I visited La Varangue twice on my visit to Madagascar in Aprl. Both times were excellent.
In all former French colonies, they seem to have found a way to blend classical French techniques with local foods and ingredients. La Varangue in Tana is no exception. The food was delicious, excellently prepared, and the menu has a reasonable variety. The Zebu (a local beef) was superb and the carpaccio of captain fish was an excellent starter. For dessert, the Chocolate Exlplosion was well … nuff said !!
The service was good and helpful. The menus are entirely in French, but on both my visits there were waiters who patiently explained each menu item and ingredients to me in English. They service was also attentive When I ended up with more chocolate than ice-cream as I ate my dessert, they voluntarily came forward and offered me another scoop of ice-cream (no charge too).
On both visits, I spent about $40 for a starter, main course, dessert, and glass of wine. The restaurant can be considered expensive, and is certainly so by local Malagasy standards. That being said, I really doubt you will get quality French (Malagasy blend) food in a fine-dining restaurant in Europe, US, or Asia for $40 bucks. But certainly, by local standards it is expensive relative to other options. To each their own decision. I found it an excellent value for the quality. Either way, I can't fault the restaurant - it was superb and I'd go back should I have a chance.
Tips: There are tables inside and outside in a little courtyard. I ate indoors, and suggest reservations either way. Don't miss trying the Zebu ! Enjoy.
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