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Posted by FrenchSoiree on 02/05/2014
The resto photographs much better than what it actually looks like in reality. We thought it was going to be much more up-scale. An "event" and "must see" type of destination place. It's nice and well appointed but it looks as if not too much money was invested into interior design. The materials used just look cheap and the cafeteria style layout doesn't help much in off-setting that feeling. The tables are wide (an increasingly rarity in NYC) and spaced nicely apart (another rarity.) The lighting is far too low to such a point that you cannot see your food and its beautiful preparation. Finally, it's loud! It's a bit pricey but the taste, quality of food, and portion sizes, justify the prices. We had quite a few doggy bags! We tried the Suya which was excellent! the flavors--just WOW! The Mac & Cheese, while quite good, we didn't understand the raves over it. I've had better. The Duck Fried Noodles was quite tasty but needed a bit more duck. The Lamb Shank was so well seasoned and aromatic that even the leftovers scented my apartment. For dessert we had the Cheese Cake which is made from goat cheese. That's a winner and I'm not much of a dessert person! Also, the Spiced Nyangbo Crema which was very sweet but nice. The food is very good and we found the service to be quite good. Much love and respect to that waitstaff who run up and down those stairs! WHEW!!! We "get" the concept of recreating an African Hut eating experience but I certainly have learned that I don't like eating out of a bowl. I should have requested a plate. Also, I now appreciate more traditional glass/stemware. It's different... We would say that it is a resto that you would like to experience. The bar area looks as if it would provide a different but very fun type of experience. We'll go again but from our experience it is not something we would like to do regularly.
Posted by eve on 11/08/2013
I had the prawn appetizer which was good. Dinner consisted of the sea bass which was ok not too flavorful. My guest had the beef which was tough and not flavorful. My other guest had the salmon which was mediocre at best. Seasoning, flavor and tenderness is important in a meal.