them what toppings you want and then your complete order is weighed to determine the price. One ounce is N110. There are 6 flavours there: Sugar free vanilla, salted caramel, pomegranate, mango, strawberry and cotton candy. I couldn’t decide so I got all six. Hehe. It is not as gluttonous as it sounds. In the middle of two flavours is a lever that delivers a mixture. So I got three mixtures. My favourite topping is granola but they did not have that so I had my second favourite- mango with some other fruits. My total order plus tax came to just under N1,300.
I do not know the name of the little round balls but I liked them. They pop in your mouth. The frozen yoghurt was really yummy in my tummy and I cannot wait to go back there soon.
Five minutes later
The Charcoal: 112, AMINU KANO CRESENT, WUSE 2, ABUJA. Or just ask for The KFC building in Aminu Kano, wuse 2. They are open everyday. You can check out their Website.
Tutti Frutti: Same building.