The Talking Drum is Albuquerque’s first and only African restaurant. At the Talking Drums we share African and Caribbean food prepared fresh. You can smell the traditional African and Caribbean herbs and spices as soon as you walk in. Several African and Caribbean food choices are offered on the Talking Drums menu. Traditions, like native rice, black-eyed beans, brown beans, and root vegetables such as yams and a range of sweets and savories are also prepared. Talking Drums is a West Africa tradition for communicating among its people during festive occasions. Catering service is available for special occasions and a meeting room is open for your next gathering.
The Talking Drums owners continue to bring the authentic African food to Metro Albuquerque. Large portions and reasonable prices make this restaurant a favorite among locals, professionals and students. A variety of stews—including chicken, beef, goat and seafood—are served with rice. Make sure you try the Fufu, a traditional dish of pounded plantain and cassava root. The spicy food pairs nicely with an African beer and there are several to choose from. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a truly exotic meal.
In Western Africa, Fufu is usually made from yams, sometimes combined with plantains. In Central Africa, Fufu is often made from cassava tubers, like Baton de Manioc. Other fufu-like foods, Liberia’s dumboy for example, are made from cassava flour. Fufu can also be made from semolina, rice, or even instant potato flakes or Bisquick (US). All over Africa, making fufu involves boiling, pounding, and vigorous stirring until the fufu is thick and smooth.