In the two months I was away from Dakar, quite a few new restaurants opened up. The one I heard the most about was Redstone, and with good reason(s). Without being over-the-top-cheesy Americana, it is the most ‘American’ restaurant in Dakar. From the décor to the menu, it really does have surprisingly American taste.
So yay! Right? Well, kind of. What I’d heard before going and based on our experience, it’s definitely hit or miss. But what they hit, they hit out of the park! Take the burger, for example. The bun was great, wonderfully melted cheese and REAL barbecue sauce and jalapeños that were soon good! But the burger itself was an overcooked and seemingly pre-packaged patty.
The French fried were delicious, hot and salty – plus served in an adorable little fry basket. But the cole slaw was just cabbage and thick, gloppy mayo. Such a shame too since awesome cole slaw is easy to make!
For dessert, we should have tried the cheesecake, and will on our next trip back. (Oh there will definitely be a trip back. I need to try the nachos and fajitas and quesadillas!) We ordered the fondant au chocolat, which was disappointing. It was plenty gooey, but not very rich and the puny scoop of ice cream tasted like store-bought bleh. So for fondant au chocolat in the future, I will rely on La Maison de Celine, La Parilla, Le Mokai… and basically anywhere else that does them.
The final verdict: Every American in Dakar should go to Redstone. Seriously. But you may need to go back another time or two in order to have a truly great experience.
Route King Fahd (next to the American Food Store) in Almadies
Tel: 33 820 20 55
Find them on Facebook here.
City Dia Queso Tierno, cut into cubes.
City Dia Mexican salsa or Pace’s from the American Food Store.
Combine in the crock pot on high or on the stove stop on medium heat. (Vven better if you add a splash of your favorite beer!)
Voila! Mexican Queso that might make you forget your favorite Mexican restaurant back home!
Thanks for this recipe, Michelle! Also good to know: The American Food Store has tortillas chips in stock!
Here’s a short list of some of our community members that you’ll be able to find next Saturday at the market…and they are still adding more!
Fromage by M. Badji
ENDA / Marché ASD Dakar
Le Delizie di Maite
Le Gourmet Boucherie
Taaru Askan Farm
The Beer-Sheba Project
Veronique’s Peanut Butter
+221 78 135 30 30
Presse Café has opened a branch in Point E/Zone B in the pretty garden, great atmosphere of The British Council. All the usual suspects from the main branch’s menu are there: real ‘barista’ coffee and fresh fruit juices, muffins, cakes, pastries… And at lunch there are two daily specials (Senegalese/European) priced 1500/2500 CFA, as well as wraps, sandwiches, pizzas… and the desserts are to die for.
Best coffee in Point E, and the café is a great place for quick lunch, meet up with friends or have a business meeting. Delivery available!
Thank you for this info, Carrie!
Yum-Yum has launched their new ‘Chickenita’ pizzas and baguettes, available for a limited time. The owner contacted me a while back and told me about this pizza with roasted chicken – and that was really all I needed to know. I love chicken on pizza.
This special pizza comes with a tomato sauce base, 100% mozzarella cheese, homemade roasted chicken, pepperoni sausage (which is beef, but surprisingly good!), fresh hand-cut tomatoes and is topped with high-quality emmental cheese. I was so right about chicken being good on pizza. The whole family loved it, even though we were eating it by flashlight during a power cut.
The Chickenita pizza starts at 2500cfa (Solo) and goes up to 7000cfa (Family Pan). Chickenita baguettes (one of the best deals in town for lunch!) are priced at 1500cfa.
Yum-Yum in Ouakam: 33 865 62 62
Yum-Yum in Plateau: 33 822 65 65
New arrivals to Dakar may laugh at us talkin’ turkeys in September, but seasoned expats know it’s always been a scramble to find a bird for Thanksgiving dinner.
This year Poulet Express is raising 1,400 turkeys that will range from 6 to 10 kilos (5000cfa/kilo) and will be available from mid-November. No need to call to reserve ahead of time, but do call 2-5 business days before you want your bird(s) delivered. Tel: 338429686
We now resume our regular program of sweating and not thinking about autumn.