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Jan 30, 2008 05:35 AM

Upscale/contemporary African?

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. 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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    1. re: Lori SF

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

      1. re: Lori SF

        Bissap Baobab is a fun place. They have interesting drinks but it is usually crowded and noisy.

        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.

        1. re: random

          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. 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].

        1725 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703

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        1. re: Windy

          Ditto. Was only thinking in SF.

          1. re: Windy

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