There’s very little opportunity to eat African food in Mumbai. So when we discovered that Green Onion was offering a one-page Nigerian menu we were thrilled. This makes it the third restaurant in the city to serve Nigerian food and hopefully, this will encourage restaurants to bring more African cuisines to Mumbai.
Green Onion: Hotel Sapna Marine, Behind Metro Cinema, Dhobi Talao, Marine Lines, Mumbai Tel: 22194040
Portion are substantial. All dishes serve two.
Two large joints of chicken, pan-fried till crisp in a thick, mildly bitter sauce that has a strong flavour of dried fish.
Chunky, tender pieces of mutton in a sweet spicy gravy with a mild-medium fishy flavour. Reminded me of a very mild rogan josh.
Made from a fine grain semolina, the fufu is fluffy and soft. You break of pieces, press in the palm to form a ball and dip the ball in the sauce. However, I did see a Nigerian gentleman, cut it into thin slices which he picked up with a fork and dipped into the gravy.
The slimy gravy, slightly on the sweeter side, was quite unusual, but absolutely delicious.
The similarity between puffs puffs and East Indian fugiyas was a revelation. Puff puffs however, are larger and sweeter and eaten as a side dish with the Okra Sauce. Dusted with powdered sugar they’d make a great confection to serve with ice cream.
Same base sauce as the goat. The soft, buttery red snapper was cooked perfectly.
Tossed in a tomato stew the rice is like a simple pulao. Usually served topped with fried bananas, but they weren’t available that day.