Just had to post after I saw Laban's column in Sunday Inquirer.
I checked out both Le Dakar and Le Calabresse this Saturday (4500s of Baltimore Ave.)
Had dinner at Le Calabresse(sp?).
The sign outside says Benkady Fatima.
We had the fried fish with couscous, chicken kebobs with fried plaintain chips, and the lamb chops with rice.
All 3 came with cold servings mixed onions, tomatos, and peppers, predominantly onions.
They gave us coffee for free, although there wasn't cream, and I didn't really feel like asking, b/c food came just then.
The decor was slightly better better than Le Dakar, and more lively, but that's probably b/c was evening.
Left paying $24 plus tip.
The food was better at my Le Dakar 3PM lunch, sort of.
Had mafe, lamb in a peanut butter sauce with a few potatoes, and rice.
The rice had some clumps and was a little hard here and there, but I loved the flavors of the lamb and sauce.
Had a ginger beer, but they gave it to me packaged in a water bottle, presumably after drinking the water.
It was very good.
The lamb was $6, the beer 1.50.
For my purposes, if Le Dakar and Le Calabresse were to get together, it'd be perfect.
As it is now, I may go back regardless.
Good for loading up on carbohydrates before running big events, because they give tons of food, especially the plaintains, couscous, and rice.
Just tonight I tried the Korean truck between Chestnut and Market on 38th.. Had bul kok ki.
sesame oil beef with various vegetables I don't remember.
was good despite vegetables. I'd do it again.