The Story Behind Noir Restaurant: My Experience.
The sound of new openings ring sweet melodies to my ears, and this one came with a rather heavy buzz. I had to go check it out. I told myself. So I was looking forward to it, as I counted down to the end of my holiday.
Noir, is the French word for Black. This stems from the Black Rock service provided by the restaurant, which happens to be one of their specialties.
The black rock service is a hot stone cooking process, with the color of the stone as Black. This actually birthed the name, Noir.
Noir is a modern French cuisine restaurant (casual dining), located on the busy Akin Olugbade Street, in Victoria Island, Lagos. They officially opened their doors for business on the 28th day of December 2017. yeah, while some of us were away on holiday.
As I walked in, I was pleasantly welcomed by a very refreshing sophisticated ambiance. The ensemble of beautiful and bold African artworks, hanging on the wall was very fascinating, and clearly showed their appreciation of African arts.
Noir has a sitting capacity of about 80 people. Yes, go ahead and imagine all you can do in this gorgeous space. From hosting lunch meetings with your business associates, birthday celebrations, girls sip and eat outing, to date nights. and even more. just imagine it all.
I tried a few dishes and here’s how they turned out,
Escargots a La Bourguignonne
This is a delicacy consisting of cooked land snails. In France, snails are common and called, “Escargot”. When cooked, they are prepared with garlic and parsley butter, added for seasoning, and served in their shell. They are usually served as a starter.
This garlic and herb flavored dish was fresh and delicious, together with the crusty bread that soaked up the butter. Don’t let the picture “fool” you, it tasted really good. no jokes.
I loved this salad. It was deliciously simple, very fresh and loaded with flavor. This is a must have at Noir. like, you shouldn’t dare miss it. It’s a powerhouse salad packed with good-for-you ingredients. It is great for lunch, dinner or even a great side dish to any meal. It’s a healthy eater’s dream!
This juicy, meaty lamb chops placed over coriander leaves and served with minted peas and eggplant puree, was one that my palate thanked me for. It was glistening with oil and flavor. It was such a beauty! haha! It was tender and tasty.
Here’s what I can’t keep quiet about – The Beef Strip Loin.
I ordered this from the Steak Menu. the Blackrock Stone cooking, where you cook your steak live on your table, exactly as you like it.
It is served with an accompaniment of your choice, alongside a sauce. I opted for the French Fries, Black Pepper Sauce, and the Mustard Sauce.
I love strip steak, as they are usually boneless and I don’t get to deal with all that bone. Though the bone adds flavor and moisture, in addition to making it look more impressive.
This was the highlight of my dining experience, cooking my steak just the way I like it – well done. I found it really fascinating! The steak was superb, and I could tell it was well marbled.
The setting at Noir Restaurant is not too formal but very pleasant and somewhat glamorous. It’s really welcoming and I love the artistic touches here and there. The staff was surprisingly efficient.
Budget: No, it’s not pocket-friendly, you will have to come prepared. But you’d be paying for the total dining experience. wink!
4a Akin Olugbade Street, Victoria Island
+ 234 908 066 6687
Tuesday – Sunday// 11am – 11pm
Reservation is recommended