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Safari Restaurant - Minneapolis

crissyfi Jul 7, 2008 07:04 PM

A friend recommended we stop in here for dinner - I'm so glad we did!

We ordered Madamas Dip (fava beans sauteed in olive oil w/ seasonings...) - it was far too much for the two of us. Served with flat bread for scooping up bites.

Mango juice was delicious - it was thick and sweet, better than anything I've been able to purchase in the grocery store (maybe I shop at the wrong store).

The Chicken Fantastik was just that, fantastic! Link to the recipe:

After starting with the beans, I couldn't finish my entree but it reheated well!

Meals are served with a banana - you're supposed to slice it up into the entree. It was great.

The atmosphere is relaxed, the crowd was lively but not loud. It is attractive, nice windows that slide open for a breeze. The people watching on the street is great. Our waiter was beyond polite and seemed quite happy to serve a new customer. Park across the street in the lot - the meters have a 2 hour limit and only take quarters & dollar coins.

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    KTFoley Jul 7, 2008 09:02 PM

    Crissyfi, is this the place that you mean?

    Safari Restaurant
    1410 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    1. AnneInMpls Jul 7, 2008 10:31 PM

      Thanks for the review, Chrissyfi! I love Safari's booth at the Midtown Global Market, and this is just the push I need to get to their sit-down restaurant.


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        debbie421 Jul 11, 2008 07:48 AM

        A huge group of us are going next week. Any other advice for hit or miss dishes?

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        1. re: debbie421
          AnneInMpls Jul 11, 2008 08:03 AM

          If they have it, the Chicken Suqaar is really good - spicy and very flavorful. (I've had it at the Midtown Global Market booth.) And I read somewhere that the sambuza (sambusi) appetizers are worth a try.

          And don't miss the super-spicy green sauce!


        2. AnneInMpls Sep 28, 2008 03:49 PM

          Just saw this in Jeremy Iggers' blog (at www.rakemag.com ):

          "Bali, the new Indonesian restaurant that is supposed to replace Safari at 1410 Nicollet, isn't open yet..."

          Noooooooooo! Is the Safari Restaurant closed? Tell me it isn't so! Do they still have a booth at the Midtown Global Market?


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          1. re: AnneInMpls
            cheeseguysgirl Sep 29, 2008 09:14 AM

            I don't know about the sit down place, but the MGM booth is still there as of Friday.

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