Nigerian local dishes are popular because they are widely believed to be delicious and spicy.Several dishes exist from the hundreds of ethnic groups that co-habit the vast area known as Nigeria. Nigeria but has since been adopted by almost every other person who fancies its richness. Amala is a thick paste made from yam, which has been peeled, cleaned, dried and then blended similar to Iyan (another paste made by pounding boiled yams into a soft fluffy form) but normally darker brown in colour. It can also come in variants. The one made from peeled, dried and blended yam and the one made from peeled, dried and blended cassava popularly referred to as Lafun (normally white in colour). Like other West African dishes, there are a number of delicious soups to complement the Amala. Whether you choose to have yours with egusi, gbegiri and ewedu, efo riro and a host o fothers,
You should try these spots:
10. OYO – The Amala Place, Omole Oyo Amala is an elite local food restaurant founded by Demola Alade. The restaurant’s uniqueblend of amala, gbegiri and ewedu soup makes it stand out in its own right. Oyo Amala also hasa branch in Victoria Island, which obviously serves the needs of elite amala-lovers on the island.
9. Abula Restaurant, Lekki Founded two years ago by popular Yoruba Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, Abula has come tostay. The restaurant is located at Omorinre Johnson street, off Busola Durosimi Etti street.Lekki phase I. If you are in the area, feel free to have a taste of the best Amala spot in Lekki.
8. Topshot, Ikoyi There is no gain saying that the love for Amala knows no boundaries, whether you work in one of the multinational firms, banks or corporate law firms, if you’ve got the amala fever all you need to do is waltz into Top shot. It is situated in Parkview Estate, Ikoyi – you just can’t miss it.It is what you may call ‘Corporate Amala’ but remember to roll up your sleeves!
7. Yakoyo, Ilupeju Yakoyo implies stop, eat and be contented. The quantity of food doesn’t often determine satisfaction. With Yakoyo, your amala adventure is sure to be a never-ending experience. Food prepared to ensure that you never stop coming for more. Whether you prefer meat to fish isn’t a problem, your preferences will be well catered for. You’ll need discipline not empty your wallets after swallowing the first morsel.
6. Amala Canada, Ebute-Metta Another haven of amala meal is Amala Canada situated in Canada Villa, Ebute-Metta has its.The food is great and puts you in the amala mood every day.
5. Amala Yahoo, Ogudu-Ojota Amala Yahoo’s amala is delicious, the ambience is great and the location is quaint. Itspopularity has soared over the years that you may need to wait a while whenever you get there before you get a chance to taste its richness.
4. Defence Car Park Canteen, Marina Like Parkview, Ikoyi, Marina is home to men and women in suit and tie. But only Amala First Bank,as it is also known, can make this tie come off. The staff are always eager to meet your demands and make sure you’re back at your office before lunch break is up.
3. Iya Eba, Onikan Onikan is not only home to Museums and art galleries (at least artists and curators need a goodmeal too). It is home to one of the best local food spots in the country and this small restaurant on Berkely street has earned its reputation as far back as the 80s. Their signature amala +ewedu dish will leave you reminiscing about the delicacy for a while.
2. White House, Yaba Yaba has been described as Nigeria’s Silicon Valley and as is the nature of things, even programmers and startups CEOs need to eat. A personal favourite of most who work in the area is White House Amala. It is very affordable. If you’re ever in the Yaba area, you might want to dig into an exquisite plate of amala from the world famous White House.
1. Olaiya, Surulere The secret to the ever-present crowd at the Olaiya canteen in Surulere has been passed down from one generation to another. Whatever it is does not actually matter much to amala lovers,as long as they keep serving wonderful amala gbigbona with ewedu plus gbegiri and lots of soft crunchy kpomo. The real amala experience is in Surulere.