So, what happened?
I've been on a break for too long, I know! I didn't plan to, but I sure needed it. My goal for starting this blog was to create stories I loved. But I began writing for the sake of writing. You know the way you write when you have no clue what the answer to an exam theory question is? Yup, that was me. So I took this break to get back into mental shape.
Back to the topic, please!
The last burger I ate was ahmaaazing. I mean, I get skeptical about buying sandwiches like burgers, shawarmas, tacos (not that I've ever had one, yet). So many food vendors don't understand the art of creating these kinds of sandwiches.
I've had the "suya wrapped in flatbread" shawarma, the "flatbread, mayonnaise and something that looks like meat" shawarma. I've also had the "vegetable and dry flatbread" shawarma. Trust me! You don't want me to describe the different types of burger I've had.
I always thought that the concept of making sandwiches was too simple to be ruined, but apparently, I've been so wrong. However, the burger I had at the Patio blew my mind (make sure you read that in slooow motion).
Girrrl, I need the details
It was one of those seemingly random Mondays, and I didn't have any legitimate reason to leave work. So, I was diligently counting down to 5:00 pm. This particular Monday had a twist to it.
The first was that my car had broken down and I was immobile. The second was that though I had tons of tasks to complete, I had promised my girlfriends that I was going to try my best to make it to an event - Shift. (No. I'm not done. The last twist was I had a burger at the Patio). Lol okay, the last twist was that I got a message from my ex (-classmate, haha, I got you. I'm sure you were already moving to the edge of your seat) inviting me for dinner.
I was in a fix, what was it going to be: food or my girlfriends. A few months ago, this situation wouldn't even have qualified as a dilemma. But I've been growing, and the process of growth was God pruning me to let go of things I held so dearly (yes, I'm talking about food). So, I turned the lovely gentleman down because I had to meet with my friends.
I mean, who turns down free food?
Guess what? The God that makes a way where there is none did it again (in my most African voice). I was able to make it to the meeting, even though I got off work quite late. And the luckily, meeting finished earlier than I expected. So, I buzzed my friend to find out if his offer was still valid (I mean, nobody wants to forfeit free food). And it was! So, I grabbed a friend, and we went over to meet him at the Patio.
Apparently, the Patio was one of the places on my to-visit list. I had gotten some really good reports about it from trustworthy sources, but I hadn't had time to visit it. The Patio sits at number 1, Fola Osibo Street, Lekki phase 1. Trust me, if you're searching for a great hangout spot for your friends; this is it. The Patio is literally a patio with a bar and a restaurant with tons of fun board games. I really loved the ambiance. It had this warm and cozy feel to it with fun quotes and art on the wall.
Embarrassing or what?
Imagine walking into a restaurant to see your friend sucking on a plate full of periwinkles. Like, I had tons of questions brew in my mind. It had to be one of two things: the food must have been so good. Or he was just being ridiculous because the number of periwinkles I saw suggested that he had been on that task for hours.
I had to sweep my reputation under the carpet (not that I have much of that) and humbly sit beside the human I thought I knew. My next chore was to pick a dish.
I really wasn't hungry at all. I had had supper before he called, but trust me, I didn't want to miss out on free food. For some reason, I couldn't make up my mind on what dish to order, so I let my friend decide for us. Yup! She picked the homemade burger with a side of chips.
To be honest, I wasn't expecting anything great. Because for too long most of the burgers I had tasted bland, something always seemed missing.
I definitely wasn't expecting it to be as juicy as it was. It took about 15 minutes for our meal to be served. We were too busy taking pictures to outside, we didn't notice the time pass.
When my friend tried hers, she had this "I'm in love with this" look on her face, and then she started proclaiming her love for the burger. I thought she was just hungry. So, I tried mine too and "poof" that was it; my mind was blown. I knew I had found it, my burger haven. And I was in love with it. I didn't want my meal to end, but it did, and it was worth every minute.
There are a variety of dishes at the Patio. Fortunately, they provide both local and intercontinental dishes. The next time I'm there, I'm definitely ordering a local meal, maybe some soup with periwinkles.
The bill was about 4500 Naira for the burger and about 1500 Naira (I can't really remember) for the drink. We had Chapman (hehe, the cheap drinks always wins). When you decide to visit the Patio, visit there between 10 AM and 11 PM, I hope you find it as great as I did.
Let me know how it goes when you do.