Saturday, September 18, 2021

Food & Drinks in Mauritania

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In Nouakchott, there is a good selection of restaurants with meals ranging from 1,000 to 2,500 ouguiya. The menus at most restaurants in the capital are similar: basic pizzas, hamburgers, sandwiches, and salads. The route leading from the Stade Olympique to the French Embassy is lined with eateries. Pizza Lina, Café Liban, and Le Petit Café are all excellent choices. On the opposite side of the stadium, the Sahara Café serves pizza, sandwiches, and Lebanese specialties and has some of the finest fairly priced cuisine in town. A strip of sandwich shops near Marche Capitale offers almost similar menus, the finest of which is the Prince (which taxi drivers know by name).

A hamburger can be found at Atar, which is outside of Nouakchott. Otherwise, native meals are available: in the south, fish and rice (chebujin), and in the north, rice and beef or couscous. Hole-in-the-wall eateries abound, with meals ranging from MRO200 to MRO500. Grilled sheep, or mechui, is likewise excellent but a bit more costly. Keep an eye out for corpses hanging from the side of the road. Fruit is available in most regional capitals. It’s worth noting that most eateries outside of Nouakchott don’t have particularly good sanitation standards. Because most little restaurants close after a few years of starting, asking locals for directions to whatever is nearby is your best chance in attempting to locate one in a provincial capital. In the absence of a restaurant, another option is to hire a family to cook meals for you, which should be reasonably cheap (less than MRO1,500), even if it takes some time (up to a couple hours to buy the food and prepare it).

Bottled water costs MRO200 and is an excellent idea for anybody unfamiliar with Africa.

If none of this appeals to you, bear in mind that boutiques offer bread, cakes, biscuits, and beverages, among other things.

Tea is traditionally offered after a meal, although it is not featured on restaurant menus. It is rude to refuse tea at someone’s house until at least the second (of three) cups have been served. It takes approximately an hour to complete the procedure.

Despite being an Islamic nation, the city has a few entertaining pubs. Drinking may be costly; a drink can cost up to USD6. Within the grounds of the French Embassy lies a nightclub. Try the Salamander or the trashy (but open late) Club VIP for non-French. The Casablanca, just next door to VIP, is a more low-key pub featuring live music on weekends. It is important to note that importing alcohol is prohibited!