2015 Dakar Eats cheat sheet for new arrivals

Poultry

I order chicken legs, wings and breasts from Poulet Express. I order regularly and am continually impressed by the speed of the delivery (usually under an hour, especially if I name-drop Dakar Eats. Try it!) and the freshness and cleanliness of the chicken – plus their prices are better than supermarkets. The owner speaks English, so you can call and say, “English, please!”

I’ve also started ordering whole chickens from a very nice man in Ouakam who raises about 15-25 birds at a time and will get them big and fat (3.5 kilos nekkid) for me before butchering. Although he sometimes has them on the fly (haha), I usually order in advance and have recently just set a standing order for four chickens a month, which he delivers for a flat 1500cfa. It’s the best deal I’ve found for large, fresh chickens. 77 553 2835 or 70 778 4479. If you want to order in English, ask for Marietou.

Beef

I used to buy at Hypermarché. Never bought ‘bad’ meat there, but the smell has gotten so ick that I no longer buy there. Casino is more expensive, but until I find a new option, it’s worth it.

Tip: The best beef in Senegal comes from BeerSheba Project. They deliver ground beef to Dakar weekly. We get 95% of our beef from them.

Pork

I’ve heard that there’s a market in Grand Yoff that butchers pigs every Saturday and you can get any cut you want at a good price. I haven’t ventured there yet, so for now I stick with the occasional Casino pork chop and regularly buy ground pork (chair a saucisse) for making sausages from there. Oh, and CDA has little hams we really like and decent bacon (poitrine fumée) so I buy those and freeze them.

Seafood

I order filets de lotte and shrimp from Abdou, who delivers all over Dakar. Good prices, always fresh and very punctual.

Pantry items

For canned and baking goods, Hypermarché has a wider selection, but more often, I go to City Dia because they carry 80% of what I want…and without that funky smell. Casino is most expensive, but decent selection.

Be sure to check out your local buutik too!

Fruit & Veggies

Mr and Mme Ba come by each week selling from their car. They have all I need at good prices (and they sell all around Dakar). Or go to your nearest stand and get to know the vendors there.

There is also the ASD organic market twice a week and the new Lou Bess farmers market will launch soon.

Frozen fruit is at larger grocery stores, CDA (cheapest strawberries), Patisen, Saprolait (blueberries!) and Passion Nature delivers frozen mango and organic strawberries.

Tip: If you’re new and want to know what’s available and in season in Senegal, go to marché Kermel.

Dairy

I buy mozzarella in 2-kilos blocks at about half the price of the grocery stores from CDA. (But I don’t care for their grated mozzarella or their Gouda.) For lower-priced Gouda in bulk, Saprolait is the place to go. We buy Laitcran brand powdered whole and skim milk and prefer Ardo brand lait caillé (non-sucré). I use it to make ‘Greek yogurt’ and sour cream.

Bakery goods 

You probably already know about Eric Kayser bakery and that they also sell from Le Parcours. But beyond EK, Dakar has some amazing breads!

Whole wheat sandwich bread, sliced: Shady Shack. It’s delicious and exactly what I want in a sandwich loaf. They also have white bread, if you prefer.

Everyday baguette: Ask for tapalapa at your local buutik. Freezes well, makes good sandwiches and great garlic bread.

Baked-to-order whole wheat tortillas, English muffins, pizza crusts, bagels, banana and apple breads… Marie’s Kitchen delivers. And I am so, so glad!

(See more here: 2014 Dakar Bread Reviews!)

Organic goodness 

Organic fruits & veggies, eggs, poultry, jams, amazing dairy products… all by delivery from Passion Nature / Keur Normand. Seriously. You need to try it. Customer service was lacking for a while, but usually their products made up it.

Or to browse and shop for yourself, there’s the ASD organic market twice a week and La Maison Verte ($$) downtown.

In grocery stores, look for products marked ‘bio’.

Gluten-free options, restaurant reviews, a comprehensive list of what to find where… All on Dakar Eats! Happy browsing and eating!

Guest review: Soow & Go

Thanks to V. for sending this review!

There’s a new Fro-Yo place called Soow & Go in Ouest Foire behind the shell station on the VDN and 3 minutes from the Brioche Dorée. It’s run by a Spanish lady. It’s worth a try, we’ve had it twice now, I would recommend it. They only have one flavor of fro-yo, the basic one, but they have a good selection of toppings. The maximum you can spend there is 2000 cfa and that’s for a complet, the minimum is 1200 cfa. They also make milkshakes. 

Find them on Facebook here

   
 

50 ideas for kid’s snacks in Dakar

We spent the summer in the US and among the many (many!) things that I noticed were different ‘back home’ from life in Dakar was the diversity and ease of snacks for kids. I loved it. 

While we don’t have as many single-serving, grab-and-go options here in Senegal, there are some good, healthy treats available – although they may take a bit more planning and effort… and $$.

