My favorite restaurants (#22)

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 Bill, a consultant who moved to Dakar with his family in 2013.

Favorite pizza:
Sam’s Pizza is the tastiest, but for favorite I go with Sao Brasil, especially now that they got rid of the scary bats in their trees.

Favorite burgers and fries:
Classic Burger. Murica!

Favorite ice cream:
I <3 Gelato is pretty good though walking through all of the Talibe children in the parking lot makes you think of the unfairness of this life.

Favorite ethnic restaurant:
Jardin Thailandais in Point E.

Favorite Senegalese restaurant and/or meal:
“La Plage du Djip Samba” in Almadies. If you go at 1pm, they always have some delicious Senegalese food ready to eat for 1500 CFA.

Favorite breakfast or brunch:
Sunugal in Ngor. It doesn’t look like anything from the outside, but it’s a pretty bomb brunch and kids can play in the shallow lagoon without fear of them getting pulled out to sea. Sometimes they have old colonial types who look disturbed by noisy kids, but whatevs.

Favorite little beach restaurant:
Probably the first place I went to in Dakar was Cabane du Surfeurs, I said then “Life doesn’t suck too badly” and still stand by it.

Favorite old standby:
Egg Sandwich Ladies all around Dakar.

Favorite splurge:
The Lamantin in Saly was pretty incredible. I’ve heard the food at Collines de Niassam is even more.

Favorite place to enjoy a good coffee:
Layu is chill.

If I were stranded on a deserted island and could have only one of Dakar’s restaurants, it would be:
Mr. Pascal Min of Shabat Restaraunt. The man is Macgyver. I also would like Shady from Shady Shack to forage around the island to make his garlic sauce.

What is missing from the Dakar food scene?
Mexican.

Thanks, Bill!

2 reviews in 1: HelloFood and La Piazzola

I’ve been meaning to try out HelloFood‘s online ordering for delivery, but just haven’t gotten around to it. But today’s been busy and it was 2pm before I started thinking about lunch. Pizza sounded good (as always) and I’ve also been meaning to try La Piazzola. So, feeling quite adventurous, I tackled both at once!

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The HelloFood website still has some kinks in it (for example, our neighborhood isn’t listed as a delivery area, but the school down the street is) but it’s getting more filled out and seems to be growing well.

Ordering was pretty simple and in the extra comments box I gave detailed instructions for the delivery address.

The pizzas from La Piazzola sounded good and I loved that they actually had pork chorizo as an option. Dark pink beef ham and I are not friends, especially on pizza. And I love good chorizo.

I made my selection and received a confirmation on the HelloFood site that my order had been received and it said I’d receive both an email and text message confirmation soon. One out of two’s not bad, right? ;)

The message also said delivery time would be 20 minutes.

The doorbell rang 26 minutes later with one lovely chorizo pizza delivered by a very polite gentleman who apparently understood my directions.

Score, score, score.

(Bonus: The pizza came with a packet of spicy Hot Pizz. I love that stuff!)

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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

Organic produce and dairy home deliveries!

Milk from Keur Normand - delicious!

Milk from Keur Normand – delicious!

I have a new hobby. Well, maybe not a hobby so much as an obsession. Weekly home deliveries of fresh, organic dairy products and produce! After years of hearing good things about Passion Nature’s produce & Keur Normand’s dairy products, I finally placed an order and am totally hooked.

Before ordering, I asked Dakar Eats Facebook fans what they’d recommend and they said…

  • Milk, milk, and more milk.
  • Don’t shake the milk! Reserve the layer of cream on to for your coffee. It’s the best.
  • Besides the best milk you’ve ever had, make sure to get vanilla yogurt!! And eggs…(better and cheaper than the boutique)
  • Low-fat fromage blanc!!
  • Milk, yoghurt and drinkable yogurt and fresh produce!
  • Their vanilla yogurt is fantastic!
Tastes even better than it looks!

Tastes even better than it looks!

So how do I order?

