Seems I’ve written about two firsts in as many weeks. Last time, I managed to review Batoni Khinkali (Amsterdam’s first Georgian restaurant) moments before it moved from Oost to Oud-Zuid. This week, I headed to Gein – at the end of metro line 54 – to test out Amsterdam’s first West African restaurant: African Kitchen. It had been recommended by some Nigerian colleagues of a friend of mine, who has also spent a lot of time in Nigeria. So, much like last week’s Georgian food, I don’t really know what I’m talking about when it comes to West African food – but I do know what tastes good (and spicy – which is what we were after).
Once we established what we actually could order, everything went swimmingly. Calf ribs had a satisfyingly chewy bite to them and came in a dark, spice-rich marinade that was augmented by the yellow chilli sauce they were served with. With a base of scotch bonnets (I think), it was fiendishly hot and not for the faint of heart.
A whole tilapia had been fried until the skin was completely crispy, and was served with sweet plantains and cooling salad. In case you feared things were waning in the spice department, the fish also came with more of the yellow chilli sauce as well as a red one that was mellower, sweeter and smokier.
Dinner, including plenty of cold beer to take the sting out of the chillies, came to just €21 each – although we did only eat one course. Still, it was so much food I doubt we could’ve fitted any more in. I’ll definitely be hopping back on the metro next time I need a serious spice fix – just not on a Tuesday.