An absolute delight that puts Senegal on the culinary map
Aux 5 Sens
I have only been here perhaps two or three times in total, and have developed a serious love for this restaurant already. Firstly, I had no idea what to expect about Senegalese cuisine having never even managed to try this in London. The restaurant itself has a clean look about it, fairly modern although at the same time nondescript. However, it is not the reason you go there! The menu offers a small number of entrees such as fried samosa-type treats, a section on grilled meats, and then the "specialities", such as Poulet Yassa and Maffe – both stews – which are served with a generous portion of piping hot steamed rice. Side dishes such as plantain are also available for a reasonable CHF 5. The first time I had the Poulet Yassa, I was just blown away. It is delicious. The chicken is cooked to perfection on the bone, and covered in the most incredible sauce that is packed with caramelised onions, flavours and an uncanny vinegary taste that is just so unique and moreish. The dish reminds you almost of a tagine but thicker and even more intense. The steamed rice on the side is a perfect combination, and with a bit of plantain as well (which is fantastic and perfect for sharing), the whole eating experience is a pleasure. I must admit I have not tried any dish beyond the yassa as I am pretty obsessed by that dish, but my other half has confirmed he always has a tasty dish, and perhaps I will venture out to try something else the next time, given there is also fish, beef stew and grills to be tried! All in all, unless you have extra room, a main is more than enough (and the starters are not quite as spectacular-tasting as the mains) and with a beer or drink, the bill is no more than CHF 30-35 per person – a major bargain and less than ten minutes’ walk from the main station!