A tall, stunning woman with characteristically high cheekbones and soft skin, dressed in a shama (a just like the photo) with a pitcher in her right hand, a copper in her left hand, and a towel over her left arm. She pours warm water over the fingers of your right hand, holding the basin to catch the excess, and you wipe your hands on the towel that hangs over her arm.
Injera, the sourdough pancake-like bread of Ethiopia. Food is brought to the table in enamel bowls and portioned out on the "tablecloth!" When the entire Injera is covered with an assortment of stews, etc., you tear off a piece about two or three inches square and use this to "roll" the food in-the same way you would roll a huge cigarette. Then just swoop it up and pop it into your mouth. Your host might "pop" the first little "roll" in your mouth for you. It takes a bit of doing to accomplish this feat but once you master it, you cannot help enjoy It.
Favorite Dish: INJERA Bread of Ethiopia
IAB Cottage Cheese and Yogurt
DORO WAT Chicken Stew with Hard-Boiled Eggs
SEGA WAT Lamb Dices
KITFO Tartar Steak
CHEF KURT LINSI'S QUEEN OF SHEBA SALAD Spicy Salad
At La Terrasse, which serves Lebanese and French cuisine, the proprietor Mona is a great person nice to chat with.
Favorite Dish: Kibbeh bil-saneeya (baked kibbeh) and kibbeh rass (fried kibbeh), both of which usually contain a filling of cooked meat and pinenuts. Baked kibbeh is layered in a pan with its stuffing and drizzled with olive oil, while fried kibbeh is shaped into miniature hollowed out footballs and then stuffed before being fried. Both of these cooked kibbeh are often served with refreshing yogurt sauce. Despite advancements in modern technologies, kibbeh-making is still an arduous task and usually reserved for holidays, festivals or Sunday dinner.
This is, quite simply, the best bufet in Africa. It’s also the most expensive, but may be worth it if you drink. The restaurant offers a buffet every night as well as theme nights on Saturday (Arabic night), Monday (Tex Mex night) and Tuesday (Asian night). The friendly staff bring you into a large hall filled with wonderful smells and you are seated at your table. The drinks order is taken first. Ah! That’s right – free wine & beer. Yep, all you can drink & eat. Then there’s the food! Sushi, hot meat roasts, cooking stations, wonderful varieties of vegetables dishes, wonderful fish and cooking stations. The cooking stations make all sorts of goodies for you the way you want it. There is also a huge salad choice and the dessert are is the size of a small restaurant itself. Yes, you are eating and drinking at the best buffet in Africa.
This place is not cheap. $45 for normal buffet nights and $50 for the theme nights. I sat and drank beer for 3 ½ hours along with my meal – no questions were asked. Its good value if you are a drinker.
I enjoyed the Tex Mex night. I did mix fajitas and other Mexican dishes with sushi and curried fish. Fantastic. And of course – Mexican beer (pictured).
• ALLO PIZZA SARL - HERON (Djibouti Ville)
• BLUE NILE (Djibouti Ville)
• HOTEL RESIDENCE DE L’EUROPE (Djibouti Ville)
• LA CHAUMIÈRE - GRILLADIN (Djibouti Ville)
• LA TERRASSE (Djibouti Ville)
• LE FIGARO (Djibouti Ville)
• LE BAFENA (Djibouti Ville)
• LE DOUBLE B (Djibouti Ville)
• LE JULES VERNE (Djibouti Ville)
• LE KINZ (Djibouti Ville)
• LE LONGCHAMP (Djibouti Ville)
• LE PROVENCIAL (Djibouti Ville)
• LE RIFT (Djibouti Ville)
• LE RITAL (Djibouti Ville)
• LE SANTAL (Djibouti Ville)
• LE VIETNAM (Djibouti Ville)
• L'ÉTOILE DE KOKEB (Djibouti Ville)
• OUGOUL (Djibouti Ville)
• PIZZAIOLLO SARL (Djibouti Ville)
• PLANÈTE HOLLYWOOD (Djibouti Ville)
• RESTAURANT FIGARO (Djibouti Ville)
• RESTAURANT L’ETOILE (KOKEB) (Djibouti Ville)
Favorite Dish: Some are very good -- the Vietnam place is excellent -- many are French and the food is priciey but fresh and well prepared in these better places I listed.
One other place is in The Yeman area and they cook fish in a clay oven very good very cheep but can not remember the name your hotel well know.
PLEASE DO NOT EAT HERE! I walked into this restaurant to have a look and the staff ignored me at first. When I put my hand on my camera several started shouting at me. Weird. I was going to take a picture of all their pictures of movie stars. They continued to shout at me and I took the picture anyway. I have never had staff of any restaurant in Africa ever be anything less than very polite. The staff continued to shout and be rude to me until I left. I had originally gone in to get at least a beer. I highly recommend you give this place a miss. The décor is not that great anyway.
This is the best French meal I have ever had and the least I have ever paid for one. My meal was gorgeous, had regular sized portions, looked nice with our being a miniature piece of art and left me with plenty of change in my wallet.
I read about the restaurant and its signature dish in a guidebook. The dish is the “Filet de Boeuf Sauce Roquefort”. That’s fillet steak with Roquefort cheese sauce. I thought ‘I have to give it a try’. I am so glad I did. Strangely they are only open at night – unless you make a reservation – and I was the only person in the restaurant when the other diners left as I entered. I was prepared for the worst. I was not prepared to be blown away by the food. WOW!
