On Friday afternoon, I finally got to try Johnny Rockets. My friend came across some vouchers she had bought on Deal Dey, and then completely forgotten about. Luckily she discovered them in time for us to use them before their expiry.
Where: Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Just a bit further up from Eko Hotel
Good for: Burgers, Milkshakes, Fries, junk food
Price range: Single patty burgers run from about N2,100 – N2,600. Fries and sides will need to be ordered separately. Budget about N3,500 for a meal
The food: For N2000 each, we got to choose from a range of burgers, half a portion of chips each, and a drink each. To drink we both chose Mountain Dew, which disturbingly looks like some sort of radioactive liquid. To eat, I chose the Original which has iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, some sort of relish, pickles, onions and mustard. My friend *ASH* chose the Houston which has all the above plus jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and a spicy sauce. Normally, a burger alone would cost the amount that we paid for a whole meal including a drink so the Deal Dey deal was great value for money. The burgers were tasty, and slightly bigger than I thought they would be. We both enjoyed our food; but at the same time, I was glad we only paid 2k as I think that a burger meal that comes to N3,500 each is a tad expensive, for Lagos. That is a lot of money to pay for something that tastes like just a more upmarket version of a McDonald’s Quarter pounder! I am not saying I wouldn’t pay that amount for a good burger, but I would expect an expensive burger to be gourmet. Perhaps made from mincing a prime cut of beef, infused with fresh herbs and spices, etc. Johnny Rockets feels like a manufactured patty, made from only goodness knows what cuts of beef, and stacked in a bun with some colourful vegetables. They are very generous with the mayo etc so be careful if you are getting take away/eating this in a moving car. It tastes good, for sure, but I guess you just have to take it for what it is and stop expecting it to be gourmet just because of the price. The chips were very nicely made but then again, making chips isn’t rocket science, so meh.
Atmosphere: Modernised highway diner, complete with juke boxes and lots of glinting surfaces.
Service: The staff have been trained in true American tradition, and their cheerful enthusiasm makes you wonder whether they drink ‘soda’ all day and are buzzing on a sugar high. They broke into an all-singing-all-clapping dance half way through our meal, kind of like they do at Coldstone.
My Verdict: On the whole, it was a fun experience and though I prefer a more rustic, less processed burger, I do want to go back and try the Route 66 burger which has swiss cheese and mushrooms, and I can think of a few people who might like to try their various burgers with bacon inside (personally, I can’t think of anything worse). I would also like to try their milkshakes. There’s no way I can have a shake and a burger in the same meal, so I’ll leave that for another day when I’m not having a full meal.
All this burger talk makes me want to do a post on the Top 5 Burgers in Lagos… (coming soon) Have you tried the Johnny Rockets in VI? What did you think? Where is your favourite burger place in Lagos?