KAISER HOTEL: Good food in a friendly atmosphere
The Kaiser Hotel has mixed reviews, as does Sousse itself, so in the end it's down to you to judge for yourself. It was convenient to eat here, and in a party of four people, the food was always freshly prepared and cooked well. We ate her 4 or 5 times. The menu isn't amazing, but a good selection of pasta, pizza, steak, chicken and turkey dishes. Reasonably priced from around £4.50.
Art Food: Great fish, comfortable place
The Art Restaurant had a relaxed atmosphere, comfortable with quality food. The fish was superb (not sure what it was!), but very tasty at 12TD (around £6), served with perfectly cooked rice. Mainly locals eating there during lunchtime. Beers 2TD, coffee 1.5TD. Clean toilets. What more do you need whether you want to sit oustide in the sun or inside in the AC.
Favorite Dish: Freshly cooked fish with rice.
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Ribat Cafe: Friendly Cafe
Being on half board at our hotel - which had a god choice of tunisian an European food we didn't often have a lunch but one afternoon we paused for breath on our whirlwind tours at the Ribat Cafe - a peaceful haven from the bustling medina markets and a pleasant sun trap too.
Favorite Dish: Although we didn't really need it we ordered the local dish - brik. This is a thin fried batter with egg inside plus tuna is often added. It was served with chips and salad and was 5 dinars (about £2.50)
accompanied by freshly squeezed blood oranges - delicious. we enjoyed the sunshine here so much we stayed for coffee and cakes - a little over £1. Good friendly service too.
Emira Quick, Listrit Ennakhil, Khezama, Sousse: real Tunisian food, excellent value and service
This restaurant is aimed at local people, and North African tourists mainly, so the food is authentic. This means it can be very spicy compared to the big hotels and european tourist restaurants. You can get a great 2 course meal for about 4 dinars (currently about £1.70) with pizza from 3.5 to 7 dinar, and soft drinks from less than 1 dinar. Meals include as much french bread as you want, and you will automatically be given a small amount of salad, or a vegetable stew type thing as a starter
some staff speak English, but if they are not on duty they do have menus in English (if they give you a french one by mistake, just keep saying that it's not english, and they'll find the right one)
a lot of local business people eat there at lunchtime, so it can get quite busy, but turnover is fairly quick, so you don't normally have to wait for a table
After your meal, carry on up the road for 2 minutes and have a drink at the cafe palmeras for another touch of authenticity.
if you're in a taxi and the driver doesn't understand the french street name, try asking for 'sharer nukil' instead
Favorite Dish: they do a different dish of the day, and different fish of the day depending on the best buy in the fish market that morning, which tend to be the best value. I loved their couscous but it was just a little too spicy for me. They do really good, tender, roast chicken, and the pizza has plenty of topping. they can do most dishes to take away if you want
in the evening they sell chawarma (kebab and salad, in a wrap, with chips, beware the harrissa) and chappati (flat bread filled with herb ommelette, tuna, maybe cream cheese or mayo, but specify 'le harrissa' unless you like vindaloo strength chilli) for take-away or to eat in
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La Caleche: Good popular place
This place is just along from La Marmite on Rue Remada. The food and service here are good with some nice ambiance which is why it's a popular place, especially with local buisnessmen. I had a nice chicken and shrimp supreme (in white sauce) for TD13 and their other dishes include fish, steaks, cous cous, spaghetti, pizzas (TD7,500) and hot and cold entrees. Nice place and not badly priced. The owner or manager has a passing resemblance to the late (but not so great) Saddam Hussain but don't let that put you off coming here!
La Marmite: Nice atmosphere
This place 1s excellent. There's a couple of really good restaurants along the same road (Rue Remada) which is just off Ave Habib Bourguiba which runs north from the Medina to Boujafaar Beach. The decor inside is peach and sandstone with a strange tree like structure as well. It's got a posh feel which is evident by the waiter service when he laid your napkin on your lap. I had some small lamb chops which were nice.
