Contact Address Details:
Kololi, Banjul area
Senegambia, The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 4463178
Sizzlers is off the Senegambia
Strip 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 are 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
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 select from.
I like the Melon
to start, it is fresh and cold. Patricia appreciates the generosity
of the Prawn Cocktail. Standard stuff, I agree.
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
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 your food!
• You talk!
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!"
By Food Writer: Harmattan