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“The most astonishing seafood place in Angola” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lookal Mar

Lookal Mar
Av. Murtala Moamed, 13, Luanda, Angola
+244 936000016
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Ranked #8 of 85 Restaurants in Luanda
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Lisbon
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“The most astonishing seafood place in Angola”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

I have eaten at Lookal Mar a couple of times and had am especially delighted about the food quality and the freshness of the seafood.

You start your meal with a small plate of a perfectly sliced Señorio de Olivenza or 5J ibérico jamon accompanied with fresh small butter toasts while you place your order and that alone is allready an absolute delightness. A fresh Cuca beer from the own "biergarten" delivers the rest.

There is a wide selection of all sorts of seafood, ranging from the Algarve Coast shrimps, over goose barnacles (percebes), over to the mouth-watering "ameijoas à bolhão pato" to the famous lobsters. Everything is absolutely fresh and gets delivered once a day from the shores of Portugal, is flied and then transported alive to the fish tanks in the restaurante where all the seafood is literally fished just before serving - to my eyes, this distinctive freshness makes this place so unique for Luanda.

To end your meal i do recommend a "prego no pão" which consists of a slice of beef fried in garlic and placed in a piece of fresh bread, typical to all portuguese style "cervejarias".

I have never tried their sweets, so can't comment on that, but in total there's absolutely nothing to complain off !

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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“Dry fish - high price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

After reading about the fabulous fish and seafood we were looking forward to try this resturaurant.
Nice and cold beer, white wine, and a couple of starters were all ok but the main course was disappointing. They only had two different kinds of fish to pick from, not a problem - but they grilled it to much turning it dry and tasteless. Just the thickest part of the fish was a little bit juicy.
Angola and Luanda is expensive, but for 100 USD pr person, you wish they would remove it from the grill in time..

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Great seafood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

Luanda is a very expensive city so this place is not different. But when compared to what you get in some of the other places this is much better. The seafood is great and very fresh and I was told by one of the managers comes in by plane from portugal and other places!

The seafood was just great!

Service as in most places in Luanda is terrible but the food is great!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Luanda
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Irregular service and food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Since my first visit I returned several times to Lookal Mar and found service and food quality to be extremly irregular. In one occasion, on a Sunday at 14:00 they had completely run out of desserts!

One thing doesn't change though : the high prices !

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Twickenham
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“Fresh seafood and more...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

A great range of fresh seafood including lobster live in a tank in reception. Efficient and friendly service. Great black caipirinhas. Starter of bread and Parma ham brought to the table without asking and you are charged AOA2100 for it so send it back if you don't want it (it is very nice though). Seafood curry was great and came with loads of rice so very filling.

Insist on being at the front of the balcony or on the deck over the beach.

NOTE: as with all my Luanda reviews they are compared to other local establishments only.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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