London, United Kingdom
August 19, 2003
The menu features a good selection of top quality West African dishes, which usually consist of either meat or fish with rice and maybe vegetables, accompanied by an all-important sauce. The ubiquitous River Niger speciality capitaine, which is usually called Nile Perch elsewhere, is of course available, and is supposed to be particularly great. In addition, the ever-helpful staff proved very willing to be flexible, meeting my request for a vegetarian meal with a wonderful feast, despite no such thing being formally on offer.
The appealing sound of live music performed on the kora frequently complements the dining experience. Meanwhile, the very pleasant nature surroundings are another highlight. Construction of the building, which is set back from the busy main road behind an appealing garden, clearly used traditional techniques. Inside it is beautifully furnished and decorated with Malian handicrafts and art, which undoubtedly reflects ownership by a former Minister of Culture and Tourism. Finally, the adjoining gallery is an excellent place in which to purchase extremely well made souvenirs.
From journal Bamako - Mali's colourful and chaotic capital