Restaurant Gambia Ltd.
Kololi, Banjul area
Senegambia, The Gambia,
Tel no: +220 4463178
Sizzlers is in the
Senegambia area on the road to
Kololi Beach Club. One has to pass
several glittering "high-class-and–pricey" joints to get there. Do not
be distracted. The extra thirty yards is well worth the effort.
Steak in Mango
sauce: Barracuda in Mustard and Paprika: Chicken in Brandy and
Red Wine sauce: Butterfish in Orange and Grapefruit sauce.
The chef is a very creative Gambian called Mo, who started
his career at The Gambian Hotel Training School. He then worked the
Lagos Hilton, a five star hotel in Zurich, The Royal Cambridge in
U.K., and ultimately became personal chef to the managing director of
one of the largest construction companies in West Africa.
Now he has taken a once scruffy and innocuous cocktail bar and made it
into a neat and tidy, attractive eating place, a haven for
aficionados of sauces and marinades, with over fifty main courses to
I like the Melon Cocktail to start, it is fresh and cold. Patricia
appreciates the generosity of the Prawn Cocktail. Standard stuff, I
But to follow? My favourite is Steak in Walnut and Cashew sauce with
boiled parsley potatoes.
Now isn’t that different?
• Pot Luck
Let me tell you what happened on one particular evening at Sizzlers.
Patricia had ordered Pork Chops in Sweet and Sour sauce. A few moments
later a message came from the kitchen.
"Chef has inspected the pork and, in his opinion, it is too fatty and
he refuses to serve it. Would you please select another dish?"
I know some places where the pork would have been dished up
regardless, nothing said and hope for the best….
"Cordon Bleu" style cooking requires a certain artistic temperament
which includes an abundance of panache and just a little arrogance. I
would allow Mo to choose my meal for me any time, without hesitation.
Every dish is prepared to your taste, there is no "Cook-and-hold"
here. And I hope you know what to do if you have to wait a while for
You remember talk? It is what people used to do with each other before
TV was invented and when a place is too crowded to make love!
Sizzlers serves fine examples of Gambian dishes if you want a taste,
and salads for the health and weight conscious.
Open from breakfast time, through lunch and afternoon tea, and till
late in the evening.
Tables and chairs inside or out. The gardens are planned (rather than
merely planted), to develop with the seasons, and salads and
vegetables are home grown.
For desert I suggest Yogurt with Gambian Honey. Some travellers might
have sampled a similar dish in Greece, but this is Gambian Honey, the
country’s best kept secret.
I let you in to another secret, about your waiter Ebrima . His hand
tends to slip on the whisky bottle, (to your advantage), when he
creates Gaelic Coffee.
Eating out can be such fun!
Food Writer: Harmattan