If you often fantasize about visiting Paris and sitting on the terrace of one of the many cafes that you’ve read about, sipping tea and biting into soft, delicious pastry, you can open your eyes now. La Brioche is an awesome new Parisian themed café that just opened up on Yar’Adua Street, Victoria Island.
Now, I know that people (myself inclusive) think ‘Island’ is synonymous with ‘bougie’ and/or ‘uppity’, but this case is actually quite different. I was at the opening on Saturday, and it was really fun; not at all what I expected. When you walk in, there’s a display area where you can pick out whatever goodies you want and be on your merry way, but the real magic happens when you walk a little bit further in and enter the cafe itself.
La Brioche is a little more than just another cafe in Lagos
The cafe is a quaint little space, with white walls, little tables covered in white lace, very comfy plastic chairs that resemble glass, and a large window where I’m sure you could sit by and enjoy a good book or sip some tea and day dream. ‘Adorable’ is the first word that popped into my head as soon as I walked in. On Saturday, the tables were arranged to accommodate the brunch guests, but I’m dying to see what it looks like on a normal day.
What I really admire is their commitment to the Parisian theme. The table settings are very elegant and charming; gold-plated cutlery, pink and green porcelain teacups and saucers with gold trimmings, white place mats with very detailed embroidery, and bright flowers as center pieces. It has a sort of Wonderland air about it, and I felt a little bit like Alice sitting at the table, laughing with my friends while nibbling on the pastries they’d set out.
La Brioche is a pastry shop, so let’s talk menu before I get carried away reminiscing about the space. It’s not just the café setting that’s Paris themed; La Brioche also makes delicious French pastry from the best ingredients, and they’re pretty good at it. I wish I’d paid more attention the names of the little pastries I kept shoving into my mouth. There were croissants, cute little meat pies with actual meat in them – not potatoes and carrots – and muffins with nuts and berries. Their crepes are so moist they practically melt in your mouth, and their scones and croissants are light and fluffy. You can also have coffee, some fancy tea, and fresh juice with your chosen patisserie.
My favorite part of the La Brioche, Nigeria menu is the fact that everything is totally affordable and not at all outrageously priced. For a place like this, one would initially be cautious about the damage, but you’re looking at items from about N500 to N2000, depending on what you’re getting – except you’re ordering a cake or an entire loaf of bread which costs significantly more.
In summary, I think La Brioche is a brilliant place to go for breakfast or brunch; If you’re on a date, you can sit by the window or in a corner and get to know each other over a cup of coffee and some scones. You might even consider it for a bridal shower. Also, if you’re looking for a quiet place to just get some work done, the ambiance is perfect for alone time away from the world. I will definitely be visiting again.
I couldn’t get in enough pictures – because I was distracted by food – but here a couple to give you a little bit of a picture of La Brioche Nigeria.