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Chez Auntie Libe Chow Lunch Report

L.L. (Long-time Lurker) Cool Dave | Oct 22, 2003 10:36 PM

At 12:30 PM yesterday the hounds began to trickle into Chez Auntie Libe, the totally empty "Senegambia" African restaurant at 6115 GA. Ave. NW. Critical mass was established including: Steve S.(event organizer); Roe (photographer); Marty L; Bonz; and me, David. Because I lurk and am too lazy to post, the others quickly agreed to out me and forced me to do the review, though they will probably regret it.

We ordered five of the eleven entres listed and got extra plates so we could eat family style. Three of us had the excellent Sorrel drink -- really refreshing --and the other two, the Ginger root, which elicited a WOW! from Bonz on the first sip. Its kinda strong -- not that there's anything wrong with that! We wanted both appetizers but they only had one, the so-called meat pie, which turned out to be three flakey-good little pastry triangles stuffed with a salty dry fish paste that didn't impress.

Things began to look up when the entres started arriving. We had fish, lamb (both stewed and grilled), chicken, and an unusual, at least to us, piquant, pungent, pureed Cassava leaf stew with small pieces of oxtail -- sort of an acquired taste that we began to acquire fast.

The hits were the grilled lamb and the Yassa chicken (well-described in previous posts). Both were pleasingly savory as was the aforementioned Casava leaf stew. Less inspired was the stewed lamb, which was quite bony, rather than bonny, with mild seasoned rice and a scattering of peas and small carrot cubes. The Thiebou Dieum, featured well seasoned Djolof (broken) sticky rice and savory veggies, but the fish was dryish, salty, smoky stuff that was not a winner with our group.

The millet and creme fraiche dessert, however, was first rate and a great finish to the meal -- it really put down the lingering fire from the small dish of finely diced habaneros, the only condiment served. We split a couple of the only dessert on the menu, but could have easily put away a few more. We were licking our spoons and moaning. The dessert is not too sweet and has a nice clean fresh dairy aftertaste. Don't skip the dessert!

Check out the recent posts on Chez Auntie Libe and get there soon -- they deserve our support. The hounds thank Steve for scouting and scoping and organizing the event. Roe got some great pics of the very warm and gracious Auntie Libe, the food, and the funky African "diorama-rama" (Simpson reference) in the front window.

Respectfully submitted,

David Whiteman

Here are some pics to get your stomachs rumbling...Unfortuately no pics of the hounds, I guess Roe found the food more appealing than us...

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