Sahara Cafe recently opened a restaurant in Soliman Bay. Monika and Enrico have been friends of ours for 12 years and own a home on the bay.
Monika kindly invited us to dinner at the restaurant. When I walked into the Sahara Cafe my jaw dropped. The restaurant has an exotic, mimimalistic flair, and the comfort of feeling like you are in someone’s home.
The restaurant is open in the evenings for dinner. The landscape lighting of the palms, and lit pool, make for a great view. The walls of the restaurant are all screens, so you can feel the openness and air of the jungle and sea environment.
The bar is stylish and well stocked, along with a nice wine list. The food is delicious! For appetizers we had toasted italian bread, with four different dips, a cucumber yogurt dip, roasted sweet peppers, eggplant, and a type of salsa. All the flavors had a hint of Arabic Middle Eastern style cuisine. The next course was a lite fresh lobster salad. So fresh in fact, the lobster was still alive when we toured the kitchen. Our “plata fuerte” main course was angus beef, a perfectly cooked steak, with roasted potatoes and roasted veggies. Dessert we all shared piece of chocolate cake with homemade whipped cream, and a dish of vanilla ice cream with a warm strawberry sauce.
I did look at the menu Sahara Cafe specializes in seafood and pasta. Appetizers start about $65 pesos. It is not inexpensive, but the quality of food, service and atmosphere make for a wise investment for a special night out.
The Sahara Cafe is new to Soliman Bay, but Monika and Enrico’s first Sahara Cafe is in Prague. You can see their website for the Prague restaurant at http://www.saharacafe.com/about.
Sahara Cafe is an oasis of style and refinement, yet comfortable and casual enough to chill out on the sofa with a margarita.
To get to the Sahara Cafe enter into Soliman Bay drive towards the beach, and bear to the right. There is a security stop, tell them you are going to the restaurant, and it will then be on your immediate left.