City Mall food court: It's not gourmet, but it is air conditioned
The City Mall appears to be Georgetown's only mall, and it's tiny. The escalator only goes as far as the second floor, but you won't really want to go up there anyway. The first floor is where the food court is located, and while you're not going to get 5-star cuisine there, what you can get is a pretty decent fast-food meal--all local food--and a chance to sit at a clean table in an air-conditioned space. This is quite exciting for Georgetown. While you dine you can watch the stream of commercials on the flat-screen TVs around the area, all showing ads for local establishments like Liza's Abundant Styles, Vinu's Shoebox, and Guybuyz Photo Studio, all made with endearingly low production values that make them very entertaining. There are also bathrooms, but you have to pay G$60 (USD 0.30) to use them.
Shanta's Puri Shop: Super local lunch
This lunch counter, with a few tables and a lot of take-out business, is very popular. Beat your way to the counter and try to catch the eye of one of the rather unwelcoming staff to put in your order, and then they'll bring it out to you. The food here is typical Guyanese, which is to say based on Indian cuisine, but with local additions and a lot of local names. Feeling in the mood for something simple, I got "dhal with rice and coconut choka." I was brought a plate containing a big hemisphere of rice, a ping-pong sized ball of spicy paste (this was the coconut choka part) and a coffee mug full of thin dhal. There was also a bit of chutney on the plate and some lettuce. Not really knowing how to eat this, I decided to make a little well in the rice and pour the dhal in, kind of like what you'd do with mashed potatoes and gravy, and then put a little coconut paste in every spoonful. That worked for me, and no one gave me any funny looks!
This place is decidedly downmarket--atmosphere is more or less zero, and the two or three ceiling fans don't make much of an impact, so it was broiling inside. If you want smiling service and a nice dining room, go elsewhere. But the food was good and it was nice to see this local favorite. Plus, you can't beat the price. For a very filling lunch and two bottles of water, I paid G$880 or about USD 4.40.
Angel Seafood: A restaurant just for me
I had read a review of this place and figured I'd take a cab out to it, with a thought of eating some nice fish on a breezy deck. The tricky part was that the restaurant wasn't actually operational (although they had tables set up, most likely for breakfast service for their hotel guests). The bar staff told me that they were "re-doing the restaurant and it would be open next month." I must have looked so downhearted that they took pity on me and decided they could make me some food anyway. So I ended up with a very fine plate of fish and chips, plus a cold Banks beer, all for G$1280 (USD 6.30). Not bad, even if I was eating on a deck that was completely empty of people! Hopefully they will be open for real by November 2012, as they promised.
The new thriving: great bakery
It is clean, they have a nice terrace with a great view. The building has several restaurants> Downstairs there is a bakery where you can pick out all types of bread. There is a cheap Chinese restaurant. Upstairs is the more expensive part but nice decorated.
Maggie's Snackette: Best pastries and lunch specials... GREAT PRICES!
Great little pastry shop which also offers one of the best lunch specials in town. They offer salads, sandwiches, pastries, cakes and fresh fruit juices. Everything is freshly made daily and it is first come first serve. So my advice is to call ahead and order since the crowd can be a bit much at lunch.
Favorite Dish: The lunch special is very affordable at $1000.G, the equivalent of $5USD. and their pastries are the best in town, offered for under $1.USD
I highly recommend their tropical chicken salad, chocolate eclairs and cheese cake.
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Oasis Cafe: Chill cafe and Wi-Fi
A foreigner and ex-pat hangout. They have a decent selection of food, from salads to sandwiches and a few daily blackboard specials. Expect to pay 800~2000 for food. They have milkshakes and ice cream too which I always believe helps cope with the heat. They offer free Wi-Fi, so most people come to have a coffee, snack, or catch up on gossip while the play on the internet.
Both cafes are open Mon~Sat. However, the original Oasis is now open extended hours (till 10pm weekdays) and until 5pm Sunday.
Celina's (Atlantic Resort): Great food along the waterfront
The food here is good, and considering the quality and portions, reasonable in price.
Even if you are not in the mood to eat anything, the open air seating along the waterfront gives a great atmosphere to sit, relax and have a drink.
Favorite Dish: The fish is always a good choice. The prawns in garlic was delicious also.
Lady fingers: Great breakfast!
On a side street with a nice terrace overlooking a quiet road. Very clean and comfortable.
Favorite Dish: Counter service for breakfast with a choice of pastis, plantain fries, scrambled eggs, saltfish and pepperpot. I didn't try the pepperpot, jellied beef fat did not appeal to me for breakfast! Nor did I have the saltfish as I am not overly keen on fish, especially not for breakfast! I had everything else though, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Cazabon Restaurant, Tower Hotel: Too tired to leave the hotel
The restaurant is situated to the side of the swimming pool, raised on a much higher level. Rattan chairs and tables, quite open and airy, really quite pleasant, but not much more than that.
Favorite Dish: The food has had mixed reviews, but I was quite satisfied with what I ordered.
We had split pea and dumpling soup for starters, fllowed by a mixed platter to share between the two of us: fish, prawns, chicken and kebabs. We both enjoyed it, but didn't feel that the portion was large enough for two to share. Our mistake.
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