In my quest to find quality African Cuisine in the ABQ, I came across Talking Drum. Food was just borderline average. The facility itself has potential. The exterior is an unusual design. Not sure what was there before TD. Lots of points in the roof and painted a gaudy yellow, but with a couple of adjustments it maybe able to work, and compliment the dining experience. Interior design is a mixture of modern pancake house with a few touches of African decor - cool wooden bowls on the table, African posters. The location sucks, on San Pedro just north of Central. The main issue here is the food. For $13 I got a goat stew thing (no, I'm not an expert on African Cuisine, I just know I like it when done right). A bit high priced for a weekday lunch hour. The dish came with heaping portions of rice, beans, and plantains and 2 small pieces of goat meat. The flavor of all of the above was pretty bland. The staff was nice. As stated in my headline, if this restaurant steals the head chef away from Rakiki Café, they will have something to brag about, as it is now, I will not return.
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