I had the mis-pleasure of eating here with my partner and some work colleagues. We wandered past the attractive-looking buffet to find our pals in the corner. The "A la Carte" restaurant resembles a Travelodge foyer, and was unnacceptly hot for a so-called four-star hotel. The waiter rushed us into ordering and messed who had asked for what dish.
Two of us (six in total) had starters. I was so shocked by the 3000+ price tag on all the main courses, I chose to fill up on the bread, tuna and olives (they'd charge us anyway, it was that kind of place). It took ages for the wine to come, we chose well, but it was as overpriced as the food, and we caned bottles of water in a bid to keep cool.
My main course of fish in a pernod and prawn sauce was nothing more than frozen fillets, so tough I couldn't finish them, and one, yes that's right, one prawn, sliced in three to look like three and a cloying sauce. It came served with some overcooked broccoli and some salty potatoes... mmmm.. delicious - not!
My partner had "bife steak Portuguese" which was in a watery sauce with undercooked potatoes around the edge. It came in a rustic-style bowl, so rustic in fact it cracked when the waitress took it away - ie, it had seen it's fair share of the microwave.
My friend's salmon had also spent its fair spell in the deep freeze, served up an unappetising grey. The wine didn't last long between seven, but when we tried to order more drinks, the staff were nowhere to be seen. Just as well - the bill weighed in at more than $400 dollars - two starters, two puddings, six main courses and one bottle of wine.
I don't mind paying out for a good meal with good service in a pleasant setting.
I had a problem with Tropico.
If you're looking for somewhere posh in Luanda - look beyond here!
This is a popular Chinese restaurant in Luanda. Most of the staff are from mainland China. It looks like a typical Chinese restaurant with lanterns and all. It's popular because of the variety of dishes they serve here as well as having authentic Chinese alocholic spirits. There are two Chez Wous in Luanda, I and II, as they have expanded.
Favorite Dish: Seafood type dishes. The garope fish is well done.
A nice terrace restaurant overlooking Luanda bay, close to the small Yacht Club.
Popular place with expatriates and business visitors.
Average food and expensive wines.
Favorite Dish: Good selection of fresh fish. Brazilian feijoada for Saturday lunch (not very good)
Small patio restaurant with African ambience. Live music on week end evenings. Popular with locals.
Favorite Dish: Anything from the grill¡¡¡ Good steaks and 'fatias' (beef strips, like mexican fajitas).
Moderate price on food and wines. Very good grilled codfish. (Bacalhau a Lagareiro)
A simple restaurant with no decor. Paper tablecloth. Always busy for lunch with locals. Excellent menu of the day. Angolan and Portuguese Food. Very moderate prices, including wines.
Favorite Dish: Arros de marisco, for instance, is an excellent Seafood Rice dish.
Last cry in entertainment in Luanda. An elegant semi-outdoor restaurant, with bar & lounge, with kind of Ibiza-Marrakesh style.
Beautiful people in Luanda and very good food.
Favorite Dish: Remember an excellent sirloin steak with sauce. Also, a sofisticated recipe for cod-fish (bacalhau).
Small restaurant not far from Alvalade Hotel. Portuguese food and decor. Good service.
A place to see people and be seen. A favourite of MP's and High Officials.
Favorite Dish: Excellent traditional Portuguese food. Cozido a Portuguesa. Steaks and seafood.
Nice al fresco Restaurant. Quiet at lunch time and busy for dinner. Open terrace on the beach front. Cool breeze even in summer months -March, April-.
Favorite Dish: Grilled fish: garoupa and cherne (kind of grouper fish)
Good steaks with pepper sauce.
Good but expensive Portuguese wines.
This is a simple open-air restaurant located in the park (Avenide de Lenine). Only cook common Angolan food with some sandwiches. There is cyber cafe for internet savvy local and traveller, and small bakery. The visitor will be entertained by big flat screen TV that mostly showing Brazilian telenovela. During lunch time, usually many schoolchildren wandering around only to watch the TV.
There are simple sandwiches to more elaborate sandwiches (Kz200-Kz500). They also serve various drinks from mineral water (Kz200), canned soft drink (Kz100), beer (Kz100-200) to wine (>Kz500). Please note that USD1=Kz80.
Favorite Dish: Typical Angolan food like bitoque is a decent lunch. It consists of beef, fried potatoes, and fried egg with some veggies. It served with small bread (pao).
The Al Dar Restaurante is a Lebanese food eatery with real Lebanese cook, also managed by Lebanese businessman. It serve halal food, especially for Moslem. The restaurant is located near the Sagrada Familia Igreja.
For lunch, they serve typical Angolan food with Lebanese bread. They have composto that consist of grilled chicken, rice, and fried potatoes with some veggies. There are various grilled chicken, but mostly they serve chicken. For non-rice eater, there is pizza available. The price of main dish approximately USD15-20.
The restaurant also cater a bakery on the side, with various cakes and bread. The cake will cost around USD50.
Favorite Dish: The composto is really good, an Angolan food with Lebanese touch.
Comandos are the special troops of the Angolan army. Its Association is located in Cidade Alta, near the Palácio Presidencial, and the restaurant located on its premises is open to the general public.
Wireless Internet is available in the premises and, for football lovers, two big screens are set up whenever there's any major tournament going on. It seems this is going to be a very popular venue to watch the games of the next FIFA World Cup
Food being served is either of typical Angolan or Portuguese cuisine and a whole meal would cost about 1,000 Kwanzas (=aprox. 10 Euros).
Jango is Kimbundo for a central shaded hut in the village where the elders gather to tell stories and socialize. This is the theme here, as the large hatlike structure is built to resemble a real African traditional social structure.
Great place to hang out in the afternoons and into the evening. Great setting, clean spot on the beach for families, and a favorite among the locals as well as the foreigners. If you sit there long enough, you will probably see someone important in Angolan society. There is always a breeze, so you do not have to worry much about those mosquitos. Always packed when there is a Portuguese league soccer game on the BIG screen.
Favorite Dish: The food is OK, and when it comes to rating the food and the service, I would say that the view is great . . .
If you know what I mean.
The pay by the gram concept is good, but the area where you get the food is so cramped, that you have to fight for a morsel, but the Angolans are not shy about nudging each other out of the way. The passive ones will never get to eat. Better to order off the menu.
Any problems? Just say you want to talk to Pedro or Ana!!
This place is run by a Portuguese descendant and his wife...and judging by the food and photos on the wall, he is an avid fisherman.
Like a lot of restaurants in Luanda, the approach is mysterious. From the street, it looks like any other boarded up house. You enter through a metal doorway and walk down a long narrow hallway, pass through a small room with a brick oven and into the dining area. Most times, the owner waits on you personally...
Favorite Dish: Everything is good here, but definitely try their fish, I have eaten here several times and had the Grouper fillet...whether it's battered and fried or grilled, it's very tasty... Another great dish is the grilled Choco (squid), perhaps the largest piece of squid I have ever eaten... Put a little olive oil on it, some hot sauce and rice and you have a meal...
A great chinese restaurant down on the Ilha with an open balcony looking out over the sea. Enjoy the cool sea breeze and all the delicious chinese food on offer.
Has a little artisans workshop at the entrance too with a guy working away making all sorts of African crafts.
Funky beach restauant with a big bar, friendly staff and yummy food. You can go their for lunch, dinner or just for a drink... it is right on the beach and they have lots of beds, umbrellas and deck chairs for you to chill out.
Favorite Dish: You can't go to the Ilha and not have a Caipirinha