Before the opening of Des Gâteaux et du Pain, and a multiplication of similar shops, Pako Gourmand was the leading bakery shop in Abidjan, famous for its pastries and ice cream. The Pako group, with two other establishments (Blvd de Marseille, Zone 4 and Avenue Chardy, Plateau), could perhaps be accused of resting on its laurels. Nevertheless, the establishment has a solid fan base and an excellent position on Rue des Jardins that still attracts a regular clientele. The manager, Hassan, provides a friendly welcome and the outdoor terrace is a real plus, even if it can be difficult to find parking nearby or escape the noise of the traffic.
In a setting that could perhaps be freshened up a little, the restaurant offers good value snacks and meals, and you can easily be full for less than 5,000 cfa. In the morning, as well as the fresh pastries, there are a number of breakfast deals ranging from 1,200 cfa to 3,500 cfa. Another bonus is the fresh fruit juices, the milkshakes and the yoghurt.
As for the snacks, they include sweet and savory crepes, salads, pasta, or pizza, burgers and club sandwiches, whose prices range between 1,800 (the sandwich de Paris) to 7,000 cfa (the great Calzone). For those who prefer to eat local, it’s also possible to order the grilled chicken or fish, snail brochettes, and chicken kédjénou (average 4,000 cfa per dish). We like: the newspaper vendors for the press in the morning, the large terrace, and the affordable prices and the simple but tasty food. We like a little less the slightly oily nature of the some of the food, the waiting times particularly on the terrace, and the early closing hours (9pm).