I think there is a food revolution happening in the city of Lagos, and this revolution has seen many of the best restaurants sprouting like mushrooms all over the place. And for those of you who are just as bad as I am (oh yes, I know I am not alone in this bad behavior) look no further than HSE GOURMET CUISINE!
Located in the Lekki axis of Lagos City, HSE GOURMET is the brainchild of Chef Nkesi.
The restaurant and cafe’ are located in a rather unassuming corner that is quite easy to miss, inside a mall known as Arabella’s place. The parking space and arrangement upon arrival is not one that I subscribe to. However, the interior is to die for, literally! The simplicity and art work details, the arrangement, choice of color and style all put together warmed my heart. I simply smiled. It was so cozy that for the first few minutes I had to remind myself I was not home. Now anybody who knows me will agree with me that I am a huge sucker for fine decor in any type of space. The decor at HSE GOURMET allows the simplistic beauty of the food to really shine.
They also provide private chef and catering services.
HSE GOURMET does not have the traditional big sized restaurant space inside, so in dining with someone, you may have to tone it down while conversing. Notwithstanding, there is this private feeling that comes with space and size that I love.
I could not help but notice the warm smiling face of the lady who came forward with the menu. Her makeup was neatly done, forgive me, I thought her brows were perfectly lined and I knew I was going to be just fine having her take my order. hahaha!
For my drink, I had a glass of Peach and Passion Fruit Sangria Iced Tea. It was superb!! I mean, it hit the sweet spot!
Now this is the part where you read slowly and carefully,
For my meal, I decided to go for the Tagliatelle Herb Pasta with Ricotta Cheese served with Grilled Chicken Breast.
Let me quickly add that Pasta is my all time favorite. Little wonder when I read through the menu the joy that lit my heart as I read “Pasta”. Like, BEHOLD!
As we all know, there are different types of pasta and these include Barbina, Capellini, Fusilli, Spaghetti, Tagliatelle, Macaroni, Pennette, etc.
So for my Tagliatelle Herb Pasta with Ricotta Cheese served with Grilled Chicken Breast, I specifically requested for extra bacon and chili to be added to it. I love my food really spicy and they got it right. This was EVERYTHING a pasta dish should be. It was such a beautiful sight to behold. The flavor balanced the rich color of the pasta all curled up with the cheese beneath the perfectly cooked tender chicken breast. The bright colors of the ingredients peeking through the curls of pasta made it a feast for my eyes as well as my stomach. It was indeed YUMMY. The serving was big, I couldn’t eat it all up. Despite the fact that it was a bit pricey, it was well worth it. I will say the dish was executed perfectly!
Despite the fact that it was a bit pricey, it was well worth it. I will say the dish was executed perfectly!
Though I would love to be selfish and keep HSE GOURMET CUISINE all to myself, the work of Chef Nkesi and her team is too good to stay hidden. There is no doubt I shall be going back.
HSE GOURMET CUISINE.
Plot 2, Block 82
Emma Abimbola Cole.
-Monday – Saturday
10am – 8pm