The mains were great. I went for the crevettes and was served half a dozen enormous specimens in their shells dripping with chilli-infused oil. My partner had the dorade cooked in the local style with good strong flavours. His came with freshly cooked vegetables, mine with spicy rice that had a good kick to it.
The highlight of the night was the band. An all-male affair, playing traditional Tunisians songs and, I think, some popular modern Tunisian tunes. The singer stood and behind him sat the musicians -- drummers, pipers, a guitarist, and a keyboard player. At one point, one of the drummers found his arm impeded by the fish trolley behind his elbow so he pushed it away from him. However, it flew in the direction of the singer who had his back to it. It hit him square on, lifting him up and onto the trolley! The band was uncontainable. Even the singer saw the funny side and the band couldn't look at each for ages because they kept relapsing into hysterics. Despite this, they were very good, most enjoyable, and VERY popular with the locals who kept requesting favourites and joining in. We sadly didn't wait to see the belly dancer because we could see that people were waiting for free tables.
The emphasis here is on seafood, but there are veggie and meat dishes too, so there should be something for everyone. Service is good and friendly, and prices very reasonable for the quality of food and service.
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
December 8, 2003
From journal A Week in Hammamet