B’Food review: B’licious!

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I am so, so happy that Dakar is getting a variety of healthy restaurant options. Smoothies, salads… I’m all in.

This week I tried B’Food for the first time. (Delivery of course, because if I can avoid rolling, that’s how I roll.)

The salade fermière won some serious points with me, starting with the fact that it was very freshly made! No wilted lettuce or mushy tomatoes here. Also the Emmental was sliced, not grated and all dried out like you often get. As I said – very freshly made, as a salad should be.

And I don’t know what they marinate their chicken in, but it was awesome – flavorful and with enough kick that I immediately scoured their menu to see what else I could order with that chicken. :)

Final bonus point: tangy vinaigrette came on the side, not doused all over my salad.

The mango smoothie was very mango-ey. Not full of fillers, just good, pure mango taste. And they delivered it well-wrapped so it didn’t leak all over. Two thumbs up.

Definitely a good addition to Dakar’s food scene, especially for those looking for good quality, healthier options.

(Oh, and one more good thing. They included three menus with my order. I’m always surprised by how many places that do take-out and delivery don’t stock or distribute their menus. Good work, B’Food!)

B’Food
In Point E at intersection of rue A and rue 7.
Tel: 33 825 75 51
Monday-Saturday, 11am to 4pm / 8pm to 11pm

Find them on Facebook.

Feel Juice in Dakar

Thanks for the information, Nour!

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Feel Juice is an international franchise with locations in France… and now Dakar!

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The set-up is basically bars for everything: a salad bar, a fruit bar, a smoothie bar (they have pre-made combination but you’re free to change all of them) and coming soon…a bagel bar! They also do some quiches and pizzas.
Everything is fresh and made right in front of you.

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Feel Juice
rue Félix Faure.

Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 9pm.
Eat in, take-out and delivery.

Find them on Facebook.

The most underrated restaurant in Dakar?

My vote goes to La Piazzola in Mermoz.

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Yes, they do pizzas and they do them well. But I think because of the restaurant’s name, people (ahem, self included) don’t always realize that there’s more to this little spot. And it’s definitely worth discovering! Their pastas and salads are AMAZING. High quality ingredients, very generous portions, reasonable prices… We’ve had the bruschetta (wow!), chef’s salad, dinner vegetable salad, tagliatelles with carbonara, tagliatelles with smoked salmon and vegetarian lasagne. All excellent.

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For their pizzas, the one with chorizo is pretty awesome. Or there are 24 others to choose from.

I’ve heard their apple tart is delicious, but I never have room for dessert… and that’s saying something!

They have daily specials, Thursdays there are five chicken specials and they’ve just launched an Asian menu.

There is a sit-down restaurant or delivery is available, and you can also order via Hellofood.

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La piazzola
Located in Mermoz on route de Ouakam, near the old Score store, across from CFAO Technologie.
33 860 3614 or 70 648 1380

Just opened: M&M Bistrot

Just heard about a new spot over in Ngor. Anyone tried it yet? Looks very interesting… especially for all of us looking for more breakfast & brunch options! They have a daily breakfast combo for 5000cfa.

Not to mention tacos, quesadillas, fajitas and burritos. Wow.

You can expect more info and a review soon!

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M&M Bistrot
Near the Shell station on route de Ngor
Tel: 33 820 15 08

The 2014 Dakar Bread Reviews

Bread-lovers will notice that some of Dakar’s best-known bakeries (La Graine d’Or, La Royaltine, Eric Kayser…) are not included. They are definitely worth discovering though if you’re new in town!

The bread: Whole wheat sandwich loaf

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The baker: Shady Shack

Details: Also available with white flour. Comes sliced and bagged. 1500cfa/loaf of about 22 slices. Freezes very well. Made fresh several times a week.

Verdict: Great for PBJ, BLT, grilled cheese and tuna or chicken salad sandwiches. Makes good toast too.

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The bread: Hamburger buns

The baker: Shady Shack

Details: 200cfa each, available in white or wheat, topped with sesame seeds.

Verdict: The best burger buns I’ve ever had. Period. They are light and fluffy, but tall enough to hold up to hamburgers with loads of toppings and sauce… and amazing for BBQ sandwiches.

