California Eats: Bissap Baobab @ Mission [San Fran]

Food posts from my Left Coast concert trip to San Francisco: Kare-Ken @ Tenderloin, Dragon Eats @ Financial District, Bissap Baobab @ Mission, Cream @ Mission, Good Mong Kok Bakery @ Chinatown, New Golden Daisy @ Chinatown, Kobe Bento @ Chinatown, Red Blossom Tea @ Chinatown, Sushirrito @ Union Square, Boudin Bakery @ Union Square and Boxing Room @ Hayes Valley.

Visited Bissao Baobab with Pete, Allyn, Santiago and Valentina. I had never tried Senegalese food before, and jumped on the opportunity when it was suggested by Santiago and Valentina, who have been here before.

Bissao Baobab is an interesting place. The decor was definitely essentric, but what’s best is that the tables are kept away at about 10pm and the restaurant becomes a dance club. Hahaha! I wish we were there late enough to experience this, but unfortunately weren’t. Maybe next time.


Exterior of Bissap Baobab. There were some strange people lurking outside while I was waiting for the gang…




It has half a jeep in the dining room! I think that’s where the DJ stands when it becomes a dance club late at night.


Aloko – $5: Aloko is fried semi-ripe plantains with a tamarind yogurt sauce. The plantains are pretty normal, but the yogurt sauce is outstanding. The sauce is sweet, and adds some sweet tang to the otherwise plain plantains.


Guacamole – $5: We got the guacamole with yucca fries, though there’s the option of sweet potato fries as well as regular tortilla chips. For $5, we got a miserable amount of guacamole and a good pile of yucca fries, which brings me to think that the fries were the main component of the dish rather than the guacamole, as the name suggests. That said, I’m glad we got a bunch of yucca fries. They were awesome! Crisp, starchy and light. We used the guacamole as a dip.


Ri Au Kari – $14.75: We got this with cous cous since we already got a side of rice with the Mafe. The cous cous was very light and fluffy, and I preferred it over the rice option. The lamb here was also perfectly cooked–very moist and tender!


Jen Paella – $16: This is a weekend special, and we were lucky to have it since it often sells out. There was rice, vegetables and a large portion of white fish with its bones and all. The fish was very fresh and the gravy reminded me of a similar dish from Haitian cuisine. The gravy had a slight tanginess to it, which really brightened up the plate.


Mafe – $11.75: We got this dish with vegetables only, but there is the choice of picking any protein. The peanut sauce was really fantastic. It was sweet and savory without being overpowering to the very subtle aroma of peanuts. We got it with rice, but there was also the option of cous cous. This dish reminded me of the peanut stew at Karibu.

Bissap Baobab

Address: 3372 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: (415) 643-3558
Hours: Tu – Su | 5.30pm – 10pm
W-Su (dancing) | 10pm till close
M | closed
Price Range: $$ ($20 to $30 per person)
Overall: Good!


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