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African Cuisine

andrew | Apr 20, 2006 03:48 PM

Went to African Cuisine on Hyde Park Ave (in Hyde Park) last weekend. I believe it is actually all Nigerian food (though this was all new to me!), and from what he heard of the languages and accents at the other tables, I think the clientele was, besides our party, all African as well. We had jollof rice with goat and with chicken. The rice had a nice paprika kick and was delicious. The goat was better than the chicken, which was unmemorable. The vegetables were straight out of the freezer --beans and carrots just like when you were a kid. We also had chicken stew over white yam with beans, which was great. The stew was a spicy tomato based sauce which was very good. I realized late in the game that I should have poured this sauce over the yams, which, dry, were not so interesting. The beans were the highlight of the meal-- wonderfully flavored and delicious.

The menu also had foo foo, which we did not get, and mau mau (?-- maybe maui maui?) which was made out of the beans and sounded great, but was not available when we were there.

The place itself had very little atmosphere, apart from some loud but pleasant African pop music. The staff were great and patient, and answered all of our many questions with good humor!

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