Vakona Forest Lodge: A long drive otherwise...
If you are staying at the Vakona Forest Lodge, then chance are you will be eating here as well. it is 9 km down a bumpy unsealed road to find any alternatives.
Fortunately, the restaurant serves pretty good food - local style but with a french influence. Prices are reasonable - we paid between 5 and 8 euros per person with drinks for each meal. Breakfast came inclusive with out tour, and was OK.
The restaurant is in a large circular room with a central fireplace. One had to choose ones distance carefully with the fireplaced. too close and one got toasted (and slightly smoked), to far away and it was a little chilly. Fortunately, we were able to manage the baby bear option most of the time!
Favorite Dish: Breakfast was pretty simple - yesterdays baguettes, reheated, and eggs and fruit.
We tried quite a few of the selections on the menu, and were impressed with the rabbit stew & chips. Duck with green pepper sauce and stir fried vegies was also pretty good.
Piece de resistance however, was the camarones, a large fresh water crayfish, served with chips. We got 3 per serve, and the cost was just 18000 Ariary. Bargain & tasty too boot.
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Good lunch stop for local food
The Feony'ala Hotel has a rather nice restaurant overlooking the river which borders the Mantadia National Park. Apparently, at breakfast one can sometimes hear the eerie cries of the indri.
We stopped for lunch on the pleasant terrace, and enjoyed local style dishes (vegetables with meat) for lunch.
We were watched over by a posse of cats.
There are also bungalow which are an ecomomical proposition.
Favorite Dish: We chose eel and pork stew, and beef and cassava leaf stew, both served with rice. Very nice washed down with Three Horses Beer. Cost for 2 was 27000 Ariary (about 10 euro)
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