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Posted by Several Visits and Counting on 10/21/2012
I've been to Bukom several times and enjoyed the Cassava Leaf (with beef), peppa soup, fried snapper and a chicken dish... Haven't been disappointed yet! The food is well-seasoned, portions are good for the price, and the service was decent (sometimes slow- but not to the point where i felt forgotten)... The live band that plays old skool reggae tunes adds a nice vibe as well! Definitely going back for more! :)
Posted by Kumster on 03/07/2012
I have a love affair with Bukom. The food is usually delicious, spicy, and surprisingly fun. I haven't had any bad meals from them. The service can be a little delayed on their busy nights, but that's when I get to do my favorite thing...people-watch. It's fun seeing all types of "Bukomers" dancing, mingling, and goofing-off, while the awesome Reggae band transports us out of D.C. and onto an island somewhere.
Posted by Victoria on 03/09/2009
I wanted to surprise my boyfriend, who is from Nigeria, with a restaurant that has Western African food. But, the service was poor, there was one person working and he kept telling me to be patient because he was the only one working. Well, yes, I was, but we ate our entire meals and still my side order of fried sweet potatoes didn't come. We just asked for the bill and left. I do have to say the food was very tasty though. My chicken dish in the peanut sauce had the meat falling off the bone it was so good. My boyfriend had the cassava leaves with beef and he really enjoyed it. Wish the service was better and I might consider going back. It seemed there were regulars sitting at the bar and they were catered to while we were ignored.
Posted by Ngozi on 12/23/2008
Bukom has changed cooks within the last few months. I went on a double date with friends earlier the year. I was impressed with the cook and the egusi soup was super. As well as other authentic nigerian dishes which reminded me of home river state. I just recently dined there this month and was so surprised at the food that was cooked for me. I ordered ogbono soup with goat meat and had to send the food back to the kitchen. The cook which isn't obiviously familiar with the taste and style of Nigerian cuisine coped an attitude that wasn't resonating the first dining experience I had this past year when I ordered Nigerian cuisine. My girlfriend mentioned that the cook who cooked our food earlier this year in the kitchen was from Nigeria and obviously it proved to be so. I then ordered something universal thinking the cook can get it right and not totally be disappointed with bukom but what I ordered which was rice, goat meat and plaintain was stale, the plaintain fried overcooked, the goat meat dashed with so much seasoning not blended well with the meat. It was a party of three and a friend came to join us but ordered an appetizzer. They charged us on one ticket so they can include the gratuity service charge of 4 people dining which was inaccurate because my friend didn't dine he only ordered a small appetizer. Just fair warning to any Nigerian who dines there don't order pepper soup, egusi, or ogbono because you will spit your food up and get sick. The cook was rude to us and told us we wasted her food I told her we truly saved them the hospital bills they would have encountered if we continued to eat the so called soup she brought to me and my girlfriend.
Posted by Peanut on 09/27/2007
Ghana cafe tends chefs tend to tone down the authenticity of the food in order to cater to their non-african, caucasian customers. Not all the great if you're searching for the real Ghanaian taste you would have in Ghana.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/18/2007
The food is full of flavor a good balance of spice and seasoning. The price isn't bad at all.