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.
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