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L'Escale

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Bangui, Central African Republic
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent long time waiting for someone bring the menu, than more time for the food, and when it arrived, wasn't that good. Maybe it was an exception, I will try again.

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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

The place could be nice as that's an open space with some trees not far from the river. Food was bad: meat overcooked, vegetables extremely oily. Staff unpolite and not speaking good french. We waited two hours for the meal. ...Wondering about hygiene conditions of the kitchen, too.

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1 Thank Francesca A
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2016

L'Escale is nothing fancy, but the food satisfies and the open-air, candle-lit atmosphere is relaxing. I always get the maboke - a rich, flavorful curried fish or chicken with veg steamed in banana leaf with a side of plantains or rice. It's a nice break from hotel food!

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Thank Cassandra C
Tirana
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82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2016

This restaurant is one of the more unusual places in Bangui. It is located near the river and seems quite popular with the French Embassy and those associated with the French Republic (such as French soldiers). All of these people seem to know each other - and to know the owner quite well. The seating is virtually all outdoor. The... More 

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Bamako, Mali
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2015

I've been to L'Escale a few times and each time I'm disappointed. There are a few vegetarian items on the menu but it's been hit or miss whether they are in stock-- including some fairly basic things like egg sandwiches. Orders are often incomplete or brought out one thing long after another. For some reason, twice, I was not able... More 

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1 Thank JoeTennis1
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Well Bangui is not a cozy and touristic place but if you are looking for a restaurant, where to eat something special, you should come here! I have eaten a good antelope (watch out to find out small bullets), maboke (a traditional dish done with fish and cooked in banana leaves, I suggest the curry variety) and sometimes you can... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2015

I am not sure about the safety of the food but it has good fish. If you don't mind exploring the cuisine there and maybe get a slight stomach ache you try their specialties, you won't regret them.

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Thank Ximena C
Kampala, Uganda
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

I know. The place looks shabby. As if gang of thugs had been living in it for months. Yet, please have a seat, order your food taste and see the beautiful view to the river. Unlike in other places serving it, l'Escale's snow-white ably cut and lightly pan fried Nile perch fillet is simply perfect, with or - even better... More 

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Valencia, Spain
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165 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

The food was quite delicious. The African specialties like the Maboke fish was really good (see the picture). Delicious fish brochette (capitain). The setting is very nice, overlooking the river Oubangui. With friendly and relaxed atmosphere. A must when in Bangui.

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New York City, New York
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2011

The restaurant is located slightly outside the town center. A small patio out front has a few tables but the huge beach shacky vibe in the back is where its at. There is a live band that plays decent tunes on Saturday nights. The food was quite delicious. The African specialties like the Maboke fish with curry was really good.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $42
Cuisine
African
Good for
Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bangui, Central African Republic
  • Location: Africa  >  Central African Republic  >  Bangui

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?