Middle East & Africa

You can use this tag to discuss food in the Middle East or Africa. We also have tags for each of the countries in the region, as well as many of their cities, which you can browse here.

Summer of Sumac: This Tart Magenta Spice Belongs in Everyone's Pantry

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we're embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we'll bring you transportive flavors...

Fair Trade Helps Farmers, But Not Their Hired Workers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

" . . . Meemken spent several months filling in that blind spot, interviewing farmers and their hired workers in 50 different cocoa-growing cooperatives in Ivory Coast. About half of the cooperativ...

A Trio of Good Restaurants in Cairo (long)

by roxlet 12 years ago

Last summer I wrote about eating in a restaurant called Trattoria in Zamalek in Cairo. It was the most credible Italian food I had had in Cairo and also notable because they served wine and had so...

Istanbul October 2018 visit

jen kalb
by jen kalb 3 years ago

At long last posting a report on our October week in Istanbul. The istanbullis are avid chowhounds and we only got a very small sampling of what is available and possible to enjoy there due to t...

CAPE TOWN again... what's new for 2019? Jo'Burg?

by erica 3 years ago

I will not be in the city until this coming October but since this board gets such light traffic, I figured I'd post now. I've been to TTK (will try to reserve again once reservations open up), P...

Upcoming Trip Uzbekistan and Istanbul Recommendations?

jen kalb
by jen kalb 3 years ago

We are heading out next month for a visit to Uzbekistan , focussing on the silk road cities, followed by a week in Istanbul. I am not aware of any Chowhound posts ever on Uzbekistan and weirdly, f...

Remember This Famous Indian Restaurant in Zimbabwe?

by BeeRich 3 years ago

I lived in Zambia back in the day, and consulted for a brewery. We visited Harare for some supplies and my GF and I went to an Indian restaurant that was recommended to us. We thought it was down...

Help with Restaurants in Israel

by meinNYC 4 years ago

Going to Israel mid March and one of the travelers has a severe allergy to tree nuts and sesame. Need upscale restaurants that make things from scratch and know their ingredients. Looking at random...

Eating in Abu Dhabi

by Blumie 4 years ago

When chowhound was founded, the idea was for it to be a resource to find the little known diamonds in the rough, not the big, fancy, super expensive places. In Abu Dhabi, unfortunately, the resour...

Nairobi Eaters! What's New?

by camas22 4 years ago

Hey! I'm exploring the Nairobi food scene, located in Nairobi part time and exploring the food scene. Thought I'd share some of my new favorites and see what others have found to be great ...

Recommended food-stops post-Birthright

by GraceW 4 years ago

Greetings, I am extending my Birthright trip (in June) to visit family in Israel. Therefore, I should have some time to eat/shop on my own. I will be doing a lot of research, but I figured I would ...

Johannesburg Restaurants

by erica 5 years ago

I will be in the City of Gold for about three nights this spring. I am staying at The Saxon and have booked Luke Dale Roberts place there. Looking for a great Portuguese place for grilled prawns...


by Obsession2013 5 years ago

I'll be in Chicago with a friend in September 2017, coming from the Bay Area. Please send recommendations for restaurants near the Magnificent Mile and all those that are easily reached by public t...

Dubai trip report

by Giannis 7 years ago

I was in Dubai earlier this month, so after some searching in the web I finally made two restaurant reservations. First it was Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire. His restaurant is inside the Intercon...

Just one dinner out in Jerusalem

by cappucino 5 years ago

I had to change my flight home from Israel so now I have time for only one dinner out in Jerusalem. Don't care meat or dairy. Has to be good and not what I would eat at home. Should I do a hotel, c...

Best food in Petra?

by unamuno200 5 years ago

Any recommendations for authentic traditional Jordanian food around Petra would be much appreciated.

Cape Town and around again

by granjan 10 years ago

I attached this on the last Ct post but no one responded so I'll try again. We are leaving in 2 weeks and I would love some food advice. No one has mentioned Ruben's who has restaurants in both CT ...

Capetown South Africa

by IPcook 5 years ago

Any suggestions for restaurants, particularly for dinner, in Capetown other than Tech Kitchen?


by IPcook 5 years ago

Any suggestions for dinner in Stellenbosch? Quality cooking but perhaps not tweezer food

Need great ideas for 5 days cheap and yummy Jerusalem dining

by redenvelope 5 years ago

Hello! Traveling with one teen to Jerusalem very soon for our first time and we are very excited. Our dining budget is around $100 USD per day. We are not looking to dine in upscale restaurants ...