Article by Kathryn Burrington, the Gambian specialist for Fleewinter, a UK based tour operator offering tailor-made holidays & expert advice.
 

Tucked away down a quiet a side street, Gida’s Garden is the type of classic hidden gem that we all love to discover on our travels. We were staying at Ngala Lodge in Fajara, which has its own fabulous restaurant, when a friend recommended Gida’s Garden as being equally as good.

 

Gida’s Garden Review

It’s just a ten-minute walk from Ngala Lodge to Gida’s along Atlantic Boulevard. Set in a dimly lit, yet pleasant courtyard garden behind high walls, it felt like we’d discovered a well-kept secret. It more than lived up to our expectations. The food was indeed excellent.

Gida's Garden in Fajara, The Gambia | Gambia Travel Guide
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Entrees

There’s just a small choice of first courses on the menu including salmon rillettes, Greek salad and a choice of soups. Nothing particularly caught my eye and we decided to skip a starter to leave room for dessert.

Pasta and Dumplings

A selection of pasta and dumpling dishes followed on the menu which were very reasonably priced and a couple sounded tempting, however, I had read on Lonely Planet that the grilled meats at Gida’s were particularly good so turned straight to the next page.

Meat and Poultry

This was by far the largest section on the menu and clearly where their speciality lies. I opted for their ‘Taste of France’, a beef fillet medallion served with a cheese sauce, gratin dauphinoise and grilled vegetables. It was superb and more than satisfied.

Gambia Guide | Close of a medallion of beef with layers of potato strips, grilled plum tomaotes, brocolli and carrots
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Seafood

Neither of us tried any of the seafood and while there was a limited choice of dishes, I have heard that it is also very good.

Vegetarian

A small vegetarian section listed just three dishes, including a veggie burger with chips and salad or the more elegant sounding courgette gratin with goats cheese and thyme with dauphinoise potatoes. There were also a couple of suitable options amongst the pastas.

Desserts

With the desserts again Gida’s excelled. I loved my selection of 4 mini desserts with a cup of mint tea. Mind you, La Belle Helene, pear in syrup with vanilla ice cream, cream, hot chocolate sauce and flaked almonds sounds fabulous too! Hopefully, I’ll find out before too long.

Service was good and the prices reasonable, in line with the quality of the food. Together with Ngala, this is by now my favourite restaurant in The Gambia.

Location: Off Atlantic Boulevard, Fajara
How to get there: From Ngala Lodge, turn right as you come out of Ngala heading south-west down Atlantic Boulevard. Pass the British High Commission on your right. Take the first left and then the first right.
Telephone: +220 370 9008
Opening times: 5.30 pm to midnight, closed Sundays (October to June)
Closed: July through September
Facebook: Gida’s Garden

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