I first discovered Gaya 18m ago when visiting just for a cocktail evening. The cocktails are superb with an innovative carefully crafted menu. Reading the dinner menu at the time I had promised myself a visit to experience the offerings. Well that visit was last night and I never felt compelled to write a review so promptly...
I was dining as part of a group, I made a reservation before hand as I knew the restaurant is small and select. (Tel. 220 446 4022 or email@example.com) (closed on Sundays)
Since my last visit the restaurant has undergone somewhat of a transformation. The fascinating eclectic and whimsical with its deep red hues has now given way to elegant whites. (out dating photographs posted on 'Trip' previously which don't do justice at all)
There are still interesting pieces available to purchase and the furnishings are of a quality rarely seen in this part of the world, all very civilised and comfortable.
Washrooms are spotless and stylised.
...needless to say, you are not going to feel comfortable in your shorts and tee shirt for dinner. The atmosphere was relaxed yet all guests were very well dressed, a delight to see in this part of the world.
The entrance is accessed through its garden sporting huge lanterns and exterior lounge area with its comfortable relaxed seating. (Lunch outside is definitely on my to-do list now)
The door was 'magically' opened by a liveried, respectful member of staff for they entire evening (you don't see this often in this day and age of personnel austerity)
We were welcomed personally by the proprietor, charming and courteous as ever. We opted to go directly to our table for drinks rather than sit outside. Although we had all already had a useful peek at the menu online not one of us opted for our pre-chosen cocktail due to the choice on offer. Fresh fruits and berries together with chocolates, coffee, chilli and cayenne all feature heavily.
Opting for the 'Chilli Passion' I relished the unusually crafted blend of tequila, rum, juices, ginger and a kick of cayenne -all clever stuff. Not one of us was disappointed with our selections.
Now for the food...again we had downloaded the menu previously. This however didn't help with choice dilemmas on the evening, we wanted to try everything!
I can most defiantly recommend the Piri Piri, prawns immersed in the most amazing garlic, chilli and lime butter. Like wise my entree choice of the 'Seafood Melange' a hearty blend of monkfish, seafood, butter beans and chorizo was superb.
'Presentation was everything' and taste was better, we all enjoyed totally. (One of our group had been a former chef at the Mayfair, London years earlier and he was especially impressed)
Service...standards of attentiveness and training which is just not seen in The Gambia (inc what I consider to be the big two- Ngala and Coco)
The exceptionally smart, polite and polished team did us all proud.
The timing as not rushed, we had expected to wait for such a varied quality menu.
All in all, we can't recommend enough! Certainly one of my nicer dining experiences.
...and the price, admittedly we did not delve into dessert or coffee selections, however the cocktails were experienced by all and the wine had been flowing. 1300 GD per head (inc grat.), we all thought represented excellent value for money.
Each and every one of us eagerly await our next visit with gusto! (I can't wait to try a tapas lunch in the garden)
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