La Taverne Romaine is a restaurant in the Plateau area of downtown Abidjan. I have only been there for lunch, but on a two-week visit I went there twice. The setting is pleasant: white tablecloths, adequate space between tables, good air conditioning. There is a printed menu but also an elaborate kist of daily specials, which the patronne wheels around for you to look at. Right after you sit down, a server brings a plate with a house terrine or pate along with some toast rounds, a crock of pickles, and a little dish of tomatoes and onions in olive oil. One time I had risotto with prawns, which was delicious, and the second time veal scallopini with mozzarella and parma ham, which was good, if unremarkable. The prices, however, are eye-watering. On each occasion my meal - no starter and no dessert - with a single glass of wine, a bottle of sparking water, and an espresso, set me back around $60. Even by Abidjan's inflated standards this is pricey indeed. Still, if you are on expense account or per diem, why not? They also do pizzas, which are good (I tried a slice from one of my lunch companions' plate) and relatively less expensive (around $16-20 for one that is too much for one person to eat unless he or she is very hungry) and they appear to sell a lot of these as takeout.
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