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The African Cuisine Hyde Park

yumyum | Oct 23, 200907:59 AM     5

In my ongoing pursuit of African food that I like, and to erase the taste of Teranga from my mouth, I chowed with a couple of friends at The African Cuisine in Hyde Park last night. It's a funny place in the middle of nowhere (apologies to Mumbles) and was almost empty when we arrived. It was still almost empty when we left, but a few guys had filtered in to watch a Nigerian movie in the meantime. The owner Roy explained the whole plot to me and bragged about his extensive collection of African movies that are in rotation all the time. He was great.

OK, so. At the outset I will say I know nothing of this food. I wouldn't know a good red-red if it hopped on my lap and called me mommy, but my dining companions do, so I hope they will chime in here on anything I completely get wrong.

The menu has W. African and (oddly) Jamaican food and we got a little of each. We ordered meat patties, a black eyed pea turnover and goat soup to start. The patties are made in house (I'm talking to YOU Opinionated Chef) and are scrumptious. Being a bit of a baker, I especially admired the light and flaky pastry. The goat soup packed a punch, with an upfront pepper hit and then a lingering burn. I would like a vat of this on a cold day. I don't have much of an impression of the turnover.

For mains we had jollof rice with meat bones and the afore-mentioned red-red, which is a Ghanaian stewy thing made of black eyed peas, palm oil and red pepper, hence the name red-red. This was served with fried fish -- you could choose your meat on any of the dishes. When I say the rice was served with bones I don't lie. As far as I could tell, there was no meat at all. Neither of these dishes was as spicy as I would have liked but I don't know if they should have been.

We had beer and palm wine, which my buds really enjoyed. So much that they bought the rest of the supply to take home.

A really fun night that ended up at the Cottage Club (Inn?) across the street for $5 whiskeys and a warm welcome from the regulars (kinda like Eddie C's in Eastie without the cheek biting.) My only regret is we didn't get the oxtails and that I didn't take some of that soup to go.

The African Cuisine
1248 Hyde Park Ave

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