Manjara is located on Ilha, approximately 300 meters after Bob’s Burger or the new Esplanada Grill, and 400 meters before Chillout. It is in a green building that you can spot easily from the road.
From the outside, it looks a bit old and this explains why we had never tried it. But after hearing some positive comments about the food there, we decided to check the place yesterday.
There are two dining areas, one downstairs has air-conditioning, and the other one, much nicer, is in the open-air. We were surprised to have live music, which was good but as it often happens in Angola, a bit too loud if you want to have a conversation. Apparently, live music is on Fridays and Saturdays. Guests are invited to sing if they can so it creates quite a friendly atmosphere.
The menu of Manjara has mainly Portuguese dishes, such as grilled garoupinha, bacalhau con natas, bife a portuguesa, etc… First, we ordered some caipirinhas, which were ok but they were not made with crushed ice. For the food, we each had a different dish, for which we paid from 2900 to 3200 kwanzas. The portions were quite big, and we could not finish our plates. I think Manjara is a bit like Veneza, it’s best to order 3 dishes for 4 people if you don’t have a big appetite. On the positive side, we all enjoyed our food, which was well cooked and well presented.
I didn’t have a very good camera with me so no great photos for this time.. At least you can get an idea of how it looks like..
To conclude, Manjara is good for:
– Big portions of Portuguese cuisine
– Simple, friendly place
– Outside terrace
– Near the party places on Ilha
– Live music twice a week
Manjara Restaurant Luanda
Rua Ilha de Luanda Mortala Mohamed
Tel: 222 309 348 /924 251 669 / 929 377 603