El Sol, the only Mexican restaurant in The Gambia

Updated on Aug 30, 2016 by Kathryn Burrington

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We visit El Sol, The Gambia's only Mexican restaurant, to see what all the fuss is about an get a taste of some quality international food.

Recently I shared with you a post about traditional Gambian cuisine which I always enjoy whenever I visit The Gambia. However, I also really love the huge range of restaurants you’ll find here, representing cuisines from around the world, including Chinese, Indian, Lebanese and Italian, to name just a few.

El Sol, Mexican restaurant, Senegambia

During my last visit to The Gambia, I went to El Sol for the first time, the only Mexican restaurant in The Gambia. Formerly in the Village Complex, it has moved to the Senegambia strip (opposite Holiday Beach Club Hotel and 50 steps from Aquarius Café). The first thing I noticed was that it is popular with locals including the expat community, which I took as a good sign.

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When we arrived we received a friendly welcome and were shown to a table outside. It was still early so it seemed a little empty but all the tables soon filled up. While the menu isn’t as extensive as some, I thought there was a good range of dishes to choose from: a selection of tapas to start with, a choice of ten Mexican main courses plus there were a number of international starters and mains for those in your party not bitten by the Mexican bug PLUS a specials board with about four more starters and mains, which changes regularly. While the menu is very much dominated by meat and fish, there are a number of vegetarian options including enchiladas and fajitas, as well as a couple of excellent veggie pasta dishes. To be honest, if there had been more choice I’d probably still be there deciding! There’s also a good selection of non-alcoholic, and alcoholic drinks and cocktails. A decent wine can sometimes be elusive in The Gambia but El Sol offers a range of good wines with around six reds, eight whites and one rose in addition to their house wine. I didn’t try it myself but the house wine is reputedly very good (and is served in a decent sized glass!) 

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I opted for the Grilled Calamaris followed by Garlic Prawns and a delectable Steamed Chocolate Pudding for dessert. All of it was excellent but it was the prawns that stuck in my mind - a plate of huge prawns grilled in their shells in a lime, garlic and pepper marinade served with a salad and a choice of Mexican rice, chili mash or vegetables. A bit messy to eat but very delicious! Service was good, the atmosphere very pleasant and the food was all great. I’m really looking forward to going back again to try some of the other options on the menu. I’ve heard great things about their Chicken Quesadilla; a large crispy folded fajita bread stuffed with chicken, beans and spices covered with homemade sour cream and salsa. It can be cooked as spicy or as mild as you like I’m told. El Sol can get very busy so I’d recommend booking in advance on the weekends although during the week booking is not normally necessary unless you are a particularly large party.

  • Location: opposite the Holiday Beach CLub in the heart of Kololi
  • Opening hours: El Sol is open 6 days a week from 11am for lunch a 5pm for dinner. Last orders at 10.30pm. (Closed on Mondays)
  • Telephone: (+220) 632 00 00 or (+220) 732 00 00
  • Email: welcome@elsolgambia.com
  • Website: El Sol Gambia
  • Facebook: El Sol Gambia
  • Awards: El Sol, has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2014 by Trip Advisor
  • Price Guide: Tapas from D215 to D270 and main courses from D380 to D525.



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