Very French, rather formal, great food in the top hotel of Antananarivo
Favorite Dish: Shrimp spring roll - Mango salad - variations on goose, including foie gras, dessert was a picturesque fantasy on coffee-flavoured variations for one and lavender icecream for the other.
Main course max. 48.000 MDG
Very European. Most main courses 27.000 MDG (4.35 USD).
Bill for 6 people (incl. 10% service): 394.000 MDG (63.56 USD) - main course, soft drinks, coffee and dessert
Favorite Dish: Filet de mérou grillé (a fish), côtes d'agneau grillées, Ile flottante, tarte au citron meringuée etc.
The Cookie shop is not a restaurant as such, rather as written on their facade "Cookie Shop - American Bakery & Coffee Shop".
One of rarest all-day hangouts in Tana to have those comfy coffee tables and armchairs. Of course, we chose one coffee table and I thought the aching body which just had to stand a 6-hour-climb-&-walk could slouch on the armchairs. Tana being a small circle where social control is strong and where everybody knows everybody, slouching is just something out of the order there. Getting stiff on your chair too. lol Oh! in fact, it can be a cool hangout in the afternoon. When we entered there at 3pm, it was still, quite desert. We talked, laughed like noone was watching. Two hours later, it was tea time & just got crowded as the bright young things flock in, to chill out after a shopping spree, to indulge in some sweet tooth experiences, to meet up to celebrate Woman's day, to buy some loose coffee (too bad it was already packed and cannot spread the coffee roast smell all over the place). Ever told you it was March 8 when we got there, when Francia took her afternoon off to meet up with me, then to organize other social & charity events... to sum it up, to spend a day a modern Malagasy woman does: to work for a telecom company, to have a household with a kid, to have a social life while being pregnant, to meet up with a childhood friend who feels lazy with her daily walks and climbs... Aaah! the life! We got out when it got crowed and it was simply time to do so.
It is not Malagasy picturesque at all. Rather be a comfort food place.
Favorite Dish: - Said "all things US plus coffee" although was there only once & so far, only tried Cookie sandwich (a big vanilla icecream scoop squeezed between two cookies). Very sweet, very big as only a US portion could be. One thing a bona fide foodie can indulge only once in a while. ;-)
- Francia had her icecream scoop on a Brownie & liked it. The scoop was equally big. Could equal a three-scoop dessert in my favourite icecream parloir in Brussels.
I had the opportunity to try their chai when after indulging in our sweet experiences, we craved for some unsweetened beverage. Tea it was. I was about ordering an ordinary tea when the radar eyes noticed "Chai" on the card. Knowing the Malagasy propency to serve ersatzs of rare foreigner deli's, I ordered it without any expectation. I was greatly surprised with my first sipping. Being a chai fan, I really appreciate being able to retrieve a known savour under the tropiques: of the Kousmichoff Chai I used to have while living in Brussels. (Thank you Gillian for the great tip). There was a bit too much milk, though. Perfumed tea for Francia.
Btw, I don't know yet any place that serves the real tiramisu. Here maybe. The Chai experience makes me think they could serve me a decent tiramisu as, I think, it could be easy to make a decent tiramisu (that is if you manage to find all ingredients here).. at least, easier than making a Chai blend and get over with it with this great taste.
Will return ? Of course, to try their tiramisu (prolly with their espresso or caffe latte... or one of those coffee liquours on the list), their cheesecake (classic or strawberry), their crumble (Mum told me their crumble was good). There were just many things I could try there.
Most items are for sweet tooth folks. Fran told me it was only recently that they added sandwiches (salted, not cookie, brownie, crumble sandwiches) on the card.
Price: around 4500 Ar for my Cookie sandwich and the same for Francia's Brownie & vanilla scoop. Tea, about 2500 Ar.
Simple Diner Clean and Comfortable Seatings
Favorite Dish: Grilled Steak with Potato Fries, Soups, Noodles and Grilled Chicken Legs/Breasts, Juices/Soft Drinks Tea and Coffee at very reasonable price, nearly half then other Halal Restaurant around.
I had Steak Fried for less then US$3.00/Ar 6,000.00
Definitely, one of the two best meals we ate in Madagascar were at this restaurant. We went three times, just so that we could try the other dishes.
Try the "Royal Seven" a large sample of each of the regions specialties. Zebu is very close to cow, so don't be thrown off by the exotic sounding name.
A quick guide:
Royal Seven (hanim-pitoloha)
Duck pate ( gana ritra )
Eel (amalona )
Cassava and pork (ravitoto sy henakisoa)
Meat and veggie Soup (Romazava)
Dried fish (kitoza)
Favorite Dish: Holy cow, the liquid-hot-magma chocolate cake desert is amazing.
In addition to being a very fine small hotel, La Varangue is also home to a very fine restaurant, one of the most highly regarded in Madagascar. Indeed it is said that were it located in metropolitan France, the quality of the cooking would be such that it might qualify for much coveted Michellin stars. Given that my experience of 'starred' restaurants is precisely zero, this claim may just be hype. But it is true to say that the food served is very good, the service is fine and the value is excellent (just 141,000 Ariary for 2 in 2012).
Favorite Dish: We chose from the seasonal menu. The food was fresh, tasty and presented with panache. I enjoyed the scallops and prawns in a creme crab sauce, followed by duck breast & potato cake with black rice. Minuk enjoyed calamari creole pate, and duck soup with foie gras. Very rich.
We finished with shots of the famed 'Arranged Rum' (cinammon and vanilla flavours). Delicious!
Nice little french restaurant with a tiny garden and a bar, free wifi (most of the time working), french owner.
Favorite Dish: Entrecote grillee sauce echalottes with salade, frites and bread 13000 Ariary
Hotel de France has in the groundfloor a restaurant/cafe/bar, nice to sit there have a beer or coffee and watch people pasing by
Favorite Dish: Steak frites
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