Being a foodie, I totally loved moving to Edmonton a city with a diversity of food options. However, I had never seen many fusion food
restaurants, so Mumbai Dakar same as a surprise to us. When Yashji asked me whether Dakar meant “burp” in Hindi, I couldn’t but agree with him. Only when we landed at the restaurant bang on 118 Ave. did we question the owner Solo. Solo is from Dakar, Senegal and his partner Ahmed is from Mumbai, India. So that’s how the name was coined. We had a hearty laugh and wondered how many Hindi speaking folks might be misconstruing this term.
The décor seemed basic and informal and so was the eclectic crowd that seemed to relish the interesting menu. For a 4-month-old restaurant, this was a good sign:
they had already acquired a mixed clientele.
Solo took special care to treat us to some of the best on his cuisine. We enjoyed a variety of favours from the Buffet: pakoras, rice, vermicelli, Joloff rice and garlic naan with a wide variety of Indian and African accompaniments: Aloo Gobi, Butter Chicken, Yassa and Maffeh.
The deep red Bisap juice, a flavoured juice made from dried hibiscus flowers, indigenous to Senegalis totally worth a try. Along with this came Thieboudienne, a traditional dish of Senegal made with fish, broken rice and tomato sauce with vegetables. It had a fishy scent but was a unique divergence to the palate accompanied by the deliciously spicy chutney. This was followed by Ginger pineapple juice that settled the amazing fusion menu we had ingested.
There aren’t too many places around town that offer Indo-African food. While I’ve had better Indian food elsewhere, Mumbai Dakar Restaurant (#4322 -118AveNW, Edmonton) seeks to fill an underrepresented niche.