West African blues twangs from the speakers and coalesces with the sounds of fish grilling, plantains sizzling, and the muffled bang of a pot or pan coming from the small kitchen. A map of Africa painted in red, its countries labelled in French, offers diners a silent geography lesson from the wall above the beer-stocked refrigerator, while outside the painted visage of an “Indomitable Lion” – the mascot of Cameroon’s national football team – proudly keeps watch from the window.
Given this atmosphere and the tropical heat outside, I could be eating in any port city from Dakar to Libreville, some culinary stopover on the road from Cote D’Ivoire to Cameroon; only the bottles of Malbec in a rack against the wall break the spell.
El Buen Sabor in Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires’ only African restaurant, provides this mental escape to the Gold Coast as well as heaping portions of…
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