It’s actually quite a nifty little system they’ve put in place. Each week you can log in to a shared Gmail account and see what’s available and the prices, then place your order by filling out a form. Prices include delivery fees.

1. Go to http://www.gmail.com.
2. Log in with username commandelegumebio@gmail.com and password thiesbio2014.
3. Click on ‘Drive’.
4. Click on your city (Dakar, Thies or Saly).
5. Fill out the form to order dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables (organic and/or in season), fresh eggs, chickens, jams, etc…
6. Be sure to list your first and last name in the top of the column.
7. If it’s your first order, send an email to willy.baey@free.fr giving your first and last name, telephone number and delivery address. (He speaks English.)

Delivery schedule:
Monday: Plateau – Route de Rufisque – Hann-Maristes
Tuesday: Thies
Wednesday: Point E – Fann – Corniche – Fenetre Mermoz
Thursday: Ouakam – Mamelles – Almadies – Ngor – Yoff – Nord and Ouest Foire
Friday: Mbour – Saly – Ngaparou – Somone – Nguerigne

“PASSION NATURE” Ferme Agrobiologique de Keur N’Diaye Lô
77 569 53 28 / 77 637 24 56 / 77 569 88 59

La Cabane Du Pêcheur

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For a long time, I thought I’d been to La Cabane Du Pêcheur. And then I realized that the ‘surf shack’ in Les Almadies is called La Cabane du Surfeur and La Cabane Du Pêcheur is located in Ngor village, right where you get on the boat to to to Ngor Island. This is one area of confusion that I’m very happy to have cleared up since I found out that I love both places!

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I started to catch on to the fact that they were two different restaurants when I noticed people liking and reposting from La Cabane Du Pêcheur’s Facebook page. Hmm… that ocean view didn’t look like Almadies, and that shot of the cute dining area certainly wasn’t familiar, oh – and that is definitely not the same entrance! Lightbulb: on.

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By this time I’d figured out that La Cabane Du Pêcheur in Ngor was worth checking out. People loved it! Raved about it. And it looked like a great atmosphere. So I made our way over for lunch with friends one day and liked it so much that I went back ASAP with my husband for our weekly lunch date.

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Nutshell review: It’s not hard to find, parking is easy, the restaurant is fun and casual, the food was delicious and so fresh, the view is amazing, service was quick and prices are very reasonable. You should totally go.

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Now for some details. It’s a restaurant that specializes in fresh seafood, so if that’s not your thing, you may be out of luck. But for those of us who love to hear descriptions like ‘caught this morning’ or ‘just came in’, it’s wonderful. And I don’t know if it’s marinades or wood chips or magic, but something in the way they grill their seafood gives it amazing, accentuating flavor.

One final word of advice. The café gourmand dessert, do it.

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(Oh, one more… if you go on a day that the lunch special is the blanquette in coconut sauce, do that too!)

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Bon appétit !

La Cabane Du Pêcheur
Open 7 days/week, including brunch on Sunday
33 820 76 75

Classic Burger menu changes (and lowered prices!)

A very kind Dakar Eats reader emailed photos of both the old and new Classic Burger menus for us to see the updates. Thank you, R.K.!

Classic Burger

Old menu

  • Added a Kids Box meal for 5000cfa.
  • Dropped the prices on 75g burgers by 1000cfa.
  • Dropped the prices on 125g burgers by 1000-1500cfa.
  • Dropped the price on chicken burger by 1000cfa.
  • Dropped the price on the fish burger by 2000cfa.
  • Dropped the price on hotdogs by 1000cfa.
  • Dropped prices on wings by 1000 cfa.
  • New options for fried chicken and tenders.
  • Added onion rings to the ‘extras’ menu.
  • Increased price of soft drinks by 200cfa / USA soft drinks by 500cfa.
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New menu

Classic Burger
Open Monday-Saturday from 11:30am to 3:30pm and 6pm to 11:30p. Sunday 5pm to 11:30pm.

