Just off South St. in Philly, we went to Tastee D's, a restaurant specializing in Nigerian and West African cuisine.
On a rainy night on Thursday, we found we were the only people in the restaurant, but the staff was so incredibly gracious and hospitable.
We started with a set of appetizers. First, we ordered the fish pie- a pastry filled with shredded fish.
Next, we got Moin Moin, which reminded me a lot of polenta. It was made if pureed black eyed peas, tomato, egg and corned beef- really nice.
My favorite of the three appetizers was the chicken gizzards- they were fried in a nice spicy tomato broth.
We decided to try two entrees so we could taste a good variety of what the place had to offer.
First, we ordered Jolof Rice and Plantains with goat and Efo Elegusi. The Jolof rice is basically African fried rice with tomatos paste, onion, and chili powder. The Efo Elogusi consists of spinach with ground melon seed cooked in a tomato-pepper base.
Our second entree was Yam with Corned Beef Stew with a side of beef chunks cooked in a tomato-pepper sauce. The yam was simple and went well with the stew, which reminded me of deviled ham.
At the end of our meal, the server realized that they had not served us Puff Puffs, which they usually make for patrons at the start of the meal. Instead they made a nice dessert. They were balls of sweet dough deep fried- almost like a light hush puppy.
526 South 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147