This has got to be the wettest rainy season ever!
Every day this week has had its own share of a heavy downpour. It is not that I mind the rain, infact, I prefer it very much to the unbearable heat we’ve had to cope with in the past, but it comes with its own inconveniences such as power cuts, traffic jams and muddy puddles.
So, today I dared the heavy shower and did something pretty unusual for a Friday afternoon – I picked up my children from school before closing time and we went to hang out at this gem of a place which I have just been introduced to.
It is called ‘Rhodes BBQ Smoke House’ located on Oyeleke Street, Oregun, Lagos. The popular landmarks in its vicinity are Vivian Fowler School, Neimeth Pharmaceutical Company and Ikeja City Mall.
If you have ever watched ‘Licensed To Grill’ or ‘Man, Fire, Food’ on Food Network, you would understand what Rhodes BBQ Smoke House is all about. Imagine being able to taste those deliciously succulent barbecued meats you’ve been longing for.
Apparently, the founder of the restaurant, Mr Koye Rhodes aka ‘The Pit Master’ was trained by the legendary American BBQ maestro – Mike Mills. The restaurant adheres to the Southern style barbecue tradition of cooking meats slowly in a wood-burning oven for a long period of time and at low temperature, this produces meat that is tender and flavoursome as opposed to the usual Nigerian way of grilling meat in open flames and at high temperatures.
Can you tell that I am raving about this restaurant? Well, just in case you were wondering, this isn’t a sponsored post. I am just sharing information about a gem I have discovered dazzall!
Back to my time out with the kiddos!
I was glad that they were thrilled at the outing. They are both foodies and the thought of eating something different from the usual appealed to them a lot.
We ordered the ‘Texas Trio’ which is a platter of half smoked chicken, tender pork ribs and bbq beef strips, this dish came with some barbecued beans, coleslaw and garlic bread. We also ordered BBQ Nachos and two servings of French fries.
The meal arrived in good time and the portions were generous, we even had left overs to bring home, although I suspect that if I had allowed it, my ‘Sonshine’ could have eaten the whole lot by himself!
I have never had a proper South American barbecue here in Nigeria so I guess that why this restaurant holds so much fascination for me. Coupled with the fact that it is on the Lagos mainland and not on the island means it is easily accessible for me. The ambience is clean, free of those nasty stale food smells that seems to hang in the atmosphere of most restaurants in Lagos and the wait staff polite and friendly.
Price-wise, I won’t say it is cheap food, but it is affordable.
It was fun eating food I didn’t have to cook, sitting and relaxing as I bonded with my children. My sister and I were once reminiscing about the experiences our parents took time to expose us to when we were young, I hope this experience would be recorded in my children’s memory. As parents it is good for us to take time from the hustle and grind of daily living and do something fun with our children. In doing this we would be making huge deposits in their emotional bank accounts and building their self-esteem. These kinds of outings give children the right kind of exposure a it affords them the opportunity to practice the manners and etiquette which you’ve been teaching them. For instance, my ‘Sonshine’ was happy to have the opportunity to eat with a fork and knife and darling ‘Shafu’ was a delight to watch as she behaved like a proper lady.
So, how do you spend a rainy afternoon? Have you done anything unusual lately? Do leave a comment in the comment section