We specially cater for your stomach for your food needs," reads a clumsily translated signboard propped up next to a café in Lagos, Nigeria. Diners who are lured inside by the solicitation can order the chef's "Mixed Grill Extravaganza," contrived from an eccentric, imprecise recipe that calls for one chicken, one sausage, 10 grams of steak, 10 grams of kidney, a scant two to three drops of wine and a single egg. This agglomeration might seem unorthodox, but Nigerian cooks are accustomed to tossing into the kettle whatever is on hand, melding the ingredients into a rustic fusion of meat, fish and fowl. At Fatima's, a new walk-up Nigerian restaurant in University City, this mosaic cooking style takes... More >>>
By Mark Gilliland
Although Fatima's offers an intriguing Nigerian cuisine, its menu is too ambitious for the tiny kitchen.