Akadi's Fatou Ouattara shares her last meal
The Côte d'Ivoire-born chef of Akadi, Fatou Ouattara, is best known for bringing celebrated West African delicacies, like spicy curry-style stews and jollof rice with coleslaw and plantains, to Portland.
- After Ouattara closed the restaurant in late 2020 to spend more time with her family, she assured diners a "bigger and better" comeback — and has since made good on that promise.
Driving the news: Since reopening Akadi in 2022, Ouattara offers cooking classes every Monday and Tuesday as a way to share her passion for Ivorian cuisine.
- At the next class, Aug. 28, you can learn how to make creamy palm butter stew.
We wanted to know: If she had one last meal, what would it be?
- "This is too easy," she told Axios.
Dinner: Ouattara's last meal would be the national dish of Côte d'Ivoire: attiéké — fermented cassava couscous served with either fried or grilled fish or chicken.
- At Akadi, the dish is accompanied with housemade African salsa, which includes tomato, onion, habanero, oil, vinegar and salt.
- "It's delicious," she said.
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