Antananarivo: cheap, culinary heaven

Chez Sucett's

Chez Sucett's

On a darkened street, in a pouring rain, after walking past it twice, I finally spied the door I was looking for. Inside, I found the best meal I’ve perhaps ever had. Photos and menu after the jump.

I now forever want my steak with foie gras

I now forever want my steak with foie gras

Handrolled local cigar complements a small coffee exquisitely

Hand-rolled local cigar complements a small coffee exquisitely

I sat at a small table by myself in the mostly empty restaurant. The light was soft, low and reddish orange. I listened to Nina Simone and Dave Brubeck.

And I reveled in it all.

The menu for the evening at Chez Sucett’s:

  • a mojito with copious amounts of fresh mint and local “rhum
  • an aperitif of sliced baguette served wth various relishes and sauces
  • a half-pound of local crab with coriander and broth
  • steamed white rice
  • white bean cream soup
  • eight-ounce, medium-rare, seared Zebu steak topped with a slice of foie gras
  • a 350 ml bottle of Gold, the upscale lager produced by Brasseries Star Madagascar
  • a coffee, white
  • a hand-rolled local cigar

The total bill, with drinks and cigar added: 43,000 AR, or about $22.

Absolute heaven.

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4 Responses to “Antananarivo: cheap, culinary heaven”

  1. Royal Says:
    October 2nd, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    That Zebu looks really well done but perhaps it was the light. Was it? How does it compare to our beef? Fresher? Fewer hormones? Foie gras is a delicious treat but I’ve always been a bit troubled by the force-feeding process. As Miles said to Joel in the 1980s classic film “Risky Business”: Sometimes you just gotta say, ‘What the f-ck?”

  2. Adam Jadhav Says:
    October 2nd, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    You’re a dork. The zebu was seared but still bloody. It tastes like the best organic grass-fed beef I’ve had (which was in Colorado). I imagine ambience and lack of steak recently made it taste better, but it held up to the best sirloin I’ve had in the states.

    As for the foie gras, I can’t really rationalize it, but most animals we eat back home are treated pretty shitty. And it’s really fucking good.

  3. Elie Says:
    October 2nd, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Beautiful. Wish I could have been there to share in the culinary joy. How did you find out about this place?

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