Nigeria is a country known for her traditional delicacies especially her famous “jollof rice” but when it comes to enjoying your stay in Abuja fine dining is one priority that you must constantly challenge yourself to experience. Finding a fine dining in Abuja is not at the forefront and that’s not a secret. There are only a few restaurants in Abuja where you can experience fine dining. Looking for a place to experience great fine dining with right ambience and price? Then Larai restaurant is the best place to be. Larai restaurant is a posh, secured and fine dining 36-seat restaurant with continental cuisine serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is located on the ground floor of the 5-star The Envoy Hotel by Mantis Collection which is on 305 Diplomatic Drive, Adjacent American Embassy, Central Area District, Abuja.
My Larai Restaurant Experience
Settled into our seats and a tantalizing shrimp dish, we tucked into our starter created by Chef Joseph Oliver Govender. Gosh the starter was good. Pear and pomegranate salad, poached jumbo prawns marie rose, guacamole, seseme grissini. All of the element in this dish responded to each other other and came out in a perfect balance. What I love the most is how all the different flavours came together. Poach prawns in fish stock placed in ice, to go with guacamole and marie rose sauce to accompany the dish. The texture of the prawns was soft, cold and moist which I loved. The starter left me with an everlasting and outstanding impression. Absolutely delicious. If they ever needed a signature dish to grace the menus – this should be it.
Main course was good. If I had to choose one dish that felt a little weak for me (but by no means terrible) compared to the starter it would be this seared beef fillet pommedaphinios, sautéed village mushrooms, fine beans, parmesan tuille and natural jus. I remember not being so intrigued at first but as I dived in it became so delicious. A touch of Nigerian in this dish, who would have taught water leaf would make such a great recipe. Beef fillet seared with an intense potato bake cut into preferred shape with evenly sautéed mushrooms. Flavour wise it worked, but the beef was a bit too moist and not as succulent as I would like it. If they can get that right, this could be a really excellent dish.
For dessert, we had brownies. I was already pumped up so I took that along with me. The brownies were just right, so delicious I couldn’t find fault.
Here is a cost breakdown of the my meal:
- Starter: Chefs Signature Prawn Caesar Salad – N4,500
- Main course: Seared Beef Carpiccio – N3,500
- Dessert: Pistachio chocolate brownie – N5,500
We truly had a fantastic meal at Larai Restaurant. It is so lovely to experience fine dining without hurting my taste buds. Delicious food, great ambience, perfectly crafted meal, welcoming staffs and a menu that may or may not break your bank account.
Ever experienced fine dining in Abuja or anywhere else? Would you be visiting Larai restaurant? Let me know your thoughts.
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