A few issues keep this review from shining.
Chef MaMusu’s African Caribbean Cuisine (3570 Forest Hill Ave) took over the Parkside Cafe place earlier this year and overall is getting positive reviews from the locals I’ve talked with. Unfortunately it’s still on my “need to try” list so I’m unable to provide any additional insight.
The RTD posted a review of the restaurant and while most of the review focuses on mis-steps in service and a general lack of knowledge by the waitstaff, the food sounds pretty good.
Six small chicken nuggets were fried to perfection in a spicy batter and served with a creamy hot sauce. The fresh, moist chicken melted in our mouths. We dipped the kalla, eight bite-sized hush puppies, into a savory, spicy tomato and onion jam, but the little fried dough balls tasted like ordinary hush puppies.
Ultimately though it came back to service.
In the end, there was a general disconnect between the kitchen and the front of the house, which produced floundering service. With a better-informed staff and minor seasoning tweaks, the dining experience would be more satisfying.