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Where to Find the Best Jollof in Lagos, Nigeria

Nigerian Jollof rice
Nigerian Jollof rice | © Alicepegie / WikiCommons
Jollof rice is arguably the most popular dish in Nigeria. It is expected to be served at all parties, including weddings, funerals, birthdays, even corporate events such as conferences and meetings. It is unique for its exceptional taste and attractive colour, and while the method of preparation slightly differs from person to person, its unique taste is usually maintained. Restaurants cash in on the popularity of the Nigeria Jollof rice, and here are some places to eat excellent Jollof rice in Lagos.

Chicken Republic

Restaurant, Snack Bar, Pastry Shop, African, $$$
Jollof rice and chicken | © Itsmrchcha / Wikimedia Commons
Known as a fast food restaurant, Chicken Republic serves a variety of Nigerian local dishes including Jollof rice, as well as continental foods. Even with several outlets in Lagos, Chicken Republic does not compromise on quality across its different locations. Jollof rice, as well as Nigerian fried rice, are sold here with assorted fried or roasted chicken.
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The Place Restaurant, Ikoyi

Restaurant, Snack Bar, African, $$$
With a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Lagos, The Place does not disappoint. Whether you want to eat in the restaurant or order online, there is an extensive rice menu to choose from. Jollof rice and fried rice may be served with chicken wings, barbecue chicken, snail, and fish.
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The Food Lounge, Terra Kulture

Craft Ale Bar, Bar, Restaurant, Food Court, Coffee Shop, African, Contemporary
Terra Kulture
Terra Kulture | © Courtesy of wakajube.com
The restaurant arm of Terra Kulture, one of Nigeria’s foremost cultural centres, is known for its exquisite dining experience. It caters both local and intercontinental dishes. The Jollof rice here can be ordered along with various proteins such as beef, chicken, catfish, and snails. Richard Quest of CNN did a piece on Jollof rice at the Food Lounge in 2017, during his visit to Nigeria.
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Yellow Chilli, Victoria Island

Restaurant, African, $$$
Jollof rice and chicken | © Ask4ugo / Wikimedia Commons
The Yellow Chilli is rated one of the top five resturants in Lagos and it is held in high esteem for its Jollof rice. The resturant has outlets in Victoria Island and Ikeja in Lagos mainland. Yellow Chilli is known for its ‘Jollof Fiesta’, which contains diced chicken and seafood such shrimps and unshelled prawns along with pepper sauce, which is loved by many Nigerians. Yellow Chilli is highly recommended by foodies and food bloggers alike.
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Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner, Late Night


Gourmet, Family Friendly, Traditional, Stylish

Tastee Fried Chicken

Restaurant, Snack Bar, African, Fast Food, Pastries, Contemporary, $$$
Popularly known as TFC, Tastee Fried Chicken is one of the foremost fast food companies in Nigeria. With restaurants all over the country and more that 10 locations in Lagos alone, TFC has its biggest outlet and head office on Victoria Island. It is reputed to serve good quality food and snacks, including Jollof rice, and all restaurants are usually packed full during holidays and festive seasons.
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Meal service:

All Day, Breakfast, Lunch, Takeaway, Dinner, Brunch, Dessert


Cosy, Family Friendly, Relaxed

Bukka Hut, Lekki

Restaurant, African, Healthy, $$$
Jollof and dodo with salad | © Bukka Hut, Lagos
Bukka Hut has outlets in Lekki, Ikoyi, Ikota (Ajah) and Gbagada, as well as the local airport. The restaurant serves both local and continental dishes, as well as the popular Jollof rice. The food in Bukka Hut is highly rated, and it is known to serve Jollof rice specially prepared to have the unique Nigerian party flavour.
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L’Afric Restaurant and Bar, Victoria Island

Bar, Restaurant, African, $$$
Jollof rice with salad | © Kwabena / Wikimedia Commons
L’Afric Restaurant focuses more on local Nigerian food. The Jollof rice here, as well as other foods it serves, is very tasty. The ambience of the restaurant is also great and the food is not too expensive.
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Meal service:

All Day, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert


Cosy, Family Friendly

Jollof Etcetera

Restaurant, African, $$$
Nigerian Jollof rice | © Alicepegie / WikiCommons
Located in Lekki, Jollof Etcetera is a modern restaurant that serves Nigerian local food, especially the Nigerian Jollof rice. A variety of options are also provided for customers that go along with the Jollof rice, including plantain, moin moin (a steamed bean patty) and salads.
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These recommendations were updated on June 22, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.