L'Appaloosa is a tex-mex restaurant opened over the night during weekends.
It offers a simple food nicely served.
Favorite Dish: Steak a la planca. Malian beef is particularly tasty and soft, no hormones, no GMO, etc.
Almost as good as in South Africa.
Thai restaurant: Soukhothai
There are some restaurant ran by expatriates which are very good in Bamako, particularly when you spent weeks in the bush and you come back to civilisation.
The owner is a Flemish Belgian from Alost and his wife his from Thailand.
The menu offers a large range of delicious dishes, all of them very tasty and healthy.
The restaurant is often full during weekend evening, so it is better to make a reservation
Favorite Dish: No real favorite dish, I enjoy the whole menu.
Brasserie de Bruxelles: A touch of Belgium
Thierry, the owner and the cook will greet you with a large range of different Belgian specialities accomodated with sometimes local stuffs.
You can have dinner outside a the terrasse, or inside with airconditionning.
Prices are curiously very low for imported food.
Favorite Dish: A choice of Belgian beers like Kriek, gueuze, Rodenbach, Blanche, etc
Don't take French wine there, not good quality, prefer his South African wine.
Starters with salad and cheese,
Real lamb meet, very rare in Africa to find young animal flesh.
Le Relais: Eat and swim
A nice restaurant/bar. The food is good, particularly the italian food, there is a good salad bar too. The prices are medium. However, if you wish you can swim for free after a meal in the hotel pool.
Favorite Dish: The capitane fish is particularly good.
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Amandine: The best Western food in Bamako
Amandine is a great restaurant in Bamako. Although it is owned by Lebanese men, the menu is more similar to what you might find here in the United States. They serve all kinds of great foods ranging from pizza to steaks, and all kinds of stuff. It's a "typical" Western restaurant, except it happens to be in the middle of Africa.
They also had a bakery area where they sold a lot of desserts like cakes and pies. I never had any of that, but it looked good!
The prices are a lot higher than most of the other places around town, but it's not that bad - it's actually comparable to the prices you would find at a similar place in Europe or North America. From what I gathered, the locals don't eat there much because of the cost, but if you are craving some "Western" food, this is the place to go.
Favorite Dish: Pizza Marguerite (cheese pizza) - This was really good, I came back a few times to have this during my 6 week stay here. It has a distinct flavor that you don't get from normal cheese pizzas in the United States, which I liked.
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Chez Thierry: Pizzeria
Thierry is a Malian/French.
He makes the best pizza of Bamako, made on a woodfire.
It is only open after 7PM,
I like to have dinner outside in a warm atmosphere, cool live music, local decoration.
Favorite Dish: Pizza Thierry
This a tourist-oriented typically african restaurant. With a pleasant garden, and decorated with African motifs, is a good place for dinner, either outside or inside the restaurants
Favorite Dish: Mouton with coconut and couscous. The fruit juices (ginger, tamarind...) are original and delicious. No alcohol served.
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San Toro: Malian restaurant
In a typical Maghrebian/Malian design, you will enjoy an Europeanized Malian food.
The menu is full of different fresh juices, local dishes made of lamb khebabs, couscous, and surprising desert dishes
Favorite Dish: Bissap's cocktail
Smoked capitaine salad
Located in the Quartier du Fleuve, the restaurant and bar is decorated in the style of Marseilles with a touch a Provences.
You will eat Provencal food accomodated with what they can find in Mali.
Favorite Dish: Bouillabaise made of local fish
Piccata of ham
terrine of fish
San Toro, Bamako: THE African restaurant in Bamako
A Malian restuarant run by Malians. The decor is fabulous, mostly in terracotta colours with local artwork . There are lots of artefacts hung on the walls.
This is not just a restaurant as there are several shops and galleries on the site. There is lots to see and buy, although prices are high for the tourist items.
There is an art gallery on the site but the prices are almost London gallery prices.
The food is good and freshly prepared although the service is rather slow. The menu is quite limited but all the dishes are good and the prices are quite low. the navarine of lamb is particularly good. Don't miss the local fruit drinks. The 'melange' is really good, but watch out for the ginger! The staff are nice and friendly..
I went for a meal there the other day and they had a great guitarist and balafon player. Most evenings they have live music and at other times play local music over the PA system.
Favorite Dish: The brochettes are good. There are a range of Malian dishes on offer.
Le Relax, Bamako: Le Relax, Bamako
A roadside snack bar with tables inside and outside. Also has a patisserie.
Hang out of Peace Corps and other poor bods. One place to go and get a Pizza .. the cheapest way to get a cheese fix!
Favorite Dish: Schwarmas ....pitta bread filled with meat, sauce, salad. OH how I miss it!!!!
Amandine, Badalabougou: Fast food it's not - but it's good value
Amandine, Badalabougou to the south of Bamako across the old bridge
Friendly staff, good food. Brilliant patisserie.
Favorite Dish: We are regulars at this restaurant. We have tried many things from the varied menu. Don't be mislead by the 'fast food' menu .. it's NOT .. service can be very slow indeed. The pizzas are very good ..try the four seasons one. We buy schwarmas and pizza and freeze them at home to eat later.
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San Toro: Best grilled food in Bamako
San Toro is the most original and interesting restaurant in Bamako. With excellent fish, meet and sauces, the food is simple, well presented and delicious. The decoration is amazing! I've never seen something like this! Presenting African food in a luxurious setting is genius. Much better than badly copying French food in Africa...if you know what I mean! Local Malian upperclass as well as tourists, expats and soldiers find something interesting to eat in this restaurant. Very happy that it reopened last month after two years of troubles.
Favorite Dish: Best dish is the brochette de capitaine, grilled Nile perch with a delicious sauce and attieke.
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Bistro Bafing: Not to be missed
This Bistro is an oasis located right in the middle of the frenzied market area of Quartier Fleuve.
Relaxed African athmosphere, a favourite of musicians and of people working in the vicinity, a cool meeting place between Westerners and Malians.
Especially popular for long lunches, they serve both African and European dishes. While everything is well made, I recommend the brochette and the capitaine which both offer great value for money. You can have wine, beer and any other alcoholic beverages.
Favorite Dish: Capitaine
BadaLodge: Best Place Ever!
3 hectares of Gardens, a wonderfull pool, a very nice restaurant... it is just an escapade from the croud and busy life in Bamako
Favorite Dish: Taste the Tomato Tarte or the Carpacio the Bar: best ever
+ The best Grilled steak in Town
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