About the Restaurants

Gambia is a paradise of fancy resort food influenced by European tastes and spicy West African cuisine. No matter if it’s a casual beach bar or a formal dining room, seafood plays large. Ladyfish, butterfish, snapper, lobster, huge prawns, and meaty oysters arrive steamed, fried, grilled and crafted into sauced delights. Look for the country’s signature jollof rice—the one-pot dish, seasoned with tomatoes, onions and red pepper, shows up with many meals, perhaps because it’s such a good accompaniment to so many meats and seafood. Gambia’s accommodating nature extends to the table, where it’s not unusual to see American-style hamburgers and Italian pizza.

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