Filed Under (Things to do in Bamako) by Rob on 06-09-2010

(Things to do in Bamako no.8)

Yes, I came to Bamako a year ago knowing that I may have to go for three years without eating my favourite food! However, this weekend, that all changed!

(From left to right: chicken tikka massala, mutton bhuna, butter chicken and a veg biryani at the back)

Yes, the ‘Namastae India’ restaurant just opened in Niarela, Bamako, next to the Hotel Dafina. (Click here to view the restaurant’s location on Tim’s Bamako Map). Delicious food and a pleasant, air-conditioned restaurant. Bit pricey, but no more than you’d pay in the UK.

Of course, we were familiar with this food for two reasons: not only do we know Indian food well from the UK (where it has a similar status to Mexican in the US) but we also know the owner! Jacky has had a restaurant in Cotonou for many years, and we ate there several times (even had a Birthday Curry there in 2005!) So, it was great to meet up with the man again (who, incidentally, also has a restaurant in Dakar, Senegal, and is planning on opening one in Ouagadougou too).

Here’s a sneak preview of the menu:

And here are a couple more restaurant pics for you:

So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself over to the Namastae for a delicious RUBY MURRAY!!!

2 Comments posted on "At last! Bamako gets a Curry House!!!"
Reggie Thomson on September 6th, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

First rule of restauranters: always go where your biggest customers are!

Hilary on September 13th, 2010 at 8:15 pm #

Three years without Indian food? We cook it ourselves up here in the wilds of Northern Benin! Obviously not all dishes are possible, but I have a huge range of spices, and even made coconut chutney the other day (admittedly that is Pakistani not Indian…).

Which is his restaurant in Cotonou, for future reference?! (For one of our rare visits to the Big City!)