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Jiallo’s African-Caribbean Cuisine 4202 W. 56th Street

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This place is in a strip mall next to 3 in 1 Restaurant we reviewed some weeks back. At that time we put it on our list. I did my due diligence in research, considering Pat’s issues with onion. I told him it was doable. Fortunately he agreed. Let’s have a round of applause for the self-proclaimed “…plain kinda’ guy.” stepping out of his comfort zone and trying something different.

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The space is a good size, clean and well-appointed with comfortable and attractive furnishings. If you came to be entertained by the decor or “ambience” then you came to the wrong joint.

Jiallo’s is about food, in an attractive setting, serviced in a gracious manner. Our server was just that; gracious. I neglected to ask her name but when Pat told her about his onion issue she made repeated trips to the kitchen to get all the details. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and more than happy to answer our questions.

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They offer 2 different types of rice with their lunch specials. White rice or red beans and rice. The white rice is a small-grained African rice cooked down. Nothing fancy just a nice rice bed. The red beans and rice is a Jasmine rice cooked in red beans liquor with thyme, rosemary, red beans and onion added. So Pat opted for the Jerk Chicken with white rice and plaintains for $8.95.jiallo 004

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I wanted to keep it simple so I ordered the Curry Chicken with red bean rice and plantains for $8.95.

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Now this dish was crazy. If you see a little “ghost” in the pic that is the steam coming off the dish. I could see it in the view finder. In my dish they used legs. They “Frenched” the bones of the drumsticks. That means they cut away anything on the leg, below the knob of meat. Then they chopped off the bulbous end of the drum sick; in order to expose any marrow to the cooking liquid. In this case a curry sauce. The sauce was not a spectacular curry sauce it was a good curry sauce. Both sweet and slightly spicy with a wondrous aroma. The chicken appeared to have been braised in the sauce,and they were perfectly cooked. Fall off the bone tender with a great flavor. Marry that with the red rice and beans and the sweet plantains and you have a winner. Every time.

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On Urban spoon this particular joint has over 200 check ins with a 90% like. The only bad comments has been about the “slowness”. I noticed that on the reviews and our Super Server said the same thing. She is the only server that works there. Lunch and dinner. So…for what it is worth. Folks take a look around any joint you enter. If it is busy and the wait staff seems light. Reevaluate.

Well all I can add is this joint has some good food. I have to go back. They have some stuff I haven’t eaten yet.

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6 responses

  1. I want some plaintains now! So chewy and sweet…

    August 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm

  2. Oh, Benson. I think I’ve nearly shorted out my keyboard. Why can’t there be a real device that allows one to apparate to where they’d like to be at any given moment. Curry and jerk and plantains and … yep, sparks are flying from my computer because of the drool.
    I sooo need a Caribbean joint around my neck of the woods. How divinely lucky you are.
    Of course I’m continually reminded of how divinely lucky you are at the most inopportune time, as I tend to read your blog just before dinner. Sadly, my plans for tonight pale in comparison.
    But tomorrow … that’s a different story. I’m determined to make me something memorable and tropical. Chances are I will dream about this meal, Benson.
    Another winner. 🙂

    August 31, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    • You’re right. I am incredibly lucky. Little ol’ India-no-place has a lot going for itself. I had wanted to try some of the more African dishes but they were out of some key ingredients, but I’ll be back. It is always good to hear from you. It’s great to hear from someone with a passion for food. As the saying goes. Some people eat to live, others live to eat. I know which category we fit it.

      August 31, 2014 at 10:37 pm

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    September 20, 2014 at 2:15 am

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