  
Here are a few ideas from our kitchen. Please share yours in the comments!

  1. Tortilla + peanut butter
  2. Tortilla + Laughing Cow cheese
  3. Tortilla + hummus
  4. Tortilla + shredded Gouda or mozzarella, heated to make a quesadilla
  5. English muffin + peanut butter + honey
  6. English muffin + Laughing Cow cheese
  7. English muffin + Laughing Cow cheese + jam
  8. English muffin + salami or ham + cheese
  9. Cheese sticks (made by cutting mozzarella from CDA)
  10. Wedges of Laughing Cow cheese
  11. Babybel cheese
  12. Cucumber slices + Laughing Cow cheese
  13. Pear slices + Gouda slices
  14. Banana + peanut butter
  15. Apple slices + peanut butter
  16. Carrot sticks + hummus
  17. Pita triangles + hummus 
  18. Dried apricots
  19. Dried prunes (may have pits)
  20. Dried mango
  21. Dried banana chips
  22. Dried coconut pieces
  23. Raisins 
  24. Sandwich bread + yogurt (either as a dip or spread on the bread)
  25. Hard-boiled egg
  26. Popcorn
  27. Lait caillé, plain or with chopped fruit stirred in
  28. Pretzel sticks
  29. Rice cakes 
  30. Digestive biscuits, plain or with chocolate
  31. Grapes (seedless available)
  32. Clementines or mandarins
  33. Plums
  34. Cherry tomatoes
  35. Melon slices
  36. Tamarind pods (have seeds)
  37. Crêpes, plain or with jam
  38. Frozen fruit smoothies
  39. Frozen yogurt cup + spoon
  40. Frozen seedless grapes
  41. Frozen pineapple chunks
  42. Frozen mango chunks
  43. Frozen peas, thawed (I know. But my kids love them.)
  44. Slice of salami or ham rolled around cheese
  45. Leftover pizza margarita (order an extra just for this reason!)
  46. No sugar added applesauce cups (Hypermarché or CityDia)
  47. Trail mix: peanuts, raisins, dried coconut pieces, cereal…
  48. Veronique’s peanut brittle
  49. Granola bars (ingredients easily available)
  50. Rolled energy bites (oats, peanut butter, dried coconut, cocoa…) 

Snack tips for Dakar

Ziploc baggies are available at the American Food Store, as a variety of US snacks such as Goldfish, raisin boxes, etc… 

Marie’s Kitchen makes and delivers THE BEST tortillas and English muffins. She can also make whole wheat banana bread or apple bread. 

  

Veronique’s peanut butter and brittle are amazing. And she delivers too. (Following recommendations of Senegalese friends and based on a few experiences, we don’t give our kids peanuts or cashews sold on the street. But we love Veronique’s peanut goodies!)

Shady Shack hummus freezes great. Order in bulk and stock up. 

Use the plastic ‘bissap baggies’ from your local buutik to freeze single servings of fruit. 

Dakar Eats update

Woohoo, summer! For some this means leaving Dakar for good, others just for a break and then there are those of you who will be newly arriving and settling in our city. Welcome. We eat well in this town. :)

Dakar Eats staff, nibblers, bloggers, tasters and reviewers will be taking the summer off but we will be back online with regular posts starting in September.

A few things to note before we sign off…

– Babelle International’s new location on the Corniche, just across from the Mosquée de la Divinité, opens this Sunday at 11am. The shelves are stocked with loads of items from the US and definitely looks worth checking out.

– If anything happens over the summer that we really want you to know about, it will be posted on our Facebook page.

Marie’s Kitchen will be baking and delivering amazing homemade breads, muffins, tortillas, pizza crusts, bagels, etc… all summer.

Dakar Eats Instagram will launch in September!

Prim’s Wings continue to sell out and gather a larger following each week. If you’re not on the bandwagon yet, give them a try you probably will be soon.

For new arrivals to Dakar, these posts may interest you:

The 2015 list: where to find what in Dakar

Dakar Eats Cheat Sheet

The 2014 Dakar Bread Reviews

A bientôt, y’all!

Ramadan Special: Terrou-Bi restaurants

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Every evening during Ramadan you can break your fast overlooking the ocean with special menus in a beautiful, enjoyable atmosphere at Terrou-Bi’s restaurants.

Restaurant La Terrasse
Ngodou de luxe
15 000 F per person for buffet
Sunday-Thursday, from sunset until 11pm. On Friday and Saturday until midnight.

Restaurant Le Grain de Sel & Côte Ouest Food & Bar
Ndogou Découverte or Ndogou Classique
8 500 F per person for traditional and varied selections
Daily from sunset to 9pm.

Ndogou à emporter (to-go!)
Choose from your favorites at any of Terror-Bi’s three restaurants.