Restaurant review: Izanagi, Lagos

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Izanagi restaurant

Izanagi is a Japanese restaurant in Victoria Island, Lagos with dark wood, purple-patterned walls and blue chairs.  The restaurant has soft lighting, a sushi bar and a little room with cushions and a table top on the floor for those who want a more Asian-style dining experience.  I went to Izanagi on a Saturday afternoon and there were only a few diners there but when I stopped by on a different night, the restaurant was packed.  If you definitely want to have dinner at Izanagi on a Friday or Saturday night, I would suggest you make a reservation.

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The miso soup at Izanagi

On that Saturday, I ordered miso soup, chicken yaki soba and a mocktail called a berry caipirinha while my friend had sweet and sour shrimps with steamed rice and a cocktail called Act 1.  The food and drinks were a long time coming.  It took about 20 minutes for the drinks to arrive and the food didn’t come until maybe 15 minutes after that.  To be fair to Izanagi, I changed my drink order from something else to the berry caipirinha which would have added to the delivery time.  Still, 20 minutes is a long time to get a drink especially when the restaurant wasn’t particularly busy.

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The chicken yaki soba at Izanagi

The miso soup I ordered was satisfactory.  I was glad it wasn’t crazy hot like you get in some restaurants.  The chicken yaki soba was generously served – I couldn’t finish mine and my friend’s sweet and sour was pretty to look at and tasted interesting.  I loved my berry caipirinha and my friend’s drink, Act 1, was definitely the most unusual-tasting cocktail I’ve ever tried.  It had a hint of red chilli that made it taste exciting.

Izanagi lagos sweet and sour shrimps

Izanagi’s sweet & sour shrimps with steamed rice

Service by the waiter and the manager of the restaurant was attentive and unobtrusive.  Food and drinks take a while to arrive at Izanagi but with its cool ambience, subtle clientele and interesting menu, this restaurant is definitely one you should try.

Izanagi lagos bill chestThe chest which contained the (hefty) Izanagi bill.  Only joking 🙂  Izanagi wasn’t particularly more expensive than the average restaurant in Lagos.

Price:      The 2 meals, drinks and a small bottle of water cost N11.990

Address:  19B Idejo Street, off Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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