Saakan, Abidjan's best restaurant

ivorian cuisine
Saakan, Abidjan's best restaurant

Emblematic address in town, Saakan will undoubtedly seduce you with its revisited typical recipes.

After several trips around the world, chef Christelle Vougo has taken upon herself to experiment with a new pairing: revisiting her country's cooking while drawing inspiration from the culinary traditions of Japan or Thailand (countries that she often visited). Assisted by her husband Frank Anet, who took table service duties, she won on three counts at the very first Abidjan Restaurant Awards. The couple is now viewed as the local gastronomic figurehead.

Amid stripped-down and elegant decoration, the chef offers generous servings of flavourful dishes. For starters, you will find an Ivorian take on smoked salmon or an ostrich carpaccio that will prepare you for the wonders of the n'damla beef served with sweet potato mash, or the mushroom stew in spicy chocolate sauce. Unless you opt for the lobster and prawn choukouya, best paired with an alloco (plantain fried in oil) or an attiéké (cassava couscous). You need no excuse to dive into their delicious desserts: the baobab cream or the grotto yogurt (curds-based Ivorian iced speciality) hit their mark. Lovers of good food, you know what to do… and where to go!

Avenue Chardy (in front of AIP Abidjan)

+225 20 32 13 58

Menu: around 29,500 XOF