Algiers, the capital metropolis of Algeria, affords many glorious eating places. Many residents and vacationers in Algiers would possibly head to the venerable Lodge El-Djazair for a night of the very most interesting conventional Algerian meals, and they might be proud of their selection. And but there are a variety of much less well-known eateries in Algiers which are newer, more energizing, and supply evolving renditions of the standard North African staples of lamb, fish, and hen by culinary artists who’re simply reaching the height of their craft.
Happily, Algiers has an enormous number of glorious eating places. One which has made a fantastic popularity for itself in the previous few months as maybe one of many half-dozen greatest eating places on the town is Le Tantra. This little gem is hidden in a beautiful villa within the Bois des Arcades, a wooded space close to the Maqam Echahid or Martyrs Monument on Riad El Feth. Le Tantra has a wonderful open terrace in summer season that’s nice for eating al fresco, however consuming indoors might be higher when it will get too cool within the evenings.
The chef at Le Tantra is a superb synthesist specializing, as is likely to be anticipated in seaside Algiers, in seafood, however with very attention-grabbing choices of poultry and lamb additionally on his carte de menu. Latest visitors have ordered fried shrimp for an appetizer, grilled sea bass for the primary course, and French apple pie with ice cream for dessert. Can one think about a extra easy, selfmade meal? But this was delectable.
Preparation is the whole lot. The fresh-baked…bread was served with a plate of tomatoes and contemporary, native sardines complemented by a second plate of grilled peppers. The tomato and sardines have been scrumptious preludes to the grilled shrimp. The gambas, as shrimp are identified on this a part of the world, have been so fresh-there isn’t any disguising shellfish that’s proper out of the ocean — delicately fried in a butter blended with tiny morsels of pineapple.
The spotlight of a night at Le Tantra may actually be a grilled sea bass, seared with excessive warmth to seal in its delicate taste and juices, after which grilled to perfection on a sluggish wooden fireplace. The ocean bass got here with out a sauce, the signal of a really assured chef certainly. There was nothing there to disguise the delicate and marvelous style of the bass all by itself. Many visitors will take pleasure in this deal with so long as this merchandise stays on the menu. Earlier than ordering espresso, you would possibly think about a desert. The most effective is a French apple pie with cinnamon ice cream, a little bit of a departure from the American model of pie a la mode. The apple pie at Le Tantra is served fairly heat, moist, however with a piquant and crunchy crust, an excellent deal with.
Don’t anticipate a lavish décor at Le Tantra, although it’s fairly elegant and it’s now maintained in splendid fashion, spotlessly clear. The waiters are additionally very useful and intensely attentive. Don’t depart Algeria with out making an attempt Le Tantra a minimum of as soon as.