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Les Ambassades - Senegalese fusion cafe/patisserie

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Les Ambassades - Senegalese fusion cafe/patisserie

JH Jill | Jan 17, 2004 11:34 PM

Had dinner last night at this relatively new place on Frederick Douglass between 118th-119th. It was cold and late and I was full and didn't think to ask for a menu or card, but I know it's open late. We left around midnight and they were still serving. It's got minimalist decor, nice lighting, clean restrooms, a friendly vibe from a mixed crowd and very good food. The lamb kabobs were very good as was the chicken tikka kabob, very tender. I had a special poisson braisé that was, I believe, a tilapia with a tomato onion mixture on top. As sides, they serve either salad and good French fries or rice which was tasty and a bit special. My fish came with a mound of rice-like cassava, very interesting, and a dab of Maggi to mix around. They started us off with nice crusty baguette and brought a plate with mayon with julienned veggies or something, a very spicy hot sauce that did our sinuses good, and ketchup and vinaigrette. We ordered nothing else but juices - they have sorrel and gingerade (strong), and we were too full. We piled up the left over kabobs to make a very generous extra take-home meal. The bill with tip was $16 per person. We would have liked to have more energy or appetite to try the pastries for dessert. Someone sawsomething about crêpes, and my friend who discovered it says the pineapple pastry is really tasty and fresh, but we'll leave that and the French coffees and cocoa for another visit. Will definitely return.

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