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“Best of high end fare”

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Rabelais Hotel Restaurant
Ranked #37 of 69 Restaurants in Bamako
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 5 July 2012

First, some clarifications; this restaurant is NOT in the hippodrome restaurant strip, although it is near. Then, it is really two restaurants, a creperie, which is very nice, and has great gourmet salads, and a resto gastronomique, which provides a very nice dining experience. This place is a winner in my book, if ONLY for the fact that it is the only place in town to get "ris de veau" [actually that's probably not quite true, I bet you get calf thymus is MANY restaurants in Bamako without even ordering it.] For a restaurant that styles itself high end, there are choices that are less expensive, and there are decent half-bottles on the wine list [which is fairly rare in BKO]. I was there last week, and while I had a pleasant experience, I did note a couple negatives [which takes it down to 4/5]; the wonderful bread they had served was now just baguettes, and my pommes dauphinois were not very hot. They still do an amuse-bec [little teeny appetizers that they provide for free] but they were a trifle less exotic than in the past. All in all, great place for an occassional splurge [or every night if someone else is paying!]

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Thank timrage00
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

Small and friendly French family run hotel with a small but good restaurant. Service was good and the food was too. A nice place for a quiet evening meal.

Thank Ian G
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

This restaurant is on the same Hippodrome strip as San Toro, Relax, etc. Apparently it is a Bamako classic. The service was excellent and the food was just above average...probably above average for those who appreciate French-fare - without any inspiration from Mali or other cuisines. I.e. they don't seem fond of spices at this resto.

Thank wodaabe
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Reviewed 3 December 2011

Restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining (next to pool). Food and service quality great. Mainly french cuisine and recommend for fine dining. Located next to Porto Bar. For a great evening in Bamako then dine at Rabelais and goto Porto for a drink with great music.

Thank Safari1976
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

We had a lovely meal, the food was very good, and the service very attentive and smiling. The atmosphere is good. It is good to know it is open on Sundays!!

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