La Vague Bleu: Excellent Seafood in Algiers
These guys came highly recommended and the food doesn’t disappoint. When I walked in Big Chef was cooking away and it looked like a fantastic seafood stew. Smelled great as well. I was politely shown to a table upstairs and a menu in French was produced. And then a nice bottle of water. Unfortunately they don’t serve alcohol here.
Due to my failure to remember seafood vocabulary in French, I just ordered the largest dish. It was very good, but I wish I had just asked Chef what he was making when I came in.
My mixed platter was fantastic. The prawns (shrimp) were absolutely the best I have ever tasted. My tuna fantastic and the rest were a welcome accompaniment. A good meal that was fairly priced.
Apparently the restaurant is owned by a local fisherman who catches all (probably most) of everything you are about to dine on.
If you are here for a few nights, this is a very pleasant experience. It’s located in an arch underneath the city ramparts. If you come early enough you will almost certainly walk past the small fish market that operates out of the other arches.
The house special seafood platter and some nice coca cola.Related to:
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RESTAURANT FUJI YAMA: DIARRHEA FOR 8 DAYS
So you are wondering why I ate here aren’t you? This restaurant (more of a bar) is inside a brand new shopping plaza and outdoor event venue. Somehow this place still manages to look old, dirty and worn inside this new complex. I was looking for a restaurant where I could get alcohol nearby my apartment and this was the only option. When I walked in the first time I thought I could probably put up with the smoke as the meat and fish inside the glass case looked good, so did the menu and they had a bar. Even sports on TV. So I ‘saved’ my visit to my last night in Algeria.
When I showed up and tried to take a photo of the outside a large, slightly gangster-like, character not only said “Non! Privée!”, I thought he might actually physically do something unpleasant to me. Once I explained I would be dinning and drinking, he became smarmy and friendly. He told me his name, but who cares?
Inside I watch a very strange ‘hostess’ with massive boobs all but falling out of her blouse talk to the mostly male clientele. I was offered expensive small (but cold) bottles of Heineken.
I ordered a delicious salad and an excellent tasting peppercorn sauce steak. Both were greasy and I though I was probably in for an upset stomach unless I drank enough to sterilise my insides. There were no side dishes – just slightly stake bread. So it was a bar meal, although better tasting than most bars. My other indication I might have trouble was the filthy state of the toilets. They had soap, but even that looked filthy.
So I went back to my apartment to get some sleep. Within hours – you guessed it. And for the next 8 days I spent at least $50 on diarrhoea tablets and a lot of time regretting my meal whilst inside many many toilets.
I once had a bad kebab on the streets of Yemen and had issues for 24 hours. That was the worst until these morons. 8 days!
So if you want to spend time in public toilets for the next week – this is just the place for you!
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Le Gourbi: Fresh Fish in Ain Taya
Le Gourbi was opened by owner Ammi Louenes in 1972 and they have been serving fish and other dishes ever since. I just stopped in for a quick look and possibly a light lunch. It’s a large and nicely decorated, although slightly dark, restaurant. The staff were very nice and they made sure I had a nice cold beer while I looked the menu. Before I could even blink, one of the waiters arrived with a massive platter of fresh fish. They take delivery from the fishing boats every morning so it doesn’t get any fresher. Although they specialise in seafood, they also do a selection of French and Arabic dishes. They also take pride in offering ‘Méchoui’. This is a Northern African tradition of slow roasting a whole sheep or a lamb spit-roasted over an open fire. Definitely for large parties only!
I had to pass on the large fish, but decided on a fish soup and some prawns (shrimp). Delicious. When they brought my soup they also brought what I would describe as large croutons, shredded cheese and a sauce to go with it. My prawns were served lightly spiced and in a flavourful oil. I just had a snack but there was a family inside having a very large and delicious looking meal.
To stay in business since 1972, you have to be keeping the locals happy. I have a photo below of their sign in French and Arabic to show a taxi how to get here. Easy.
They are open 7 days a week and well worth a meal here in Ain Taya.Related to:
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LE CORSAIRE: FOR THE LOVE OF FISH - ORAN
You need to get here a bit early - when they say fresh fish - they mean fresh fish. They are also busy. Because the fish is so good! It really pays to speak French here to explain how you want your fish prepared. I didn't, but I had a wonderful meal. This a very family oriented restaurant as well. They do not serve alcohol, but have plenty of soft drink options. In case you speak no French at all, you can just point in the case and leave the rest to them. My salad starter was fresh and delicious. My Dorade fish was amazing. A simple but great restaurant. If you are only here for one night in Oran, eat here and sample excellent local seafood and life.
They even deliver !
Their website has a good map, a sample of the menu and a few photos (see page 2!)
Dorade fish!Related to:
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Tea stop at Djelfa
When we travelled in Algeria, we made a lot of teastops. Algeria, like all North African countries is a great country for tea-addicts like me. I enjoyed all these locations where also the locals drink their tea
At this place in Djelfa our tea has a special smell of rose water. At each table was a small bottle of rose water.
Favorite Dish: This tea with rose water was not really my favourite one.
view from the tea terrace: Djelfa
In Djelfa we had our tea on a colourfull terrace with a view at the mosque.
It looked like a rather new complex with nice blue coloured mosaics and many glittering ornaments in the sun.
We enjoyed to have a look at the street during our tea stop. We didn't see so many open air terraces in this part of Algeria.
Tea stop at Djelfa
If we were travelling we made a lot of teastops.
We prefered locations where a lot of locals also drink their tea. A nice view at the streetlife is also very welcome.
At this place in Djelfa we drunk tea with a special smell of rose water. There was a small bottle of rose water on each table.
View from the restaurant Djurdjura: Look at the centre of El Bayadh
I like it always very much to make a lunch stop in the centre of a town or a busy street.
So you can experience a bit of the daily life around the restaurant, to do some small shopping as buying drinks.
In most of these restaurants also a lot of locals will have their lunch.
restaurant Djurdjura: Lunchstop at El Bayadh
The food in Algeria is good. Everywhere you find local restaurants like restaurant Djurdjura in El Bayadh.
Like in Marocco and Tunesia you can eat couscous , shis kebab and drink a lot of peppermint tea.
desert restaurant: Ahmed the cook
Ahmed the cook was in charge of our food. Vegetables, pasta, couscous, pan de sable, and …tea, of course. Very basic ingredients, but tasty and colourful results. I really enjoyed the food and I loved the tea.
Shared taxis are the most common way of transportations between oasis towns in the algerian Sahara. Distances are large and when there is a roadside restaurant in some of the villages along the way usually the driver stops for some food and water.
They are nice places to meet and talk to local people and usually there is a menu with some choice (that is a plus in central/southern Algeria).
But sometimes there is no restaurant for hundreds of kms, so always bring at least some water with you.
THE GREAT OASIS RESTAURANT.: THE GREAT OASIS RESTAURANT.
Favorite Dish: The food here is great. We get sandwich everyday. Nah..not really. The local couscous is delicous.
This picture was taken on one of our weekly BBQ session every Friday evening. Time to relax and unwind after a hard day's work.
No choice. The WAC mess and...
No choice. The WAC mess and the Officer's Club.
Favorite Dish: A peanut butter, catsup and a slab of raw onion sandwich!
For a while if we had spam for breakfast, we had Vienna sausages for dinner, and vice versa. Food was filling.
Togera, the bread made in sahara
We can eat fleash bread although inside sahara.
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