This is a coffee house in imitation of Starbucks, according to my son. All the young people hang out here in the evenings, so it is full of atmosphere. It was also well patronised in the morning when I went with Vt Borneogrrl.
It is situated on a roundabout between Amarat and Suq 2.
It is expensive for Sudan with any pastry costing 400 -600 Sud Pounds [ about 1.5 dollars] and a coffee about sd.900
There is a separate pastry shop where you either order [ cakes , Danish pastry or quiche etc ] to take and eat with your coffee in the inner circle, or as a takeaway to eat elsewhere.
Favorite Dish: I don't usually eat pastries, so cannot comment. My son says they are 'sweet'. But I did indulge in a slice of carrot cake which was good, and Borneogrrl devoured her cheesecake with equal gusto.
I had hot chocolate [thank you VT haldane for her forum on chocolate!!!] and Valerie had a large latte. Both very good, especially for Sudan.
The outdoor seating has sprinklers that take the heat off the area.
Amwaj or Waves restaurant is one of the cleanest places to eat in Khartoum. It's a 3-storey building and is always busy with people from all walks. The patrons are mostly foreigners and the well-to-do Sudanese or the occasional locals.
The service is OK and the portions of food is quite large (for me). You can order from a variety of meat dishes e.g grilled, roasted or steamed and you will get it with soup and a side of vegetables. Other than that you can order chicken, beef or lamb burgers. The prices are on the high side, SDG20 (US$10) for roast lamb and more for chicken. Quality wise, it is consistent and good
Favorite Dish: The dish I would often order from here is roasted chicken, steamed lamb and lots of mango juice
Solitaire Cafe & Restaurant is a little gem located in Amarat area. From the outside, you will have no idea how it looks inside because once you're inside, you're welcomed by a sight more familiar is a more developed country. There are 3 levels to sit, a counter with snacks & cakes to choose from and many people socializing or surfing the net on their laptops via free wifi. Very cool
Oh yes, Solitaire also serves very good food like sandwiches, steaks and coffee. Their motto is "Come hungry, leave happy" and "Big city variety, small town price". The latter isn't true, imagine a chicken salad for USD10. Still, the atmosphere is a nice escape from the heat & dust. The place is always full, especially with expatriates and the upper class Sudanese, so come early to get a table. The price of items has gone up since this place has become a popular haunt not just for the expatriates but for trendy & young locals.
There are now 2 Solitaire outlets, the one in Amarat Str 15 and the other is in Riyad, which is much bigger with a smoking & non-smoking section.
Favorite Dish: 9 out 10 times I'd order their lemon juice & mint drink which is actually a lime + mint blended with ice & sugar. Also, their club sandwich is also another favorite
On weekends, I like to order their hearty 'Solitaire breakfast' and sit in the garden or 'La Pergola'
This is a great place to get takeaway food for a change. You get a large size aluminium foil container with a large roll, two sticks of kebab [one lamb, one chicken], a decent piece of grilled chicken, a delicious piece of fish, pickles, some fries , a savoury roll and condiments.
My husband and I usually share one as a snack, but many offices bring one container each when holding meetings .
Favorite Dish: 2. Restaurant:
Through from the busy takeaway area, is a restaurant on two floors. Downstairs it is mirrored. Service is excellent and the food superb. Clientele cosmopolitan , and families bring their children.
For 23SDG you get a bowl of delicious soup, a large plate of salad and a main dish.
The fish is very good- and I'm not a great fish eater! Then the mende- slow cooked lamb or chicken underground can be excellent. The kebabs are great, but I think I'll opt for the lamb cutlets as favourite.
Going up Nile Street towards the English Bridge to Omdurman, there are a series of outdoor restaurants on the banks of the Nile. Most offer pretty similar food at similar prices - expensive by Khartoum standards. Fried chicken and fish are popular dishes, and reasonably tasty although not great value for money. The main reason to eat here is not the food but the location. Some of the restaurants have actual floating huts (can't think how else to describe them!) so you can eat your meal actually on the Nile. It's a great riverside experience and can get quite lively at night.
On a hot summers day (in Khartoum's case, summer nights included), there is nothing more lovely than some sweet cold Italian gelato. A good place to have gelato is at Ozone where they also serve brewed coffee and pastries. There are tables and chairs ready for patrons to sit as water mist is sprayed in the surroundings to cool the environment.
Be aware that Ozone is packed during weekends so if you just want to enjoy your gelato quietly, come on weekdays. You can see the elite group of Sudanese and expatriates hanging around here for the environment
This is one of the major hangout spots in Khartoum
Favorite Dish: I come here to buy freshly baked bread and pastries every weekend. However, the prices have rocketed since
One of the best things to eat in Khartoum is of course the Sudanese sheep or Kharouf. This animal is similar to a goat and sheep but it has a long, fat tail. Kharouf meat is quite lean and is lower in fat, plus it does not have that strong smell & taste. Actually it tastes very good, especially when grilled.
