Time for another round of ‘My favorite restaurants’ on Dakar Eats! Today’s recommendations come from Sharon, a mom of four who loves to bake and has lived in Dakar for 11 years.
Favorite pizza: Festival des Glaces in Hann Mariste is good, though I keep hoping for better!
Favorite hamburgers: Le Layal, downtown across from CDA
Favorite ice cream: The soft serve from the machine on the sidewalk at La Royaltine bakery and restaurant on Lamine Gueye – 1000 cfa for a huge cone of swirled chocolate/vanilla or chocolate/raspberry – whatever they happen to have on that day. Amazing! And on a hot day you can eat it inside the restaurant in the AC for the same price.
Favorite ethnic restaurant: Jardin Thalandais in Point E, Zaika Indian at Soumbedioune or the Ethiopian restaurant at Point E.
Favorite Senegalese restaurant: Chez Loutcha, hands down.
Favorite brunch: Home. 🙂 Haven’t found a better place for this yet.
Favorite little beach restaurant: The little crepe bretonne place at Almadies, right next to Le Recif. We have been going there since it was just the yellow container with 2 crepe grills. The original is all still there, but now surrounded with walls, tile floors and tables and chairs! The choco-coco crepes are worth the drive out there!
Favorite bakery: La Graine D’or has the most amazing multi-grain baguettes and their doughnuts melt in your mouth!
Favorite old standby: Can I have 3?? 1. Caesars for Chakala burgers (chicken breast on a yummy bun) 2. Le Layal, downtown, for the most garlicy chicken chawarmas and the best Zaatar ever! 3. Boulangerie Orientale, downtown, which I think has a very misleading name since it is totally about Lebanese food! I love their kibbe, kafta, fataya, fatouche salad and more!
Favorite splurge: La Terrace de Ouakam. French and other European dishes, a huge number of menu choices and some of the best sauces I have ever tasted.
If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one of Dakar’s restaurants: La Galette – because enclosed in one building are: a Take Out with delicious mini quiches and pizzas, a Bakery with mouth-watering breads and pastries, a Salon de Thé with comfort foods like huge Croque Monsieur and stir fries, and a high class French restaurant where every bite is delectable!
What is missing from the Dakar food scene: A really good Italian Restaurant. The Maison d’Italie on Ngor is good, but with a limited menu, and taking a ferry for dinner isn’t always convenient! There used to be an authentic Italian restaurant downtown called La Plaza, but there was a fire in the building and when they rebuilt it, the restaurant wasn’t there anymore. Sad. They had the most amazing homemade pastas and sauces.