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The bread: Brick-oven sourdough loaves

 

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The baker: Sam’s Bread
77 689 9730 / samspizzadakar@gmail.com

Details: Naturally leavened hearth breads made from 100% organic stoneground flours, unrefined sea salt and filtered water. 1-kilo loaves baked fresh twice a week and delivered the same day. 14,000 cfa/month for weekly delivery.

Verdict: If Sam’s ever stops baking, there will be some very sad bread-lovers. His breads are unmatched in Dakar and his fans (including my three-year-old) love his round sourdough loaves.

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The bread: Whole wheat English muffins

The baker: Marie Simone
77 536 7887

Details: Homemade, freshly baked English muffins. White flour also available. Made every Wednesday and for sale in the parking lots of ISD and DA, or made to order and delivered. Freeze well. 2000cfa/dozen. Delivery available.

Verdict: The first bread I ever tried from Marie was an English muffin and I was hooked right away. I’ve never been a huge fan of them in the US, but these were so fresh and delicious that I’ve been buying them every week for a year now. Good with a little honey, jam, or peanut butter… or go all out with eggs, ham or bacon, cheese – and still add a smidge of jam. Also good for quick mini-pizzas.

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The bread: Whole wheat tortillas

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The baker: Marie Simone and Oureye
77 536 7887

Details: Homemade soft tortillas. White flour also available. Made every Wednesday and for sale in the parking lots of ISD and DA, or made to order and delivered. Refrigerate them and they’ll store well. (Freezing tends to make them crumbly.) 1500cfa for 15. Delivery available.

Verdict: Light and thin, but not fragile. Perfect for soft tacos, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas… and also in layered Tex-Mex casserole.

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The bread: Bagels

The baker: Presse Café

Details: Freshly baked REAL bagels from a Canadian coffeeshop chain. (Oh, and REAL Philadelphia cream cheese too.) And they deliver.

Verdict: Bagels the way they should be: soft and chewy on the inside with a gentle crust.

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The bread: Small loaves featuring local grains

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The baker: Milmais

Details: Original flavors that highlight local ingredients like nebeday, sorghum and millet. Some are soft and gently sweet, others are more structured with bolder flavors. Prices around 1500 cfa/loaf. Delivery available.

Verdict: Perfect for breakfast or brunch, or their mixed selection tray makes a nice gift.

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The bread: Tapalapa

The baker: Traditionally made by Guineans

Details: Available for a couple hundred francs in buutiks all around Dakar, especially in the morning. Freezes well.

Verdict: Makes wonderful ham sandwiches, garlic bread, baguette pizzas… And I personally like it with PB and jam for breakfast.

Sen-Express: Dakar delivered.

I’ve said for a long time that despite the challenges of life in Dakar, at least we can have ice cream delivered to our door (even just a single scoop of gelato from Mami Mia) as well as organic produce, fresh seafood, chicken, smoked cheese…

Well, Dakar’s delivery feature just got way better. Way, way better.

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Sen-Express is like a courier service meets delivery service meets errand runner. For a small fee (3000cfa) they will pick up whatever it is you’re after and bring it to your door.

So that pizza place that doesn’t deliver to your neighborhood? Now they do.

That mozzarella you like to buy in bulk from CDA? Now it can be delivered right to your door. (I did this earlier this week! Saved me the hassle of going downtown for just that, but didn’t cost me any more than a taxi would have.)

Want to send a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies to a friend (me!) across town? No problem.

This is just a small portion of the services Sen-Express offers, but for the purpose of Dakar Eats blog, it’s the essential part. Their delivery and errand-running services for individuals are available 7 days a week from 8am to 10pm.(Need to pay your Senelec bill? Want them to go buy a tv for you at Samsung or a pick up a part at the hardware store?)

Sen-Express
57, Avenue Hassane
Place de l’independance
33 821 44 21 or 77 615 13 13 or 70 409 13 13

You can ask to speak to El Hadj (the owner) if you prefer to communicate in English.

B’Food in Point E

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I went past B’Food in Point E last week and thought it looked interesting. Then this morning I saw they’d posted their full menu on Facebook (I love when Dakar restaurants do that!). Now I’m really interested. Anyone checked it out yet?

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