When a dish is thought out, it’s evident. When every ingredient plays an important role in bringing together the flavours that make that dish an absolute pleasure to eat, you know the chef knows what they are doing. It’s all about the flavours, or the SABOR, as they say in Spanish. SABOR is the perfect name for this upscale, casual dining restaurant, and the ambiance certainly does not disappoint, either.
The design is not intrusive. It’s simple with an uncomplicated marriage of wood and copper-style metal and a touch of a single colour in the bench cushions drawing your eye towards the urban art on the wall. The industrial-esque lighting overhead brings the space together, giving it an unpretentious, trendy feel. But you can’t help be drawn to their terrace, with its large sliding doors spanning one side of the restaurant, tempting you to step outside and stay a while on one of their wooden benches or log stools with an ice-cold cocktail. Their cocktails are fun and simple. They hit the spot on a hot Lagos day, which happens to be every day. From the Jungle Bird, with rum, Campari and pineapple juice; or the Rosemary Gin Fizz, with grapefruit juice, gin, prosecco and a sprig of rosemary, any excuse for an after-work drink or a gathering of friends is accepted.
But at the core of SABOR, it’s the food that really shines. Inspiration comes from flavours from various cultures to create vibrant dishes unique to SABOR. Renowned chef, Nkesi Enyioha, oversees the kitchen at SABOR, honing her skills with each dish, from appetisers to mains.
Get delighted by their Crab Fritters, crispy, deep fried crab cakes that sit delicately on a dollop of chilli mayo. Or surprise your pallet with their Surf and Turf Flat Bread, a homemade herbed flatbread topped with generous portions of lavish lobster and juicy beef fillet, topped with Gouda cheese and a sweet chilli jam, which all work perfectly together.
Their main dishes are even more adventurous. The Spanish-inspired Seafood and Chorizo Paella is not only presented beautifully in a rustic black paella pan that makes the colours of each ingredient stand out, but the flavours are just as vibrant. This is a dish for sharing, with a mix of grouper fish, calamari, jumbo prawns and chorizo, over a turmeric-infused spicy paella rice.
The Tagliatelle Pasta with Butternut Squash and Ricotta is rich and flavourful, a true reflection of SABOR’s promise to keep it about the flavour. The buttery squash and ricotta marry well together creating a creamy sauce for the tagliatelle, topped with a crispy bacon and parsley crumb that completes the dish.
No meal is complete without a sensuous treat, and the Almond Nut Brownie at SABOR is simply a rich and decadent piece of heaven. Warm, gooey, nutty and irresistible, this is simply an exquisite dessert. The melt-in-your-mouth chocolate brownie is complemented by the almonds, the salted caramel sauce and the vanilla ice-cream.
At SABOR they are serious about food, flavour and creating a setting to bring all that you love together. Take a break and savour every bite.
14 Adeola Hopewell Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
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