Planning date nights can get stressful, especially when it comes to deciding on the perfect location for you and your better half to have a nice culinary experience. With this article, we hope to take off the stress. We’ve put together a list of some of our recommended restaurants for your next dinner date, including fine dining and casual options. We even included some for our mainland visitors.
Kaly is one of the new restaurants in Lagos, having opened this year. It’s an upscale restaurant, bar and lounge focused on Mediterranean cuisine. The food here is not the only reason why it comes out on top of our list, but the ambience is exquisite, premium and lush. The impression the aura of the restaurant gives when you walk in is awe-inspiring and top-notch, and it sets a high standard for its contemporaries. this, of course, comes at a higher cost too.
We recommend Kaly for a first date or a special date brunch.
Location: 7th floor, 1235B Akin Adesola, off Ahmadu Bello Way. Victoria Island, Lagos
Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, 12 pm till 12 am
2. Chai Tang
居住 爱 食 (Live.Love.Eat)…The Chinese man would say.
Where’s a better place to enjoy deliciously cooked Asian fusion foods than at this restaurant? Their menu is carefully put together to indulge your love for Chinese cuisine. Chai Tang is located at Twin Water Towers, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The interior is exquisite, and the service is decent. Don’t be surprised to find other lovers at this restaurant, as it provides the right setting for a date night.
We recommend Chai Tang if you are looking to try a different cuisine by going Asian. It’s great for both lunch and dinner dates.
Location: Twinwaters Entertainment Center, Okunde Bluewater Scheme, Off Remi Olowude Street, Lekki 1, Lagos.
Opening hours: Noon til 10:30 pm, Sundays, Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Reservations and Menu: twinwaterslagos.com
3. Plant Taine
There aren’t many Caribbean restaurants in Lagos and this one is indeed special with its beautiful tropical feel and decorations and a small alfresco section that would be great for a date. Plan a date and transport yourself to a calm paradise at this eating house. You and your other half could pamper yourselves with their delicious mussels steamed in coconut milk, lime and chilli served with coco bread, their plantain corn fritter, or their plantain dumplings. Absolute yum!
A good number of the dishes on their menu are plantain based and that’s quite A-peeling (pun intended).
Location: 10a Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Opening times: Monday-Saturday(12:30pm to 10:30pm), Sundays (1pm to 10:30pm) Reservations: planttaine.com
What better way to relax and unwind than in a snug place with great food and an amazing ambience. This restaurant lets you have the luxury of choosing to dine inside or outside. Both areas have exquisite decorations with lots of spots for taking aesthetic photos, and that’s a big plus in our books. Dig into their grilled prawns with potato mash coupled with mushroom sauce and many more delicacies on their menu, and they’ll have you shovelling back to their restaurant for a more immersive culinary experience.
Location: Fresh forte, Plot C5, Block, 12E Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
Reservations: By phone call only (09013300000)
5. Purple Bistro
Best believe we’re not leaving the mainland out! The purple bistro would stand out when fine dining locations are being spoken of. This restaurant has a young, well-known head chef, good food, and top-notch service, in addition to a decently designed interior. Make sure to mention us to Chef Derin if you decide to bring your significant other there for even more special treatment.
Location: 3, University Road, Opp FCMB, Off Herbert Macauley Way, Yaba, Lagos.
Opening times: Every day (11 am to 11 pm).