Finding good vegetarian and vegan options is always a popular topic with Dakar Eats readers! Here is the latest info from restaurants and tips from vegetarian friends in Dakar. Please let us know if you have any others to add!
Tips and tricks from Polly, our resident vegetarian expert
“Dakar has some great options right now! Most of the time I just tell a server that I’m vegetarian and they’ll adjust a dish for me. Only a handful of places don’t have any good options, but here are some of my favorites:
- Bayékou usually has a great vegetarian ravioli or sometimes he’ll make just a great plain pasta.
- Mami Mia has my go-to veggie sandwich: Grilled zucchini and eggplant with a pesto sauce on a baguette.
- Le Jardin Thaïlandais in Point E will do any of their dishes with tofu!
- My Way has some of the best hummus (Shady’s is still the best!) and cold salads.
- Noflaye Beach will do most of their crêpes without meat.
- Daky Sushi has some great California rolls.
- YumYum‘s goat cheese and honey pizza is fantastic but their veggie pizza is a close second!
- Annapurna or any of the Indian restaurants always have great options.
- Marina Bay doesn’t really have any specific vegetarian options on the menu, however the last two times I’ve been I’ve told the waiter and he brought back a couple options from the chef. They were super accommodating and the food was great!
- And…coming soon on the beach next to Sharky’s will be an “American” style breakfast and sandwich place and they promise they are going to have several great veggie options! They are supposed to open in September. Fingers crossed!”
Vegetarian menu options from Le Ngor: Aux Pieds Dans L’Eau in Almadies
Appetizers: Nems au soja, Indian Samosas and Three-cheese salad
Entrées: Paella with peppers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, peas and corn, Indian-spiced rice with pineapple and cashews, Moroccan Tajine with tomatoes, olives, lemon and almonds, and Thieboudjene (hold the ‘jene‘!) with manioc, sweet potatoes, bitter eggplant, okra, tamarind…)
Abracadabra Magic Food!
Senegal´s first vegetarian & vegan restaurant offers lunch delivery, markets, pop-up, private events, cultural soirees & food tours (which I need to sign up for asap!). They serve vibrant meals, drinks and desserts made with largely local ingredients, influenced mostly by West African, Sri Lankan, Thai and American cuisine.
Vegetarian menu options from Shady Shack
Veggie Mushroom Wrap: Grilled Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms, Swiss Cheese, Mayo
Foul Wrap (Fava Beans, Parsley, Onion, Mint Leaves, Tomatoes, Olive Oil
Feta Cheese Wrap: Mint Leaves, Tomatoes, Olives, Olive Oil
Baba Ghanouj Wrap: Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Mint Leaves, Olive Oil
Hummus Wrap: Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Mint Leaves, Olive Oil
Falafel Wrap: Lettuce, Tomatoes, Parsley, Pickles, Tahini Sauce
Falafel Burger: Lettuce, Tomatoes, Parsley, Pickles, Tahini Sauce
Hummus and Pita
Baba Ghanouj and Pita
Foul (Fava Beans) Plate served with veggies and Tahini Sauce
Stuffed Vine Leaves
Guacamole and Chips
Salas (Pico de Gallo) and Chips
On the road: Total Station
A tip from a reader... “The Total station off the autoroute leaving Dakar makes a grilled veggie and cheese sandwich that is great! But it is the only Total station that makes this sandwich. The others will try to be accommodating though by using whatever ingredients from thieboudieune and other sandwiches on their menu.”
Vegetarian options from Simone Café in Mermoz
- Vegetarian quiche
- Empanadas (hearts of palm)
- Risoles (hearts of palm)
- Brazilian cheese bread (manioc flour)
- Pastel (cheese)
(And um, their AMAZING desserts would qualify too. 😉)
In Point E…
Le Colorado offers several vegetarian dishes as well as a couple vegan offerings. Mr. Ferradini and his staff are happy to accommodate and propose options. Tel 33 824 42 80. Find them at Rue S.Louis x Rue de Kaolack.