had a great meal at joloff last night, a senegalese place in fort greene? not sure what neighborhood it's considered, but it's on the corner of fulton and st. james. between the two of us, we had a mafe lamb (lamb with peanut sauce), shrimp and okra over joloff rice (a seasoned rice which reminds me of vietnamese broken rice both in texture and size), a side of vegetables in peanut sauce, and some veggie pastels to start.
the mafe lamb was excellent; like all african dishes I've had, not sure what sorta cuts these were from (breast bone?) but delicious, falling-off-the-bone, and stewed in a wonderfully rich peanut sauce and served over couscous. at first, I thought the couscous was too plain, but once I got into the dish, I realized the starch was the perfect foil. the lamb was wonderful.
the joloff rice was quite nice, subtle in its distinction, but perfect for the okra (delicious) and the shrimp (these were tail on, and cooked to perfect texture).
the vegetable in peanut sauce disappointed because the selection of veg was carrot, potato and onion; no greens or anything at all. they do serve a steamed veg of broccoli, cauliflower and carrot but I wish they did some sort of greens (perhaps not part of the tradition). and the vegetable pastels basically tasted like cheap chinese vegetable dumplings (the really thin-skinned kind) deep fried. I was expecting more of a patty. don't get these, although hella cheap at 4 for $1.25
oh we also had the carrot cake (moist and delicious) and really great homemade drinks; ginger beer and their joloff cocktail which is half sorrel and half ginger; absolutely delicious both.
the meal was dirt cheap, we staggered out of the place (two of us) and will be making a return trip for the chicken dish (should be amazing). oh, and the host was great; upon seeing our completely demolished plates, he told us he'd speak with the chef about the "poor" quality of the food that night. very amiable, and his kids (I think) were all over the restaurant too.
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