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“A Treat”

Gaya Art Cafe - The Gambia
Ranked #8 of 96 Restaurants in Kololi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$20
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Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Situated in the heart of the bustling ''Senegambia'' part of Kololi, yet nicely tucked away from all the hustle and bustle, is a chilled, mellow place where you are assured of having one of the finest dining experiences in The Gambia, and meeting an interesting and sophisticated crowd.Our fresh tempting menu, draws on flavours from the Mediterranean, Latin America and Asia, and not forgetting our vegetarian friends, a delightful variety of tasty organic dishes.Our bar, an exciting mix of traditional and modern cocktails, delicious world wines, and a heavenly variety of coffee beans to choose from, all set within a gallery of exquisite African art, contemporary decor pieces, and jewellery on display for sale.Gaya Art Cafe is chic but comfortable, stylish but relaxed, and buzzy but not loud. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, or just lounging on our terrace with a luscious cocktail, or simply having a great shopping experience, there is something for everyone, and much more in between.The place to see, and be seen. Come and enjoy the alluring and intimate ambience of Gaya Art Cafe.Hope to see you soon !
York, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“A Treat”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Gaya Arts Café is my new favourite place to eat in The Gambia. It is by no means the cheapest place to eat, nor does it serve Gambian food, but what it does do is produce some of the best “International” food I have eaten in The Gambia. It is possible to eat reasonably economically if you stick to the tapas menu, which is quite extensive, but you need to sample the full a la carte menu to do Gaya Arts Café justice. I last visited for my birthday so did the full celebratory meal thing. Cocktails from an extensive list, to start. I had a very interesting and flavoursome concoction of Bombay Sapphire Gin and lavender – it really does work. Starters were from the aforementioned tapas menu – piri piri prawns for me and humus for my wife. Both were excellent. In my opinion Gaya Arts Café does fish best, but there is also a good choice of meat and veggie dishes. We ate grilled lemon-grass marinated Captain fish, and Monk fish Chermoula. Again, both were spot on. Wine by the bottle is expensive, but we had a couple of glasses of very palatable house red. To finish – the best coffee in The Gambia. There is a choice of beans behind the bar which are freshly ground. We chose Kenyan Blue Mountain, which was brewed in a stove top pot. We are now planning to go back simply for coffee. Highly recommended, particularly for special occasions, and leisurely coffee breaks.

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank Mr_MYork_UK
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“Nice space, shame about the food...”
Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

Visited for a meal with family. We'd not been for some years and liked the reworked space & decor. Service is reasonably professional, if rather slow and pretty dour - generally good to at least try and smile at customers occasionally.

Sadly the food was just awful, my lemon sole cooked we beyond death and smothered in an overpowering sauce, even the steaks were poor, a usually safe choice - dry and tasteless. Trying to do far too many dishes (a common fault in Gambia) with far too little skill.

In short - nice decor, but cut the menu down to max 4 or 5 dishes for each course & get a new chef !

Thank Ramblinnmann
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Mountain View, California
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“Neat place to chill”
Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

Great Tapas, drinks, live music on a Thursday night... a good mixed crowd. Good for lunch as well. Food is Mediterranean style with yummy hummus

Thank tjsmart
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Great ambiance, good service and excellent food.”
Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

We ate at the Gaya twice during our two week stay. The setting is really nice with paintings and other arty items for sale. The cocktails are very well made and the service is attentive. All the dishes we tried were really tasty and we did not have to wait long between courses....Thoroughly recommended.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank JohnFox53
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“A wonderful experience!”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

When you're finally getting use to The Gambia and think you've seen it all - pay the Gaya Art Cafe a visit. Stepping in, you can't help but feel like a fish our of water when you're sipping beautiful wine in the most glorious and beautiful decor with the Gambia life outside the window. It's a beautiful restaurant, very un-Gambian like but that gives it a wow and provides a real escapism for a few short hours then back to the hustle and bustle of the strip.

Great service & amazing food - well worth a visit for dinner.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank MoggyMorg
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