The Sally Restaurant

The Sally Restaurant can be found as part of the Golden Beach Hotel on the Kombo Coastal Road, Bijilo, in the Gambia. Bijilo is an incredibly popular upcoming tourist area which promises to be well and truly buzzing in a few years' time. The main hub of activity in this area is the Senegambia Strip, which is close to the restaurant and is probably the Gambia's most lively night-life hotspot, offering late bars and the opportunity to dance for those who have the urge to do so after their meal. Also close by, you can find Serrekunda, a commercial area and the country's largest city, known for its wrestling arena, Silk Cotton Tree and the bustling market. The Gambia's capital, Banjul, is also not far from the Sally Restaurant. All of this activity nearby makes this restaurant incredibly easily accessible, so that even for those not staying at the Golden Beach Hotel, it is more than feasible to pop by for lunch or dinner.

The hotel itself boasts three stars and twenty six rooms, which are all spacious and welcoming. Two of these are even complete suites which are furnished in an up to date and modern fashion. The resort is noted for being comfortable and clean and for offering a continually tranquil and relaxing environment, with truly beautiful gardens which are topped off by the sandy and golden beach that is situated right at the front of the hotel and from which it owes its name.

Getting to the Sally Restaurant is simple; it is just a twenty minute drive away from Banjul International Airport in Yundum and a three minute walk from Kairaba town centre.

The Golden Beach Hotel offers all necessary amenities, including a laundry service, a bureau de change and a high-speed internet connection across the entire building. There are also many additional luxuries available at the hotel, such as darts and table tennis facilities, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. In terms of food and drink, the Golden Beach Hotel offers three different options. 'The Cocktail Bar' is situated by the lobby and serves drinks daily from 4pm in the afternoon until late. 'The Poolside Restaurant & Bar' is to be found next to the swimming pool and offers drinks, as well as a limited variety of food, including grill dishes, seafood and exotic Gambian specialties.

The Sally Restaurant on the other hand, is certainly the highlight of the Golden Beach's cuisine and possibly of the area in general. Despite serving food of the highest quality, it has a surprisingly casual and laidback atmosphere, with surroundings that give off a cool and relaxed vibe. The Sally Restaurant can be visited for breakfast or dinner and serves an incredibly wide variety of dishes.

The restaurant's decor adds to the casual and cool overall atmosphere. Based on two of the colours of the Gambian flag, blue and red, the establishment is decorated with an original yet welcomingly understated flair. Pale blues and deep reds across the room ensure that the decoration is far from overbearing and reflects the shades of blue that shimmer off the swimming pool outside. This approach to the Sally Restaurant's image provides a welcome change and contradiction to the heat of the Gambian midday sun which can sometimes become too much - all you need to do if you want a break from the heat, is to simply step into the restaurant where you will find a cool and refreshing environment. At the same time, the Sally Restaurant is architecturally designed to let in as much light as possible from outside. Large windows and doors open out onto the terrace and make up nearly the entire wall on one side of the room. This means that, even though guests are inside, they can nevertheless make the most of the spectacular sunshine which brightens up this area of the world for most of the day during the summer.

One of the best things about the Sally Restaurant is the fact that it can seat so many people whilst never feeling too full or busy. Its incredibly spacious dining area can seat upwards of forty people at maximum capacity; but each table is set far enough apart from the others so that each party can really settle in and enjoy their meal in an incredibly private setting. Spectacular views across the Golden Beach Hotel's beautiful gardens complete the experience for visitors. The Sally Restaurant is also noted for its decidedly international feel, as its wide range of dishes take influence from many countries across the world, ensuring that there is something to suit every palette.

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