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“Best Malian Food In Bamako” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of San Toro

San Toro
Ranked #11 of 64 Restaurants in Bamako
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: African
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: San Toro is a well known restaurant in the center of Bamako with 20 years of history. Koffi Annan and the current King of The Netherlands are well known visitors. The food and the characteristic decoration are traditional African. The grilled fish and meat have an excellent reputation like the delicious local juices. The large garden and paillote offer excellent opportunities for meetings and seminars. Alcohol is not served.
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“Best Malian Food In Bamako”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2009

I spent most of December in Mali and found decent-tasting and nutritious food just about everywhere. But my favorite restaurant of all was Le San Toro in Bamako. I wrote about it at my travel blog: http://aroundtheworldblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/bamako-may-be-hot-dusty-expensive.html/

The most salient points: real Malian cuisine for a low price in a city where tourists usually have to overpay. The restaurant is owned by an ex-minister of culture and tourism and it's a showcase for Malian music and art as well as food, There was excellent live music every time we ate there, dinners and lunches. It isn't on the menu but they have a vegetarian plate-- couscous, 4 or 5 different vegetables, beans, bananas-- that I ordered over and over (while my friend was eating his goat stews and stuff like that).

The restaurant is easy to find by taxi-- 1,000 CFA from anywhere in town without undue haggling-- and we even walked there from the Hotel Salam, a few miles away. Half a block away are two western-oriented Lebanese-owned supermarkets where you can stock up on European imports-- and change money at a far better rate than the banks or hotels offer.

3 Thank HowieKlein
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