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Best West African Restaurant St. Louis 2009 - Tam Tam African Restaurant

Tam Tam African Restaurant

Tam Tam African Restaurant

35 Florissant Oaks Shopping Center

Florissant, MO 63031

314-921-3805

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In an unobtrusive storefront in a Florissant strip mall for which the adjective "dowdy" seems too kind, Tam Tam African Restaurant is one of the area's better-kept secrets, specializing in the cuisine of Africa's northwest. The dishes are at once familiar and strange: Consider yassa guinaar, chicken breast marinated in lemon, Dijon mustard and garlic, served in a sauce rich with the flavor of browned onions. This might not seem far from simple French cuisine — understandable given Africa's colonial history — yet the dish's bright, lightly peppery edge is wholly its own; pair it with couscous or the root-vegetable porridge known as fufu, and you have something else entirely. Those looking to dip their toes into a new cuisine will find kebab- and shawarma-like grilled meats — or you could just take the plunge and order nyama choma, a grilled goat steak.

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Tyrone
Tyrone

Couldn't disagree with this review more. I think the fact that half their continent is starving speaks volumes about their cuisine. Makes me ashamed to be African-American.

Bridget
Bridget

This place is terrible. The service is abysmal. It took almost an hour just to have a waiter take our order and then two additional hours for our food. It came out cold and missing quite a few items. There were also extra things brougt to our table that, though we didn't order, we were charged for them. We sent a couple items back and were charge for those as well. There was quite an angry demeanor throughput the staff when we expressed how we felt and no discount was offered. Instead we payed $102 for cold food, small portions, side dishes that were never brought out and food and drinks we never ordered. It was a complete rip off.

Katrina
Katrina

Terrible service.Food came out cold.Managers refused any discount.

Kathrine
Kathrine

Will never return. Not one good thing to say.

Vanessa
Vanessa

expect for half the menu items to not be available.expect to wait 2 to 3 hours for food.expect to food to be cold when it comes out.expect to receive items not ordered and expect to never receive items that were ordered. expect that when you complain, you do not get any discount, no compensation, no one cares.terrible terrible terrible

Vanessa
Vanessa

This was the single worst experience ever.First, we were told they were out of lamb and goat (which it turns out they were not out). Second, it took 30 minutes for the waiter to come to our table for the first time, so we placed our dinner order and he asked us to wait for drink orders. 20 minutes later he returns and takes our drink orders, and then 20 minutes later he brings incorrect drinks and does not fix the mistake even when we point them out. Third, it took over 2 hours for the 3 of the 9 entrées to come out and the last side order came out 3 hrs after our arrival. Every dish came our cold, the goat was extremely fatty, the kabob was burnt black and completely unchewable, stews and curry came with 3 small pieces of meat and then found out they were out of couscous so they brought a substituted without asking us first. Fourth, we sent back the inedible kabob and then we voiced our other numerous complaints which our server said he could give us a "good discount to compensate" he took off 2 drinks from our total bill but still charged us for uneaten/unwanted food and even charged us for the $13 kabob meal that was sent back. We are very patient people and are willing to compromise but, when our server (also the manager) refused to do anything but take off 2 drinks, this was the point when we decided this will never happen again. We will never recommend tam tam to anyone ever again. We will never visit tam tam again.

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