On the waterfront of the Ebrie lagoon, the Cafe de Rome leisure complex includes a casino, a nightclub and the up-market Zen restaurant. The menu has French cuisine with an Asian touch thanks to the wok buffet.
Housed on the 23rd floor of the principal tour of Hotel Ivoire, the Toit d'Abidjan (Roof of Abidjan) gives a view like no other over the city. This is without doubt one of the most exclusive addresses in the city, though prices are lower than they were in the country's glory days, and this remains a magical place to dine on chef Fernanad Vaz's cusine. At the very least catch a dessert and watch the sun go down.
Opened in 2011, this is a welcome addition to the Cocody culinary scene, with professional staff and a well decorated interior. Inspired by the owners many years in Breton, Ty Breizh (meaning the local gathering spot) village has a good mix of Ivorian and European dishes, as well as the obvious crepes, for those wanting to head up market from the maquis. The lunchtime three-course meal deal is particularly eye-catching at 6,500 cfa. At weekends there are also frequently grills organised – phone/email in advance for details. Friendly staff and a cosy feel ideal for quiet secluded meetings, romantic rendezvous and an escape from the crowd.
Formerly the maquis 'ministre', then the 'Bourgeois', and finally meeting so much success that it calls itself a 'multiplex restaurant with associated services'. The Reservoir is a recommended stop, if only for the tree-lined garden, the elevated dining room, or the cosy terrace with little coloured lamps, all with buckets of charm.
The welcome is professional and the menu is varied and original, with Ivorian, European and even Asian main courses, all with a good quality-price ratio. We like the free meatballs, mini-pizzas or fish à la bassamoise while you wait. We especially like the large choice of grilled meat and fish, above all the tuna steaks and the creamy mushroom sauce.
On the other hand, waiting times can sometimes be a problem, and mosquitoes can invite themselves to dinner during the evenings.
An added attraction, since 2008, there is now a bar, Autour d'un verre, for pre- or after-dinner drinks.
"Make yourself at home, sit comfortably, pass your order in all serenity and you will be served as you deserve...like a king. Welcome to the kingdom of African cuisine."
So reads the menu of the Combattant. Owned by Sirel, which also runs the similar 331 in Cocody, the Maison du Combattant has been around for more than fifteen years, and is one of the highlights of the Plateau district. Between midday and two o'clock it's difficult to find a place between the diplomats, high-ranking civil servants, journalists and officials from the corporate headquarters and government ministries.
The architecture and atmosphere is 1930, with a huge private terrace and high ceilings decorated with swirling fans, making this high-end maquis well worth a visit. If the popularity of the food can sometimes slow down the service, this is still a major attraction for those seeking a lunchtime bite.
The key attraction is above all the selection of Ivorian dishes, ranging from the Ivorian sauces (palm grain, leaf, djoumblé, clair, pistachio, gouagouassou), grilled meats and fish (chicken, agouti, rabbit, carpe, catfish, sole and sea bream), kebabs and other specialities (chicken yassa, guinea fouwl, snail, crayfish, mutton, kedjenou), and the daily specials.
It's difficult to know where to start! There are also salads and a snack section in the menu for those not wanting a full meal.
We love the colonial architecture, and the simple, generous and high-quality nature of the food.