Teranga in the South End - due in large part to my coworkers new position in an African Studies office. I'm so happy with whoever made the decision to go here because it was a really unique, delicious meal! The owner is from Senegal and the website tells a lovely story of how she grew up in a family of business owners, feeling the need to do so herself. 'Teranga' means hospitality in Wolof, one of the Senegalese languages. The Senegalese cuisine is a mixture of French, Asian, Arabic, and African concepts - and your menu options are vast.
The location on Washington St. means street parking, but the meters stop charging at 8:00pm I believe. The restaurant is small - probably less than ten tables, but there is also a bar and overall the place is well decorated and classy. I love any restaurant with exposed brick walls. Given the smaller size, the servers are always available - and so friendly! When I go to a new restaurant like this I like sharing dishes so that I can try more than just one thing. With five of us ladies out we were able to try so many great dishes!
To the left here you see the Fataya - "a savory pastry stuffed with seasoned fish filling (tuna) and served with sriracha sauce." At a catering event at work Teranga also made vegetarian fatayas, which I think I would like better but these were still great. I liked the little decorative side salad which had a nice dressing on it, so between that and the bright yellow sriracha sauce, the flavor additions were nice.
To the left here is the Brochettes de Poulet - skewered chicken served with alocco (friend sweet plantains) and onion and sriracha sauce. Highly recommend any of these entrees, but this one was great, especially if you're a little nervous about trying something really different.
These Beignets Dougoup were not your typical beignets - which are usually more round, light and fluffy in my experience. These were described as "crispy fried millet donut mixed with vanilla bean and orange flower water served with creme anglaise sauce." They were a little heavy, but still tasty - though the plating was a little messy.
I would definitely come back to Teranga. The food was flavorful and so different - a nice change of pace from going out for something more typical, like Asian, Mexican or Italian. I highly recommend trying it out for yourself - and if you've been for other African food, like Ethiopian, it's still very different. No eating with your hands here! The portions were generous but not overboard, and there is enough on the menu that everyone can find something they like - even if you have some picky people in your dinner party! I've also been told that the restaurant does a fabulous job catering.