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Madiba update

jen kalb | Dec 2, 2002 04:37 PM

We recently visited Madiba in Fort Greene, Brooklyn for the first time - its decoration is really quite elaborate and charming in a funky way; friendly concerned service and, when we were there, pleasant music, and nice crowd. The downsides were the food price/quality ratio on the south african items and the wine markup. Members of my party ordered the bunny chow ( a hollowed out 1/2 loaf of bread filled with curry) and mutton beryani (a scanty plate of rice and curry), and found them strictly for hunger though quite expensive. The fish (in fairness the fish and prawns were the items recommended by our server) was a sizeable portion, nicely cooked and seasoned, however, as were the soups and salads (including a very fancy and well made spinach, almond and orchid flower presentation with cherry viniagrette). Of the desserts the malva pudding was excellent others not quite so good. There appears to be a real cook in the kitchen so, unlike many other places, the better choices may be the more "gourmet" non-south african items. Too bad they dont have a two-tier menu pricewise - we couldnt understand how they could charge in the $18 range for the bunny chow and beryani.
If they offered this stuff for $5-6, it would be a great stop for a light meal, drinks and dessert.

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