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The RG heads over to MePa this week to try out Merkato 55. She enjoys the "vast culinary roadmap" that is Marcus Samuelsson's menu and gives it 2.5 stars: "It's surreal to enter this splashy brasserie and discover a sea of stylish diners spreading aromatic chutneys and sambals onto homemade African breads...Merkato 55 is Ethiopia by way of a splendid, butter-spiced lamb and South Africa by way of mustard-spackled venison skewered with apricots and smoky chunks of bacon. It's a quick trip to Mozambique via meaty, head-on shrimp sauced with a pungent piri piri (chili pepper)." [NYDN]

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