10 Rue Ramez Bourgi
Tel: 33 822 00 10 / 33 822 00 20
Take-out available.

My favorite restaurants (#21)

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 Raquel, a brand development advisor and cultural strategist, who has lived in Dakar since 2010. She enjoys talking art, culture and creative currency and currently developing Made From Cloth, a fashion business consultancy, and Young Art Collector, a journal highlighting the journeys of artists and collectors. Catch up with Raquel on Twitter (@raquelwilson) or learn more about her work at www.madefromcloth.com.

Favorite pizza:
Since I call two places with serious pizza cultures home, finding good pizza anywhere outside of New York or Chicago is really not possible. I use to try, but I was always gravely disappointed. (I’m serious about pizza!) It’s been four years since I moved to Senegal and I have to admit that I’ve only eaten pizza here when it was offered as an only choice and I was never tempted to return. However, I recently learned that the owner of Sam’s Pizza is from New York, so I may have a reason now to trek all the way over to Mamelles! His bread is amazing, so his pies have to be at least equal if not greater than, right?

Favorite burgers and fries:
Eek…this is another sore spot for me. Hamburgers and french fries have become my favorite comfort food since moving here. So since, I don’t like pre-cut burgers or frozen potatoes, if I want a burger and fries, I usually make them at home. I tried Classic Burger en ville once, but I wasn’t too pleased with the burger or the bread. The potato wedges were pretty terrific though!

Favorite ice cream:
I am a recovering N’ice Cream diehard! Up until last month, it was the only place I’d buy ice cream in Dakar. Then a friend told me about Italia-bi, an Italian-owned gelato shop less than five walking minutes from my house, just across from the Diambalaye Brioche Doree. Let’s just say my nights have been heavenly. The only bad thing I’ve discovered about Italia-bi is that they open in the late afternoon (but stay open well into the night). Don’t share this with my mother, but I do sometimes like ice cream for breakfast.

Favorite Senegalese restaurant and/or meal:
No one will believe me, but there is a little restaurant on the side of the road going to plage de Ngor. It’s two small pieced together rooms, on the left of the road, where I have had the best Senegalese food. She serves three different “plats” daily and if you’re lucky the day you go will be mafé day! You pay 1,000 F CFA and get more food than a single person can consume in one sitting.

Favorite breakfast or brunch:
I’ve always do breakfast at home. I’m not a big breakfast person, so I usually skip it or have fruit (especially in mango season) or leftovers from dinner for breakfast.

Favorite little beach restaurant:
See favorite Senegalese restaurant above!

Favorite old standby:
Dibi! Seriously, does it get any better than mutton grilled to perfection with carne and moutard on the side!!??! I think not! That and the Italian gelato are all I really need to be happy. Figo in Ouest Foire and Seoul II in Sicap Karak are my two standby dibi places, but I need to find one closer to home. Especially since I could eat this for dinner daily.

Favorite splurge:
Ok, this isn’t a restaurant, but my favorite splurge has been Trio Toque, the monthly dining experience offered by three part-time chefs. It’s pretty much out of my pocketbook range, but I have started a monthly Trio Toque fund. Also, if you want a restaurant, I’d have to say Le Bideew at the Institut Francais (also called CCF). It’s quite costly for the type of food they offer, but their brochette with aloco and frites is another way I treat myself.

Favorite place to enjoy a good coffee:
Layu, the Senegalese-owned café on rue de Almadies (next door to the new CityDia), is where I take my lattes, macchiatos and frappuccinos. It also use to be my office for nearly two months when I was waiting for Senelec to turn on my electricity, but we are talking food and drinks. The best time to go is mornings. It gets pretty crowded in the afternoons after school. They have just opened a new location en ville aussi.

If I were stranded on a deserted island and could have only one of Dakar’s restaurants, it would be:
Gogo’s Cupcakes! Again technically not a restaurant, but Gogo was the first in Dakar to catch on to the cupcake culture that was sweep across the U.S. and she doesn’t disappoint. Right now you have to custom order, but her new shop will be opening in Sacré Coeur soon.

What is missing from the Dakar food scene?
Cuban food and real, authentic corn tortillas! Hopefully they are on the way.

Thanks, Raquel!