My sweet friend Amina and I decided to go have lunch at an Asian Restaurant called ‘Pow’.
A few days prior to our outing, I fell seriously ill and the initial plan was for her to come pay me a visit at home but I had been bed ridden for some days and felt like I needed some fresh air and an opportunity to exercise my limbs.
For those of you who don’t know, Amina has one of the biggest and most generous hearts on earth and is a big foodie like I am. As a matter of fact she knows and has been to pretty much all the food joints in town.
I had asked her to select a place she had never been to but as you can imagine that was a difficult request as she has been to pretty much EVERYWHERE. She was unable to think of even one place and pushed the decision to me.
I was craving sushi at the time and suggested we go to Pow; she confirmed she had been to the place a couple of times before but didn’t mind going back there (as it has been a while) and the restaurant served good food. We fixed a time to link up and as two punctual individuals we arrived at the place on time.
For some strange reason I felt the restaurant would have a building of its own but upon arriving at their location, I saw that it was located at the top of a small complex building. I immediately switched into my critic hat and stepped down room my car.
The restaurant was very easy to miss, they did not have a huge sign board outside its building but due to the fact that it shared a building with many other shops, they had a good parking lot.
I slowly made my way upstairs and was pleased with the minimalist Asian decoration of the room. The walls of the room were painted black and it housed ebony wooden furniture and was accessorized with a few mini gold sculptures of elephants and the head of the famous philosopher; Gautama Buddha. The room was well polished and exuded sophistication.
We took a sit by the window to receive good lighting and the friendly waiter brought us our menu, which came in a somewhat large A5 Cardboard paper. I noticed that the restaurants logo matched the walls/dividers in the room and I thought that was cool.
For the appetizers we ordered the Spicy Chicken Maki Sushi (N3,500) and the Prawn Mayonnaise Spring Rolls (N2,700)
Mains & Drinks
Amina ordered the POW Special Rice (N2,000) with the Mongolian Prawns Sauce (sweet soy glaze, flank steak, garlic green onion) (N4,500) and the Thai Mango Lassi (Yoghurt, Mango, Lemon Juice) (N2,500).
I wanted something spicy so the Waiter recommended I try their Singapore Noodles which is a new addition to their menu but is currently not on their menu. To be honest I’m not a fan of Singapore noodles but the thought that it was their latest addition to their menu, which many haven’t tried yet is what prompted me to order it.
I ordered the Prawns Singapore Noodles (N3,500) with the Mai Tai (Pineapple, club soda, coconut cream, strawberry) (N2,500).
Our drinks were the first to arrive. Before placing an order for them Amina had stressed that their Mango Lassi was amazing but I was reluctant to try it because the mango lassi’s I’ve tried in the past were all terrible. The way I felt about them was the same way she felt about sushi. Upon the first sip of her drink, I watched her roll her eyes back in ecstasy and I started laughing. That good huh?
I took a sip of mine and my immediate judgement was that I didn’t like it because I’m not really a fan of coconut in drinks except I’m having the classic Pina Colada. I took a few more sips and I wasn’t sure if I liked the blend of the coconut cream with the strawberry but the more I sipped, the more convinced I was that I actually liked it.
Amina offered me her drink and I took a pass at first but l couldn’t un-play the ecstasy look she had on her face the moment she tried her drink, so my curiosity got the better of me and I asked to try it and when I took a sip of the drink, it felt like I was being injected with pure goodness. The Mango Lassi is the best mango lassi I’ve ever tried. I had to place an order for my own Mango Lassi. Just the the thought of it now is making my throat ache.
The next thing to arrive was our appetizers. I absolutely loved their sushi. The spicy mayo was everything and I was happy that my craving was well satisfied. Their sushi must have been something because Amina who is not a fan of sushi enjoyed them and mentioned she was now open to trying more sushi’s in the future. The restaurant has done well to convert two individuals into liking something they didn’t like before. The restaurant now housed a sushi and mango lassi convert.
The prawn and mayonnaise spring roll was served piping hot and we both found them to be crisp and a lot on the dry side. It tasted good but I felt it was some kind of a diet spring roll because it wasn’t stuffed with a lot of mayo. Prawn and Mayo spring roll isn’t prawn and mayo spring roll if you can’t feel or see the mayo dripping out from taking the first bite.
Our mains were very quick to arrive.
The Pow Special rice which had very tiny pieces of beef and chicken in it didn’t taste very special but it tasted lovely with the Mongolian Sauce. Amina has a sweet tooth and she got a sweet meal. The only thing I didn’t like about the Mongolian prawns sauce was the fact that the prawns were breaded so they felt quite soggy in my opinion.
My Singapore noodles was very spicy and quite tasty but like I said I’m not a fan of Singapore noodles because they are often made of rice noodles and I personally prefer the feel and taste of the thicker noodles but the meal was good. I added a some of the Mongolian sauce to the meal and it tasted extra delicious…a nice blend of savory and sweet.
Our overall experience at POW was so lovely. Their customer service was amazing and if you are craving sushi, Pow is the right place to go to. Will I go back again? Absolutely!
Before I forget, if you’d like to see how our day went at the restaurant be sure to watch and subscribe to my Youtube Channel! The link to the video is provided below.
Critique Hat Score: 8/10
Recommendations (if any): I highly recommend their Mango Lassi and their Spicy Chicken Maki Sushi!
5 Bangui Street, Off Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday – Sunday: 11am -11pm
If you’ve been to Pow, I’ll be more than happy to take some of your recommendations, to assist me in my next visit.
If you’ve never been to Pow, you should definitely give them a try.