Restaurant Review: BBQ & Cravings

March 13, 2015 Naija girl next door 6 Comments

TGIF? Aren't you lucky. I'm spending mine in the hospital as I'm on call.

If you follow me on instagram you already know I like my food. I love to cook and I love to go out and discover food and have fun. Naija girl wakabout.
  Imagine my surprise when I had to find out online about BBQ & Cravings from Tuke's Quest.
It's plainly visible directly across the road from my street at 4th roundabout, Lekki so I'm facing it each time I go out and yet somehow I missed it.

After reading her review I stalked their instagram page, called the very next day and dragged the first friend I could reach for a late lunch.

I found the look of the place endearing. Small, bamboo-walled eating area with great pictures on the wall.

The Legend

Red gingham tablecloths with wet wipes and sanitizers. Thoughtful.

It's all about functionality, no frills. You would feel very comfortable in joggers and flip-flops. The seats are basic, no cushion for your bumbum. If you mind. I didn't even notice, this is an afterthought. I was too busy building anticipation after seeing all the testimonies on the white wall.

Now, the food. You pick a meal and it comes with your choice of two sides and a (soft) drink or water. I'm a foodie but I have been told I have a small stomach so my friend and I decide to start with one meal and get another if we want more. Waste not, want not.

We got the ribs, and picked the aromatic rice and potato wedges as our sides. The waiter said it'll be ready in 15 minutes. In Nigeria that could mean an hour, but he was right on time.
Together, we can defeat African Time *right hand on chest*.
Because you eat with your eyes first

Took this guy's advice and dug in
well, except for the rice
Oh my word. It was goooood. Everything on that plate was yum! I made like Tuke and poured the rest of rice on the barbecue sauce the ribs left behind.

     I want to try everything on the menu. This is my goal.
I don't even believe how filling it is. We were stuffed after round 1. If you're fitfam/not a big eater/counting calories/short on cash, try it out this way, or maybe you could pack it up if you leave anything on your plate.
I could probably finish a meal by myself because it's so good, but afterwards I would be useless, uncomfortable, whiny and most definitely unable to drive.
The whole meal came up to N3700 thereabouts, extra water included. Tres reasonable.

Of course I went again, bout a week ago (a week ago!)
It was friday night and much fuller than the last time. There was this large group of friends obviously having a good time, sharing gist and all. Then they started getting really loud. They got into an argument about politics and economics and got progressively louder until I couldn't even hear myself speak. On top of all that our order that we were told would take 10 minutes took about 40 minutes. I wouldn't have minded because I could see they had a lot of customers and I was in no rush, but the noise...
My friend who's usually sweet and accommodating was really irritated by the rancour and had to tell the waiter to urge them to shut the blip up keep it down.
   They did turn down the volume (thaaank you) with the occasional rise in passion and hence pitch. I thank God they don't serve alcohol. It could get mad.
Anyway the food came- we had picked the "Build your platter" option and chose Bbq turkey and turkey gizzards, with curly fries and aromatic rice as our sides. Another home run. Bill was N3000. I kid you not. Stuffed again.

The damage

Understand that your lipstick will be gone.
We finally managed to pick ourselves up (I didn't have to drive this time, yay!) and I let the car seat all the way down, stretched and curled up like a cat. The noisy group who had finished their food a long time ago got up right after we did. Why?

By the way, I had tequila shortly after and felt zilch. I'm usually very lightheaded but the food was a big cushion.
Next on my hit list: A burger. The pictures on instagram are insane.
What I want to see: A fuller drinks menu. Lemonade would be great, as would non-alcoholic chapman and plain unsweetened juice. Not everyone drinks soda. I don't.

Would you go? I'd love to know how you find it.  If you do, see if you can spot my writing on the wall signed naijagirlnextdoor :)

Eat well,


  1. Everything looks so goooood! And the price is reasonable too! I'm hungry already ����

  2. Sounds like a very lovely and interesting place to satisfy your stomachs :-) those BBQ are really appetizing!

    1. Mehnnn it is. I'm already thinking about my next visit

  3. LOL
    Hi, I'm a fellow Foodie with a small stomach!
    The food looks really good & very well priced. I travel to that side a lot these days, I should check it out soon. Thanks for the review :)

    1. *chorus* Hi AB!
      Let me know what you get and how you find it