A favorite place for grilled kharouf is the Al-Waha Restaurant in Khartoum 2. They serve grilled kharouf meat by weight and by the sections of the animal, whereby the better sections are more expensive. Expect to pay SDG28+ (USD14) a kilo of the delicious ribs. One problem is that it takes a long time to get your order, sometimes over an hour so don't arrive hungry!!
Favorite Dish: I like the grilled kharouf ribs and meat only, served with a local hot sauce with raw vegetables & bread. Wash down with a refreshing glass of mango or grapefruit juice. For dessert, they serve freshly made creme caramel
The entrance of this Chinese restaurant is a little odd because you have to walk through an alley to get to the stairs and walk up before you see the sign. The place is a little dirty looking and the staff are not friendly. However, if you've had enough of lamb and beans, it's a good idea to switch to fried noodles and something other than, well, lamb & beans. The prices are quite steep (US$10 for a plate of fried noodles) but at least the portions are huge.
Favorite Dish: The cripsy duck is a must!!
This restaurant is very nice. The decor is unassuming, with an earth tone wall colour and wooden decoration. The service is good , but SLOW- maybe because we were a group of 20. There was a flat screen TV on one wall, with sound off. Toilets were clearly labelled.
The menu was like reading a report. Such a lot of choice from soups, starters, international, Indian, pasta, barbecue, fish, chicken, deserts- you name it and the choice was vast.
Prices were a bit over the top. A plate of rice was extortionate!
We paid about 25 SDP per person
Take aways are also available
Favorite Dish: I had chicken meshwi- a half char-grilled chicken with onions and tomato. It was good. Everyone else was satisfied with their choice.
The Pina Colada finished too quickly....
Little India restaurant serves not only Indian, but also some Thai/Chinese cuisine. As you walk through the thatch roof entrance, you are welcomed by a cozy sight of the outdoor & indoor restaurant. You can choose to eat in the garden or private rooms which have been decorated with colorful walls & eastern furnishings.
The choice of food is a mix on Indian & Thai, so you can order just about anything from tandoori to tom yam. Service & selection are good, prices are higher than average but it is a nice escape from the rest of Khartoum
If you're looking for an inexpensive place that serves other food other than Sudanese, you can try Asian Biryani in Khartoum North. The restaurant is basic with no airconditioning or fancy furniture, but it's excusable because the prices are low for foreign food. From as little as SDG1 (US$0.50) you can have prata bread or mutton samosa. A large portion of Biryani rice with meat with around SDG8 (US$4).
There are very few good quality restaurants in Khartoum but if you want a bit of luxury then the all you can eat buffets at the Hilton are excellent value. Each night of the week is a different cuisine (Arabic, Italian, Chinese etc). Ate there often but can't remember the prices - expensive for Sudan, but cheap for the quality and for an international hotel.
With a sizeable Turkish community, you'd expect there to be many places serving Turkish food. Well, there are plenty of Turkish bakeries around town, but I have only found one actual restaurant...called Yavuz - Layali, in the well-off suburb of Amarat. The chefs are Turkish, the waitresses are Ethiopian...which leads to a few communication mishaps as they don't speak each other's language, but the food is good.
Favorite Dish: They have a whole range of Turkish pizza, called pide (or "pastrey" in the English translation), and the tavuk sis (marinated chicken) sandwiches are delicious. You can make a meal out of the salads and dips, as they have all the typical Lebanese starters like hummus, baba ghanouj, mutabbal, tabouleh etc..and it comes with great Turkish bread. The main meals look good, but as an impoverished volunteer, I have yet to be able to justify the $3 bill! Afterwards, you have a choie of Turkish or Ethiopian coffee.
Lucky Restaurant is hidden away in an apartment building so don't expect a big signage to guide you there. Better luck with contacting a local. The food served is mainly chinese food served in a courses. They can arrange private dinner functions and expect to pay USD30 per person. There is also a karaoke room where guests can try their singing talents after a full stomach
Note: I believe this restaurant has since stopped operating
Favorite Dish: The spring roles, cold dish and chicken dishes are pretty good
There's not really much good to say about Souk Arabi, Khartoum's crowded and ugly city centre, but it's a great place to grab a quick and very cheap bite to eat. There are countless places to get food, ranging from the row of dirty-looking (but tasty!) stalls on the south side of the square, to the sit-down cafes in the surrounding streets. However, there isn't a huge selection of food.
Schwarma kebabs (chicken or beef chopped up and stuffed into a bun with peppers and chilli sauce), fried fish in bread rolls, thamiya (falafel, again served in a bun with grated cheese) - all cost about 50 dinars and are all simple but tasty. Burgers are slightly more expensive but more filling and come with everything - eggs, olives, vegetables and whatever else they have in the shop. Standards obviously vary - piping hot fish is delicious but often it's cold and greasy. I have my favourite burger place, another place for kebabs, and another for fish... but the overall winner would probably be a relatively smart looking (but no more expensive) eat-in restaurant on the northeast corner of Souk Arabi. At night it does excellent grilled kebabs.
To wash it all down most of the shops serve a range of drinks - bottled pepsi, mirinda etc, and fresh fruit juice (guava, mango, orange etc).