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With a longer stretch of the Mediterranean than any other country in North Africa, there’s no wonder that seafood features heavily on the menu of many restaurants along the coast line.  Fresh, healthy and readily available ... seafood is the way forward!

Abiya Restaurant

Where: Abiya Restaurant can be found near the City Restaurant in the medina.  There are two fish restaurants in close proximity.  Abiya is upstairs and is usually less crowded than its competitor. 

What’s on the menu: On the menu is a highly recommended Octopus salad.  Also served are a variety of seafood dishes, such as fish soup, spicy carrot salad, fish and couscous.

Contact (Tel): +218 92 501 0736

labels: Mediterranean, Seafood

Hatab Restaurant

Where: Off Ben Ashur (turn off opposite clothes shop with orange band above windows near small white mosque) The wooden sign outside has a knife and fork on it.

What’s on the menu: This is a restaurant with character! The atmosphere is cosy and rustic, with weavings decorating the walls and menus printed on leather skins. The food is Mediterranean: fish, pizza, salads; the menu is in Arabic and English; and the staff are friendly. Just one warning, though: if you take something that isn’t on the menu check the price first to avoid getting a nasty shock with the bill! Generally the prices are reasonable. Open for lunch from around 13.00 and for dinner from 19.00.

Review: “a fun place to go with friends and chill” Anna

Contact: Walid 091 443 3941 or 092 289 7554

labels: Mediterranean, Pizza, Seafood

La Scala

Where: Gargaresh Road, situated above the large jewellery store in Hai Al Andalus, just a few doors down from Cook Door (on the same side).

What’s on the menu: A new restaurant to Gargaresh, the French and Italian restaurant, La Scala is all class from the marble staircase leading upstairs, to the chandeliers and tea light candles above. 

The service is a little slow (not unlike most establishments in Libya), but is of a very high standard.  The restaurant is staffed predominantly with Maltese waiting staff so there are no language barriers for English-speaking expats.  The food is reasonably priced and of excellent standard.

And just so you don’t get sick of the decor, there are two options.  Whilst they serve the same menu in both areas, there are two separate restaurants, one with sleek white modern upholstery and fittings and one with a traditional style, complete with leather lounges where you can sip coffee after dinner should you choose.

labels: Mediterranean, Coffee, Seafood

Murina Restaurant

Where: Off Ben Ashur along the road to St James Clinic that has been dug up for a couple of years.  The restaurant is opposite the clinic and looks very small and shut up.

Contact (Tel): 021-360 2222 or 091 375 5266

Email: murina@africamail.com

What’s on the menu: You can easily walk past this place without realizing it is a restaurant. But inside you find a large place with red and white check tablecloths and a chiller where you can choose your own fish. It is open for lunch and dinner (daily except Fridays, 11-16.00 and 19.00 - 23.00). The music is quiet so it is possible to converse without shouting and Tunisian manager Mouldi speaks many languages including English, Arabic, French, Turkish and Italian. The menu is slightly different from what one usually sees in Tripoli, e.g. they offer spaghetti with red pesto or linguine with herbs and lemon.

Review: “I’ve never had anything bad here – I especially like to choose my own fish” - Anna

labels: Mediterranean, Seafood

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