I won't argue with the comments regarding Bolats operations/service. We had some concerns because the restaurant didn't open on a Tuesday (granted we didn't make reservations) and the hostess was very late on the following day to open the place. For whatever reason, there are some operational kinks that need to be worked out. We wanted to give it a chance because of great reviews one of friends gave it.
We certainly weren't disappointed with the food. The dishes were authentic and delicious. I had the jollof with goat and I'm still talking about it with my wife. The rice was had a familiar spiciness without the familiar greasiness (which is a common problem with jollof). The goat was tender and complimented the flavor of the rice. Finally, the fried plantain dish was also a hit.
Also, the service was extremely friendly if not entirely punctual. Maybe an effort to provide an authentic West African regional dining experience?
I will certainly be back the next time we are in Chicago because the food was fantastic. I will also recommend it to anyone with an appropriate caveat about service. I do hope that they can improve on their operational issues because this place has a lot of potential.
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