Eating out tips in Nigeria
|December 26, 2012||Posted by Vishal under Nigeria Business Visa, Nigeria TWP Visa, Nigeria Visa Application||
A vibrant local population, which is also Africa’s largest, works hard when called to do so and also play hard at other times. So, whether travelling on a Nigeria business visa or out on a leisure trip on a Nigeria visa, it would be unwise to expect much sleep. Besides, you will find the food simply delicious. A thrilling nightlife, fabulous live music and excellent dining out restaurants that alluringly tease your taste buds, will quickly draw you into the Nigerian way of life.
From Abuja to Lagos and from Calabar to Kano, food plays a significant role in Nigerian Life. Mutton, beef, poultry and seafood are the prime source for protein. But, with so much cultural variety, food acco4dingly varies. In the country’s southern half, an assortment of appetizing soups is prepared with ingredients that include fish or meat, okra, red pepper, onions, tomatoes and palm oil, while root vegetables, beans and rice is commonly consumed by everyone. In the northern half, wheat and millet form the larger part of local diet. Pepper fish soup and marinated ‘goat head’ are specially loved delicacies. UK travellers holding a Nigeria visa are advised to be cautious of dishes flavoured with hot chilli recipes.
However, not every foreign visitor traveller on a Nigeria visa is aware that eating out in Nigeria entails certain guiding rules. It is therefore significant to make a note that though restaurants are at the disposal of customers; the same have a role to play too. So, when stepping out for a meal, you must not come short on these essential dining out rules and guidelines.
Reserving a table prior to venturing out to a restaurant saves a lot of aggravation. It also helps in making special seating arrangements such as a quiet and secluded corner or a dining table set in an open garden space. Check if a dress code is mandatory. You may also wish to reconfirm your reservation a day or two in advance, especially if you are inviting important guests out.
Never turn up at a restaurant with more diners than originally booked for, as you may find the place filled to the brim and unable to accommodate your additional guests. On the other hand, it would also be good manners if you reported any reduction in numbers so that the management may not be forced to turn down other potential customers.
Intimate late arrival
If you should for any reason expect to arrive late, it is always advisable to keep the management accordingly informed. It is courteous and fair to give warnings of 15 minutes as seating and table plans need to be organised well in advance.
If you are not going to show up, it is both customary and polite to cancel the reservation.
This post was written by Vishal Mavadia, Business Director Visa Services London