We’re on a hunt to find Nigerian food joints that can compete with your mamas cooking (Oya hold up, hold up, hold up don’t come for us…we said compete not better eheen). So for the first edition of BaddassBukkas we ended up in Amala Place, which is located by RCCG Grace City, Opposite Next Cash & Carry, Mabushi.
Driving through the gates there wasn’t really much in terms of pleasing aesthetics. The building itself is a wooden structure closed in by a zinc roof. There is an express side and an “average Nigerian side”. After walking past the express side, we noticed that there was no line at the serving point and it was loaded with older men who appeared to be having business meetings over hot amala. So we ‘jejely’ decided to respect our pockets and enter the average seating area. The difference was visible as the line was significantly longer and a few seconds after we joined, it had expanded.
The seating was alright for a bukka as it was just your average plastic chair and table. There was a wash basin with a sign stating “DO NOT RINSE YOUR MOUTH HERE”, but before we could even finish reading it, someone was already doing this (in typical Nigerian form). For entertainment, there was a TV awkwardly caged in the corner with Batman playing (who Batman epp for Bukka?).
The queue moved pretty swiftly and in about 2 minutes we were confronted by an intimidating lady, demanding that we place our orders or move aside for incoming customers (fammm we didn’t have time to think). There were about 3 of such ladies spread out behind a screen with the first asking for your base, second for soup choice and third for your meat options (ASSORTED, GOAT, COW LEG, BEEF OR CHICKEN??? This was tougher than you would expect). After being served, we moved down the line to the cashier who calculated our order. The POS was MIA as we attempted to pay however; the cashier gave us our receipt and stated that it would eventually be brought to our table. The service was faster than your average restaurant and was generally pretty good.
This was our first time trying ofada rice and stew. The stew itself was spicy (but apparently this was the watered down version, the real one is on another level of hooootttt) and tasted quite nice, with little pieces of ‘pomo’ scattered inside it.
Another meal we had was ewa againyin with plantain and efo. The plantain was quite small at 3 slices per portion and the ewa againyin was tasty but very oily. The efo however, was definitely the highlight of this meal.
Lastly, the amala and stew with ewedu was mouth-watering. The only issues were that the ‘pomo’ was a bit too hard and the stew was not hot enough.
This was a somewhat ‘upscale’ bukka as far as your regular mama puts go; it was a bit pricey but nonetheless still very affordable.
Below are the prices per portion of our individual orders:
- Ofada rice and Stew – N600
- Ewa Againyin – N100
- Efo Riro – N200
- Plantain (3 peices in a portion) – N100
- Amala – N100
- Ewedu and assorted meat – N900
- Stew and Pomo- N200
- Goat meat – N400 per piece
Better than your mamas? Hmmm depends on your mama’s cooking skills.