A fresh, creative & innovative restaurant, Casper & Gambini’s offers a unique all-day restaurant-café experience in Victoria Island with the expertise of the best nutritional artists and culinary guides. Based out of our offices and kitchen in Lagos, our team of professional chefs and catering staff are dedicated to delivering a high level of service and creativity to all of our customers. Our menu includes an extensive array of sandwiches, handcrafted burgers, salads, pizzas, desserts and many other delicacies that come in good taste.
It was really nice. Decent environment, lovely ambiance, perfect interior decor.
Parking was a quite a hassle, though, as it is with many other places in Lagos. 🙁 Drinks were good, I had a long island iced tea. I had the grilled halloumi cheese starter which was delightful, as was the tomato soup which my date had.
I found the main dishes to be rather anti-climatic.
All in all it’s probably a nice place to go for lunch but not for a dinner date. ..at least in my experience.
Terrible food, ok service. Not worthy of the hype. The only thing that's somewhat decent is their mozzarella sticks.
After lazying about all Saturday, it was time to step out and have dinner with my friend. Casper and Gambini’s popped in my head and we immediately headed there. Good thing is, neither of us had previously dined at this Lagos restaurant.
Just to give you a bit of a background, Casper & Gambini’s is a Lebanese restaurant franchise that started off as a catering business in Italy. The business was started by two families; the Casper family and the Gambini family. I think it is worth mentioning that they also offer catering services in Lagos.
Maybe their Italian origin accounts for why the restaurant’s design aesthetics and ambiance is very European. They have a nice outdoor area for smokers or people who generally prefer outdoor seating. The interior is very exquisite. I mean these guys got their decor right, nicely done and consistent all the way to the rest room. The soft music in the background was soothing, i also liked that the air-freshener wasn’t overpowering, it was just perfect.
It’s not like me and starters don’t see eye-to-eye o, but mehn leave starters abeg, i am not that girl. I’ll usually order a main course and dessert except i am trying to form Fresh Lagos girl for a new toaster….clears throat! Well, back to the gist. So while my friend and I waited for our orders, we were served soft buns, toast and crackers with a side-dish of special sauce ….I mean for a change! Ahhhhhh…not every time bread and butter. Thank you C & G (Casper & Gambini’s) for doing something different.
I ordered Lasagna Bolognese Al Forno which was served in good time. Lasagna Bolognese Al Forno is essentially homemade oven baked pasta layered with C&G’s Bolognese sauce, béchamel, grana padano parmesan and mozzarella. Forget that i am forming efiko and telling what this meal is about o, nah wetin i see for menu, i copy put here o….Lol! Jokes apart, i am only familiar with the classic Lasagna.
My main course was a classic case of food that doesn’t look half as good as it tastes. For a minute, I was deceived by my taste buds that i was in some fantastic restaurant somewhere in the MiddleEast. Except you belong to the FitFam clan, I will totally recommend you try this meal when you visit Casper and Gambini’s in Lagos.
For a dessert, i ordered a crunchy profiterol, this desert is essentially crunchy and fluffy puffs filled with smooth vanilla creamed covered with chocolate drizzle. I don’t exactly think the puffs were fluffy enough but i like that my dessert was served with a cup of premium melted chocolate. I think this extra chocolate was for me to drizzle more chocolate on the puffs if i so desire. Drizzle, I did…
Let me rant a bit, please who waits 30minutes for a dessert to served! This is where C& G fell my hand oh. To cap it up, i guess my waiter was too busy so another waiter had to serve me the deserts. When i questioned why it took so long for my dessert to arrive, the waiter replied in not-so-great English that they are serving so many people simultaneously! Like seriously?
I really liked that this restaurant had free WiFi and power plug point almost everywhere. My main course cost N5,400 and my dessert , N2,100. In my opinion, i think it was fair and you won’t be breaking the bank for any meal. The best part for me is that the prices shown in the menu are inclusive of all taxes, so you won’t be surprised with a bill that is higher than you budgeted just because taxes were slapped on later on.
With all said, my verdict is, Casper and Gambini’s is easily one of the best restaurants in Lagos. I had just one bad service experience and that first impression stuck. Of course, I had a better service experience the second time i visited. So, you should totally check this restaurant out.
Very nice restaurant. Had a salad and Strawberry & Banana smoothie. The best smoothie I ever had. Still think about that smoothie. Nice ambience, nice service. Just a little pricey but a great place to visit
Oh how you love it when there’s a new spot to try out, especially if you think you’ve seen it all in Lagos. It’s good to remain hopeful. Casper and Gambini’s Lagos is a real thing now. You seriously can’t miss it. It’s on the same street where Rhapsody’s is (and the same spot where Vannessa’s use to be. Let’s hope it has a bit more luck than Vanessa’s. Like most restaurants in Lagos, the space is beautiful, but what about the food?
Here are some tips on How to enjoy the C&G’s from our experience there.
1) Nigerian Food is not their forté – Chicken pepper soup was more like broth that should be used for the base of a stew than the commanding soup it ought to be. Likewise, stay away from pseudo-nigerian food )aka prawn suya – this is not a real thing, so you can imagine it was mediocre.
2) If wine is your poison of choice, order the bottle. The wine by the glass was a bit suspect.
3) Be patient with the waiters. As with every restaurant in this city, the waiters seem to have very little idea about the food they are selling. If you have questions, feel free to go to management.