Where to find good African food in Oakland?
I tried Lam-Toro West African restaurant (which serves Senegalese food) and Addis Ethiopian restaurant, both on Telegraph Ave (Oakland/Temescal), a couple of weeks ago. Absolutely DELICIOUS food at both places. I'm now hooked on African cuisine - where can I find the best in the Bay Area?
I highly recommend A Taste of Africa, which is in South Berkeley on Shattuck. www.atasteofafrica.net.
It used to be in a location right across from Ashby BART, and I was crushed when it closed down. I spent many happy evenings there, talking politics with the owner, drinking an incredible ginger drink, and eating delicious Cameroonian food.
I live in SF now so I am out of touch with the East Bay food scene, but then I discovered a few months ago that the owner has a truck that he sets up at the Ashby Flea Market. I was so happy to know that this food would once again pass my lips! Imagine my delight when I was walking down Shattuck one night a few weeks ago and found they have reopened at a new location! They were closing, and I was on my way to dinner at Herbivore, but I went in to talk to the owner for a moment and it's still the same charming, gracious guy.
So I can't recommend the food with any recency - I've never even eaten from the kitchen they have now, for example - but it is most definitely worth checking out. Here's a chowhound thread about the new restaurant: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/360390.
Do check it out and give a report! I'd love to know how you like it.
I second that recommendation- they have the best vegetarian sampler around, both in terms of variety (you get about 10-12 different dishes) and quality. The restaurant is actually:
Cafe Eritrea d'Afrique
4069 Telegraph (Telegraph and 40th St.)
Closed on Tuesdays (which for some reason is when I always crave it!)
In my experience, you can't beat Ethiopia Restaurant at Telegraph and Ashby for Ethiopian cuisine. Its even quiet and cozy enough for a date and you'll never get the cold or rude service common at the nearby Cafe Colucci.
2955 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA
A Taste of Africa
3015 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
6100 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
4069 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
I think that for Ethiopian you can't beat Ensarro on Grand. I'm a big fan of Ethiopian, and this is by far my favorite. Amazing Gored Gored and anything with lamb is good. Service, while friendly, is extremely slow. So go when you don't mind a wait.