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Back again starting off with reviews! I know many times in Freetown it can be a daunting task of trying out a new restaurant or spot because we haven't quite curated a culture of written reviews to reference. With my "Review" section I am endeavoring to do just that; a digital spot you can check before trying a new place.
In my review food section, I will be assessing the following:
1. Tastiness: This goes without saying. My tastebuds love pepper 🌶️🌶️🌶️ or anything well seasoned.
2. Customer service: Are staff friendly? Do they recommend a dish or drink?
3. Wait time: How long is the preparation time?
4. Price: Does it break the bank or not?
5. Location and Ambiance: Is it conveniently located? How is the ambiance?
I will use the 5 star ranking system:
⭐ = low
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ = high
Today I am reviewing the highly anticipated and new restaurant on the block Cole Street Guesthouse.
This quaint restaurant is located in the neighborhood of Murraytown in the West end of Freetown. It is fairly quite easy to get there (though I admittedly used Google Maps to get there) hey, at least I got there! 😊
It's official address is 5 Cole Street and you can plug that in to Google Maps with no problems.
In regards to parking, you can't park inside their compound but there is some parking spots outside and suitable.
In general for location, I give Cole Street ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 stars) -- in terms of the West end area it is relatively near other restaurants and accessible to the main road. There is a bit of a dirt road to get to the restaurant but nothing crazy! Oh and the ambiance is great! A lot of plants and open space!
Once you enter the restaurant area which is outdoors only you definitely feel at home. To the attentive staff and smiling faces, I loved my entrance.
So when I first saw the prices of this place back in November 2021, I instantly manifested that someobody's son has to bring me here because I could not. 🤣
Being the strong ✨manifester✨I am and God workin' in overtime, I was now brought to the Guesthouse by somebody's son in December 2021. See how God works?
Patience my dear. That's all it took.
Customer service: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 stars)
So here I am, finally ready to eat but I made the grave mistake of coming with an empty stomach. Oluwa (God in Yoruba), who sent me? See me, see wahala?
Cole Street Guesthouse offers a starter, main course and dessert on their set menu:
I love that their menu also makes provision for vegetarian based dishes, which I think is great.
Based on the menu and the exchange rate, in USD a meal can cost you the following:
3-Course Deal: $34.50
I love that their menu also makes provision for vegetarian based dishes, which I think is great. Because hunger did not allow me to be great I unfortunately did not take any pictures, but I took one from Cole Street's page!
It took about 30 minutes for the starter to come out and it took about 30 seconds to hit the pit of my stomach. Your girl was HUNGRY! But she did manage to savor the taste and loved the chili sauce it was served with. Meanwhile she also enjoyed a glass of Lemongrass tea to alleviate the strong sensations of hunger that wanted to embarrass her.
About 40ish minutes later, she comes out -- Jerk Goat with coconut rice, plantains et al. She's beautiful isn't she? The goat basically melted off the bone and the rice was sensational - a great balance with the jerk sauce. I would have liked a little sauce for the plantains but I enjoyed them all the same. With the starter I was already half full and to be fair the portions for the main course are quite healthy, so I had lunch for the next day which I was happy about.
For tastiness, Cole Street Guesthouse gets ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 stars) with no reservations.
For the wait time, I understand each dish is prepared fresh and will give it ⭐⭐⭐ (3 stars)
Now down to affordability, like I said I had to be supported by someone's son for my first time around. But would I come every blue moon for a treat? Why not! It's definitely not the cheapest, so I will rate it about ⭐⭐ (2 stars) for prices.
And that concludes my first official review!
Please feel free to send me places you'd like me to try out and I can cover them on the blog or in a video on my Instagram (@minabilkis), I would love to!
Overall I enjoyed my lunch at Cole Street Guesthouse and hope to be back! Whether by myself, with some girls or somebody's son we don't know! 😉
Until next time.
Ergo sum cogito
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