The Cooking Pot
Leesah M. Connor
I really want to give this place 5 stars; however the food quality is hit or miss and I absolutely love authentic African food. The Moi Moi (grounded and seasoned to perfection black-eyed peas) is my absolute favorite thing to get here. When it comes to the chicken- it has never seemed like fresh chicken as it is always fried extremely hard and then sauced, it seems like day old chicken. The jollof rice is good; however I wish that they would make a milder version so those who cant tolerate spice that well can enjoy or at least try it out too. Everything looks delicious from the photo but the chicken was a miss. The moi moi didnt disappoint. Update in response: Ive actually frequented several African restaurants and this restaurant several times and depending on time of day of arrival the food consistency differs. I wouldnt have left a review stating my thoughts if I had only visited once or twice. African food is one of my absolute favorites as it intertwines closely with Gullah cuisine. Im not saying based on this review that Ill never visit again, its just the quality has not been consistent on the times that Ive been. Again the Moi Moi, has never disappointed me.
The cassava leaf was extremely salty, to salty to eat. The lady taking my order was very kind & helpful. The moi-moi, plantains, and eugusi was delightfully tasty. The portions are very small with little meat. I most likely wouldn't return. IT'S A "NO" for me!
This is what you get for $30, a spoonful of egusi with fufu & side of jollof rice that tasted burnt. I walked into the restaurant and asked for a menu, was told they dont have menus and then she proceeded to ask me what i want. First red flag. You would think with charging this amount of money for these tiny portions you would at least receive good service or something that would make you feel like what you just paid for was worth it but that wasnt the case. I rarely ever write reviews but this was not a good experience overall. And from the looks of the responses of these other reviews on here, this business doesnt seem to take accountability or know how to provide customer service. The pictures are before anything was eaten. On the left is how the food came & was presented to me. On the right, i scraped some egusi to the side so you can see the depth & actual amount that was given.
Based on the service and the quality of food that I received today I will not support this business. I gave 1 star to be generous. Looking at the reviews I can tell that the owner is not willing to take any accountability for The horrible customer service his staff provides and the overpricing of the portion of food. As a chef and business owner myself this place is overrated.
Over priced and the chicken was dry! The cashier charged $22 for a fufu combo when the online menu says $15. I was willing to still support and give the food a try, only for the chicken to be so dry that I couldnt be believe it was stewed chicken. I feel ripped off and will definitely support other Nigerian restaurants.