Restaurants & Bars 5

Taste of Africa in Deer Park

Scott_R | May 2, 2013 02:35 PM

Just stopped in Taste of Africa
subtitled (?) "The Ellas" in Deer Park today, as per a tip in Newsday,

Very friendly and accommodating people there--the owner actually brought over a plate with a bunch of samples of different dished (how embarrassing it would be to fill up on samples before ordering!)

I ordered the Pounded Yam with Special Chicken Pepper Soup. Very, very good--big hunks of bone-in chicken in a rich, flavorful soup, with a side of pounded yam (which I thought fell under "fufu" but which the owner said wasn't the same). The latter is basically there for texture and to help fill you up: it's eaten dunked into the soup (on its own, it has no flavor, as the owner cheerfully stated).

One suggestion I made to her was to redo the menu with a section of definitions; not even Googling turned up results for a bunch of menu items (which may be due to creative spellings). Apparently, she's had similar requests already.

If today's experience is even close to representative, this is going onto the list of places to return to.

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