Sometime last month, Mr. K and I had planned date night and I wanted it to be somewhere fancy with really good food. I wasn’t so fussed about Sky Lounge or Villa Medici so we thought to give Tarragon a try. I had seen Chef Tiyan (she runs the show over there) put stuff about it on Instagram and she had also sent out a text earlier that day mentioning that it was now open but I didn’t know anyone who had tried their food.
We made reservations and got there a little after 8pm and we were greeted with complimentary glasses of champagne…they won my heart immediately. We also got complimentary shots of potato and leek soup which was absolutely delicious.
The decor was simple and unpretentious and we only saw 2 waitstaff through out the night which for me was fantastic. I hate to go to places and feel outnumbered by waitstaff who are either gisting or staring and making you feel uncomfortable. The 2 waitstaff effectively managed 4 tables while we there and one of those tables had about 6 people.
Mr. K had the Butternut squash soup for starters and I had the Chicken (minced chicken, honey, sesame seeds and chives).
Of course, I had some of his soup and it was soooo good. My chicken came late and slightly undercooked; I sent it back and Chef Tiyan couldn’t believe a plate came back to her kitchen. She asked the waitstaff to make up for it with bottomless free champagne and my chicken came back nice and well cooked. We were also served some really nice olive bread and milk bread.
For our mains, I had the Atlantic Pompano (served with potato 2 ways: mash and the other one was like a crisp) and Mr. K had the Lobster. The mains were very good but I found the potato crisp thing a little too crisp, I couldn’t cut through it and I had to pick it up with my fingers to eat it.
Dessert…Dear Lord God!!! It was amazing. Mr. K and I shared the Tarragon trio (and only because the waitstaff talked us into it). We don’t normally order dessert at restaurants; we would typically finish dinner and then find an ice-cream or frozen yoghurt place or go have tea with cake at home.
The Tarragon trio was a cheesecake, apple tartlet and creme brulee; Mr. K doesn’t like custard but he licked the creme brulee clean. They all came together nicely and was a good end to a lovely meal.
Damage for a 2 and a half course meal for 2 people was about N45,000 excluding liquor, as we enjoyed free champagne. Oh, I had an apple spritzer…very refreshing and delicious by the way. It’s pretty pricey at Tarragon but I wasn’t upset at the bill because the food was great, the ambience was great too and so were the waitstaff. I think it’s worth the money and if Nigeria was a Michelin star region, Tarragon deserves at least 2 stars.
We give Tarragon a 9.25 out of 10 (Mr. K did the grading, I don’t know what the .25 is about).
Tarragon is located at 50, Raymond Njoku street, off Awolowo road, Ikoyi.