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Posted by anonymous on 05/13/2014
On May 13, 2014, my boyfriend, good friend, and myself decided to go to Madiba because we had a sudden craving for African food. My boyfriend, a strict vegan, first asked our server what was vegan. The server looked at us with a bewildered expression on his face, and asked what the difference was between vegan and vegetarian. After informing him, he pointed to the vegetable curry (which he claimed was vegan) and so my boyfriend ordered it. Upon arriving to the table, we discovered that the roti served with the curry was rich with butter! When we informed him that there was indeed butter on the roti, he glanced at his co-servers before begrudgingly asking us "what is the problem". When we asked him to split the bill after the meal, he got our cards confused, claiming that one card was declined. We had to inform him that he got our cards mixed up during the billing, and then he billed us properly. We did not leave a tip because we thought he was very rude. When we were three blocks away from the restaurant, he pulled up to us on his bike while two servers followed him, and demanded to know why we left a message for him on the bill. The message simply stated, "Learn the difference between vegan and vegetarian if you want to advance in the food industry". We will never eat at Madiba, or in Brooklyn again.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/07/2013
I've been wanting to try this place for some time, so my boyfriend took me there for my birthday. Before I even got there he was raving about the chicken livers, and told me that I had to try them. Needless to say, he was right about how good they were. I had some kind of fish with steamed veggies for my main course which was also very tasty. The only problem I had was with the the server. She hovered a lot, and constantly asked if we were finished with our food while our plates were still half full. Overall it was not a bad experience, and I will definitely be going back especially for the chicken livers.
Posted by Roxanne on 03/01/2012
My husband took me here for a dinner and it was fantastic. The Lamb Beryani is to die for, and the ambience and service was excellent. I'm returning with 6 friends this Saturday! I love this restaurant!
Posted by anonymous on 10/02/2011
I am from South Africa and was dying for some South African food and that is totally what I got at Madiba! The atmosphere was great and the food was everything to bring me back to South Africa... They can do better on the desserts, but otherwise it was awesome!
Posted by artfuse on 02/02/2011
I had been dying to eat here since we moved to Fort Greene last winter, and was so excited to finally try Madiba tonight, as I'd heard a lot of good things about the food. Unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment. The restaurant was so dark we couldn't see the menus, which felt really greasy. The food is extremely expensive and we ordered kind of blindly; the menu descriptions aren't very helpful, or even very descriptive. My boyfriend started with an $8 bowl of what tasted like Campbell's minestrone, but with lentils instead of pasta. Very salty, veggies so small and overcooked you couldn't tell what they were. $8 for a bowl of overcooked veggies in broth! Not a good start. I had the oxtail stew and my boyfriend had the sausage for mains. His sausage was good, but it was overwhelmed on the plate by a giant, gelatinous cube of cold polenta with about 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce on top. As good as the sausage was, it couldn't stand up against the literal brick of cold starch on his plate. My oxtail stew was fine, not stellar. However, it was $20 for a smallish bowl of oxtails - one of the cheapest 'cuts' of beef - and some carrots in an unnecessarily fatty broth. Our server only came over once during our meal, to try to seat some other people at our table. She was friendly, but ineffectual. She also put someone else's wine on our bill...we never had a drink because we were never given the drinks menu. The food was universally so salty that I've been chugging water compulsively for the past 5 hours. Ugh. Bottom line: Food is passable but ridiculously overpriced. Unfortunately, we won't be going back.
Posted by peter on 08/09/2010
It has been on and off, but lately i've had only fantastic experiences. We had chosen to sit inside this time and we were served by two (a guy and girl, it was nice since one was actually south african) servers who were highly attentive, very charming and funny and gave us fantastic service. their suggestions were spot on and they lended an air inside that made our evening spectacular.
Posted by Fort Greener on 06/27/2010
What's with the hipster habit of disdaining clients? Absolutely horrendous. Some guy actually picked up my plate while I was eating to get under the bar. After that, while paying my bill, the waitress didn't have any change and asked me to go around the corner and get some for her...Amazing! Never going back there again. The place does a disservice to Brooklyn, Fort Greene and the concept of a neighborhood hangout.