My favorite restaurants (#20)

People often ask for restaurant recommendations in Dakar. I’m a bit hesitant to do so simply because if there’s one thing that’s consistent about the food scene in Dakar, it’s that it can be inconsistent. So in order to give a nice, well-rounded view of things, I’m asking readers to give their opinions as well. If you’d be willing to participate, please email me!.

Today we’re hearing from Ratiba who has lived in Dakar for five years and is sharing her favorites with us.

Favorite place for a burger and fries:
Still looking. On a good day, the Institut Francais restaurant Le Bidew’s mini shrimp burgers are heavenly.

Favorite ice cream:
Hands down Senegalese fruit sorbets at Xocco at Sea Plaza.

Favorite ethnic restaurant:
Used to be my neighbor’s Sushi 😦 … now I’d say Jardin Thailandais. I hear that La Corée in Mamelles is really good. Have to give it a try.

Favorite Senegalese restaurant and/or meal:
I eat Senegalese food at home. Thieboudjene… with a North African twist. I add olive oil 🙂

Favorite pizza:
Sao Brazil. Yet to try Sam’s.

Favorite breakfast or brunch:
Usually home with an emphasis on salty: eggs, cheese and olive oil, of course. Aux Fins Palais’ Lebanese breakfast is really nice.

Favorite splurge:
Terrou-bi’s Gastronomique. Refined dishes and impeccable service… very effective when I need reconciling with Senegal.

If I were stranded on a deserted island and could have only one of Dakar’s restaurants, it would be:
Shady Shack (varied, tasty and affordable)

What is missing from the Dakar food scene?
A smoothies & salad bar with only Senegalese fruits, veggies and plants. A healthy & local option. (Note to self: Worth pitching to Club Olympique)

Thanks, Ratiba!


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