Who remembers my date from this post? Well this is the restaurant bae took me too.

Before the last Sunday, i had never heard of “barkono grill” which was strange cause it’s right next to Chloe’s cupcake and former yogurberry which were my all time place to be. Plus i know a whole lot of restaurants in Abuja, yet had never heard of this one.


So, we got there at 8:00 pm. There was a family birthday going on inside and it kind of made for a not so quiet date that we had had in mind. Anyway, i didn’t really mind the birthday going on and before long, i and the Mr. Found ourselves been photographers to the family. It didn’t take long before they were gone and we had the whole restaurant to ourself, which gave me time to really look around and get the feel of the place.  Let me just say “Barkono grill” cracks me up, i laugh anytime i hear or say that name, cause “Barkono” is a hausa word which actually means “pepper” it’s a real memorable name to give a place that would most definitely get people to remember it, especially those who know the meaning. And they have an equally memorable slogan that says “Abuja just got hotter” lol. Really catchy. Let’s get to it then, shall we..


Location and decor

It is located at the ground floor, Abiding grace plaza, Ahmadu bello way, Apo gudu, Abuja. A casual walk in.

The decor is simple, lots of browns and red, wooden chairs and tables are arranged in a casual setting of a walk in grill and the entire place has got this refined native vibe to it, with some sort of brick walls separating the dining area from the service area. There’s a real cute little artsy table piece.(which i love)  I also love the informative bits they got on their wall explaining foodie stuffs like the difference between barbecue and grill.. Stuffs like that.



Menu and service


I loved the menu. Really pretty and very educative. Lol.  I found it utterly refreshing, if you know me, you know about my loathing for complicated menu. They have got this cute one page menu separate for meals and drinks. They also got this board with the main dish menu written on it in case you preferred to make your order from there. The service was polite and friendly (even respectful)



The food did take a long while to arrive. But i loved that the waiter was really attentive, apologized for the delay and said its because what we both ordered was “specially prepared” I was allowed.. Even encouraged to take pictures and i spent time taking pictures and chatting up with my date *blushing* while waiting for the food, we of course ordered our drinks. I had chapman while the Mr. Had a mojito. Of course i had a taste of both drink. The chapman was good, basic, nothing out of the ordinary. The mojito took time to warm up to, (of course, I’v never had a mojito before so i had nothing to compare with) but the Mr. Said it was fair. It had these mint leaves in it and after a while, the mint leaves settled in the drink and i think i loved it more then.




The food

Finally, the food arrived. It was really late, we both didn’t order much, i was already half full infact so i decided to play it safe.

I ordered lamb chops and a side dish of extra spicy french fries.


He ordered steak (something called the porter house steak) with a side dish of fried rice. Our food got mixed up, and i got the rice with my lamb chops while he got the chips with his steak. We just turned the food and ate from each others plate (romantic right) and that was fine by me cause i went ahead to eat his food too.  I have to confess, i loved the steak, i didn’t want to be rude or anything if not, i’d have fone ahead to finish his meal. Lol. It was so good, it took me by surprise. My lamb chops were nice too, really tender but it had the smokey taste was a bit too strong for me





Oh we were also given cake, from the birthday that happened earlier. But i could barely eat it cause i was so full. We didn’t even finish our food so we both asked that it should be packed to go. (word of advice, when going on a date that involves food. Please don’t eat all afternoon)

Conclusion Barkono grill?? 

The food was good and the environment was cozy. Great service (which is always a piority for me) the price (am a bit skeptical about, i think its quite pricey but none the less, you get the value of what you pay for) i love the ambience too.

If there is something i’d complain about, i think it would be the seats(not very conducive for lovers trying to have some quiet alone time) But for a lunch or some casual or semi formal dinner, i’d definitely go there again. Especially since I’ve heard good things about their chicken barbeque, that’s next on my list to go try. So if you happen to be around apo or somwhere near and hungry for a good barbeque or grilled meal.. Then you should totally check out the Barkono grill. I recommend it.


Biko don’t mind my pictures, still learning.

Let’s interact….

Do you prefer grilled or barbecue meals? What takes precedence when you visit a restaurant? Good food or good service?



  • Reply Debs May 19, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I’d be back with a comment, first lemme share this link with bae ?

