When “African Cuisine & Bar” first opened, people of Zagreb were confused and skeptical about the idea (before you ask: yes, I personally know everyone in Zagreb and I interviewed them all individually). Luckily, it turned out that the Nigerian owners knew exactly what they were doing. They created a place they themselves enjoy and it attracted a crowd of people.
Eating in this particular restaurant is an experience in itself. Resembling a small-ish, well-lit cafeteria and scarcely decorated with photos of random wild animals and Nelson Mandela, at first glance it doesn’t seem like an inviting place to willingly spend your free time at.
A few times we visited they were out of certain ingredients essential to the meal. One time they were out of beer. They even completely forgot about us once and disappeared into the kitchen for about 45 minutes.
On the other hand, the staff seems to genuinely enjoy themselves and their smiles are infectious. The food served is proper comfort food: the portions are generous, it’s simple yet tasty and it leaves you with a feeling of a properly home-cooked meal. One time, the owner sat down with a djembe drum. We had to wait for our food a bit longer but he seemed so happy, it was well worth it.