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Posted by steven on 01/16/2010
I went to this restaurant for my birthday. There food was a C+ , unfortenaly, there wasn't enough meat and When they brought the food up, they microwaved everyones meal. The service was poor because they don't understand any dietary restrictions. Finally, the atmosphere was bad because when you walk through the restaurant, it was like a haunted house on the last day of the earth.
Posted by rebecca on 01/16/2010
My two friends and I were the only ones speaking English to the waitress when we visited this northwest African restaurant for a late weekday lunch in West Harlem. I had Thiebu Djen, the ‘national dish’ of Senegal, which I’ve seen spelled at least three other ways. An elaborate smattering of soft-cooked carrots, cabbage, eggplant, fish and an eggplant sauce over lightly seasoned couscous. A small amount of extra crisp couscous decorated one end of the plate (slightly cut off in the picture, unfortunately) and added some different textures to the plate. Nothing was incredibly hot, but the dish had an overall, lasting spiciness.
Posted by RylWats on 08/18/2009
Unpleasant service finally trumps good food: wait staff generally inattentive and passively hostile depending upon who you are...Service is beyond the pale: I ask for grilled fish and it's served either steamed or fried (occasionally grilled) and when questioned, I'm told it's grilled. Special request send them into a tailspin. I once ordered a side of joloff rice and after not receiving it I was told it was 'finished'...yet it was being served all around me. I bought it from the take-out as I left the restaurant. The fish is no longer seasoned and no matter how I request it, it is now served bland.
Posted by sian on 06/03/2009
The food was great here and always is. I usually go in the evening around 7pm and only about a third of the menu items are available. It's ok because everything I've ordered has been great and portions are large. The waitress was friendly and took our orders, brought us our food and that was it. I thought she left and went home. I wanted to order dessert and take our entree plates away. There were 3 waitresses and 4 tables and we still had to walk up to the counter to get service because they were talking to each other and other people who walked in but the food is great! So if you don't mind bad or nonexistent service go. It is worth at least one trip to try the food which is very unique.
Posted by Titi on 12/05/2008
I lived in Senegal, and must say that if you're looking for outstanding service, African restaurants as a whole are usually lacking...That said, I think that the decor and staff at AFrica Kine are excellent as compared to many other African restaurants. I had a wonderful waitress who actually remembered me when I went back and gave me an Africa Kine shirt! The food is really good. Where else can you get a heaping of the tastiest, well-seasoned, quality lamb for $10??? (Enough to share at that!!) People, I'm talking about lamb here. Bad quality lamb starts at like $10! Try the ceebu jen (Thibou Djen), too, which was better than some I had in Senegal. Everyone I take to this place enjoys their experience.
Posted by Sandy on 10/13/2008
The food was very tastyvery flavorful and spicey. I'd say great if it weren't for the fact that they are microwaving the food! When was this cooked anyway? Makes you wonder about the freshness. The service was not good. You have to seat yourself, then wait an eternity for menus. The waitress could care less about youjust order your food and leave her alone (not a smile, not an extra word). This place has a lot of potential. They just have to stop microwaving and treat customers friendlier.
Posted by Dee on 06/14/2008
The food is plentiful, cooked well and inexpensive. The atmosphere is authentic Senegalese, with a French flair. The staff are mulitlingual, courteous and pleasant. Don't expect fast food service be patient, for once the food is served, it is well worth the wait.