Peppercorn Avenue is the newest Thai and Indian restaurant in Lekki Phase 1.
You have to make a lunch/dinner date just like I did.
For starters, I knew I wanted some Pad Thai noodles with chicken.
The Eat Drink Lagos Team speak glowingly of Orchid House’s in Apapa. Visiting there has proved to be more dream than reality.
But then, there were these unique breaded chicken kebabs skewered with sticks of browned sugarcane that I knew I had to try. Apart from the distinct and layered flavors that accompanied each dish, there were a variety of dips.
Coriander and Mint. Sweet Yoghurt. Tamarind Sauce. The spices stood out with each bite and I just knew this couldn’t be TRS packaged products at work.
And I was right. It turns out that all of the spices for the Indian dishes come from India’s Delhi market. Amazing, right? Now, I can mark that off my bucket list. Eating authentic Indian cuisine without any phony Chinese spices in the mix.
My friend had the Thai Pineapple Fried Rice and I gasped at the enormity of the dish and pineapple. Still, he ate it all up, not before I scooped up some to taste. That bite earned my respect immediately. Oh my! The moistness, spices, and sweetness hit me at the same time. This was so good, that another order was placed, pineapple and all.
How else can we let those at home know the goodness in the form of this dish available on the food scene? I don’t think it is too quick in this restaurant’s early beginnings to state that this dish right here is going to be a hit among the people of Lagos.
At this point my Pad Thai Noodles cooked in a tamarind sauce and topped with crushed roasted peanuts were looking lackluster. Lol. With all that I had eaten already, I was too stuffed to appreciate the artistry that went into this dish. For one, the sauces were changed up completely and the end notes tasted a bit too Maggi-ish.
I still can’t believe I didn’t have any Naan or Lamb, but how much can a girl eat?
Amidst all the positive vibes, I was getting from the food, trepidation crept in.
What if the owners cannot sustain importing authentic spices and ingredients from India and Thailand? Even the rice is imported.
Will all the high hopes of getting Thai and Indian dishes right be dashed? The current foreign exchange rates are not smiling and the situation is not really getting better?
What about all these smiling and attentive waiters defying the dearth of customer service in Nigeria?
Would they still be on their A-game after the restaurant officially opens next week Friday and pulls the crowd that good food is synonymous with?
Understandably, I should be optimistic about what the future holds for Peppercorn Avenue and I will.
Peppercorn Avenue is like a baby you would do anything to nurture and protect against all evils. The evils here are the odds against running a restaurant business in Lagos.
My glass of Rose Lassi was a good complement to contemplate on all of these. There are hints of cinnamon laced in with sweet yoghurt.
The batter fried bananas served with ice-cream infused some much needed blanket of warmth and contentment after all the food I had eaten. I didn’t really taste much of the sesame seeds, but the combined sweetness was calming.
This visit definitely leaned more on the Thai cuisine. Or maybe that’s the ploy.
The owners know you can’t get an equal serving of satisfaction from the two cuisines in one sitting, so you must return.
I will, but this time for India.
What about you? What will you order from Peppercorn Avenue’s authentic Asian menu?