Makumba Africa Bar Lounge

Saw a Groupon for African food and I do love to try all sorts of foods. Besides, its been over 10 years since I was last on the African continent (Egypt/South Africa) so why not give it a try? The deal was $78 for a two-course meal with drink excluding service charge. I suspect if you order a la carte, it will be much more expensive. The restaurant was quite spacious but since most of the couch areas were big tables, we were seated at a bar table and it wasn’t too comfortable. They also have an area for the band to play, and while we were there too early, I think that the band would have been interesting to listen to.

Band area with some African looking instruments

Spicy Meatballs – The spicy meatballs were basically minced beef mixed with some aromatic African spices. The spices were spicy and gave the meatballs a nice kick.
African Spring Roll – There really wasn’t all that much filling inside the spring rolls such that I really would not have know what I was eating if I didn’t check the menu. In fact, the filling was a mix of minced chicken and spring onions. The spring rolls came with a chilli sauce that improved it, but perhaps not enough. It was also a bit oily.
Kedjenou – A dish that comes from Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). It is a slow-chicken stew with some vegetables and a spicy kick to it. I thought that the dish was quite good. Everything went well together and is great served with rice. My main problem though is that it seems the restaurant is quite stingy on the chicken meat. There was maybe 3 pieces of meat in total, of which 2 were largely bone and seriously had very little meat on it.
Chaka – A fried fish dish served with onions and tomato in a lukewarm vinaigrette sauce. The fish was cooked quite nicely but maybe slightly salty. It was also quite bony, but nothing too bad as most of the bones were pretty big and easy to remove.
African Ginger Drink – Although the meal comes with a free regular drink, we decide to pay an extra $35 to try this African ginger drink. When they say ginger, it seriously has a strong ginger taste to it. I actually could not tell if there was any alcohol added to it, but I suspect there might have been a splash or two. I’m not too big of a ginger fan so don’t recommend it unless you really like ginger.

Spicy Meatballs & African Spring Roll
Kedjenou - slow cooked chicken stew
Chaka - fried fish
African Ginger Drink

At the end of it all, I really didn’t feel too filled and still had the urge to eat elsewhere. In addition, I’m not so sure this place is all that worth it if you didn’t get the Groupon deal as it seems quite expensive for the amount offered.

Makumba Africa Bar Lounge
G/F, 48 Peel Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
2522 0544


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