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Upscale/contemporary African?

tatamagouche Jan 30, 2008 05:35 AM

I asked this question on the Manhattan board b/c I'm going soon, & got zero responses, so now I'm asking here b/c I'm just flat-out curious. I was asking for a place where I could get a well-made cocktail *and* good African food--of any type; don't care if it's Ethiopian, Moroccan or what.
I figure there's got to be at least 1 somewhere in this country! So, SFans, can you answer a Q that apparently stumped your East Coast counterparts (or rivals or brethren or whatever you prefer to call them)?

Thanks much!

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  1. Lori SF RE: tatamagouche Jan 30, 2008 07:23 AM

    Well Bissap Baobab is just plain funky and I have not been in such a long time.

    One of the most popular restaurants is Aziza
    5800 Geary Blvd, search reviews.

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      Robert Lauriston RE: Lori SF Jan 30, 2008 10:28 AM

      Aziza's got a great bar. Lots of special cocktails made with fresh fruit or vegetables.

      http://www.aziza-sf.com/cocktails.html

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        random RE: Lori SF Jan 31, 2008 10:37 AM

        Bissap Baobab is a fun place. They have interesting drinks but it is usually crowded and noisy.
        http://www.bissapbaobab.com/

        Rasselas is a nice place for Ethiopian. They have a bar, but I don't know how the mixed drinks are. They have live jazz too.
        http://www.rasselasjazzclub.com/

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          SteveG RE: random Jan 31, 2008 10:45 AM

          Rassela's didn't do that well with the mixed drinks, the food was middling, and the jazz was great. If you stick to straight-forward things like gin and tonic, you'll be just fine. Food at Club Wazeima is better, in my opinion but I've only eaten at Rassela's once.

      2. Windy RE: tatamagouche Jan 30, 2008 08:49 AM

        Lagosia in Berkeley. Excellent Nigerian food in charming setting with gracious service. No cocktails, but the wine list is respectable.

        Or if you need a bar, Club Waziema has cocktails and Ethiopian food.

        You'd probably get more responses if you cared about the differences among Moroccan, Ethiopian, or [rest of giant, diverse continent].

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        Lagosia
        1725 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703

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          Lori SF RE: Windy Jan 30, 2008 08:59 AM

          Ditto. Was only thinking in SF.

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            tatamagouche RE: Windy Jan 31, 2008 09:27 AM

            I understand & "care about" the differences btwn. various African cuisines. For the purposes of this very particular question, it's not relevant. Long story.
            Anyway, thanks, all, for the tips.

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            alis RE: tatamagouche Jan 31, 2008 11:32 AM

            Aziza, absolutely. Great Cal-Moroccan food and really, really good cocktails. I love the "nectarine". The ambiance in the restaurant is also really nice.

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