Restaurants & Bars 3

Mandiba

Cathy | Jan 18, 2000 10:01 AM

Finally got to Mandiba, the new South African place in Fort Greene (on DeKalb near Adelphi).

They really went all out trying to create the South African ambience, and the result is pretty cool. Very cozy feeling. You sure don't feel like you're in Brooklyn!

Anyway, the food. Nice crusty whole grain bread with butter and jam, served in a tin loaf pan, oddly. I got giant prawns (heads on) with some very flavorful rice. Good, but not overwhelming. However, my friend got curried mussels with french fries, and this BLEW US AWAY! The best dish I've had in some time. Tons of delicious curry sauce to sop up with the fries. Just great. You must get this.

The only down side to this place is that the guy who I assume is the owner has a bit of a cornball streak. He was wearing an Indiana Jones-type hat and overalls. And when he was describing the "catch of the day" to the table next to us, he made them hold a fishing pole. Eeek. However, I can overlook this silliness for those mussels!!

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