Nigerians are not allowed to enter or order food at a racist Chinese restaurant called Shi Shi in Lagos, The PUNCH has reported.
The PUNCH reporter visited the restaurant to find out the claims made by some Nigerians on social media.
The restaurant is located on 21B, Emina Crescent, Off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos.
Respondents on a social media post about the restaurant say only Chinese are allowed entry, though findings showed that Nigerians and other Blacks are allowed patronage if they are accompanied by a Chinese.
When our correspondent visited the restaurant on Tuesday, he was accosted by a guard in Army combat camouflage and prevented from entering the restaurant.
“Who are you looking for?” the guard, a Nigerian, asked.
When our correspondent responded that he wanted to order a Chinese cuisine, the guard said our correspondent was not permitted to enter.
The guard also quickly escorted our correspondent out of the premises, saying he was only following instructions.
It was gathered that the restaurant operates from 11am to 4pm daily.
When The PUNCH Correspondent sought to speak with the manager of the restaurant, he was told the manager was not around.
A restaurant official, who declined to give his name, said, “The manager is not around.
“Since you’ve dropped your card, I can assure you that he will call you to respond to your questions.”
In an updated report, a director at the Chinese Restaurant clarified that the outlet caters to only gentlemen, rather than to everyone.
He added that, globally, Chinese restaurants are never open to “every Tom, Dick and Harry.”
The restaurant director, a Nigerian who introduced himself as
When asked if Nigerians were allowed to patronise Shi Shi, Adegbite said, “Not really.” He then went on to make clarifications.
According to him, there are two sections in the restaurant — a regular one and one that is strictly for Chinese.
Adegbite said, “I want to debunk all the allegations. The restaurant is open to everyone. But you know, Chinese restaurant is not for every Tom, Dick and Harry. Nobody can just enter.
“Come, and I will conduct you round the restaurant. I’m a Nigerian and how can I prevent my fellow people from entering in? But, of course, it’s for gentlemen, not for everyone.”
When asked how the restaurant defines a gentleman, Adegbite said, “The restaurant is divided into two sections. There is one open to the public and there is one called Hot Spot.
“The Hot Spot is where you enter and cook on your own. All the ingredients are made available. But it’s only for Chinese nationals.
“Maybe it’s this one that some people tried entering and were disallowed and is now causing the outcry.”
The PUNCH correspondent however maintained that he was not allowed to step into the restaurant, as he was turned back at the entrance to the premises.