Lagos is slowly becoming a melting pot of foreign cultures. From expats moving here for work to repats relocating to start families, Lagos is full of people bringing “something” from outside. This is slowly trickling down to its restaurant scene and the results are very special. So without further ado, here’s five of our favorite restaurants in Lagos serving menus from the less traveled corners of the world.
BL is short for “Bulgarian Lebanese” and everything it lacks in a creative name, it more than makes up for it on your plate. Bulgarian is one of the more interesting cuisines from the Balkan region because of it’s noticeable influence from Persian and Turkish cuisine. Expect lots of meats, soups, and excellent pastry.
Where? 147 Younis Bashorun St., Victoria Island, Lagos.
Call: 0705 555 0055. 0908 080 7070
The Lebanese have one of the biggest expat communities in Lagos and you really don’t need to look too far to spot their influence on local dining culture. I mean, there’s a shawarma spot on almost every big street in Lagos. But shawarma is only a little part of Lebanese cuisine and at Salma’s, you get an excellent introductory course.
Where? 20/24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island, Lagos
0809 333 3316
Kaldi House Lagos
In the middle of Ilupeju’s industrial district, you’ll find the only restaurant in Lagos serving East Africa’s favorites. For most people, Kaldi’s is known for their coffee but at Kaldi House, the East African experience goes beyond that. If you’ve never tried injera, this is your chance.
Where? 1 Adeyemi Bero Crescent, Ilupeju Industrial Estate, Lagos
Call: 0802 393 4078
Apparently, German food is a lot more than bratwurst and beer. We had no idea until Lecker Cafe popped up in Lekki. Pro-Tip: avoid the non-German items on the menu.
Where? 5A Tokunbo Omisore Street, Lekki Phase One, Lagos.
Call: 0802 369 5628
As far as hidden gems in Lagos go, Orchid House might be the most concealed of the lot. Until late 2017, the best Thai food in Lagos was tucked away in Apapa. The Pineapple Fried Rice and the curries, in particular, are as authentic as Lagos permits.
Where? 25b Gafari Animashaun St, Victoria Island, Lagos
Call: 0706 453 3906