Dutch Whale Restaurant

As you might expect from the title, the proprietor of the 'Dutch Whale, restaurant and guest house, situated in Kololi at the very heart of the hustle and bustle of the tourist area, is the Holland-born Mr Gerrit Steve, a foreign investor in the Gambian tourist industry.

The 'Dutch Whale' is situated right on the beach front at Kololi on Palma Rima Road, about half way down towards the Atlantic Ocean, on the left. The building is a Spanish style, white and blue painted design, surrounded by a blue painted balustrade, complete with thatched roofs. The rooms that are available, at very reasonable rates, are little circular buildings or huts as they describe them, with thatched roofs. They are modestly decorated, but very clean. Consisting usually of a double bed, a couple of chairs and a table, with a few ornaments dotted around. All very comfortable, pretty and well tended to. Overall, the ambience is exotic and the views are wonderfully picturesque, conjuring up a typical postcard scene.

If you need to book ahead to reserve a room, you can contact them on telephone number: 446 480; or if you prefer, in writing at: 'Dutch Whale Restaurant and Guest House', Kololi Beach, Palma Rima Road, The Gambia, West Africa. A very friendly reception waits from Herman and Harry who are great hosts.

Most of the seating area of the 'Dutch Whale' restaurant is actually located outside the main building, although there is a fairly large portion under cover. The tables and chairs are white plastic, all covered over with crisp blue and white table linen, aimed to complement the blue painted areas of the building. There are leafy, green, tall trees, (there are also tables set under these) and quite continental style garden areas, chippings and palm trees. Although not particularly exotic or luxurious, it still evokes a feeling of being in a very clean and well tended restaurant and the overall look is quite pretty and rustic. If you choose to sit outside on the beach, you will not be disappointed. The views are phenomenal and the sea breeze is relaxing and refreshing - the perfect setting for you to sit and enjoy your freshly prepared and cooked fish and savour your well earned drink. You can idly watch the peddler chopping and selling his fruit, or even the local fishermen going about their daily duties. If you are really lucky, you might catch the beautiful Gambian sunset, a truly magnificent sight to behold.

As perhaps you would expect, as the 'Dutch Whale' is right on the beachfront, one of the joys of the menu is of course, seafood. The fish is freshly caught by their local fishermen, usually only hours earlier, cooked to your taste and delivered fresh to your table. All other supplies are brought in fresh daily from the local suppliers, so you are assured of the freshest quality ingredients for your food.

Every Saturday evening the 'Dutch Whale' host a barbecue, buffet style, with finger-licking delicacies on the menu, all set in the beautiful surroundings of the thatched beach huts and bars, with a cross section of multicultural live bands performing to entertain you. It is all very lively and great fun, not to mention the fantastically tasty food on offer. You do not need to pre-book this, but it is very popular, gets extremely busy and the food is exceptional, so this is definitely well worth a visit.

The menu for the rest of the week is a blend of dishes from local foods, incorporating Dutch food prepared by the wonderfully talented Dutch chef. On a normal night you can expect to sample creamy tomato soup, seafood soup, shrimps in hot garlic, chicken sate, grilled fillet of Barracuda, pepper steak and domoda, (which is the traditional Gambian ground peanut butter stew), but to name a few. There are also daily specials on offer that are subject to change.

The food, drink and accommodation really are exceptional value. You can expect to pay around the equivalent of 20.00 per night for a double room and the beer is a very reasonably priced, at around 1.00! The main meals are equally good value; you will pay, on average for a meal and drinks, around 20.00 per person.

The 'Dutch Whale' does not appear to have a set agenda for the entertainment schedule, but there are live bands appearing most nights, with a cross section of sounds and hits. 'The Dutch Whale' restaurant and guest house is well worth a visit if you enjoy a buzzing atmosphere coupled with exceptionally good food.


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