Haja Zakia at Kandahar: sheep or camel?
This very traditional restaurant is two tented areas with web-strung metal beds, a few plastic chairs and tables. The place is full of flies, but an incense burner soon dispatches most of them. Water is available in a shiny stainless steel bucket.
We waited for the food to be cooked- grilled sheep, camel and camel liver with salads : tomatoes with peanut sauce, hot chili, tomatoes and onion, rocket.
We ordered three trays of food for the 15 of us.
After the meal, buckets of yoghurt and 7-up were brought to drink and aid the digestion.
This was followed by green or red tea, or coffee,
Favorite Dish: The grilled meat was out of this world, though the camel was a bit chewier than the lamb.
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cafe at the Camel Market: camel liver
The camel market is north of the Omdurman Market, within walking distance.
Camels and other animals are on sale, but we went to have a meal of camel liver. The liver is either eated raw or coated with peanut sauce and maybe fried for a few seconds. However it is prepared it is delicious, and crunchy. And cholesterol -free.
The cafe is simple. The roof is made of straw and the front is open to the elements. Tables and chairs are plastic and diners sit at a round tray and eat with their hands using round bread.
Favorite Dish: Undoubtedly Camel's liver. We devoured the whole tray of food.
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Rivera Park: good for wedding receptions
this was originally built as a restaurant with a large dining room, outside areas with streams and bridges and a play area for children.
However, it has now become very popular as a venue for wedding receptions, and a huge hall catering for thousands has been builtm with a dias for the bride and groom to sit and greet guests, a n area for the band and dancing. \tables with comfortable chairs seat the guests.
Favorite Dish: The food is well prepared. At weddings the guests get a plate with portions of meat, fish, chicken , salad, felafel, feta cheese, and s piece of sweet pastry.
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Shuhada is the big market/bus station in front of Omdurman Souk. It's one of the central areas of Omdurman and a good place to hang out and have a bite to eat. Most of the food Sudan offers is available here - from dirt cheap fuul to pizza places, and then some ice cream and Turkish cakes. There's a good place to play pool as well when you've done eating.
Can't really remember most of the names of restaurants - Titanic and Green Cafe spring to mind for good burgers, kebabs and fruit juice.
Eating out around Shuhada
Shuhada is probably the best place to eat in Omdurman, although there is nothing special. Titanic has the best shish kebabs this side of the Nile, while Magic Pizza and Delicious do pizza fairly well. The Green Cafe, right in the corner, and its rival Lu'Lu' Ash-Sham (Pearl of Damascus) are popular for juices and sandwiches. There is an excellent and cheap fuul restaurant on the other side of the square, which also specializes in sheep heads and very loud music which are not to my tastes but prove popular with the locals. Other than that, head to a dukkan for a hearty bowl of fuul.
If you get bored with the standard offerings of fuul and kebabs, then head over to Omdurman, getting off the bus when you see a series of road-side stalls close to the Nile (it sounds vague, but they are quite obvious!). Here you'll find fried fish in batter, freshly caught in the Nile. Choose a stall with plenty of people eating from it....empty stalls tend to be bad stalls. Don't be shocked when the whole fish arrives in batter, with an enormous eye peering at you...this is just the normal way of presenting it. You eat it with bread or fingers, ripping the flesh from the bones (there is usually a sink available to wash your greasy mitts afterwards!).
Favorite Dish: I have no idea how much this costs...we were invited by one of our students who wouldn't allow us to pay for anything. But it is unlikely to be expensive.