Alameda’s only African restaurant is located inside a bluegrass and country western bar called The Frog and Fiddle — a bit of cognitive dissonance present ever since Soleil’s African Cuisine took over the kitchen. Chef Soleil Banguid’s pan-African menu spans the continent, and his food is outstanding. There’s Congolese saka-saka: slow-cooked cassava leaves recalling some wild and soulful cousin of boiled spinach. There’s Senegalese yassa: pan-fried rainbow trout and a mustardy caramelized-onion sauce. Best of all, there’s Tanzanian coconut fish: perfectly grilled tilapia served in an elegant coconut-milk-and-spinach sauce. Make sure you ask for some of Banguid’s fiery homemade piri piri hot sauce on the side, and save room for dessert —- the piping-hot banana beignets are a real crowd-pleaser.
Hours: Wed.-Sun. 4-9 p.m.
Payment Type: Cash, MasterCard, VISA
The kitchen is closed on Tuesdays even though The Frog and Fiddle is open. Soleil’s African Cuisine also operates a stand at the monthly Alameda Point Antiques Faire.