Teranga/ Senegalese South End
Nice lunch here today. I put comments on my flickr site and won't repeat them here. I will mention that the foood, service and decor is top notch.
I'd say this was the best SEnegalese food I've ever had but that wouldn't mean much since it's the only Senegalese food I've ever had..:) It won't be my last.
1746 Washington St, Boston 266 0003
Apps and salads were $6-7, Mains were $12-13. At dinner, mains go to $14-17. Lunch with tax/tip was $28; which is more than an avg lunch...but it works out to 2 meals. More than a Chinatown lunch plate but less than a "full blown" dinner in the SE..though I didn't have wine or beer.(don't think they have full liquor) I glanced at the small wine listand it seemed reasonably priced. The juices were indeed superb.
DH and I went there tonight for the first time for dinner. Lovely! I'm not sure what I was expecting or imaging but it really blew us away. We shared the salad "ordinere" which isn't what I think of as ordinary - spring lettuce with sweet potatoes, white potatoes and beets in a garlicky delicious dressing. Sounds heavy but it wasn't. DH had grilled lamb chops that were tender and garlicky with a lot of that delicious char taste from the grill. Garlic I think played a very big role in a lot of the dishes. I had a lamb stew that had things like sweet potato and cabbage and it too was totally new tasting and delicious without being weird.
The only thing we got that I would probably not order again is the baobab juice drink. DH liked it enough to finish but it was very thick and seemed more like something I would use to moisturize my skin with rather than drink. The ginger drink was amazing and I will likely be craving it soon.
If you have been thinking about going - go soon! I fear for this little gem of a restaurant as it was empty except for us (yes early on a wednesday BUT still!). Even if you haven't been thinking about going you should still try it. It is very reasonably priced too - an excellent deal in an often pricey neighborhood.
We finally got around to this place this week. Thanks for the report, 9!
Accara - seasoned black eye pea batter fried and served with a zesty tomato-onion sauce; the 3 fritters themselves were perfectly harmless and possibly tasteless, even though they had a great fry job. The sauce, however, was awesome.
Fataya - savory pastry stuffed with seasoned fish filling and served with a special house sauce; filled with salmon! Nice and fishy, if you like that sort of thing. Serves with some sort of perfectly normal aioli
Yassa Guinaar - Marinated grilled chicken cooked in a lemon and caramelized onion sauce and served with jasmine rice; that chicken was so freaking tender, I couldn't get over it. The sauce was nice, but I did ask for a side of super extra spicy sauce that burned the roof of my tongue to take it up a notch. There's something right about onions and mustard.
Michoui - Marinated roasted lamb shank stuffed with herbs and served with a caramelized onion sauce and Moroccan couscous; this was the best dish of the night. Lamb was super tender, onion sauce was delicious, and I loved the sweet and sour couscous.
The waitress suggested Thiéboudienne and Djibi to us, but said that we would have to enjoy well done fish to like the former, so we opted out. Michoui sounded better to us than Djibi anyway.