Before jumping into the wine list our curiosity had us wondering about the Sudanese beer on the menu. We sampled shot glasses of Sharpat made from lemon amongst other ingredients. It tasted incredibly sweet, more like port than wine. Anyways, now for some real alcohol!
We were restricted with choice of wine with only one bottle of Pirramimma Shiraz produced in McLaren Vale available. With a distinct woody maturity and lift of pepper and spices somehow it made sense with our colourful meal!
Couscous made from durum wheat semolina with Maeez: curried diced goat meat. The goat was utterly tender, simply falling off the bone, while the curry it was in was rather watery. Being Indian I am accustomed to a thicker gravy which represents more substance and character. The broth like gravy did not impress me. The couscous not only looked very unappetising but was rather dry as well.
Next up Assida or maize dumplings. Expecting little floury dumplings I was confused by the chunk of what resembled polenta to me, and even tasted like it. On the right, Dilih: beef ribs, served with tamarind sauce & baladia salad: onion, cucumber, tomato & rocket.
Amy of course had a special request for hot sauce... and she got it, red, hot and fiery!
Ironically Sudi, the vegetarian dish was my favourite. Perhaps it had to do with the aesthetics of the dish, the presentation far more appealing. A black flat rectangular platter stacked with grilled aubergines, roasted red peppers and rocket with a peanut and cream sauce drizzled over.
Past and present members of the smoking association!
We rounded off the meal with a heart-to-heart talk with Elthahir the owner of the restaurant talking about Sudan, new beginnings, religion and food of course! Then he joined us on the drums for a jam session! All in all a wonderful evening - thanks again to the Gastro Girls!