Friday, June 6, 2014

FOOD PORN: Joloff: A Trip to Senegal

Joloff Restaurant
1168 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Located in Bedford Stuyvesant

The aesthetic was bright, comfy, and eclectic. The words shabby chic comes to mind. There were several pieces of furniture that we're certain could be found in our grandmother's home. Probably the reason we felt so comfortable. We went on a Monday afternoon because we had a mini food whore in training with us and her stroller is a force to be reckoned with in a crowded restaurant. Not to mention that it happens to be one of our B'days and we were in the mood for a specific type of cuisine. In other words, an excuse to eat out. We had the fortune of eating Senegalese food in the past and wanted to know if Joloff could hold a match to the mom pop walk-in restaurants in Harlem. After all, Brooklyn, we go hard!

First off, let's put it out there...they Do Not serve alcohol. Really? The Bissap (sorrel & hibiscus juice) and lemon ginger drinks were refreshing but, come on, we're adults. We ordered the fish pastels which were tasty but very fishy. A little lemon juice could've brightened them up a bit and eliminated the fishiness. It was a nice start to our meal; Unfortunately, we were a tad disappointed when our long awaited star dish arrived. Teibou Jean is a traditional Senegalese dish made with Joloff Rice, carrots, cabbage and baked fish. It was okay but we've definitely had better. We were underwhelmed and our taste buds wanted more. We can only hope that they were having an off day because many folks have raved about this dish. To say the least, if we never ate it again there would be no love lost. As luck would have it our curiosity or greediness got the best of us so we also ordered the dibbi (grilled lamb chops) and it was delicious as was the accompanying salad with a tangy citrus dressing. We could definitely eat it again but, probably to go.

We would not suggest skipping Joloff but there is no need to rush over either. Perhaps you should have a cocktail or two beforehand and who knows, it could be an entirely different experience.

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