[Pigging by Wilfrid: August 30, 2012]
Mystery meat in a nut sauce? Right this way, sir. That's what I'm eating as I type, and it's a messy business.
I'm going to say it's ham hock (I don't have a picture); tastes like peanut sauce, but I bet it isn't. [As has now been pointed out to me, it's not going to be ham in a halal restaurant.]
Provenance? I was expecting Indian, but no. A few posters on the wall mention Fouta Djallon, so we're dealing with West African cuisine, and I know next to nothing about it. "But I know what I like."
It's a per pound buffet, charges wavering between $4 and $7, although I think I always eat much the same quantity. Several kinds of rice. Intriguingly, several kinds of stewed, practically puréed vegetables. The green goo which looks like creamed spinach turns out to be stewed cassava leaves, and I love it. Smoky, almost -- in a nice way -- a tobacco flavor.
Black-eyed peas. Once, some terrific sort-of-cornbread which I haven't seen again. Oh, and pickled avocados. The scope and composition of the buffet seems to change randomly. Late lunch, there's not much left.
I've avoided some bony-looking fish so far. Meats: always a liver dish, always a kidney dish. Usually oxtail, usually goat. You mustn't be fussy about picking up and chewing. Now this delicious... whatever it is.
You might expect fierce spicing. Not at all. Just a range of flavors to which I, at least, am unaccustomed. I am eating here at least once a week.
No website, not even an entry on Menupages. I offer the Yelp page, just for the facts. Don't worry about the reviews. You have me for that.