Purple Bistro opened in a social media frenzy. Twitter buzzed with pictures and videos of the new restaurant and it immediately stirred up excitement in me.
The restaurant opened in Unilag and it just so happened, a day after it’s opening I was in school getting some things sorted so naturally I decided to have some food.
My friend Amaka and I walked down to amphitheater right by Affordables and entered the restaurant.
Photo credit: Twitter/Purple Bistro
My first thoughts about Purple Bistro were a mixture of “wow I like the mural on the walls” and “wow, this place is much smaller in person.”
Amaka and I weren’t that worried about the size at first but then the absolute worst happened 😩.
The lights went off and they weren’t able to put on the generator. And what seemed like a manageable space at first quickly became very hot and stuffy.
Any other day we would’ve left but we were eager to try the food that we had seen on Twitter so we waited it out. And honestly the wait was long.
Though we never got an explanation as to why the food took so long here are my two theories;
1: the ‘waitress’ was overwhelmed. For such a small place a lot of people were trooping in by the minute to give their orders and I truthfully sympathized with her.
2: the food preparation was somehow linked to the generator so we didn’t get any food till the gen came on.
Amaka ordered a Chicken & Sausage Shawarma which cost 900 and a Chapman for 500. I initially ordered Grilled Chicken laps which they said they didn’t have so I also ordered Shawarma but with a Chocolate milkshake instead which was 1k.
I’m not a Shawarma person but I have to say, the Shawarma was delicious. Like really really good. The milkshake was okay but all in all, it tasted good.
I know you’re probably wondering “if you and your friend ordered Shawarma then who owns the food in the featured image?”
Well, a really huge thing for me in writing this review was making sure that what we saw on Twitter was not just ‘packaging’ but was truly what was served at the bistro. And I’m happy to say that they did not disappoint.
To summarize here are all the things I liked and didn’t like about Purple Bistro
What I Liked
liked loved the Shawarma. I would go there again just for it.
– I liked the prices. Purple Bistro definitely knows their target customers well. For food as quality as what they serve, the price range is definitely a steal.
Here’s a sample of their menu;
– I liked the aesthetic feel. It felt young and fresh, which again prooves they know their target customers well.
– I liked the backgrounds. In the social media age, it’s definitely important that your restaurant has at least one good selfie spot and Purple Bistro definitely had a lot
What I Didn’t Like
– I didn’t like service. Like I said earlier, the waitress was completely overwhelmed and I sympathized.
– I didn’t like how hot it was.
– I didn’t like the wait time. Waiting a long time for food at a restaurant is one of my biggest pet peeves.
Everything I noted that I didn’t like about Purple Bistro I really didn’t take to heart because like I said I was there on the second day of their opening and truthfully it takes a while to get a hang of things when you’re running a business.
Oh and you guys, the cutest thing happened!
Just as Amaka and I were leaving the Bistro, someone in a car called after us. We were both confused, but then a guy in a tshirt that said ‘Chef Derin’ came out of the car and apologized for everything.
After much stalking on social media (don’t judge me 😭) I found out he was the owner of Purple Bistro. That, I thought was truly awesome. I mean he had no idea who we were, and certainly had no idea that I was going to write a review.
I really respect business owners that care about what their customers think. So here’s to Chef Derin. I hope your business only gets better.
And here’s to you guys too, my amazing readers. You guys truly are the best. We go blooooowww. We go buy benzzzzz
So would I go there again?
Absolutely. Like I said before the Shawarma was delicious. I just might have it to go instead.All in all if I were to rate them I’d give them 3 out of 5 stars.
Thank you for reading. Till next time 💛