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.
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