Sunday, August 19, 2007

Lunch & The Little Spoon

My colleagues and I had for a while liberated ourselves from certain death by dreadful lunchtime catering. For a long time since we started working in Algeria, we have suffered under the hands of a caterer with a serious creativity crisis, who got the tender from management to decide the contents of our insufferably repetitive lunch menu.

Enough is enough. We decided to repeal lunch catering and leave the office for lunch.

Unfortunately, our office's poor location in Hydra don't exactly give us easy access to popular places. And there is a lack of information source about the locations of good food. Through word of mouth recommendations and a little bit of exploration, we discovered that there are actually several decent restaurants that can serve up a satisfying lunch.

A New Good Place for Lunch

The Little Spoon deserves some mention because it serves the best pizza I've tasted in Algeria so far. In fact, only go there for the pizza because the rest of the menu don't exactly live up to expectations.

The interior of the very small restaurant is fashioned like an Arabic tent, which, at first glance, seems cozy and lush. After staying a while, I noticed that the rest of restaurant furniture don't go along with this theme.

We were four so we ordered two Royale pizza (recommended) to share. We had a choice of beef (viande hachee) and chicken (poulet).

The pizzas look ordinary enough but I think the secret is in the freshness and choice of ingredients used. For example, the stuffed crust was filled with very special soft and light cheese that went very with the rest of the pizza.

Getting to the Little Spoon is like getting anywhere in Algiers. It is more convient to access by car and it took a few trial and errors. There's no easy landmark nor a proper street directory guide here so one has to rely on the locals, although they may not always be sure.

CJSTW (Lot Mimosa) No. 38
Ben Aknoun Algiers
Mobile: +213 (0) 51 143 506

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