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African Village Restaurant

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African Village Restaurant

David Pearlman | Jan 12, 2005 02:57 PM

I had wanted to try this West African place on Belt Line at Rochelle (about a half mile north of 183, the Airport Freeway in Irving) since it first opened about two years ago, so when a friend from Nigeria came to visit last Saturday we and our wives gave it a try.

My friend says the food is reasonably authentic, and we had a number of good dishes. Whole grilled tilapia was a little on the dry side, but it came with a fiery green sauce that helped it considerably. Peanut soup did not garner any raves, but disappeared from its bowl. Fufu, which is dough of pounded yams, came paired with some stewed beef and unknown spices. You take a handful of fufu and mash it together with the stew, then pop it in your mouth. My friend thought this was pretty true to form and reasonably good. I had a bite and concurred. My dish was curried goat on rice, nothing special but again pretty spicy and reasonably tasty.

The highlight of the meal was the doh-doh. That's not Homer Simpson repeating himself, it's fried sweet plaintains. They are similar to the maduros I've had in Dominican places, but sliced a little thinner and not nearly so greasy. Absolutely wonderful stuff, and the restaurant is worth a visit for this alone. It's available as a main dish on rice, or as a side dish. We got a plate for the table, and had a small discussion to decide who got to claim the last few.

Minimal decor and everything is done at a leisurely pace. BYOB; a clean and crisp beer would work best with most of the food.

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