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“Yummy”

Baku's African Restaurant
Ranked #68 of 116 Restaurants in Amherst
Cuisines: African
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Reviewed 17 October 2014 via mobile

I loved this place. It's local & delicious. The own knows fun & is a great companion. I came in alone for lunch & left feeling happy & satisfied like I'd been at a family table We are All Relatives. Food is the diplomat & translator.

Thank Wolfspark
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Reviewed 7 September 2014 via mobile

The Nigerian food was marvelous! Very homey, owner explained the food, her culture and was very friendly. The service was like your grandmother's kitchen, so don't expect fancy, snooty or fawning.

Thank Donald T
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Reviewed 3 September 2014

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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Thank Grant K
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

We arrived about 7:30pm on a Saturday during winter break. Understandably the place was empty with the college students all out of town. There was one girl working and we took the menus over to the table area to pick out what we wanted to eat. We came back up to the counter and was informed then that they were out of beef and goat. Ok, it would have saved us a lot of time if you had told us that when we got the menu's but we'll have 4 orders of chicken and one vegetarian. She kindly informed us that it would be cheaper to do the chicken "family style." Great, we'll do that. We waited for what seemed like an eternity (we were starving after driving up from Virginia) and she brought out the vegetarian meal and the sides for the chicken. Then she's on the phone, and we're scarfing down the side dishes waiting for the chicken to come out. Finally, she comes out to tell us they only have enough chicken for one person. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!! She says they can refund our money. Right, so we can go to another restaurant and start the ordering process all over??? We still have to drive another hour before reaching our destination and should have left already. We settled on all eating the vegetarian meal which she brought out relatively quickly and she refunded the difference between what we ordered and what we ate.

We felt bad for the girl, she was not the owner, just some young girl they left to mind the place with no food to actually serve. The owner should have closed for the evening and sent her home. The sad thing is the food we ate was sooooo good! It's the only reason I didn't give them a terrible rating.

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1  Thank MissMuffet63
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Don't miss Baku's. I had never had Nigerian food before, and I had some doubts when we walked in, because the decor is very simple, and it's a one-woman show. However, when I peered over the counter and saw that everything was super-organized and freshly made from scratch, I knew it would be good.....

And then I found out, after taking my first bite, that it was not only good but excellent. This is homestyle comfort food. The woman cooking (the owner?) was warm, efficient, and professional. I felt so nourished.

The price is amazing. I ordered the chicken soup, which for $4.95 for a huge bowl of chicken, rice, vegetable, and bean soup, might be the best value in the whole state of MA. The akara (black-bean fritters) were delicious, too, and the jollof rice was excellent. You can't beat simple, fresh-cooked comfort food.

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1  Thank gatos-del-mundo
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