Restaurants opposite Medina: Good options
There are about half a dozen similar type/feel/priced restaurants opposite the north-eastern end of the Medina overlooking Place Farhat Hached. None of them were busy at all when I visited and in fact this kind of put me off them but then again it was the winter so it was out of the main tourist season. I did go to one on the far right hand side as you look at them and had a good turkey cous cous. There's also a popular cafe called Le Marrakech at the left hand end of the block.
Sultan Restaurant: Cheap fast food
This small place specialises in fast food by selling sandiches, panini's, chapati's etc along with kebab's, chips and such like. It's located at the north-eastern end of the Medina overlooking Place Farhat Hached and gets very busy at lunchtime.
Cavallero Restaurant: Nice little place!
This small restaurant is located just across the road from where I was staying in Sousse at the Hotel Abou Nawas Boujafaar. It serves steaks, lamb chops, cous cous and fish dishes. Service was good and reasonably quick and friendly so if I recommend it.
Cafe des Nomads: Be Aware
This restaurant is opposite the kasbah and has a nice roof terrace. There were no menus but we settled on ordering two vegatable couscous and two soft drinks. When it came time to pay, the charge was exhorbitant. The cost was reduced a little and we paid but we were not at all happy. The discussion continued outside and my husband took out his notebook to write down the name of the restaurant. hey presto, the cost of the meal was reduced by a further half, which was still too much. We told the man but just walked off. When we had been walking about ten minutes, who should catch us up by the waiter from the cafe, proffering a 5 dinar coin as a further reduction. This we took. When considering all the reductions, the meal was still the most expensive we had in Tunisia but had been reduced to a more reasonable level. So, either check out how much the meal is going to cost before you eat or else really haggle at the end!
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Cafe at the Kasbah
After our morning tour of the medina we went for a coffee in a cafe overlooking the Ribat. It looked a bit touristy but it was great value, the coffee was nice and they even brought us a few complimentary snacks. So good we returned there for a quick coffee in the afternoon before getting the train to Tunis.
El Malouf (or very similar): Tunisian food
Ambient is local (so, read *special*). Impossible to picture it with words or ordinary photo (and I am amateur with photographing so I skipped this try).
Food is very good and in local style!
I got in there as it was Ramadan time and at daytime local men were not eating. Otherwise I suppose I'd skip it as I always feel uncomfprtable if in a certain place there are only *eyes and moustaches* staring at me! :)))
Favorite Dish: I choose some light stuff with *Tunisian* written on the menu ;)
If you do the same you won't regret it!
We made our way through the medina and went for lunch at Dodo, a restaurant near the southern gates. It wasn't the best meal we had in Tunisia and we didn't get the usual harissa, olives, etc that you get in almost all Tunisian restaurants. We both had pizza which was a nice change after having cous-cous every day for a week.
We arrived in Sousse after a long day which had started in Kairouan and had included El Jem. It was also my birthday that day so we planned to take it easy that evening. For dinner, we picked the restaurant beside our hotel, La Caleche, which had been recommended in the guidebook.
The food was very nice but it took forever to get served. And it's not like they were too busy, The waiters seemed to enjoy polishing glasses even after we had asked for a bill or more wine or anything. It made me a little angry. Not what we wanted on my birthday especially after such a long and busy day!
Tiptop: Be sure to try couscous!
This restaurant was one out of three that was recommended in this area (along with L'Albatros and L'escargot).
Tiptop had a nice ambience to it, with white brick walls that was decorated with a lot of traditional and modern artifacts.
The restaurant was also nice and clean.
After ordering, the waiters made sure you did'nt "starve". They gave us nice apetizers like bread and butter with garlic, olives and salads.
The portions of food was humongous (especially the couscous), and the staff very friendly. Especially they enjoyed having fun with my 7 year old son.
After dinner, the guests always had a small ice cream (lemon sorbet) and some the. Kids had some extra, like a bigger ice cream.
Tiptop lived up to its name for sure, I can highly recommend it!
Favorite Dish: Couscous with lamb!
Might be so tasty because of the sweet couscousgrains, the garlic and the onion, I really don't know!
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