Seven intrepid chowhounds gathered for lunch at this West African restaurant (billing itself as "Senegambian") for lunch. To sum up: good food and relaxed service*. With barely a dozen items on the menu, we were able to sample a big chunk of it.
-Thiebou Dieun and Thieobou Yapp: These dishes were interesting mainly for the dirty, broken rice and vegetables that accompanied them.
-Yassa Chicken: A very flavorful chicken cooked in a marinade of lemon and onions.
-Feuille De Manioc (casava leaf stew): I like this dish quite a bit. It had the appearance and texture of creamed spinach. But spinach isn't this earthy or nutty. There were also bits of oxtail in here for a nice complement.
-Dibi (grilled lamb): Very flavorful lamb, a bit on the dry side.
-Grilled Fish: This was ok. The fish was nicely cooked, but overall lacking in much flavor.
-Thiackry: I don't think I can improve on Jim Zurer's description of this dessert as "liquid cheesecake". (btw, that's a good thing)
They were out of the Maffe, a peanut stew that I sampled on a previous visit, which as I recall was very tasty.
As a condiment, we also received a small bowl of "Jamaican pepper", which as far as I could tell was simply liquified scotch bonnet peppers -- all heat. If taken directly, consult your physician immediately. Otherwise, mix a very small amount (no more than a teaspoon for a full dish) thoroughly into your dish, and it provides a very nice background note of heat. It's just *one* note, but it's a very good one.
CAL is not completely cheap eats. Cost per person ended up around $19. Mains are all between $10-14, although any dish contains more than enough food for a meal.
* by "relaxed" I mean: it took an hour to get our food. I wasn't really surprised by this, since it seems to the common denominator of my experience in African restaurants of various ethnicities in this city. However, you should choose something else if you're looking for a quick lunch.
Chez Aunty Libe
6115 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011
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