NEW: Expertise the hospitality of West African meals tradition at Yalleys African Restaurant

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Full disclosure: Generally my “analysis” for these restaurant blogs contains seeing Anthony Bourdain over lunch. Overlaying Burmese eating places? It is time to microwave the leftover jet pizza and flip the episode the place Tony goes to Myanmar.

To cowl the brand new Yaleez African restaurant on Kenmore Avenue owned by Ghanaian immigrant Patrick Agyapong, I watched the episode No Reservations on Ghana from 2007. Sadly, visiting from the smaller, edgier Journey Channel Bourdain felt low cost and distant, as if in a bottle of faux-maple flavored ‘pancake’ syrup. Positive, it is pleasurable, Tony’s crack PG-13 jokes and photographs of indigenous drinks, however I did not get carried away by the folks or the sense of the place.


Picture courtesy of Yalleys African Restaurant / Yalleys African Restaurant
Picture courtesy of Yalleys African Restaurant / Yalleys African Restaurant

Conveniently, an enormous a part of visiting Yalleys is assembly folks and studying a bit in regards to the tradition. Speaking with others is prime to West African meals tradition, however not essentially part of restaurant tradition. You’ll be able to’t go to the Olive Backyard and anticipate a hostess to speak in regards to the wonders of Parma or the historic significance of visiting Italy.

In response to worker Olivia Arthur, the meals at Yale’s will be nice, and we’ll get to that, with phrase getting round in regards to the cultural vibes within the restaurant: “Folks additionally come right here for the expertise and simply to speak. Come what Africa is. As a result of lots of people, once they hear the phrase ‘Africa’, they suppose it is only one massive tradition, one type of meals.”

Tropical decor and wall-mounted African artwork welcome you to the restaurant. On my lunch journey, I went to the counter and ordered peanut soup with foo foo—a dough ball of cooked starch that soaked up liquid.


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My order was introduced with a fork, knife and spoon. However utilizing utensils is just not the standard means of consuming it. After telling his server that I wished to eat with my proper hand (utilizing your left hand is taken into account disrespectful), he introduced a wash basin and confirmed me what to do with my first finger, center finger, and thumb as a pincher. The right way to use in:

“Seize a chunk of Fu Fu like this, pull slightly, dip into the soup, after which swallow”

Dunking your fingers into scorching broth is certainly one thing to get used to, however having fun with foo foo like this feels much more satisfying than falling again on the trusty fork, knife, and spoon.

I ordered fufu as a result of I noticed it on No Reservations and it is among the extra standard West African* meals together with jollof rice. However these dishes do not essentially must be Yalley’s greatest sellers.

“I believe lots of people have heard of fufu and jollof rice, and I believed they’d be the most well-liked,” Arthur says. “However since we opened right here on Kenmore Avenue, all meals objects are very talked-about. We would suppose {that a} dish would promote out actually shortly, nevertheless it’s usually the opposite means round. You’ll be able to’t guess that somebody What to purchase when it comes. Our prospects discover loads of meals fascinating, they usually wish to attempt various things.”

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In fact, there are some African drinks, akin to Malta Guinness and Sobolo, a chilly drink constituted of hibiscus, pineapple and spices. For the much less adventurous, there are American mushy drinks like Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Orange Fanta.

Pretty much as good because the food and drinks at Yalleys is, the pleasant environment and rising group will hold you coming again. Upon my arrival, one other buyer got here as much as me to ask what I had ordered. Some even got here for takeout orders for donuts that weren’t on the menu. My expertise did not take me to Ghana, however I did expertise a way of curiosity and cultural hospitality you could’t discover in each restaurant.

“On the finish of the day, we’re right here to serve and work together with our prospects,” Arthur says. “When African meals is just not acquainted to them, we speak about what they’re consuming and the elements in it. We don’t simply take orders and serve meals.”

On the time of publication (topic to alter): Tuesday to Sunday 12 midday – 9 pm, Monday closed

Yellies African Restaurant

290 Kenmore Ave Buffalo, NY 14223 • $


north metropolis

informal desk service

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