    • Reply Salmah May 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      ? hahaha. U totally should

  • Reply Daniella May 18, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Lol salmah, first of all. You said it was the first date and you’re already calling him bae. First time out with someone and you were busying taking pictures and prepping for a blog post, I hail o. The guy already knows from the onset that “na blogger be this o! ” The food look nice o! xx

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    • Reply Salmah May 18, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Lol. Oh danie, you want to come and hembaras me abhi, lol. Well, at the time i wrote this post, we were already on date four and it was already official. Like i said in my other post, i don’t go on dates with people i don’t like, so when we go out and it works fine, then what’s the hold up? Lol. Am fast like that.
      And as for taking pic, lol. When i whipped out my camera, he laughed at me oo, infact, on our second date, he was my photographer, but am glad he already knows from the onset that he just got sucked into a bloggers life. Lol.

      • Reply Daniella May 18, 2017 at 10:54 am

        Awwwww soo sweet. So you’re now have a bae. Gist us what happens. Oshey fast girl

        • Reply Salmah May 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

          Lol. Danie. Lemme oo.

  • Reply Kokobeauty May 17, 2017 at 8:48 pm


  • Reply Victoria ukiwe May 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Hope to check some day

  • Reply __itzjukky May 17, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Hope to check it someday…

  • Reply Paige_kwen May 17, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Was bored today and i had to come visit your rili.lighted me up.and the pictures are nice

    • Reply Salmah May 17, 2017 at 11:37 am

      Awww. So glad. Tnx dear

  • Reply Faith May 16, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Mouth watery love for food. God bless you Salmah for this great job

  • Reply Dorathy May 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    that one with the brown looking sauce on it doesn’t look like something i’d be able to eat oo.

    • Reply Salmah May 16, 2017 at 2:13 am

      lol. trust me, you’ll eat it. it’s some sort of gravy and it’s delicious too.

  • Reply Ummie May 16, 2017 at 2:45 am

    yes yes, i see it, that’s really nice of them. Thanks salmah.

  • Reply Damien May 16, 2017 at 1:53 am

    love the mojito picture. Beautiful!

  • Reply Esther May 16, 2017 at 1:22 am

    wow everything looks so yummy, a date can never go wrong with food like this.

    • Reply Salmah May 16, 2017 at 1:23 am

      Lol. Yes you are right. But also when the person you are with is great.

  • Reply Abdul May 15, 2017 at 11:50 am

    This place looks nice. I will make it a point to try and visit when am in abuja. Nice post.

    • Reply Salmah May 16, 2017 at 2:15 am

      thanks for reading abdul, and please do visit and let me know what you think.

  • Reply Haleema May 15, 2017 at 11:41 am

    barbeque over grill anytime anyday. Weldone salmah. Your pictures are beautiful

  • Reply Folake May 15, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Bae goals i swear, i wish someone will take me somewhere fancy like this. Nice post salmah

  • Reply Tolulope May 15, 2017 at 11:32 am

    abeg which one is that one with that brown thing ontop. It looks like gbegiri

    • Reply Salmah May 16, 2017 at 2:11 am its not gbegiri o. funny you tolulope, thanks for reading.

  • Reply Zeenat May 15, 2017 at 11:27 am

    salmah, you better be carrying me along to all this food things. Only you can not come and be intimidating me.

    • Reply Salmah May 16, 2017 at 2:08 am

      lol. sure thing dear, next time.

  • Reply Ummie May 15, 2017 at 11:00 am

    lol. Me i don’t even know the difference between barbeque and grill. But nice pictures though.

    • Reply Salmah May 16, 2017 at 1:44 am

      Yeah? The fun part of the restaurant is they tell you stuffs like that. Look at the picture of the menu, i think there is a summary of the difference on there

  • Reply ASus May 15, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I say good service, it’s their service that would even make me decide if i would eat there or not.

    • Reply Salmah May 16, 2017 at 1:42 am

      Yeah that’s what i always say too. Thank you for reading sweetheart

  • Reply Mariam May 15, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I’v never heard of this place before either, and i have been in abuja a long time. Nice review.

    • Reply Salmah May 16, 2017 at 1:59 am

      thanks for stopping by mariam, you should definitely check it out.

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