Sand Plover

The Sand Plover restaurant in Cape Point Gambia is managed and owned by Hannah Sidibeh. Hannah is something of an expert in the field of tourism in The Gambia has worked for the Gambia River Excursions Company and knows the area and the people very well. Hannah's Sand Plover restaurant is well known in the area and a favourite meeting place for the local ex-pat community.

The Restaurant

The Sand Plover restaurant can be found on the beach and is situated on the old road that links Banjul and Bakau or Cape Point. If you are staying at the Cape Point Hotel you can easily walk to the Sand Plover restaurant.

The Food

Seafood is something of a speciality at this restaurant with a whole variety of fish and seafood dishes on the menu. It is all totally fresh from the sea too! Look out for the tiger prawn dish, as this seems to be something of a favourite with the Sand Plover's customers. The Sand Plover restaurant also serves meat dishes and you will be able to find traditional local speciality dishes and also western dishes. Prices at the restaurant are very reasonable with the cheapest dishes costing around 60 Dalasais with prices ranging up to 120 Dalasais.

The area where the Sand Plover restaurant is located is renowned for its seemingly never-ending supply of delicious fresh seafood you will find on the menu Atlantic prawns, Barracuda, Butter Fish and Lady Fish to name just a few. Often you will find on the menu at beach side bars and restaurants the 'catch of the day' this will often have been bought by the restaurant staff who will have gone to the nearest local fishing village to purchase some fish or seafood that has literally been caught that very day.

There are basically 4 main traditional Gambian dishes that you will regularly see on the local menus. Benachin is a rice dish that is almost like a stew; it is usually cooked with chicken fish or beef and has local vegetables and tomatoes in it too. Another regular on the menu is Chicken Yassa; this is chicken cooked with onions, ground black pepper and fresh limejuice. Domoda is another very popular traditional Gambian dish this is a meat stew that has been cooked in a peanut puree, it is usually served with rice. The other staple on the traditional Gambian on the menu is Superkanja this dish is a blend of fish or meat with okra (ladies fingers) onions, pepper and palm oil all boiled and stewed together.

The area

The Cape Point area where the Sand Plover restaurant is located at the tip of the most southern headland of The Gambia; it is here that the mouth of the River Gambia joins up with the Atlantic Ocean. This location makes the area a great place for beach, sand, sea and dramatic views. There are hotels and guesthouses in this area that cover all different types and range of budget so there is something for everyone. The locals are very friendly and there is a general ambience in this area of peace and quiet unlike some of the more lively resorts. Throw in the stunning tropical scenery and Cape Point makes a great place for a winter get-a-way. It takes around 6 hours to fly from the UK to The Gambia and most flights go out in the UK winter season (Oct to Feb), which is happily the best time to visit The Gambia in terms of hot, dry and sunny weather.

Cape Point town has like many towns in the area a craft and food market at its very heart. Here you can buy all your holiday souvenirs or gifts for yourself. There are lots of locally made hand-crafted bargains to be had at the market including wooden and silver jewellery, other hand-carved wooden items, batiks and locally made cotton clothing. The main beach in the area is everything you could wish for in a beach white sand, clear blue sea and beach bars and cafes where you can pick up snacks, refreshments or cocktails if you fancy. Most of the hotels in the area are beach located meaning you can walk straight out of your hotel and on to the beach. Most hotels also have their own pools and restaurants and other facilities to keep patrons busy if they so wish.

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