Opened in Far North Dallas on Valentine’s Day, Cafe Nubia is a love letter from owner Kenechi Nnamani extolling the culinary virtues of his native Nigeria. Seating ranges from scalloped-edged velvet bar stools, curved sofas, and roomy semicircular booths inside to white couches and wicker egg chairs on the breezy patio. The Nigerian-Mediterranean menu is equally eclectic. We especially enjoyed the tender beef suya skewers, which had been marinated in a blend of roasted peanut powder and a judicious amount of cayenne. We liked them so much, in fact, that we ordered more kebabs in a sampler platter that came with chicken, lamb, and kafta (ground beef). Accompanying it were a slew of fresh vegetables and jollof rice (which was tangy but missing its customary smokiness). We focused on the skewers, which grew spicier with each succeeding bite. The three accompanying dipping sauces—deeply red, with visible pepper seeds—did nothing to quell the heat, so we requested a side of the African-spiced tzatziki. It was creamy but oddly sour, so we just kept sipping our sweet strawberry–lemon drop martini for relief. Blessedly milder was slow-cooked oxtail in African spices and a rich gravy. Pay attention to live music options when you make your reservations.