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Sankofa African Bar and Restaurant: The molho de amendoim (peanut sauce) is a must
Infectious African beats bounce out of this warm, welcoming restaurant and bar in the historic Pelourinho district of Salvador. Inside the restaurant is bathed in rich hues and draped with native fabrics, masks, paintings and a slew of African masks. The beautiful original brick walls area a fitting canvas for the vibrant artworks. By night this is a bar/live music spot where salsa, zouk, kuduru, kizomba, semba, reggae, samba, axe and other rythmns hold sway. The propietor, DJ Sankofa is quite a character and when he plays he amps up the audience to great effect. By day this spot serves up sumptuous African and Bahian food. Here you can find jollof rice, pepper soup, peanut sauce, curry sauce, coconot sauce served with rice, yam, cassava or African rice and peas. Bahian Moqueqa and Africa Moqueqa stews are also served up. My favorites dishes were the jollof rice and plantains and the peanut sauce with fish. The bolinhos de bacalhau (cod balls) are unique because unlike other bolinhos in salvador they are full of cod........hmm delicious. While waiting for your food you can head upstairs to relax in the hammock and watch a film on the audio visual system or check out the huge African map and see you if you recognize all the countries.
Favorite Dish: Molho de amendoim com peixe (peanut sauce with fish) served with yam or rice is a wonderful dish. Ask for it spicy. The peanuts are roasted, ground and blended on site. This is an inspired take on a classic West African dish. Swallow this with a pineapple, lime and ginger infused drink and you will leave content.
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