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Toham African Restaurant

Sweet Willie | Feb 10, 2003 05:04 PM

Toham is not for your casual diner, the menus are sticky, the plastic lace mats need cleaning, the mirrored wall the adjoins the kitchen has broken mirror panes. But being an “adventurous” diner, I chose to stay.

The waitresses were very timid, but mine did ask if I had dined on “African” food before, I said that I only had dined on Ethiopian and would like her to recommend a dish for me.

She pointed to the Jollof Rice dish, which one can chose to come with either Fish, Chicken or Goat. I really like the hearty, gamey flavor of goat so I chose that for my meat. The Jollof Rice dish is a plate of rice w/blended peppers, stewed tomatoes and onions w/the meat served on top of the rice. For those who would rather not dine on goat, the chicken would be very good I feel.

Toham is a typical small restaurant in the sense that they did not have many dishes due to either lack of help or lack of diners. What most small restaurants don’t realize is not having the variety is generally a kiss of death, a never ending catch 22 situation – not too many diners, cut back on the dishes, not too many dishes leads to lower numbers of diners etc etc.

Seeing as I ordered a small portion of Jollof Rice w/goat ($3.30) I was hoping to try some other dish such as Pottage which is peeled and cut yam tubers boiled w/oil, onions, tomatoes, pepper and spices or the Goat Meat Pepper Soup, but they did not have these ready. In all fairness I was there at 11am which is when they first open.

Toham also serves a steamed fish stew and a meat stew.

I will go back as my Jollof Rice w/goat was very good and I’m hoping to find another good African dish. Oh by the way, the waitress mentioned that the dish I had and most of the items on the menu are Nigerian.

I must say that I will probably not try the Ewedu which was (to quote from the menu) “Cut Jute leaf, add melon, seasoning and boil until slimy”

Toham African Restaurant
1422 West Devon
Chicago
Phone: 773.973.4602

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