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...

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Best knafeh in Istanbul?

by unamuno200 5 years ago

Where can I find The best knafeh in Istanbul?

Best Authentic traditional turkish restaurants in Istanbul?

by unamuno200 5 years ago

I will be staying in Istanbul for 2 nights. What are some essential restaurants that I have to try? I'm looking for traditional Turkish food. I'm not looking for modern fine dining. I'm open to any...

Recs needed for Zamalek, near Cairo Marriott & Omar Khayyam Casino.

by f00die 12 years ago

My family will be spending a couple of days in Cairo, Egypt this summer, and we'll be staying at the Cairo Marriott & Omar Khayyam Casino. This will be our first trip to Cairo, so I'd love some di...

Cape Town and Stellenbosch

by Foodiehoward 5 years ago

Hi there, my wife and I will be in Cape Town May 5-11. Right now we have booked The Greenhouse, Stardust Theatrical Dining and Indochine in Stellenbosch. We tried unsuccessfully to get into Test Ki...

Turning 40 in Tel Aviv - Best Restaurant?

by delpesco 5 years ago

Longtime listener, first time caller : ) My wife and I are in Tel Aviv for work this month, and our visit coincides with my 40th birthday. I tried to make a reservation at NOMA (http://noma.dk)...

Hummus Diplomacy: Israeli Cafe Discounts Meals Shared By Jews And Arabs

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 years ago

"...On Oct. 13, Kobi Tzafrir, owner of the Humus Bar in a shopping mall in Kfar Vitkin, north of Tel Aviv, advertised a 50 percent discount to Jews and Arabs who eat together on his restaurant's Fa...

Ethiopia 2015 itinerary

by hyperbowler 6 years ago

I'm taking a trek to Ethiopia and need food recommendations for Addis Ababa, Lalibela, Bahir Dar, Mekele, Arba Minch, Jinka, South Omo Valley. Any tips for restaurants, interesting food tours, etc....

South Africa is first African country attempting to tax sugary beverages

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 years ago

" . . . Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan introduced the tax on everything from carbonated soft drinks to flavoured water in February's budget speech, partly as a way to tackle the country's bulging ...

4 days in marrakech (report)

by shipshape 5 years ago

Spent 4 days in Marrakech, staying in the medina. Had some lovely meals and some great experiences (and not so great ones). JEMAA EL FNAA Here were our favorites: #14: visited this stall twi...

7 Day Foodie and Bar Itinerary Dubai

by MrGaglianos 5 years ago

I'll be in Dubai next week from Wednesday Feb 24th to Wednesday March 2nd. I'll be staying at the CityMax in Al Barsha. I love seafood, and I wouldn't mind trying out some top Indian, Lebanese or I...

Carnivore's Restaurant in Nairobi

by industry worker 14 years ago

I was recently in Nairobi and went to the famous Carnivore's for dinner. I was anticipating being able to try a wide variety of game meats. We looked at the menu and every item was something I coul...


by rikk 5 years ago

Will be going to Tanzania summer 2015 for 3 weeks, safari and Zanzibar (island). Anyone go? Anyone have any suggestions on particular foods to eat/not eat, things to bring back?

Restaurants in Istanbul

by yossiw 6 years ago

We will be in Istanbul for 4 days and I am bewildered by the variety and number of restaurants. Some of the ones we are considering are: Modern Turkish: Lokanta Maya; Yeni Lokanta Mezze: Mezz...


by matika 6 years ago

Hi, We a re about to leave for Turkey and will be in Istanbul, Cappacovca, and Kudasi . Would love to hear from chow hound folks about their favorite places to eat. Have done some research as ...

October Istanbul/Italy vacation

by JohnyRI 6 years ago

My wife and I are visiting Istanbul/Venice/Bologna/Florence from October 4 - 15. We prefer small owner occupied restaurant and coffee shops over large touristy venues (FYI, neither of us drink alc...

Best restaurants in tel Aviv and Jerusalem

by amykate 6 years ago

Going on a family trip to Israel and looks for great restaurants both high end and casual. There will be 6 of us including kids from 10-15 years old. I am a chef and am looking for the best food I ...

Cheap, good, and weird in Tel Aviv

by bigwheel042 6 years ago

I'll be in Tel Aviv for a week in September for a wedding, staying near the Yemenite Quarter, and am hoping to have at least a few free meals to explore. Specifically, by "weird" I mean that I'm...

Cape Town, South Africa -- what's the most important thing to know?

by Bakeat350 6 years ago

I may find myself living in Cape Town quite soon. It will be an enormous change for me. I'd really appreciate any information that can help me prepare for it.

Meorav Yerushalmi in Jerusalem

by rockycat 6 years ago

I'm looking for a suggestion for a good shipudim place, preferably one that has a good meorav Yerushalmi. The information is for a co-worker who is visiting Israel for the first time on a tour so ...

Madagascar Recommendations?

by forgottendreamr 6 years ago

Hi all...I will be travelling in Madagascar in the next couple of weeks. All the recommendations seem to be a few years old. Anything new that I should be aware of?