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Restaurante Dona Bela (Chicala)

 

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Fomos à Chicala durante a hora do almoço para atacarmos um bom mufete em pleno dia de semana. É sempre uma boa opção para aqueles que trabalham no centro da cidade e querem dar uma fugida rápida para a Ilha. Os mais entendidos na matéria sabem como é a Chicala: acesso por terra batida cheia de buracos, poeira, e uma comitiva de moscas para vos dar as boas-vindas. Não faz mal…o desejo de comida boa e barata era mais forte.

Decidimos ir ao restaurante da Dona Bela, um estabelecimento com paredes azuis que fica no lado esquerdo da estrada depois de passar o Poupa Lá, ainda na rua Massano de Amorim e perto do local onde a mesma se divide em duas.

Definitivamente o atendimento não é dos pontos fortes deste restaurante. Ao entrarmos pensamos que iam nos indicar onde sentar, mas ao apercebermo-nos que não seria este o caso, escolhemos uma mesa e nos sentamos. Levaram cerca de 10 minutos até sermos atendidos – não tenha expectativa de receber menu, pois não existem. Após pedirmos a comida esperamos cerca de 35 minutos, mas ao vermos aqueles dois peixes perfeitamente grelhados e com tão bom aspecto, esquecemos tudo: as moscas (muitas moscas), o atendimento, a demora. O feijão de óleo de palma, mandioca, batata doce, banana cozida, jindungo e limão vieram pouco depois.

O peixe, como era de esperar, estava uma verdadeira delícia, quente e suculento, e os demais acompanhantes estavam igualmente saborosos. Após terminarmos de comer, esperamos outros 15-20 minutos pela conta, mesmo tendo pedido umas três vezes para trazerem. Coisas da Chicala. Voltamos ao trabalho satisfeitos mas totalmente empanturrados.

A melhor parte: toda essa comida para DUAS PESSOAS por 3500kz.

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We went to Chicala during lunch hour to devour a good mufete during the workweek. Always a gutsy proposition. Chicala is actually a viable option for those that work in dowtown Luanda and want a quick escape to the Ilha. People familiar with the area know what it’s all about: somewhat difficult dirt-road access filled with potholes, dust, and a committee of flies to herald your arrival. But it’s fine…the promise of great, cheap food was worth it.

We decided to go to Dona Bela’s restaurant, an eatery with blue walls that’s on the left side of the street after you pass the Poupa Lá supermarket on Rua Massano de Amorim, close to where the road divides in two (ask and you shall find).

Without a shadow of doubt, the service at this restaurant was not one of its strong points. We went in, expecting to be seated; after some awkward standing around we realized it was not to be, so we picked a table and sat down. It took another 10 minutes until the waitress decided that we merited her attention. By then we had given up hope of receiving a menu, as they did not seem to exist. We knew what we wanted so that part was straightforward (tip: ask for mufete). 35 minutes later our food came. Upon seeing those two delicious-looking, perfectly grilled fish, we forgot all our previous gripes, the service, the flies, the wait and the road to get there. The palm-oil beans, the minced onion vinaigrette, the yucca, sweet potatoes, boiled plantains and lemon and jindungo to taste all came soon after. We had in front of us a proper feast.

The fish, as you might have guessed by now, was phenomenal: hot and succulent, incredibly fresh, and thoroughly enjoyable. The sides were quite good as well. After eating and asking for our bill three separate times, the 15-20min wait for it made us remember where we were. Chicala. Come for the food, not the service. We left satisfied and totally full, knowing that work was going to be unproductive at best.

The best part: all this food for TWO PEOPLE came out to only $35 (fantastic for Luanda).

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Restaurante da Dona Bela

Address | Endereço: Rua Massano de Amorim, after Poupalá on your left side (blue walls, white bars on the outside)
Cuisine | Cozinha: Angolan
Price | Preço: Cheap
LNL Rating | Classificação LNL: * * *
Horas | Hours: Lunch and Dinner
Payment: Multicaixa, cash
Specialties | Especialidades: Mufete
Alcohol: Wine, beer, a few liquors

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