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SoMel Lounge – CLOSED

In Bars, Lounge, Puxado / Upmarket $$$, Restaurants by Luanda NightlifeLeave a Comment

Somel is a lounge and restaurant a bit hard to find, but worth knowing if you leave near the Sagrada Familia as it is only a few hundred meters away. To find it, you need to go inside the CeFoJor, the Journalist Formation Center (you also have MixFM there).

All the tables of Somel are outside, so you can enjoy the calm and the relaxing atmosphere of the center. There is a small garden and trees, a rare sight in Luanda and the main reason you shoud come here.

You always have some chilling/lounge music in the background, with occasionally a live DJ playing. Add to that some top notch plasma screen and sofas, and it makes Somel cool enough to attract many upper class Angolans… I think a big star was there when I took the pictures because his manager came at me very angry and asked me to delete them..

We’ve been twice there and we had mixed reactions concerning the food. It is quite expensive, about 3000kwz or more for a dish, and I can think of more than one place where you get much better food, or larger portions for this price (Embaixador/Veneza/Naquele Lugar/Asia Lounge, etc..). Personally, I was unlucky the first time, but the second time it was excellent (but too small). The dishes are not very original and consist mainly of grilled fish/meat à la Portugaise. On the positive side, it is well-located in an original venue, and it is very clean and modern so you will feel comfortable (but bring mosquito repellent if you come at night…). Also, the waiters, though not so experienced, were at least smiling…

Click on the map to enlarge itSomel Lounge and Restaurant
Rua Luther King, 123/124