I had the Niçoise salad to start. Fantastic! Then came the Filet de Boeuf Sauce Roquefort with the house red wine. The steak was massive given that it was fillet. It melted in my mouth. The wine was great to and I felt like I was dinning in heaven. Absolutely unforgettable.
And the prices? Affordable. I am truly impressed with this place and I cannot recommend it enough.
My server was polite, quiet and nothing was a problem. Especially the food and bill he brought me.
If you are here in Djibouti – get in here!
Also know as
Le Niçois Chez Marco
Open Saturday to Thursday 6pm (18:00) to 11pm (23:00)
Filet de Boeuf sauce roquefort with house red wine! A world class meal at reasonable prices.
Melting Pot Djibouti Restaurant is one of the best Restaurants I’ve been in Africa. My first surprise, when I got inside that hidden spot was the lights, the welcoming and the decor. From an outside look, you would never imagine the place would be so sparkling. I’ve eaten there 4 times during my 1 week stay, and I’ve tried the Camel meat which was surprisingly very tasty and good. I also had very good sushi and a big skewer of meat. The Staff is very pleasant; there is also a huge bar and a swimming pool. Prices are on the average (around 15 to 20 dollars).
L'Etoile is a great restaurant for a night out between friends or family. If there are more than 2 or 3 of you, you must book in advance as it is very popular. Ask for the traditional tables if you want to order ethiopian food or the classic tables for something else such as beef fondue (French dish favoured by expats and legionnaires on leave).
Arrive around 8-8.30pm, enjoy an aperitif and watch the show from 9pm onwards. Lovely couple of dancers and good musicians will keep you entertained. The guys in the audience should look forward to the moment when the female dancer goes around to kiss a random selection of customers' knees!
Photo 1: the food
Photo 2: the show
Favorite Dish: The Ethiopian food will be served on a big flat pancake in small portions. There is no need to share as each person will have his or her own little piles of food. You then scoop the food with bits of pancake provided in a bread basket.
Our selection included boiled eggs in tomato sauce, spicy chicken wings, tangy lentil salad, cubed beef in sauce, minced beef with onion, tangy cabbage and a portion of very mild goat cheese. All was delicious!
Price quoted here was with beers and wine and was fantastic value.
If you have lots of money on you, you can appearently get good, French-style food in upmarket restaurant catering to the expats.
On the budget scale, you can still find decent street-food around town - but once again, they were infested with flies, making eating the food without flies difficult!
Self-catering can be a good option.
As usual with French colonies, fresh, crispy baguettes are widely sold, and are cheap.
There are also expensive supermarkets selling Western stuff for the expats.
This is a tiny Yemeni-run restaurant on a backstreet in Djibouti city, not far from the French military hospital. I cannot remember its name (if it had one) but it serves the most delicious seafood.
Favorite Dish: If you can find the restaurant, try the fish! They were cut in half lengthways, coated in some spicy mixture and slapped onto the walls of a tandoor-like oven to cook. Served with thin flat bread and honey.
In Djibouti you can go to several european restaurants. they cook french and international food, they are cleans and good but really very expensives. About 30 €.
If you don't have prejudices, you can go to eat Djiboutian food. It's very hot but you can ask it without hot. To me it's good but you must taste it, maybe it's too strong.
Food for one person about 3 €.
Favorite Dish: Lamb with onions over Djiboutian bread. Very hot and strong taste.
I went up the stairs to investigate what the L'Historil looked like inside one day at lunch time. I was greeted by a very pleasant gentleman and shown the big fish tanks and my table. Its air-conditioned and absolutely wonderful inside when you escape the heat. I had a simple lunch of spaghetti, french bread and cold water. It was ok. The menu has much better dishes, especially many seafood delicacies including shark. For non-seafood lovers the prime rib with roquefort cheese sauce sounds gorgeous.
The restaurant does most of its business at dinner time and its recommended you stop by and make reservations beforehand. They do serve beer and wine, but the price of the wine is fairly expensive.
I never made it here for a full meal, but the menu looked great.
Nicely appointed restaurant, with terrace for those not wishing to sit in the a/c. French and Lebanese cuisine. Swimming pool available for use of patrons. Friday buffet + swimming for 3500 fdj.
Favorite Dish: Good steak and many other gourmet dishes. Fresh ingredients flown in regularly on Air France from Paris. Together with the restaurant at the Kempinski Palace the best in town. Prices are accordingly high, but acceptable value for money. (Excellent and large tournedos in red wine sauce 3800 francs.) Reckon about USD 50 pp.
The place was at least pretty clean, and since I was sick from another local restaurant, this was the safest thing for me besides the pizza joint down the street.
Favorite Dish: Double cheeseburger, fries and coke. It was pretty good considering where you are. Lots of foreigners there so it cant be too bad.
Mostly used by eritrean and ethiopian refugees, so it is very cheap compering with other djiboutian restaurants.
Usually 1 or 2 kind of food per day (spagetti and fresh fish) for 100-200 franks.
It is a bit out of the city center (about 1 km), but the boat (in the way of Obock or Tadjoura) departs from here.
Llot Du Heron, DJIBOUTI, DJ
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
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Siesta Beach, Djibouti, 555, Djibouti
Good for: Couples