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Meadows Minutes: Culture at Noni’s
Central African Cuisine has made itself known in five points, by way of Noni’s. Under the bright yellow awning on 20th street, Noni’s is a late nightspot with a standard American grill menu. There is a whiteboard listing several daily African features in addition to the main menu. The signature menu item, at Noni’s, is the Samosa, served in quantities from 1 to 50. Thursday is UAB night and a free Samosa is offered to all current UAB students.
On Sunday several members of the kscope staff visited Noni’s for an inside scoop on, starting a business in five points, being open late night and most of all, how the infamous samosas are made.
We got to Noni’s at 4:30, appetites at the ready. For round one, we ordered two portions of the “beef stew” served with Chapatti for starch. The stew arrived before the chapatti, and the owner was nice enough to include samosas with our purchase. The stew was curried in an Indian style. The beef was not cleaned quite properly, and although the braised beef worked well; the dish suffered from too much fat in the mouth feel. Salt was over applied for the dish of this cuisine. The Chapatti was served next, hot off the flat top grill. This was a novel experience for me. The fat of the Chapatti served in perfect compliment to the beef. The dish failed when deconstructed, but the independent flavors proved to be more than the sum of their parts.
As the meal progressed, we were served hot and fresh samosas. These are pastry triangles of perfection. At Noni’s, the samosas are served with a sauce that reminds me of big mac sauce. My recommendation would be to skip the sauce.
In order to complete this review a fellow kscope staffer and myself ventured to late night Noni’s for a sampling of the American fare. I ordered the cheeseburger and I was shocked. The quality was outstanding, especially considering the late hour. The sandwich was served on ciabatta bread and without much fanfare. The price point (less than $4) was much more pleasing than the ($10) African fare. Overall, this spot is a late night location to be sought. 8.5/10.
Additional Information provided by Babi Barauni, email@example.com.