With a mysterious name like “African Restaurant,” you can be sure I had to try it. Judging by the image of Haile Selassie on the wall, the flag on the menu, and the sponge bread, I’m guessing it’s really an Ethiopian restaurant.
Then menu itself does not have much to choose from, but there also are some extra items you might miss posted behind the counter. The staff is very friendly, but can be inattentive or inept at times. The atmosphere is nothing special, but it is quaint and appropriate (there, I said something about the atmosphere, you atmosphere lovers).
I wanted to order some “vegetable sambusas,” but they were not available because whoever makes them didn’t show up for lunch. That was alright, though, because the entree I ordered, “beef tibs” in the menu, was way too much food, which leads me to believe that Half the Food at Half the Price would be a good idea here, too.
It was an interesting representation of colors, mimicking the Ethiopian flag. The whole affair was relatively oily, but tasted just about like you’d expect. The beef itself was generally tender, but I frequently bit into tough gristle, and you can eat that if you want, but I’m not going to. As it was, I barely ate half the plate (there were about two whole cups of rice and a whole potato there). I opted for rice instead of the sponge bread because I’ve had the bread before and wasn’t gaga for it.
All in all, it was good, but I don’t think I’d go back until I knew I could get a smaller portion for less.