My relationship with amala had always been nonexistent; very much a case of judging a book by its cover. One day, I decided to give it a try and was introduced to The Amala Place by a friend. I’ve never regretted it after that. This place is similar to the very popular Iya Oyo in Wuye and it is equally as popular and packed, but CLEANER. I’ve been to Iya Oyo before, but I declined to eat because the mixture of food just didn’t sit well with me nor did it seem hygiene enough. However, at The Amala Place, the set up is the same, but to me it’s nicer. It’s in a covered space with plastic tables and chairs, you place your order at the back, they hand you your plate and you pay and go enjoy your meal. The amala and soup of choice isn’t all mixed together in one bowl (not sure if you can request it like that if you want), which I liked. There’s a glass window that separates the kitchen from the rest of the room, so you place your window at the window and continue down the line (almost cafeteria style).
When we got there the place was packed. We were planning to take away the food, but even if we wanted to eat it there, there wouldn’t have been any space. My friend and I both ordered two wraps of amala with weed, gbegiri, and stew. I’m not a big meat person so I only got kpomo and shaki added to mine. Sorry, I’m not sure of the pricing as I didn’t pay nor did I pay attention to what my friend was paying because I got distracted. I do believe that for about N700-N1200, you would get a decent and filling amount. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal upon getting home. I wouldn’t say I love amala per se, but the amala and soup combo is to die for! If you’re looking for a correct spot for local food, I recommend this place over any other.
As I mentioned earlier, I got distracted because at the cashier table, the woman (cashier) was shouting at her daughter to apologize to someone and was going between trying to collect people’s money and beating the girl. It was kind of embarrassing to watch and of course not what you’d expect to see at a place of business, but hey we’re in Nigeria and it’s a buka so anything can happen. The customer service wasn’t that great. The people serving the food were a bit rude and unpleasant as they were trying to rush the order. I guess I can understand that since there were quite a few orders to take, but that’s not a good enough excuse for bad service when the food isn’t free. It’s best to not come with high expectations of how things should be and just enjoy the meal.