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SamuelA.L. Mar 10, 2007 01:17 PM

Looking for different foods from allover Africa in the East Bay and SF. Any suggestions?

  1. Melanie Wong Mar 10, 2007 01:56 PM

    This thread's a start,

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      Maya Mar 11, 2007 05:50 PM

      Bissap Baobab - West African - in the Mission
      New Eritrea on Irving
      Assab Eritrean - 2845 Geary

      Sheba Lounge - Ethiopian - on Fillmore (there's also Axum and Club Waziema for Ethiopian, but this place blows them out of the water)

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      1. re: Maya
        rworange Mar 12, 2007 01:37 PM

        Wow, Sheba ... I forgot all about it and it was a place I wanted to keep on my to-try list. What did you like there?

        1. re: rworange
          Maya Mar 12, 2007 02:05 PM

          Sheba is awesome! I loved the beef sirloin tips in Ethiopian herbs and clarified butter. And the pomegranate martinis. And the really nice service, and the live piano, and the lounge area with nice couches and a fireplace. Great spot and definitely needs support - they received a city grant to open as part of the Fillmore Jazz District preservation project, and it's a wonderful addition to the neighborhood.

          My old post here:


          1. re: Maya
            Robert Lauriston Mar 12, 2007 03:42 PM

            How's the food compare with the dozens of other Ethiopian restaurants in the area? Are the injera made from teff?

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              Maya Mar 12, 2007 03:46 PM

              I don't know what the injera is made of, but it seemed slightly less "sour" than the other places I've been to. As I mentioned before, it's head and shoulders above the other joints (Massawa, Axum, Waziema, etc., which all have their place, this is just a nicer experience).

              1. re: Maya
                Robert Lauriston Mar 12, 2007 11:13 PM

                The food's better, or you just like the piano and whatnot?

              2. re: Robert Lauriston
                Melanie Wong Mar 12, 2007 03:48 PM

                Colucci's is made with teff, and to my eye, the color was just a bit darker. Is that an indicator?

                1. re: Melanie Wong
                  Maya Mar 13, 2007 09:04 AM

                  Could be. I'm no expert on authenticity of Ethiopian food. In my opinion it was tastier than the other places I've been to. I am sure they'd tell you what it was made of if you asked them, they are very friendly.

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