Nkoyo to me has always been one of those "feel good" places I can go and eat in Abuja without fear or trepidation that my night would be ruined by shitty service or crappy food.
I have been there a few times before this, though Mr. H practically lives there! So He gets me take out every now and then.
We had friends visiting Abuja from Warri with their kids so we decided to take them out to dinner.
Nkoyo has a calm, relaxed, warm feel as you walk in. The wicker, cane and wooden furniture with tie and dye table runners remind me of the patio or veranda areas of Nigerian houses in the 90s; when houses had no fences and you sit on cane chairs on the front porch to have a late afternoon snack as you watch people pass by on their way home from work.
I love that they have an in house pianist to serenade you as you enjoy your meal. And guess what? You can actually walk up to the pianist and request any song you want, he's that talented! It totally adds to the experience
Nkoyos menu is divided into two; a continental menu and "Masala Wahala" which is their South Indian menu. We usually mix and match.
For starters, we ordered a plate of crispy king prawns to share.
The Prawns were coated in bread crumbs then deep fried and oh my, it was soooo good! I could seriously have eaten it all by myself. It came with a light salad and some garlic mayo which was also really good as a dipping sauce! I forgot to tell the waiter to leave some for me to eat my main with. Sigh.
For the main I ordered the Spicy Grilled Fish which was Giwa Ruwa (a local freshwater fish) steak marinated in 'Nigerian Chili' and grilled with brown butter. It came with a light salad and for the side I chose Seasoned Fries, instead of steamed veg or jollof rice *covers face*
The fish was beautifully cooked. The edges were irresistibly crisp, sealing all the juices inside! I was so consumed, I didn't even realise when Mr. H helped himself to one of my fillets *shakes fist*
He had ordered his usual, Curry Gassi with steamed rice, which I tasted and loved! It looked like chicken afghani but nut as nutty.
Our guests were a little non adventurous so they all went with chicken and chips.
They have a decent selection of reasonably priced mocktails. I had the Pink Lady which was a gradient drink with grenadine syrup, pineapple juice and lime juice. 'Twas nice.
Mr. H had a Deep Blue Sky, which he really liked.
We had the best waiter, very friendly and attentive without being overbearing. I wish I could remember his name.
The damage done was N23,500 for six people which I thought was great considering we had two courses and mocktails all round.
First floor, Ceddit Plaza Central Area.
Monday to Sunday: 11am - 11pm
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Lots of yummy love!