My date drove us up to Corniche Almadies and finally settled upon a gorgeous beach front restaurant in the middle of the day. Beautiful paintings and structures lay in front of the restaurant, sold by a gentle old man (his name escapes me at the moment) . The clam shell and cement stairway showcases beautiful tropical plants and for a second, you really feel as if you’re in a beautiful garden. Once seated, we were immediately given menus. Our waitress didn’t even ask and gave me me an English menu and gave my date a French one. I really appreciated that gesture because I didn’t have to pull out google translate to order. I ordered the Curry coconut shrimp and my date ordered the Gambas and Thiof skewer. He loved his food and I found my food pretty tasty as well. There was a pretty good dessert menu and their coconut ice cream was amazing. The attaya was wayyyyyy too strong but the mint tea was very refreshing. Overall, great food. Medium-priced and a great view. I would visit again.
Chez Fatou..I’ve heard so much about you. I’m glad we finally met! The scenery was beautiful and the mimosas did not disappoint. The seating area was open and had a great view to the oceans and the midday surfers.
Service is really important to me and the people who served me and amiga that day were super helpful! They even sent a waiter who spoke English to help us. The menu is in English, with lots of choices. Unfortunately, the breakfast/brunch menu closes at 11:30 which I find to be a bit early. There are a few vegetarian choices, some local dishes, and lots of international ones. For an appetizer, we chose the Crab Dip and it was toooooo yummy ( but quite small) ! For our entree, I ordered the chicken with au gratin but the food lacked a little flavor. Perhaps they cater to a certain palate but it is defiantly not for those of us who grew up in households that utilize seasoning ( shade but it’s all love 🙂 ) My friend ordered Shrimp Alfredo & she said it was okay. I’m defiantly open to going back and trying different items because overall it’s a great place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.
UPDATE: After visiting 2 more times and receiving terrible service I’m confused as to what happened. I waited 25 minutes to be given a menu and after getting out my seat to ask what was going on, the host seemed unbothered at all. I personally took the menus back to our seat and still waited another ten minutes to get a waiter…and it wasn’t busy at all. The servers didn’t apologize and the mangers on duty did not seem like they were doing anything. I’m not sure how they are managing the tables but I think they need a new system.
photo taken from Gogo’s Cupcake & Coffee Shop website
Mouthwatering Cupcakes ✔
Unique Alice in Wonderland teaspoons ✔
Giant Teacups ✔
Pink pillows and decor ✔
Welcome to my second favorite place in Dakar. Gogo’s Cupcake & Coffee Shop is located across the street from College Sacre Couer. When you walk in you will be amazed to see the quaint pink entry table and couch. You will momentarily forget you’re in Dakar and start really feeling like you’re on a trip to Wonderland!! You can tell the owner loves pink and so do we! I really appreciate how much attention she paid to detail and the woman working the register was extremely accomadating. It’s the perfect place to begin a girl’s day out on the town. It’s in the cut but it’s so worth it. There are usually 6 different types of cupcakes on any given day. Today there is
Caramel Popcorn PopCake
Chocolate with vanilla icing
Chocolate with Strawberries
There menu is also full of tea, coffee, espresso, crepes, quiches, smoothies & even croque monsieur . I’ll attach the link to her Facebook page below. Tell me if you like it!
Buy Local ! Consumme Locale !!
All this fight about Nigerian Jollof vs Ghanaian Jollof and everyone is leaving out the Great-Grandfather of Jollof Rice, Ceebu Jen (literally means rice and fish). According to the best Senegalese I’ve spoken to, Ceebu Jen originated in present-day Saint Louis among a Wolof woman. Now in Senegal, there are two type of Ceebu Jen; Ceebu Jen Bu xonk (red jollof ) and Ceebu Jen bu wexh (white jollof) . They are both made the same but Ceebu Jen bu xonk is made with tomatoes and Ceebu Jen bu wexh ( make sure you roll your tongue lol) is made without tomatoes but usually includes green bissap and tamarind seeds as an additional side. It goes without saying that the Red Ceebu Jen is most similar to Jolof rice. Usually Senegalese cooks use broken thai rice but recently I’ve noticed more and more people using the local rice.
Some sides usually include:
green bissap mixed with okra