BY OZIE WILLIAMS
The Orchid Bistro is a rather small and arrogant place, isn’t it? There’s something about it that says “Hey, we don’t want a crowd here” the moment you step in. It seats just about 30 people in what can’t be bigger than the sitting room of an average duplex, although there’s more sitting space outside, in what looks like a beautiful overgrown garden.
The Orchid Bistro opened on Isaac John street in Ikeja about 5 years ago and since then it hasn’t deem it fit to go bad. See, the live span of quality in Lagos is 12 months. Nothing good lasts longer than 12 months in this town, especially if it is something that provides services: Hotels, restaurants, clubs/bars/lounges, eateries/shops…the list is endless. A good start is quickly followed by a descent into a familiar hellhole of poor service garnished with arrogance.
And here’s where my problem with The Orchid Bistro lies: In 5 years they have refused to go bad. The food is still mostly excellent, the waiters’ uniforms are not tattered yet, the plates are not chipped at the edges, the white tablecloth placed on each table, washed and iron to within an inch of its life, isn’t yet going brown, the ACs still work, the cutlery still come squeaky clean…this is all very unsettling.
And the there’s the toilet.
I hold, as unblemished truth, that the toilet tells you more about a place than anything else. If an organization can’t keep a clean toilet, you should not patronise it in anyway as it is easy to keep a decent convenience than anything else in an organization.
Orchid Bistro’s toilet is small, much like everything else there, but size doesn’t count in this instance. I haven’t stepped inside this toilet and not find it smelling fresh. There are always at least 2 containers of hand wash liquid. Fresh towels abound, as does toilet paper.
Hey, let’s not kid ourselves here: Orchid Bistro is not cheap. A full English breakfast for two costs around N10, 000. But whoever said there was money too much to be spent on good food?
The Orchid Bistro needs to get with the programme and go bad so I can confirm my long-held theory that Nigerians are incapable of maintaining anything of quality beyond 12 months.
Till then, kudos!