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Good Liberian dinner at Maima's in Jamaica (review)


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Good Liberian dinner at Maima's in Jamaica (review)

ferdia | | Sep 27, 2009 07:09 AM

Came across this thread:

on the "What's my craving" board last week and have been wanting to go since. I finally tried it last night and it was very good!

We took the E train out to Jamaica Center/Archer Ave and walked for about 10 mins. to the restaurant. It is on a quiet section of the street just past York College. There was no one there when we arrived around 8:30pm and the owner told us most of the dishes had sold out earlier.

I was pretty disappointed since the menu had some very interesting items that I wanted to try, such as Home made Ginger Beer, Jollof Rice, Cassava Leaf, and Pepper Crab. She listed a few items that were still available and we ordered Plava Sauce served with FuFu and Fish with Gravy served with Rice. I was not expecting much thinking we are getting the leftovers of the day. But I was wrong.

The Plava Sauce was excellent! It is a stew made with okra leaves and an assortment of meats (I looked this up after I got home). I think there was smoked turkey, chicken and ham hock in there. A small dish of potent home made crushed hot pepper sauce accompanied it. I am still salivating thinking about this dish today.

The Fish with Gravy was also very good. It was two small fried fish (beware on bones) in a yummy red sauce which I think was made of peppers, onions and tomatoes. I could not really tell what was in the sauce but it was not very tomato-y though it was red, perhaps red peppers? In any case I really enjoyed it.

The portions were big and we were too full to have anything else so I can't say anything about their desserts. The total for the two dishes above, 20 bucks.

After our meal we chatted with the owner's daughter who runs the salon next door. She told us Liberian stews are typically made with an assortment of meats and are generally very spicy. They tone it down for those who are not Liberian, but serve the hot sauce on the side.

I highly recommend this place and will definitely go back. It is not an entirely smoothly run operation but the place is clean and comfortable, the prices very reasonable and the food was very good.

A few other things I noticed on the menu:

Palm Butter
Chickey Gravy
Rice Bread
Fried Okra
Careless Green

Maima's Liberian Bistro and Bar
106-47 Guy R Brewer Blvd