In God We Trust Afrikan RestaurantPosted: April 21, 2012
UPDATE: SADLY, THIS RESTAURANT IS OUT OF BUSINESS
453 Washington Street, Hartford CT | (860) 882 1601
Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. | Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m
With gratitude, Gaspar thanks his friend the esteemed professor of African history Dr. Selig Mwandenga for referring him to this new Hartford restaurant, open just a month or so on Washington Street. Visiting In God We Trust Afrikan Restaurant is the sort of culinary experience that reinforces Gaspar’s decision to abandon the world of so-called high cuisine. The restaurant’s owners are from Ghana, and they serve traditional Ghanaian and Nigerian food. While the cooking at In God We Trust may not be fancy, it is very nearly heavenly!
Yacine and Gaspar could not make up their minds what to eat because everything looked so good. The proprietress was kind enough to assemble a couple of huge plates of food with fish, beef, rice, and an assortment of vegetables including carrot, cabbage, plantain, cassava, black-eyed peas, among other things. Served on blue glass plates delivered on blue plastic trays, each item was distinctive and delicious. Spiciness (heat) could be detected but it enhanced the flavors and never overwhelmed them. At the next visit, Gaspar might request more heat, but Gaspar’s tolerance is high.
Bright colors adorn the restaurant. The furniture, oddly, looks like what you might have found in a 1950s American domestic kitchen . This is a small place with only five tables. It was not crowded, but Yacine and Gaspar visited mid-afternoon on a Saturday. As Yacine and Gaspar enjoyed their lunch, load after load of groceries was delivered to the kitchen. It looked like the restaurant routinely produced a lot of food. In God We Trust is located near Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, The Learning Corridor and Trinity College. Gaspar enthusiastically looks forward to his next visit. Much of the menu remains to be explored.