Popular with Nigerians to whom it offers a taste of home, 805 Bar Restaurant is a lively eaterie with a bright, white interior decorated with colourful African art. There’s a choice of two dining areas: the smarter executive suite (which can also be hired for events) and the main dining room, which is less pristine but equally popular.
Fans come here to wolf down large Nigerian-style portions of cowfoot, spiced chicken gizzards, fish pepper soup, jollof rice and some excellent whole-baked fish. Our dishes were a little hit-and-miss. Tilapia with fried plantain and jollof rice was beautifully cooked, but chicken thighs in tomato sauce was disappointingly dry. Salad garnish dressed in salad cream was a little unexpected too.
Although welcoming, service was slow due to some problems in the kitchen, but a free drink was offered without any prompting. Prices are on the high side, though in recompense, portions are generous. Fans of Nigerian and West African cuisine should head here, but although there are plenty of ‘safe’ options, much of the food might be challenging for the uninitiated.