Its been a while since I did a food-related post on the blog. Hair isn’t all I’m about. Food is also one of my loves. I love to cook, I love to eat-out when the plan permits it, so as part of the perks of reading this blog, you’ll be getting the occasional restaurant review ^.^
I was walking to the Zenith Bank ATM on Aminu Kano one lovely Saturday when I noticed the Serendib sign on the other side of the road. On my way back, I crossed the road and went in to see it. I was greeted by the sweet smell of yumminess in the air. I was only there for about ten minutes but I knew I had to go back. A week later, I went to lunch there with the Mister.
Serendib Restaurant & Bar is located at the Ville Regent Hotel, Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja. Aminu Kano is such a long road, but you could easily walk there from Di Maria Italian Restaurant & Delicatessen (which is Plot 97 on the Crescent), and Zenith Bank.
You could go in through its side entrance on the left or through the hotel’s front entrance.
I liked it.
I found the yellow table tops very cheery, there were blue ones as well. I liked the chairs- the rich red of the wood and they were comfortable to sit on. There was some art on the walls- wooden carvings and paintings on canvas. I think minimalist is the word? Very simple décor.
I’m not claustrophobic but I love my space. I liked the clean, easy spacing but the Mister said it was a little too much, and he felt the décor was altogether a little too simple, like it didn’t have any character, like they weren’t doing enough with the space.
My favourite thing about Serendib? The window wall. There are high glass windows on one side where a wall should be. You get to look out onto the street. The view is not what I love about it because honestly there isn’t that much to see. The view of the little green park may be a little calming for you. I love that it lets in a lot of light and it was perfect that not so sunny day. #teamPhotographsWithNaturalLighting #AmateurPhotographer :p
The lighting at Serendib is also very good so don’t worry, it’s still a delight at night. 🙂
THE SERVICE + THE FOOD
The Serendib menu features mixed cuisine. Predominantly Asian: Sri-Lankan, Indian, Indonesian, Chinese- it’s got barbecue as well as Nigerian dishes. The staff were friendly and nice, and the food was served proper quickly too.
We decided to eat nothing we’d had before- so we started with Vegetable Pakora and then moved on to the main dishes, Nasigourang (Nasi goreng) and Kottu Rotti. Nasi goreng is Indonesian Fried Rice and Kottu Rotti is a Sri-Lankan meal I find hard to accurately describe; Chopped meat, vegetables, gravy and something bread-y.
I liked the Kottu Rotti best. The Nasigourang was what it was. I’d have liked to throw it in a pan briefly and break a cube of maggi over it but I’m no judge of Indonesian cuisine. And I do tend to lean towards food that’d be overspiced or overly salty for most people. (now that I think about it, there was Salt and pepper on the table, don’t ask me why I didn’t think to use it. Momentary lapse of brain function ( ._.) )
The Vegetable pakora was really interesting because I’d never thought anyone would want to deep fry vegetables in flour batter. Haha. It was crunchy though, an interesting snack- I’ll tell you that. The Mister had more fun than I did with the food so I feel this is conclusive evidence of its yumminess. 🙂
Serendib Restaurant & Bar. & Bar.
That’s the bar. I don’t know if you’re thinking what I’m thinking but technically, a bar is any place that serves alcohol over the counter so yarrrrr, that’s a bar. I just felt the & Bar thing invited a little more expectation of how it’s supposed to look. Maybe a few stools around it would be more convincing. The place itself is very Restaurant-y, and between the tables and the lounge-y space, it doesn’t really give the Bar vibe, for someone who’s only there for the drinks.
Look at this lounge-y space.
AND Serendib is open 24-hours a day! If you finish late at work, or after the club you feel a strange craving for an Asian meal or a steak or whatever, you know where to go. 🙂
I find it interesting that this is the fourth business I’ve noticed on Aminu Kano Crescent that’s open 24/7.
I think the pricing at Serendib is decent. All prices are inclusive of the service charge and VAT. I think it’s more pleasant when the extra charges are included since you’re going to pay for it anyway so yay, Serendib!
All in all, I’d say 3 stars out of 5. I’d definitely be going back again. Maybe to try something new or something familiar next time.
Have you been to Serendib? How was your experience? Share!
Serendib Restaurant & Bar
Ville Regent Hotel, Aminu Kano Crescent,
Wuse 2, Abuja.
*Photo credit: all but one of the photos are mine.
Update: 10th February, 2016.
Serendib has relocated to 29, Umaru Dikko Street, Jabi.