Top 10 Nosy Be, Antsiranana Province foods
“Nosy Be?” Is that a typo for “Noisy Bee?” Nope. It means “big island” and it is just that; a large island off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Here you’ll find volcanic lakes, lazy lemurs, rum distilleries, Ylang Ylang plantations and intricate coral reefs that are practically begging to be explored. Flora and fauna lovers will be in seventh heaven at the beautiful Lokobe Nature Special Reserve. Audiophiles should visit in May, to experience the four-day Donia Music Festival.
1. Chez Nono - La Rhum Riz
5 based on 271 reviews
Reviewed By ElizabethM293934 - Sydney, Australia
On the main road but only a few minutes walk from Andilana beach, this delightful bar/resto has it all! • Delicious, fresh sea food – the tempura starter dish and stuffed crab are amazing• A well-stocked, reasonably priced bar • Welcoming and extremely helpful and friendly staff who are happy to organize a taxi/tuk-tuk home.• Excellent service in a delightful setting – understated quality!
2. The Pily Pily Restaurant
4 based on 888 reviews
Pily Pily Restaurant offers a breathtaking, panoramic view over the bay of Andilana. As you savour the wonderful food and drink being served up, you can marvel at the myriad colours of the sea, caressed all the while by a light breeze. The intimate atmosp
Reviewed By JUSTINE-JESSE - Pretoria, South Africa
Restaurant in paradise
This unique restaurant is on an island connecting two beaches in Andilana resort. At low tide it is easily accessed from the beach. The view is over the clear blue waters of Andilana beach. It is essential to make bookings from the desk next to the excursion centre of the resort . Prices are hefty and in euro but make for a very special meal!
3. Le Papillon
4 based on 150 reviews
Reviewed By Aliya H - Cape Town Central, South Africa
Romantic lunch in Hell Villes only (relatively) upmarket spot!
We were advised to eat here by the lodge we were staying at and considering whats generally available it was lovely. The house wine was lovely - Italian, and while the local fare is simple it was well prepared and served with a smile. It also seems ot be the only place that serves certain Italian dishes like pasta and cold cured meats. Lots of expats eating here.
4. Baobab Cafe
4 based on 173 reviews
Reviewed By Henry D - Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Excellent French food in Nosy Be with friendly service
First floor restaurant in the heart of Ambatoloaka serving excellent French food. Under new ownership since the last 2 months.Service with a smile from a multi-lingual waitress - not a trace of arrogance! Menu choice for seafood was a little restricted for repeat visits, but varied enough to include things like ox tongue that might suit homesick Frenchmen better than the English! The chocolate mousse for dessert was superb.Slightly pricier than neighbouring establishments but clearly popular and deservedly so.
5. The Ravinala Restaurant - Andilana Beach Resort
4 based on 138 reviews
At the Ravinala Restaurant, for both lunch and dinner you will be presented with an extensive international buffet including more than 60 dishes, with home-made pastas and sauces taking their place alongside fresh fish and zebu meat delicacies. Stretching
Reviewed By springthrualens - New York City, New York
We couldn't get in
We were staying in a different hotel, saw the reviews online and decided to go there (after calling in advance) just to learn that they won't let us dine in the restaurant unless we stay in the resort it is at. Very frustrating as we had to go back.Dear springthrualens, despite many years of management and thousands of reviews read, we are still very surprised when we see how somebody who chose to spend his/her holiday in a paradise like Nosy Be can find time to write something absurd as you did!!! You dare to give us a “terrible” by writing that, to make it short, you could not enter both the Restaurant and the Resort!!! I feel like saying “I can’t believe it!!!” More in details, you want to eat in a Restaurant without booking, without asking for availability, without being informed of the dress code or the closing day ……none of this normal procedures !!! You wanted to access the restaurant while you were wandering on the beach, without following these procedures that are a standard all over the world!!! No, no and no again!!! You were not granted the access and neither you will next time, if you do this !!! There are ways, education and respect for the business, respect for the hundreds of people working there that we think you should give !!! Why didn’t you pass to the reception to ask for more information? Why didn’t you ask to speak to the Manager ??? In brief: who do you think you are? You think you can come without a reservation, and find the doors of our Restaurant open for you? Please, come again next time; we will be happy to serve you but… do not forget to book your table in advance!!! Aiolfi Andrea
4 based on 216 reviews
Restaurant beachfront sunset guaranteed sunshine before a good cocktail
Reviewed By Flyer229841
Really good choice
We went to this restaurant almost ten times and we totally recommend it!service is really nice always smiling and being helpful!the kitchen is always fast!everything is fresh and tasty!we also took an eye in the kitchen and it's clean and organized(almost nowhere else over the island was clean)!the shrimps were great,the spaghetti sea food,the tazar fish was delicious,the mi sao was good,the putanesca was good too etc etc! Also for a dessert we had the dariole and it's amazing ! Espresso was not good but that's ok!Location is perfect in the center of the town but away enough of the loud bars and right in front of the ocean with a nice decoration
7. Le Melville
4 based on 316 reviews
part of Hotel Allamanda
Reviewed By beentheredonethatUk - Lingfield, United Kingdom
Nice stopover for lunch
Stopped here for lunch after a gruelling Madagascar trip before booking into the Grand Hotel. The restaurant was empty on arrival but nicely laid out for lunch. The choices of food was very good with a decent Specials Board too. Had a very nice lunch that didn’t break the bank on the veranda overlooking the sea and beach. The staff didn’t speak much English but we managed. By the time we’d left it was quite busy so that’s a good sign. The food was very nice and typical Malagasy. The place has a decent Wi-fi too which is not always the case here. We can definitely recommend this restaurant.
8. Su e Giu
4 based on 153 reviews
Reviewed By KristinaG1096
A great taste of homely food
We were on a tour from Nosy Be to Diego Suarez and after 5 days of Malagasy food (which is great but very rich) we were all in need of some classic, stodgy, European cuisine. After finding this restaurant on Trip Advisor we decided to give it a go, our hotel had no idea where it was and our taxi driver was no more helpful, so give this place a google first and show your driver on a map. The food here is great, the pizzas are fresh and the waitresses very friendly. It's a bit of a backpackers vibe but even so, the familiarity of the place was exactly what we needed after a few days of none stop travelling through Madagascar.
4 based on 277 reviews
Reviewed By Pernilleoelgod - Copenhagen, Denmark
We had a good burger here (the bun was a little dry though), but we came back for "zebu on a stick" and we loved it ;)
10. La Cambusa
4 based on 107 reviews
Reviewed By marco-s1981 - Miami Beach, Florida
Not only great food: way more
With our stay in Diego Suarez we found a lovely place where food is great, menu gives great options and prices are low.Pasta Amatriciana was unbelivably tasty and perfectly made!But not only: the atmosphere in La Cambusa is amazingly friendly and Fabio and Lea ( owners of the restaurant) are very friendly and super keen to help you with tips and info for touring around.I m looking forward to visiting the place again.A big thank you to Fabio and Lea