My Dining Experience At HSE GOURMET
The city of Lagos is slowly gaining a reputation as a bastion of food innovation. I have been dining in some of the metropolitan city’s best restaurants for some months now, and I must say it is quite an experience – An interesting one, if I may add.
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 behaviour) 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’ is 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 colour and style that greeted me as I stepped into the restaurant warmed my heart. 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 sucker for fine interior decor in any type of space, hence the reason I was smitten immediately I entered HSE GOURMET.
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.😃
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!
Let me quickly add that Pasta is my all time favourite and so I was excited to got for that option, and for some of us unaware, there are different types of pasta they include; Barbina, Capellini, Fusilli, Spaghetti, Tagliatelle, Macaroni, Pennette, etc.
I went for the Tagliatelle Herb Pasta with Ricotta Cheese served with Grilled Chicken Breast, I specifically requested for extra bacon and chilli because 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 flavour balanced the rich colour of the pasta all curled up with the cheese beneath the perfectly cooked tender chicken breast. The bright colours 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 a lot, I could barely eat it all up.
Although it was a bit pricey, it was well worth it. I will say the dish was executed perfectly!
HSE GOURMET does not have the traditional big sized restaurant space inside, so you may have to employ dining etiquette while conversing. Notwithstanding, there is this private feeling that comes with the space and size that I love and they provide private chef and catering services.
Though I would love to be selfish and keep HSE GOURMET CUISINE all to myself, but 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.
Rating: 4 Stars
Written By Uganze Ude Kalu
Uganze Ude Kalu is a practising lawyer and an unapologetic foodie who captures her experience through food photography. You can connect with her via instagram @yourfoodgeek or firstname.lastname@example.org