We wanted to try a restaurant with food you couldn't get in the dorms, thus ended up at this African (Nigerian) restaurant. At first, we were wary. It was early for dinner and we were the first customers. The lady who ran the restaurant was overly nonchalant, which we didn't know was cultural or non-confident of the food, which we had no clue of what to expect. The kitchen was empty, no pre-made sauces/foods were visible, just like walking into someone's kitchen and dining room. After a bit of explanation on the menu options, which were quite limited, we settle on the curry goat and the akara along with a ginger beer and mango juice.
The ginger beer and mango juice were delicious. The ginger beer was sharp and spicy with the strong taste of ginger and heavy carbonation. Similarly, the mango was rich, just like freshly squeezed mango, with carbonation.
The plates both came with a seasoned rice pilaf, plantains (fried bananas), and green beans, which were flavorful, closest resemblance would be Cuban food. The goat curry was the most unique, with hunks of goat meat/skin which had a slightly gamey taste but neutralized with the curry sauce, which wasn't close to the typical Indian/Japanese curries, rather more like a beef stew type of curry. The Akara, which was black been fritters, were a bit dry, but ok when dipped in the curry sauce.
Overall, a great unique meal and experience, definitely something the UMass dorms will not serve (btw, the UMass dorm food is excellent, over 15 food stations with quality offerings mixing ethnic foods with specific needs/tastes such as gluten free, kosher, ...).
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