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.
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.
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’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.
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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