Thursday, 28 May 2009

... Another hiatus...

Terrou-Bi - Terrace Restaurant

This year's Repertoire des Restos features a whole page handed over to Chef Thierry Justamante of the Terrou Bi. Here he gives away the secret of his recipe for 'Filet de Thiof a la Marinade de poivre et gingembre, pomme de terre ecrasee'. (Grilled fish marinated in ginger with mashed spuds). Unfortunately for Thierry, the dish in the accompanying photograph looks like it's been assembled by a four year old, drunk on his Grandmother's sherry, using items found on the floor or fished from a burning bin. Thierry must be gutted, because the real thing actually looks rather nice, and according to my boozy-lunch companion (on her final outing with Dakar Restaurant Reviews) tastes fresh and zesty.

That doesn't stop her stealing my chips though. They are also good. My honey and citrus brochettes are a touch workmanlike in execution, but no complaints. They also do a honey and goat's cheese pizza, which comes with positive reports. In fact, the whole menu looks like it might have potential, were it not cursed with being a hotel restaurant with accompanying upmarket hotel prices. While the rest of town is banging out cheap lunch deals, this place is banking on the business trade and pitching their three-course lunchtime specials at 25,000 FCfa+. That's before you start piling on the booze. I found the service to be a little obsequious too, but maybe I'm too used to getting ignored in Les Ambassades these days.

A good treat though, and one of the few upmarket beachside places in town where it is worth whiling away the afternoon.

La Terrasse Du Terrou-Bi
Bd Martin Luther King
Tel: 33 839 90 30 Ooen 7 days a week until 11pm

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