This was my second visit to Algiers within several months. On both visits, I went to "Brasserie des Facultes". With both visits, this was a highlight. Last night we were a group of 5 who were unanimous in our agreement that all that we ordered was very good. The atmosphere is colonial Algeria. If one has seen the Costa Grava film, "The Battle of Algiers", this was the actual restaurant where the scene in which a man dressed as a woman enters a restaurant and sets off a bomb. But history aside, every dish was excellent. The fish soup, which was a "special" was among the best, ever. Filled with a flavorful broth filled with bits of fish, it was served with a side plate of croutons, a dressing and cheese. The soup was outstanding and the waiter ladled out a full bowl at the table. Several of us ordered one of the 3 specials of the evening, "Duck". A half duck served with a nice sauce, sauteed spinach and fries, it was a classic French dish without being fussy. The wine list has a nice variety of Algerian wines and reasonably priced between the equivalent of $15-$20 US per bottle. For dessert, we had "mousse de chocolat" and "creme caramel", each prepared perfectly. the waiters were very polite, providing good service and seemed as though they had a sense of pride in their restaurant and service...not a trait usually found in Algerian restaurants. Do not leave Algiers without a night to enjoy this bit of history, charm and good food.
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