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|Bongo East was a Ghanaian restaurant and bar in [[Locale Barking|Barking]]. It has now closed. As of mid-2015 the premises are occupied by a Bulgarian cafe called [[BG Zakuska Bulgarian Breakfast, IG11 8RW|BG Zakuska]].
||Bongo East was a Ghanaian restaurant and bar in [[Locale Barking|Barking]]. It has now closed. As of mid-2015 the premises are occupied by a Bulgarian cafe called BG Zakuska <small>[https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/19400772715/ photo]</small>.
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The information below is retained for historical purposes.
It's fairly small, seating around 40 people. The decor is simple but well thought out, with terracotta tile-style flooring, colourful art prints on the otherwise-plain walls, and recessed spotlighting in the ceiling. Two large mirrors face each other across the width of the restaurant, adding an increased feel of spaciousness. Full-length windows at the front let in the light during the day, with half-frosting for privacy.
Kake visited on a Tuesday evening in February 2014. There were no other customers when I arrived around 6pm, and this remained the case during my visit. The TV was showing sports news with the sound on, fairly loud. The lighting was quite dim.
I went for fufu with soup and meat (£8), and was offered the option of having my fufu served in the soup or on the side. Fufu is eaten by pulling off a small piece with one's fingers and dipping it in the accompanying soup/stew, and so a bowl of warm water was brought to the table for me to wash my hands. It was all tasty enough, with a good level of spiciness in the soup. The meat itself was a mixture of muscle meat and tendon, giving a good contrast of textures.
According to the menu as of February 2014, they serve halal food.
Kake's verdict: I'd visit again if I was in the area. I'd like to try their kelewele (spiced fried plantain).
Accessibility: There's a step to get in; some attempt has been made to get around this with a sort of sideways ramp, but this is a bit awkward too, particularly if there's nobody to hold the door for you. Once you're in, it's step-free to the toilet (a single unisex cubicle). There's a reasonable amount of space between the tables, and a wide aisle in the middle.
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